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Clowe: “That was stupid, that was a dumb play”

Apr 6, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT


Yesterday, San Jose forward Ryane Clowe had no idea what reporters were talking about when asked about playing the puck from the bench in a key moment during yesterday’s Kings-Sharks game (video).

Today, he confessed to what captain Joe Thornton jokingly called “the play of the year.”

“Obviously, as you can tell when I sat down on the bench, that was stupid, that was a dumb play,” Clowe said, as reported by the Mercury News. “It probably should have been a two-minute penalty and I was lucky it didn’t cost the team. It was definitely a brain cramp at the time. Don’t think it’ll ever happen again.”

Coach Todd McLellan agreed, calling it an “ill-advised move.”

If the officials had seen what Clowe did, he would’ve been assessed a two-minute minor for interference.

Considering the game was tied with less than three minutes left and the Kings were already on the power play, a penalty could’ve easily cost the Sharks a huge game, which San Jose ended up winning in the shootout.

The Sharks had two players back, with another coming fast on the back-check, after Kings forward Jarret Stoll picked up the puck and rushed down the right side of the ice. At the time Clowe reached over the boards and knocked it off Stoll’s stick, Los Angeles was far from guaranteed a scoring chance.


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  1. dtob79 - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Eddie Guerrero would’ve been proud.

  2. highlander24 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    He can say whatever he wants now that they won. I’d like to see the Kings try it tomorrow night and get away with it too. Turnabout is fair play.

    • theadeeps - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Fair Play? Didnt the Kings have a “clock malfunction” earlier this season?

  3. crazemastercraze - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    so what, he had to look at the tape from 50 different angles to realize today what he did? yeah, ok……..

  4. wantthecup - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    I dont know what your talking about, I saw the stick when the play happened and so did the everyone else but the refs. But how is it that the refs didnt see this happen when they are suppost to be watching the player with the puck? It was a bad missed call and even worse with nothing coming from the NHL. Im not saying he sould miss the nexted game but I do agree that somthing needs to be done.

  5. polegojim - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Clowe is a punk. I’ve lost the small amount of respect I had for most of the Sharks.

    An early boot out of the playoffs is well deserved.

    • sharks123 - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Dumb play doesn’t make him a punk. He’s far from that. He admitted his mistake, move on.

      • polegojim - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        You’re right, he’s entire demeanor makes him a punk.

        The dumb play just exposed it.

        What player with ANY integrity does that? Name ONE.

      • sharks123 - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Your question is stupid. I didn’t defend the play.

      • polegojim - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        My question exposes his nature and you don’t like it.

        It wasn’t a DUMB play, it was a punk play.

      • sharks123 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Thanks for your opinion. I disagree. If other teams fans don’t like Clowe then he’s doing something right. If you want to talk about a true punk, just look at Bertuzzi who should be out of the league. Clowe just illegally touched a puck Bertuzzi ended a career. But keep complaining about what would have been just a 2 min penalty. You get the last word here. Knock yourself out.

      • polegojim - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM


  6. mgp1219 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    perhaps a penalty shot if this ever hapens again?

  7. keeepaa - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    This is an unsportsmanlike play that influenced the outcome of the game. Here is a book, throw it!!!. For Clowe: $20000 fine, suspension for the remainder of the regular season and first round of the post season. For the Sharks: award a goal to the Kings on the play (intentional dislodging of the net or thrown stick to prevent goal precedent). As no other goals were scored during regular play, strike to two points from the sharks and award two points to the kings. This should never even be contemplated by a player or bench again.

    • sharks123 - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Wow, at least you’re not overreacting.

      • polegojim - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        At least he’s right.

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