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Clowe incident isn’t the first time San Jose’s bench has come under scrutiny

Apr 6, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

Sharks Bench

There was no shortage of ways to describe Ryane Clowe‘s interference-from-the-bench play after San Jose’s 6-5 shootout win over Los Angeles.

Kings forward Jarret Stoll said “nobody’s even seen anything like that,” while defenseman Drew Doughty called it “shocking.”

And it’s true — nobody has seen a player on the bench reach over and break up a potential rush. That was unprecedented.

Not unprecedented, though? A Sharks player getting involved while seated on the pine.

On Jan. 31, San Jose’s 6-0 win over Columbus was marred by accusation as Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards claimed someone from the Sharks bench squirted Derek Dorsett with a water bottle.

“As [Derek] Dorsett is coming down the ice, you can see a water bottle squirted on him from San Jose’s bench,” Richards told CSN Bay Area. “I don’t know if that’s what set him off, but as he’s carrying the puck up the ice, that happens.”

Here’s video of the alleged incident:

At the 28 second mark you can see Dorsett gesturing at the Sharks bench, presumably in response to the alleged squirt. At :57 (the replay portion of the video), there’s pretty solid evidence of a water bottle being directed at him.

While it seems unlikely Clowe will be subjected to supplemental discipline for his actions, could the Sharks be facing some sort of team fine? Heck, they could be put in the repeat offender category.

  1. cableguymike - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    The penalty for something this blatant has to be stiff. Either it has to be a sizeable suspension or they have to change the rules in-game to where it’s at least 5 and a game. Otherwise, what is stopping someone from doing this at an important time of SCP game?

    2 minutes doesn’t seem like enough of a deterrent.

  2. iinformeduthusly - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Nobody cares about a water-bottle being used like this in the NHL.

    • govtminion - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      Tie Domi disagrees. 😉

  3. cup0pizza - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Sharks are scumbags & cheaters and won’t win the Cup.

    • yournuts - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Aw did he get wet? So sorry he got squirted with water. Like that doesn’t happen all in time? Cheaters and scumbags? The Sharks needed something to get their juices flowing. This year I predict the Stanley Cup for them. They didn’t peak to early and now they are starting to play peak.

  4. sharksman - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Scumbags ? cheaters ? wow you must watch a lot of sharks game to have that opinion. Its either that or you dont watch a lot of hockey. Bad play, clowe should not have done it but is this worse that a elbow to the face ? a shot in the back ? cmon it is a 2 min penalty that the ref’s missed. End of story. Clowe is a good hockey player leave it at that.

  5. bleedingteal4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    If he doesn’t like getting wet he should get out of the shark tank lmao

  6. bleedzteal12 - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Cheaters? Scumbags? Pull your head out of your a$$. What about the two blatant late hits by the kings in that game. The refs let that game get away from them within the first ten minutes and were trying to catch up with bad calls. What’s the phrase I’m looking for, oh yeah it’s not cheating if u don’t get caught. If there will be any review of that game I believe the offender of the late on Mitchel will be fined and suspended way before anything comes down on the Sharks. I wonder what’s in store for Saturday, GO SHARKS!!

  7. odj810 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    the water bottle is a non issue. My teams on the east coast so i’m unabiased. I’m sure this kinda thing happens all the time. I will say i think there swhould be a hefty fine to the organization for clowe’s move last nite. like NFL type fine. I think a suspension goes a little to far but if you wanna suspend the sharks organization 100 grand i think that might get the point across, clearly lthats unacceptable and should have been a penalty

  8. bleedingteal4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Fine the ref’s for missing it as well.

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