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Video: Vlasic’s controversial delay of game penalty

May 17, 2013, 1:43 AM EDT

While we discussed Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s roller coaster ride earlier tonight, the late delay of game penalty he received was so controversial (especially among San Jose Sharks fans) that it’s worth reviewing.

So, if you’re the type who likes to rewind things back and forth/freeze frames to find evidence (paging Eugene Melnyk’s crime lab), then this video should be useful:

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ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the Sharks believe that the puck went off of Jeff Carter after it left Vlasic’s stick.

  1. sjsblitz - May 17, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Not much we can do about it. Rest and look towards game 3. Good to see Kopi back btw, refs ruined the game

  2. rebel21das - May 17, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Softy call to make it a 5 on 3 powerplay for LA with 2 something remaining, first Torres gets a over blown suspension for hitting Stoll while he’s head looking down, which is kinda his own fault and now this, clearly the hockey gods have forgotten the Sharks. I agree with sjsblitz it’s over and it’s nice to see Anze Kopitar was alright as well as Marc-Edouard Vlasic but the call at the end stings quite a bit and I’m getting sick and tired of it always happening to the Sharks. Hopefully SJ can regroup and start anew at the Shark tank on Sat.

    • hawkeedawg - May 17, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      Stop your whining, it happens to every team, Sharkies are all crybabies all of a sudden because they aren’t getting the 26-10 PP ratio they got in first round. Divers, embellishers (I know, it is not really a word) and fakers have all been called out.

      My favorite is when Thornton gets slashed on the stick near his right hand (it never touched his hand) and then he shakes his left hand in front of refs to get the call.

      Do you think that sh*t isn’t reviewed by the Officials Supervisors.

    • hrudey - May 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      You’re getting sick and tired of it always happening to the Sharks? This is the first time the Sharks have been shorthanded more than their opponents in a playoff game since game 2 vs. St. Louis last season. Gosh, it must be so frustrating to know that it’s just going to happen again sometime next season, maybe.

    • r4n6er - May 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      They haven’t forgotten you, they just like the Kings better. Similar to the calls that went to SJ in the first round against the Canucks.

  3. ron05342 - May 17, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    It always amazes me that more often than not in the NHL playoffs the team’s fans that loses the game blames the referees.

    It can’t possibly be that the other team is better than yours, right? Not a chance. It’s the ****ing refs’ fault.

  4. SharkCircle - May 17, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    If it did hit Carter, we Sharks fans definitely have an argument to make.

    However, if any of the Sharks fans who called the Canucks and their fans whiners for rightfully complaining about the Sharks diving in round one, and the horrible officiating that rewarded them for it, actually try to make that argument, they will be doing so as hypocrites. It seemed nobody here in San Jose minded the biased officiating when the Sharks were getting double the power-plays of the other team in the first round, and even game one against Los Angeles, when the power-plays were 3-1 in our favor, and in the Canucks series, many on really bad calls that seemed to actually be on purpose by an officiating crew with Kelly Sutherland a part of it that is known to dislike the Canucks’ and their players. Alex Burrows was one example.

    But now that, for the first time all postseason, the Sharks have played a game where they received less power-plays than their opposition, all the Sharks fans who called the Canucks’ and their whiners are, you guessed it, complaining just as the Canucks’ and their fans did when these Sharks fans dubbed that complaining to be “whining.”

    Now Sharks fans are even saying the refs and the league are against us, and Toffoli dove on Stuart’s penalty at the end (sorry guys but he didn’t. I’ve gotten very good at identifying diving from watching the Sharks since Mclellan took over and Couture came into the league, and that wasn’t a dive). But when the refs and the league may actually have been against a team for real, the Canucks, with an officiating crew that’s had info leaked on them about how they don’t like the Canucks, and where the Canucks players basically admitted to that being the case in their end-season interviews in a resigned fashion, saying how they had to just keep being reformed model citizens and eventually they hope referees will forgive them for having an attitude a couple years ago or calling them out in the media, when that actually happened over a full four-game series, as opposed to just one game last night where there only potential bad call against the Sharks was dependent on how tightly Jeff Carter’s shirt was tucked in, from an angle the refs were blocked off from, Sharks fans didn’t say anything besides that Canucks fans were whiners and completely ridiculous for saying the refs or the league actually wanted them to lose.

    But now one game where the calls go against us, and Sharks fans are saying the exact same thing, only when the Canucks said it, it actually made sense based on their history with that Kelly Sutherland officiating crew and the strange circumstances that repeated themselves four straight games in the Sharks’ favor, culminating in two game-four power-play calls against the Canucks, one with only minutes left in the game where the Sharks tied it, and the other against the heavy-hitting Henrik Sedin in overtime where the Sharks won it, both on “crosschecks” against the known crosscheck setup artist Tommy Wingels who is only a second year player but flops like all-time great.

    I’m as upset about this loss as any Sharks fan. I still can’t believe this bull actually happened. But I’m just saying, most Sharks fans need to be a lot more consistent and a lot more fair. Calls can’t only be “bad calls” when they happen against us. Sometimes bad calls happen in our favor, especially given that we’re fans of a team that’s had more power-plays than our opponent in five of the six playoff games we’ve played so far, which I don’t think everyone realizes how huge an advantage that’s been for us, plus it was obvious the refs had it in for the Canucks in round one to the point where Sutherland wouldn’t even let them have a game five. It was almost like he wanted them not just to lose, but to get embarrassed.

    We Sharks fans definitely have a reason to complain tonight (if it really did hit Carter, it’s hard to tell), but the Canucks had an argument in round one, too, and given how much Logan Couture, Tommy Wingels and the rest have been diving this season, so have some other teams over the course of the season, so I think we as a fan base need to be more fair in the future and not only complain about the officiating on the rare occasion it goes against us. And I say rare occasion because with Couture and the team’s diving the last couple seasons, the Sharks have had the most power-play chances compared to penalty kills of any team in the NHL both this season and last I believe. It was either first or second last year. Always top five. The referees love us, in general, and they clearly dislike at least one other team. We need to be more conscious of that going forward otherwise we’re the ones that are going to come off as the biggest whiners, fans of a team that gets more help from the refs than anyone in the league and yet we’re complaining about favoritism AGAINST us! Lol.

    That’s what I mean, it sounds really bad, so I hope Sharks fans keep that in mind.

    • hawkeedawg - May 17, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
      I have been saying this for years. This is Karma for what happened in Canucks series.

      • puckrogers - May 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        hmmm…pretty short memory considering the non-icing call that went FOR the canucks last time that led to the tying goal, and then the incredibly fluky stantion goal?? wow, talk about selective memory!! Karma my ass, they were both blown calls

    • hrudey - May 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      An intelligent, well-thought out and insightful post? Here? Clearly you must be lost.

    • thebeltz - May 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      I don’t think any Sharks fans are complaining about the amount or distribution of penalties, they are complaining about ONE penalty that was handed out in a very crucial moment of the game. Giving a team a 5 on 3 with just over 2 minutes to go on a play that should not have been a penalty (no judgement call, Carter’s stick definitely influenced the flight of the puck) is reason to be upset. It sucks, I was livid watching it. However, these types of things happen in sports and there is nothing we can do about it now. I’m not calling favoritism, I’m just venting for a bad call that changed the outcome of the game.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      You should write longer posts.

      • SharkCircle - May 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        I do! All the time!

  5. aldog83 - May 17, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    I am a RAIDERS fan (TUCK RULE) and I know what it feels like to have the game taken away by refs.

    I hated that game to this day.


    The game did not END on that call. They still could have sucked it up and stopped Brady from marching down the field TWICE!!!

    Once in the 4th to Tie….and then again in OT.

    RAIDERS lost and it still the biggest disappointment for me ever.

    Sharks had to kill off a 5 on 3. They still had two play hockey. right?

    KIngs needed TWO to win…..

    Sharks gave up 5 on 3 to Tie…….And did not even make it to OT giving up 5 on 4.

    KINGS were not awarded the 2 goals.

    They still made the plays necessary to win.

    Sharks did not.


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  7. jimw81 - May 17, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    This rule is turning the league into a joke. take the rule out and actually call what is written in the rule book.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      So your solution is for the officials to call the rule book while simultaneously complaining about what’s written in that same rule book?

  8. finfan88shark - May 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    And still no talk about the Jeff Carter head shot on Vlassic. And talk about whining I still hear kings fans talk about the Clowe play from last year.

    • 22lakings22 - May 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Carter’s hit wasn’t a head shot. He paid the price in the sin bin for the hit from behind. Sharks’ payback was Vlasic scoring later. Regarding Clowe, my 3 year old knows that you don’t play the puck from the bench. If you don’t feel that gaffe is noteworthy, then go back to badminton.

  9. kingsforever - May 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Classic turned his back last second. Illegal hit yes, but the guy made it worse as it was happening

    • thebeltz - May 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      His back was turned well before the last second. But I have seen way too many hits from behind in these playoffs to be singling anyone out. It feels like its happening to every team once per shift out there for in every series.

  10. bc1890 - May 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I love how no one either notices or is willing to admit that the bigger market team always seems to have an officiating advantage. The Sharks are a much bigger market than Vancouver and got all the calls. L.A. makes the Bay area look small so now they get the calls, like always. As long as TV money makes leagues go around this will always be the reality.

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