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Video: Sharks’ Vlasic recovers from hit, scores

May 17, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

Maybe San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic needed a borderline hit to get going.

He missed some time during Thursday’s Game 2 match after Jeff Carter received a two-minute minor for charging him late in the second period:

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Vlasic managed to return in the third period and scored a 3-2 goal, as you can see below:

This represents the 74th career playoff game for the 26-year-old and his first-ever postseason goal.

It wasn’t the game-winner, however, as his delay of game penalty set up a Kings 5-on-3 that swung a 3-2 lead to a 4-3 deficit.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Guaranteed no hearing for carter. Who the hell gets a 5 on 3 with 2 minutes left in a game? Oh yeah, the defending cup kings. The big LA sports market. Not shocked at all. Sharks out played them and got 3 unanswered goals. Took a 5 on 3 to win.

    Congrats I guess?

    • manchestermiracle - May 17, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      It was a simple charging penalty, not a shot to the head. Get some perspective. Yes, the Sharks looked good in the 2nd period. But the Kings started the game well (2 goals, after all) and obviously finished well.

      When you draw penalties you get the benefit. What, the refs should just let penalties go late in the game go? Both of those were legit. Don’t want to put the opposition on the power play? Don’t draw stupid penalties.

      The Sharks played well, but couldn’t seal the deal. Blame it on the refs, because obviously the Kings suck and couldn’t beat the Sharks without the refs helping them, right? Props to the Sharks for bringing it, without the snarky question mark.

    • hrudey - May 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      Or, and this is a radical concept, if they don’t blatantly trip Toffoli in the slot and then see how high they can clear the puck while shorthanded, there’s never a 2 man advantage. Both calls were pretty much mandatory, and apparently someone forgot to inform the Sharks that they’re allowed to actually operate a penalty kill.

  2. manchestermiracle - May 17, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    What a see-saw, gut-wrenching game. Sharks looked to be in control with a 3-2 lead until the lights went out on them. Kings missed Stoll on faceoffs, but the power play worked well anyway. Props to the Sharks for dominating most of the game, but this has to be a huge letdown for them. Nice comeback L.A.!

  3. einjzmolf - May 17, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    well, the refs DO wear the same colurs as the kings.. surprised they didn’t join in on the celebrations. the NHL’s officiating needs a serious overhaul.

    • sheckyrimshot - May 17, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      that dumb friggin delay of game rule needs an overhaul

  4. manchestermiracle - May 17, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Looks like it’s time to back up the wambulance. Big load tonight. The Sharks got PP chances and went 0-4. Until their 3rd period panic and meltdown they had more chances than the Kings.

    Refs missed penalties on the Sharks, too. No whining from Kings’ fans. Just keep grinding and don’t quit. Stunning comeback after a terrible 2nd period. Thanks, boys.

  5. doubles22 - May 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    In some cases the onus has to go on the player receiving the hit. This is one of those times. As Vlasic nears the puck he takes a peek over his shoulder, just as he should, to see what he can see. He had a clear lane to go behind the net, but instead chose to turn his back, slam on the brakes, and brace himself for impending doom. Onus has to be on guys to protect themselves to the degree that they are able. Vlasic has nobody to blame but himself for putting him in a vulnerable spot. Instead of rewarding these types of actions with a power play, the league needs to stop enabling this type of behavior. It’s bush league, and as far as I’m concerned on par with diving and embellishing.

  6. sjsharks66 - May 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    You are insane. So it is ok when a Sharks gets in a vulnerable situation. When Stoll does it you want Torres’s head?

    • hrudey - May 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      The difference, naturally, is that Carter didn’t fly by Vlasic’s shoulder in order to deliver a hit targeting his head; he delivered a body check that, because Vlasic turned, hit him in the back and he got crunched into the boards. I have no problem with that being a minor penalty, because he came from far enough across that I can see the charging call (which is, incidentally, what the penalty was). Carter didn’t extend his arms to push Vlasic into the board, didn’t hit him with his stick, didn’t hit him anywhere near the head, didn’t leave his feet to target his head or for any other reason, didn’t accelerate into the hit, and there’s simply nothing at all about the hit that indicates anything but a desire to make a normal hockey play.

    • doubles22 - May 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Take team allegiance out of the equation. I’m a Wild fan, couldn’t care less about the Sharks or Kings. The Torres hit on Stoll and the Carter hit on Vlasic are separate events and should be judged on their own merit.

      I’m not saying that’s what Torres targeted Stoll’s melon, but the Sharks knew he was gonna get little, if any leash from the league on his next questionable hit. The Sharks knew that was part of the package and took the risk. Torres has to live with the reputation he’s earned. That’s why he had a “Buyer Beware” sign hung around his neck.

      Guys can go head-hunting on virtually every play. When a guy turns his back and approaches the boards from a perpendicular angle, he has made himself vulnerable to a hit from behind. That’s the difference.

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