Referee controversy ripples around NHL: Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows told reporters referee Stephane Auger made calls against him in the Canucks' 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday to settle a personal score over an incident between the two earlier this season. "It was personal. It started in warm-up before the anthem. The ref came over to me and said I made him look bad on the Smithson hit. The Canucks winger said Auger told him before the game that he would exact personal revenge for Burrows showing him up in a game earlier this season. Burrows was referring to a five-minute charging penalty Auger assessed Nashville's Jerred Smithson on Dec. 8. He said he was going to get me back tonight and he did his job in the third. Burrows was assessed three minor penalties, including one for diving, and a 10-minute misconduct for squawking at Auger with less than four seconds remaining.