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Video- The San Jose Sharks Win Game 3 With Controversial OT Goal

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Asked directly if his overtime playoff game-winner, the one that gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues, was set up by an illegal hand pass, defenceman Erik Karlsson said: "We weren’t playing handball were we?"

Europeans. Handball? No, clearly Timo Meier was playing volleyball.

A great game was overshadowed by a massive call, one that referees Marc Joanette and Dan O’Rourke, and linesmen Jonny Murray and Matt MacPherson, appeared to get wrong Wednesday. The Sharks’ 5-4 win against the St. Louis Blues seemed like further evidence that the National Hockey League must do something to help its officials on game-deciding calls.

Instead, the four guys wearing stripes were the only ones in the hockey universe unable, due to NHL restrictions of video review, to look at a replay and see that Meier cuffed the puck to teammate Gustav Nyquist, who relayed it to Karlsson for the winning goal at 5:23 of overtime.

Had it been Game 7 instead of Game 3, the missed call would have been every bit as explosive and damaging to the NHL as the phantom five-minute major assessed to the Vegas Golden Knights that enabled the Sharks to overcome a three-goal deficit in the deciding game and take that first-round series in seven.


Below, watch the questionable goal and the game highlights.

added 7:51am, below, watch the Blues post-game reaction.




Post-game reaction from the Blues.



added 8L54am, this sums up the night for the Blues.


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from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

With the score tied 4-4 in overtime, Timo Meier of the Sharks collided with Jay Bouwmeester of the Blues in the right faceoff circle. While on his knees, Meier batted the puck with his right hand to the front of the net and in the direction of San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson.

But the puck didn’t go very far. Gustav Nyquist got to the puck and passed to Karlsson, whose shot beat goalie Jordan Binnington at the 5-minute 23-second mark of overtime to give San Jose a controversial 5-4 victory.

By rule, Meier’s hand pass was illegal and play should have been stopped because the puck was touched first by a teammate (Nyquist).

While the Sharks celebrated, Binnington and other Blues argued with the referees, who gathered near the scorer’s table at center ice to discuss the situation. After maybe a minute or two, the goal stood and officials were escorted off the ice with debris showered on them from irate fans in the stands at Enterprise.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/16/19 at 07:58 AM ET

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from Scott Burnside of The Athletic,

The NHL reviews all goals. They reviewed this one.

But they did not review what they cannot review. And even though the NHL’s crew in the war room in Toronto saw exactly what angry fans and angrier St. Louis players saw at Enterprise Center – that what led directly to the goal was a play that should have been whistled dead – they were powerless to intervene.

They, like the officials on the ice who originally missed the hand pass, were powerless to make right a clear wrong.

And so the NHL is once again in the cross-hairs of public contempt and what is an ongoing erosion in confidence from fans everywhere that, at the most important time of the year, the most important events on the ice will be correctly adjudicated.

How could fans be anything but skeptical given what happened already this spring? So what happened Wednesday night in St. Louis only compounded the issue. It is a variation on a theme.

more ($$$)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/16/19 at 08:02 AM ET


This playoff season is going to fire a lot of people up about more instant replay and I have heard compelling arguments for both sides. Terrible to see a conference finals game decided like that on a blown call in overtime but I think that’s one of the rare occasions where it’s a clearly black and white issue after looking at the replay.

The hockey gods have seemed to favor the sharks the last couple weeks, but i’d also like to remind people about the missed puck over glass call in the 2nd period that was followed by tying and go-ahead goals by St Louis. The game shouldn’t have ended the way it did, but had they called the penalty in the 2nd would St Louis have been able to slant the ice and change the momentum?

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/16/19 at 08:30 AM ET


Does the puck hit the defenseman’s shin?  I can’t say either way but if it does, is that enough to negate the hand pass?  It’s not really possession by just deflecting off him but maybe that’s why there was no whistle?

Posted by Them Bones on 05/16/19 at 09:19 AM ET

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I was watching the replay without knowing what the result was, the score, or the fact that it was OT.  I had just turned on the game and happened to catch this highlight right away.

I saw the play and said, “hand pass”...only to see the ref signal goal and the Sharks celebrate.  Then the NBCSN talking heads talk about how it was counted as a good goal and I just couldn’t (well I could) believe it.  How much clearer could it have been?  My wife said the same thing - “isn’t that an illegal play?”

Something makes me feel like the Sharks are getting a bit of a path cleaned for them for the Finals.  I hate it when people talk about the NHL playing a role in trying to get certain teams to advance, but man this team has had some breaks.  This after years of the NHL trying to get hockey to work in California….maybe it just seems a little sexier for the NHL to have SJ in the Finals rather than St Louis.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/16/19 at 09:27 AM ET


It’s not really possession by just deflecting off him but maybe that’s why there was no whistle?

That hand pass was at LEAST the third terribly blown call last night.

How about people stop giving the refs excuses?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/16/19 at 10:06 AM ET

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Just watched the play. That is absolutely brutal. Four officials down there, and not one of them witnessed it?

I guess if four officials couldn’t see the Pens had six guys on the ice for almost 20 seconds a few years ago then anything is possible

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/16/19 at 11:01 AM ET

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Posted by MZ2215 on 05/16/19 at 08:30 AM ET

The Hockey Gods get super angry when you try to slow them down into tiny increments.
We’re paying for it now.

Posted by Steeb on 05/16/19 at 11:15 AM ET


There was direct contact to the head of a SJ player by Blais that was not called as well.

Maybe the official simply didn’t see what was obvious from the camera angle.

I feel for the guys on a big stage who are trying to call a fast game with angles sometimes obscured.

But then I think of the quote about Landeskog quite smartly owning an unfortunate play/call that was over and done. The quote was (semi-seriously?) he’s going to get every call from now on. Not very professional if even partly true. Hard job. Human nature. But there can’t be a shadow of favoritism.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/16/19 at 02:11 PM ET

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How about people stop giving the refs excuses?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/16/19 at 10:06 AM ET

Spot on man, I’m so sick and tired of these mortal humans skating around with game action around them not being able to see plays as clearly as I see them on a multiple camera broadcasting over my 60” HD TV with slow mo replays while I sit on my couch.  Its ridiculous they even have jobs.


Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/16/19 at 03:18 PM ET

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I think you guys are missing out on what is really going on here.  Yzerman is clearly sprinkling that magic pixie dust most of the fanbase knows he has all over the sharks to get them to the final and get a better pick out of the Nyquist trade.  See already paying dividends, go Stevie!

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/16/19 at 03:20 PM ET

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