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Video: Daniel Sedin’s controversial penalty leads to Sharks OT winner

May 8, 2013, 2:31 AM EDT

San Jose’s 4-3 Game 4 overtime victory didn’t come without controversy.

At 13:03 of overtime, Canucks forward Daniel Sedin was sent to the box for boarding Sharks forward Tommy Wingels. The problem here, however, is the play didn’t look like much of a penalty at all. A mere 15 seconds later, Patrick Marleau was putting a rebound past Cory Schneider and into the net sending the Sharks to the second round and the Canucks home for the summer.

Penalty or not? Have a look for yourself.

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After the game, referee Kelly Sutherland told TSN’s Farhan Lalji he deemed Sedin’s play a violent shove into the boards in which the player (Wingels) couldn’t defend himself.

Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa told the Vancouver Sun’s Brad Ziemer: “You see that every 30 seconds in the St. Louis-Los Angeles series and you don’t see any of those calls.”

The call didn’t cost Vancouver the series, but it certainly cost them the game and a chance to stay alive a little longer.

  1. ron05342 - May 8, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Yeah, horrible call, and I usually defend the refs.

    As you said, it only expedited the inevitable end to this series.

  2. bcisleman - May 8, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    It was a bad call but it didn’t cost them the game. Teams that have any life in them rebound from a bad call and kill off the penalty. No one prevented them from doing that.

    • 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      Nailed it. Who the hell lets a goal in fifteen seconds into the most important penalty kill of their entire season? That says all you really need to hear about their team.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      being shorthanded didn’t cost them the game? Wasn’t the game winner scored on a ridiculous call for a power play?

      • elvispocomo - May 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        And the game tying goal.

        How much momentum was swung in San Jose’s favour by the lopsided PP time in this series? If it was just one play, then you can see how they should be able to overcome it, but could this series have been 2-2 at this point if not for the difference in penalties?

  3. 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Man, Bieksa cries a lot. Yeah, it was an awful call, but come on, the team sucked out loud most of the series and put themselves in an 0-3 hole going into this game. It was inevitable.

    If I were a Canucks fan, I’d be angrier with the Sedins’ combined zero goals than this call. Henrik’s a pass-first guy, fine – but Daniel’s supposed to be their best finisher and he didn’t score a goal all series.

    • bigtganks - May 8, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      Believe me… Canucks fans ARE angrier with the Sedins and their lack of production than that call. I know I am, and there are plenty others. IMO they’ve peaked, and should be a “second line” next year with Kesler centering hopefully a new line of wingers. This team needs a large shake up.

      • nhloon - May 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Boston knows all about this. NO CUP FOR YOU !

  4. burgh916 - May 8, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    I agree that call was bogus, but you still have a chance to kill it off.

    Anyways one thing I’m glad Bieksa said about the LA STL series. Real good hockey, but the stuff they’re able to get away with is insane. There’s certain teams that are allowed to be a bit more physical because of “reputation.”
    That series is practically wrestling. Never seen so many guys being dragged to the ground and held off to the side.
    Again, it’s a GREAT series, just not a fan of how blatantly lenient some refs are to certain teams over others. That wouldn’t fly any other series.

  5. norcalirish - May 8, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Shark fan here since the Cow Palace days.

    Terrible call. Hockey, like much of America, is getting more pussified by the day.

    • doppelkaner88 - May 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      So says the anonymous interntet tough guy.

      • defenseman13 - May 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        He’s not being a tough guy, you illiterate douchebag. He’s agreeing with a crappy call, and with the pussification of the league, complicated by GMs and incompetent refs.

  6. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Potential and eventual outcome of the series is immaterial in the diving debate…

    Sharks are doing what several teams including the Penguins are doing; they’re offering no resistance to coming contact, then diving on first brush. Sidney Crosby pulled the same stunt in game three, and respect for him as a player plummeted everywhere outside of Pittsburgh’s fan base. It’s just not on anymore, winning at any cost?

    Even women journalists were making sport of Sidney, and hockey generally…lampooning the so-called mans’ rough tough game?

    The rationalization going on herein is the sort of apologists’ position rationalizing means producing an end; cheating is okay if you can out-cheat a cheater if you will? There’s something wrong with a sport and its governing entities including reactionary and easily induced referees that permit cheats to prosper. It looks and smells bad for everyone concerned!

    Looking at tonight’s game, anytime you see a player lunge toward the boards and get his hands and stick down and in front, you’ve seen the tell indicating the planned flop. Ditto Couture and Stuart, the fractional delay before the theatric collapse…pure Hollywood!

    This season’s diving is just more player adaptation to rules and inability of officiating to employ necessary controls including the off-setting embellishment penalty [ and they deride European soccer ]?

    Gloss over the cheating behaviour up all you want, it’s still cheating, and in the end, cheaters rarely win! When they do, they do so without honour, and winning without honour confines those so inclined to immediate obscurity.

    Canucks are but before they left, they salvaged their reputations during regular season play and through this round. They left the ice in honour and wearing a mantle of respect!

    Here’s to Vancouver, travel well, I can’t wait to see you guys back and roaring again next year…

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 8, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      You always seem so confident while you’re taking the pulpit to address the minions, eh? But very few agree with you, and it’s not an indication that you are ahead of your time. You’re delusional enough to be dangerous. And you should shhhhhhhh…

    • basedrum777 - May 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Wow the Sid haters are out even on a west coast board. Anyone who’s ever skated knows if you pull down on someone’s shoulder when they’re past you it means that they’re going to fall. Even one of the strongest skaters in the world. Just because you didn’t like the result or that the defender got beat by the initial move doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right call. It just means you’re biased.

      I’d be pissed if my team got called for this Sedin hit. Didn’t change the series but with so much hitting being removed from hockey can’t we leave the good hits alone?

    • zhockeymom - May 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      You are joking right? A dive? Yes, he DOVE into the boards head first while completely prone parallel to the ice to MAYBE get a 2 min penalty called. I am a hockey parent, and am not sure the call was justified either but… The referees (also a referee and a referee parent) can only call it as they see it. They don’t get to use instant replay. It looked like an intent to injure. Quasi the hit from Ovechkin on Campbell a few years back. There is no “pushing” or “shoving” in hockey boys. It’s dangerous. And I’m not even a Wingels fan!!!

  7. acieu - May 8, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Thats boarding. A check from behind that throws the other player violently into the boards. Exactly what should be called. No need for this check in close to the boards.

    • elvispocomo - May 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      No need for a check close to the boards? Check from behind? It’s pretty clearly shoulder to shoulder contact and Wingels get’s pushed off the line to the puck like it’s Brent Burns checking Derek Roy. Board battles happen all the time, and checking someone close to the boards on it’s own isn’t illegal.

  8. Stiller43 - May 8, 2013 at 5:17 AM


    I have no real opinion either way, but Sedin hit square shoulder to shoulder…kinda hard to do from behind.

  9. titansbro - May 8, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    I’ve seen that call made many times this season.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      We’re not talking about your Sunday night women’s league.

    • elvispocomo - May 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Care to share a youtube example that’s shoulder to shoulder since you’ve seen it many times? Ideally a call in a tie game in overtime, but I’ll take one from any time in any game – playoffs or regular season.

  10. tommytd - May 8, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    If the Canuckleheads are crying again, it must be the playoffs. If you’re letting your season come down to a call by the refs, you’ve already lost. Go home cry babies.

    • elvispocomo - May 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      It’s more about the season coming down to a difference of 14 extra calls and 20:40 in extra PP time for the Sharks than it is about the final call that was the nail in the coffin.

      • defenseman13 - May 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        lol most all of which were justified by dirty play by the Canucks.

      • elvispocomo - May 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Really?! If the Canucks were that dirty, they’d have suspensions, fines, etc. all over the place. Even if they were that dirty, they aren’t 14 extra calls and 20:40 in extra PP time worse than the Sharks.

  11. buckeye044 - May 8, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Sure it’s a bad call. But that’s bad goaltending too. Canucks need lots of changes, with division realignment and playing more California teams they may struggle to make the post season next year.

  12. soro17 - May 8, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Wingels flopped on the call that led to the tying goal as well. Kind of embarrassing for the guy.

    Anyway, the Sharks were better, with or without the refs lending them a hand.

    • sharksman - May 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      isn’t a cross check when a player has 2 hands on the stick and hits the guy in back ???
      let me cross check you and we see if you fall down :)

      • soro17 - May 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Anytime and I only rose to the lofty heights of the PIJHL, where coincidentally, Kelly (Kerry Fraser Jr.) Sutherland was ruining hockey games 15 years ago as he continues to do today. Kelly always liked making the game about him. Any bantam player could withstand that push if they were so inclined. Can you even skate Sharksman?

        As I said, the Sharks were better and would have won without the b.s.

      • sharksman - May 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        cant skate well and I never played so I am not going to talk like I have but a cross check is a cross check right ?? Hit the guy in the back with 2 hands on the stick ? cross check ?? right ?? You see guys fall down all the time from cross checks like that weather it is against the boards or in front of the net. Wingels has been a hard hitting guy all year and I would like to think that he wasn’t just diving. And as for the let me cross check you line, notice the smiley face ? trying to be funny because if I really did cross check someone with a stick its called aggravated assault lol

      • sharksman - May 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        oh and I am talking about the wingels call not the sedin call
        sedin call was weak

  13. girouxed - May 8, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    By playing more they were only delaying the inevitable. How underwhelming where they.. Holy smokes

  14. basedrum777 - May 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Is Vancouver in flaming ruins yet btw?

    • barkar942 - May 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      No. They lost away from home. But, I guarantee there are a lot of rural mailbox damage and TPing of trees in the Vancouver burbs. No security cameras there to get them prosecuted.

  15. bronxsanman - May 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Terrible call.He is way to far away from the boards to make that a penalty.the worst thing in sports is having some dim-witted official influencing the outcome of a playoff game.

  16. leprekan - May 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    It doesn’t matter if he hit him shoulder to shoulder or not, the definition of boarding is as follows: A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently in the boards.

    Looking at the play, it’s exactly what happened. Everyone gets up in a tizzy because it happened in OT. If that play happens at any other time of the game it is a penalty without any of this discussion. I for one am glad that the refs are using the same rules for the entire game for once.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Except the defenseless part. It was a HORRIBLE call.

    • elvispocomo - May 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      As green said, how was Wingels defenseless? The rest of the definition fits, sure, but he was battling with Sedin for position to get back the puck after it was knocked off his stick. If he’s defenseless at that point he’d have trouble playing soccer, let alone hockey.

  17. r4n6er - May 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Its not just one call…
    Some fun facts relating to the officiating in this series. Total Canucks penalties over the entire series were 66pim, compared to the Sharks 26pim. If we look at the total minutes played in this series (approximately 253 min) the Canucks were short-handed for and game and about half a period compared to just over one period for the Sharks. To give a different perspective to this the Canucks were short-handed for a little over 26.08% of this series.

    • zhockeymom - May 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Go read the article on where the Sedin’s clearly state they take too many penalties and are undisciplined. If THEY can say it, then you should know your whining isn’t going to sway anyone else…

  18. acepylut - May 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Couldn’t care less. Given that the wrote the dictionary’s definition of “diving” and “embellishment” – this is merely karma for all their “omg an breath of air blew by me, must drop and flail like I”ve been shot” Academy Awards acts. What goes around truly does come around, and it’s nice to see it coming around to that hockey team in Vancouver that acts like they’re playing soccer.

    But what cracks me up is the utter whining that is coming from the Sedins and Canucks. A team takes after its coach, and when your coach is a whiney pudge, that’s what kind of team you’re going to have.

    • barkar942 - May 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      No. Sorry. That award goes to Ovechkin for his whiskers getting tickled by Richards stick and acting for two seconds like he was shot and then taking off like a thoroughbred for the net.

  19. hrudey - May 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Horrible call. Sad to see the Canucks eliminated before their crying about the officiating got into full postseason form, but this is definitely one where their complaints are justified.

  20. Haleigh - May 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Reblogged this on Doan Stop Believing.

  21. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    There’s no argument…

    From Thornton to Pavelsky, from Wingels to Couture, the Sharks are a bunch of diving prancers with no respect for the game or for themselves! Pound for pound, Thornton is the biggest crybaby wearing the captains’ C and that’s saying something after looking out east?

    McLelland, for all his saintly qualities, nurtures and encourages the crap every time his team hits the skids…he just puts the diving program into overdrive during the playoffs.

    You have to feel for Larry Robinson, all those Cups while being associated with classy organizations, but now…?

    Mike Babcock, a coach who rarely calls-out anyone in public let alone an opposing team, nailed it when he put the finger on Pavelski, Setoguchi and Thornton a couple of seasons back…in reality, he was fingering their coach.

    As the playoffs unfold, Sharks will have legitimate cause for their phoney collapsing theatrics when the big boys come to play big boy hockey…put on your big boy pants Joe, you’re due a right good kicking!

  22. northbeachtom - May 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    You suck …. eeehh? Our Canadians are better than your Canadians. Like anyone cares.

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