ST. LOUIS – The four officials point to the penalty box. Most San Jose Sharks left the dressing room, believing that Erik Karlsson's goal at 5:23's overtime gave them a game win and a 2-1 series lead at the Western Conference finals. None of the St. Louis Blues left the bank or the ice, believing there was no possibility that these officials would not miss the hand of Timo Meier of the Sharks that led to that goal.
But they did. ] All these four have missed it, referring to another blown call in a postseason specified by refereeing controversies and functional errors. Since the National Hockey League video review process did not include hand passes that led to goals, the Sharks won. And the Blues are angry.
"I did not really get an explanation except, I guess, there are different sets of rules for two different teams, so I'm sure they'll lose some sleep tonight after looking at it , "said the captain of St. Louis. Louis Alex Pietrangelo after the loss of the Blues & # 39; 5-4 in San Jose leaving them standing in the bank strayed ̵
Just over five minutes in overtime, Meier crashes into ice, strengthens his stick with the puck. It was rejected from St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko and bounced in the air, then off Meier's chest – and then he replaced it with his right gloves. The Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester expelled his leg to stop it, but it pushed Gustav Nyquist, who had pucked Karlsson for a shot through goalie Jordan Binnington.
The Sharks are celebrated, and the Blues are restoring officials. Binnington reversed his pulled gloves up and down to indicate that he saw a passer by hand. The Blues remained at their bank and on ice. The remaining Sharks are subject to the dressing room after officials indicate that the goal is to stand.
Binnington drops his stick in anger. Brayden Schenn also made it to the board of endings. Many Blues players rotate their bank firearms in disbelief. But the officials left the ice, under the cover of a canopy to protect them from cups and cans that began littering the rink from the furious fans to the Enterprise Center, which then saw many replays of hand pass on giant video screen.
In the bowels of the arena, a loud display of anger was heard. The general manager of St. Louis said. Louis Doug Armstrong put his hand on the door of the dressing room of officials, shouting that the decision was "f — the garbage."
What does Karlsson see in play?
"We're not playing handball, are not you?" He said after the game. "We are playing hockey We are worthy to win this game. At the end of the day, I think any of the teams will draw a shorter stick in any Fair game calls."
Blues said they have no explanation for the call from officials. Is one hand passed?
"What do you think?" Asked by St. Louis coach Craig Berube is the media at his postgame conference.
Some reporters say, "Yes."
"Then, do not ask me," she said. "There is no reason to ask me, I have nothing to say about it."
In an official statement, the NHL said: "Playing this nature can not be reviewed. Checked, but a pass between teammates can not be reviewed."
A reporter a pool caught by Kay Whitmore, the supervisor of the NHL officials for the series, and asked if any of the officers saw the passing of the hand
"What did they do to me? -reviewable play You can read between the lines. You can know what you like. You watch the video But it can not be reviewed. I know that sounds like a cop-out answer, but that's the truth, "said by Whitmore.
Can the War Room in Toronto launch a critical goal like this?
"The method of the rules is written, any chance has to be evaluated, everything is reviewed to be checked," Whitmore says. "But while the rules are currently standing, the play can not be reviewed."
Like many other postseason calls, the discussion is fast moving to whether the replay should expand to include this type of play.
"We're going there, eh?" David Perron of the Blues said. "Yes, it's a pass in hand that the league is going to take care of them as they have throughout the playoffs."
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer passed the buck
"That's for [commissioner] Gary Bettman and GMs, not for Pete DeBoer, I'm a coach.Would you like to ask me about the game? "
The rest of the game seems second to the overtime call, but it's a huge rally of the Sharks.
After San Jose built a 2-0 lead in the first season, the second season dropped as one of the wildest postseason. The Blues & # 39; Alexander Steen scored at 1:18 on a hard-fought feed from Ivan Barbashev. Joe Thornton scored his second game of only 18 seconds. Vladimir Tarasenko rocketed to his first goal starting Game 4 against the Dallas Stars to cut it to 3-2. Perron fired a previous Martin Jones in the near row to tie it up, then again scored from within the blue line with Brent Burns in the box for hooking, one of only two regulatory sanctions, for a 4-3 lead at 18:42. That broke the 0-for-18 streak in power play for St. Louis dated at Game 3 of the Dallas series.
It did not make the Sharks. They combined Binnington with quality chances, making rookie goaltender while he was working and standing third. But the playoff pluck was found in both rosters, and the most reliable postseason paladin in the Sharks was surprised again: Logan Couture, previously held by checking Game 3, has hidden a puck past Binnington's on the door step with Jones taken at 18:59 by the third. Couture now has 20 points and 14 goals to lead the playoffs.
"I think this is one of the playoffs that we run will see the years on the road and say, wow, what a competitor, what a leader, you're in the heat of the moment, he's doing he does, "said DeBoer, who also praised Jones for making 15 saves in the third stage and overtime.
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The Blues have tried to quickly turn the page into their locker room, and that's the message echoed from the coach.
"It's hard to lose overtime, playoffs, I've got the transfer team. Everyone has got to move from it and get ready for Game 4. Of course, that's what you can do," says Berube. "We played a solid hockey game, but we lost it and we could not do anything about what happened, we just had to move."
That "hey, things happen" vibe also was found in the pleasant Shark room.
"You know what? There are some calls you will receive, you can not get certain, there's something there, but at the end of the day, calls come in the same way. That's the playoffs. You need to adapt, handle it, keep your cool, "said San Jose captain Joe Pavelski.
"If you get the extra call, well, keep playing It does not try to screw anyone They're really not Good men There does not always seem like that, but tonight, we might have caught up, but there are many breaks going the same way all night, all series. "
One can not help but remember the enormity of the break that lost the sharks' way. For the second time in the postseason, a critical hit was led to San Jose's win. In Game 3 against St. Louis, one hand passes officials who have missed the lead in a game-winning goal overtime. In Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights at the opening round, the Sharks were given five minutes in advance they should not receive, rallying four goals in the third stage and winning overtime.
NHL apologizes to Vegas for the above mentioned call. It remains to be seen if Blues will receive similar mea culpa before Game 4.