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Kings’ Scuderi took the diplomatic route complaining about Game 3 calls

May 19, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

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Last night’s Game 3 saw the Kings get stung for two calls late in the third period of a 1-1 game that led to a 5-on-3 power play for San Jose that saw Logan Couture capitalize on in overtime for the win, and you could feel the angst coming.

Dustin Penner sounded off about it, but another Kings player took a different approach.

Rob Scuderi was a bit more diplomatic in venting about the calls, however, as Jon Rosen at L.A. Kings Insider shares.

“It’s part of it. It happens. Certainly we’re not happy with the calls, but what team really is? So we’ll try to do our best to dust ourselves off and get ready for the next one,” he said.

Was there anything he didn’t like about the hooking call to Robyn Regehr or the goalie interference call to Trevor Lewis?

“No. To be honest, I haven’t seen them, so there’s really nothing I can say. I’m not even complaining about them – I just mean in general. I mean, any time you get a penalty in the playoffs, you don’t want to take one, and certainly if its what you might deem as a pretty easy call, then certainly you’re not going to be happy with it. But I haven’t seen the replays, so I have no right to say or judge anything.”

One thing we haven’t lacked in the postseason are complaints about officiating. Alex Ovechkin has conspiracy theories, backed up by his GM George McPhee and Jonathan Toews has gripes of his own. Maybe there’s actually something to this if everyone has an issue. Then again, maybe the officials are equally infuriating which somehow makes it all fair.

  1. groleo45 - May 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Good approach here. Whereas Toews/Ovie really came across as whiney, this is sounds more like a guy answering a question and moving on.

    Midwest fan here with no horse in the race, but this series has been just as exciting as the Wings/Hawks with the same high level of hockey being played. Feels like it’s going 7.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Sometimes coaches, GM and players say things to deflect the attention from the team. Red Wings played a great game to beat the Hawks, and Toews wanted to deflect the attention from the team onto himself. Great leaders know when to do this, and use this tactic sparingly. Toews will one day have a management job in hockey and will undoubtedly do very well.

    • awade9233 - May 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      I think you are just saying this because there was a article about this within the last 24 hrs about the sharks…

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        You can think whatever you want. Fact remains this is one of the oldest tricks in the bag. Scotty Bowman was a master at this.

  3. 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Finally, some maturity from a veteran. I mean do the rest of these people hear themselves talk? All this “the refs were out to get us” crap is insane. Bad calls cut both ways. Every freaking game.

  4. nogoodtomedead - May 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    All the complaining is really getting old from every team. Some calls are going to be missed in every game- stop making it the story line.

    • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Except there’s a difference between a missed call on an actual penalty and making a penalty call that shouldn’t have been made at all.

  5. rando74 - May 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    he shouldn’t complain. they got a win 2 nights before on two late BS calls. even Steven. just play the game.

    • ron05342 - May 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Trip was obvious. Not sure why you think they were BS, other than that you might be rooting for the Sharks.

      Watch the game as objectively as possible. Otherwise, you come off as a crank.

  6. kingsfan68 - May 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    You’re crazy, the tripping call was totally justified on Toffili, and from my seats right where that other penalty occurred, which my seats were on the glass, never touched Carter.

  7. benrob99 - May 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Always liked Scuds. Good guy, gritty player. The kind of guy you want on your team.

  8. mydoglouie - May 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Hmmmm, is there a theme there for those complaining about officiating??? Aahhhh, oh yea! They were all on the losing side! What are the chances of that!?!

    • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      What are the chances crappy calls affect the final score?

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