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Kings dinged by ‘intent to blow’

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:

From Gilmore:

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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Primis's avatar

Well you see, George, there are these particles called “plasmars”.  They’re amazing little things.  Anyhow, when the ref goes to blow a whistle, the combination of the rapid motion and the earth’s magnetic field sometimes can cause say, a ref’s arm to not raise up as quickly as it needs, or for blown air to work quite right.  So even though the refs MEANS to blow it dead, he physically cannot.  And so due to this phenomenon, we can sometimes get the situation we saw last night.

Posted by Primis on 05/22/13 at 08:38 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Regardless, even the “intent” was a bit premature; as much as I dislike the Kings, they absolutely got hosed on that call.

Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 05/22/13 at 08:53 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

bettman wants this series to go long obviously.
The NHL reviews farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to many scoring plays. Why should the refs be corrected by a NHL war room in Turanta by a bunch of drunks sitting around a room full of TVs?
Getting a goal awarded corrected does not matter like charging and convicting someone with murder. People like surprises.
Please people, these refs are doing a fine job and it’s well known most of them can unhinge their jaws for gary when he ask them too for their yearly reviews


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 05/22/13 at 10:36 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I’m just curious if the local and national media are currently burning down the interwebs with their protests over the blown call.

And are the players flooding their locker room with tears of frustration over how unfairly they were treated by the officials because of that call?

I mean, the greatest team in the league did, so I figured thats how everyone handled adversity.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/22/13 at 10:49 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

^^ lolwut

(No, that was rhetorical, I really don’t need you to decipher that stream of semi-consciousness, but of course you’re welcome to have at it.)

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/22/13 at 12:07 PM ET

awould's avatar

They got completely hosed on it. The ref blew the whistle before Quick even stopped moving. This is the exact type of play that should be reviewable. It very well may have determined the outcome of the series.

Posted by awould on 05/22/13 at 12:11 PM ET


The call against the Hawks was on the weak side but understandable due to the whole two feet in the crease thing (Holmstrom rule).  That call was just horrible and sad.  It is for this reason alone that all goalies should have to wear white pads and have lighter colored uniforms IMO even if it makes them look a bit different than the rest of their team.

Posted by neffernin on 05/22/13 at 12:21 PM ET


As a Sharks fan, King’s got f’d on that one, man.

Posted by Drunken Sailor on 05/22/13 at 12:48 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

HTO - precisely!

It was a bad call, and exactly the reason why they added a second ref so they could have positioning. I’m guessing someone just blew his shot at getting to officiate the next round.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/22/13 at 01:05 PM ET

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