Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 05/22/13 at 02:33 AM ET
The Los Angeles Kings dropped a 2-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday evening, allowing San Jose to tie their second-round series at 2 games apiece, and USA Today's Mike Brehm reports that referees' discretion played a role in the outcome of a game for the second time in two nights:
Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Penner scored to cut his team's deficit against the San Jose Sharks to 2-1.
The problem: Referee Brad Meier had blown the play dead.
Replay showed that Slava Voynov's shot, deflected by Tyler Toffoli, had snuck through Sharks goalie Antti Niemi's pads. It was rolling across the goal line on its own when Penner helped it along.
Penner argued with Meier, but the no-goal call stood.
Brehm provides a YouTube video of the goal, and NHL.com's Eric Gilmore reports that the Kings were none too pleased with the call:
The Sharks took a 2-0 lead at 3:55 of the second on Couture's power-play goal with Colin Fraser in the penalty box for roughing Andrew Desjardins. Dan Boyle launched a shot from the point, and Couture, planted in front of the crease, tipped it past Quick for his fifth goal of the playoffs. He scored just 41 seconds into the power play and around three minutes after being shaken up in a collision with Kings captain Dustin Brown in the neutral zone.
The Kings thought they had a goal with 13:54 left in the second when Tyler Toffoli got his stick on a pass in the slot and redirected it toward Niemi. After Niemi made the save, Dustin Penner appeared to poke the rebound past him, but not until after the whistle had blown.
"I'm sure it's in the rule book, when the whistle goes ... right?" Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "What are the gonna come and tell us. They're gonna come say they lost sight of the puck and they blew the whistle."
The Kings dominated the third period, outshooting the Sharks 14-2, but it wasn't enough.
"As far as play goes, I thought we started to come on as the game went on," Scuderi said. "But if we’re not going to learn from our mistakes and have a good start, we’re going to be behind in the series in no time.”
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