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Penner blasts refs for having ‘gall to guess’ on goalie interference call

May 19, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

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Some might call the San Jose Sharks receiving a late 5-on-3 advantage in Game 3 after the Los Angeles Kings got one in Game 2 “justice.” Others may label it as two wrongs not making a right. Kings winger Dustin Penner deems it a gutsy call.

Here’s the pancake-loving forward’s full quote about the goalie interference penalty Trevor Lewis received following Robyn Regehr‘s minor for hooking, via John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor.

“I find it very tough to believe that a player as intelligent as Trevor would run the goalie,” Penner said. “I asked him and he said he was pushed from behind. I believe him. I’m disappointed in the refs that they could make a gutsy call like that in the last 30 seconds of a period. It’s pretty impressive when you have enough gall to guess. I’m going to look at the tape and see if he got pushed because I know what it is like to drive the net.”

Lewis, 26, said he didn’t think it was a penalty.

Want to see for yourself? This video clip includes both penalties:

Logan Couture scored the OT game-winner in the waning seconds of that advantage (it was already down to a 5-on-4), which wasn’t lost on Colin Fraser.

“Tough call to make, going down 5-on-3,” Fraser said. “He’s going to call it as he sees it.  We came within inches of killing them off.’

Instead, the Sharks won 2-1, reducing the Kings’ series lead down to 2-1. That left Los Angeles complaining … but probably not enough to get fined $100K.

  1. hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    He dove directly at the goalie to create a scoring chance. If you’re going to do this don’t complain when you get caught.

    • sabatimus - May 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      He was blatantly pushed into Niemi. Do you really think he wanted to create a 3-5 for his team. especially at this point in the game?

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Pushed/contact from behind or not…he might have helped his cause if he tried, in any way, to avoid contact – he not only didn’t try, but he prepaid for impact well in advance and checked the goalie. I don’t care about either team, but yeah…that’s a penalty, man.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Yes, because if it doesn’t get called it’s a wide-open net for a game winner.

    • jpelle82 - May 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      he extended his arms and checked niemi. he didnt just bump him or get pushed in with his shoulder hitting him, he reached out and checked him. it was a penalty in any series at any time of the game. that being said, what the heck happened 4 mins into the 3rd period, quick fell down while the sharks had the puck and the whistle was blown for no reason other than to let him get back up? they didnt call a penalty, no one touched him, the play was onside, no hand pass or high stick. did anyone else see that last night, it was crazy, never seen it before.

      • sjsblitz - May 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I like how Niemi didnt call for a penalty, start punching anyone, complaining or anything. Simply got back up and brushed himself off. If Quick gets screened he starts complaining , calls for a penalty, kicking and screaming. Very classless imo

  2. Stiller43 - May 19, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    I love when a coach or player says “its a tough call in that situation” referring to maybe the team already being shorthanded, it being late in the game/OT, whatever the score is, etc…

    HELLO? A penalty in the 1st minute 5 on 5 score tied is a penalty even if its tied or 2-1 and your’re already shorthanded late…or whatever the situation.

    If ya wanna argue the call, say it was a bad call (even though i think its dumb to complain, your fans and the media will point out the bad calls for you), but dont sit there and talk about how this call or that call was a bad one for the situation,

  3. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Oh how the tables have turned! This just shows that EVERY team does it.

    The same exact thing happens as game 2 and all of a sudden it is “how can they do that?”
    He dove right into niemi. It was a very selfish play that cost his team almost a guaranteed win.

    • ron05342 - May 19, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Nothing guaranteed about it, not the way the Kings were playing.

      I agree it was a penalty. Lewis might have been pushed a little but he would have plowed into Niemi anyway.

  4. kingsforever - May 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Quick was dealt a game misconduct after the game and may be suspended. Tell me how this isn’t fixed hahaha

    • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      Aaaand on to the next round of competitive excuse-making! Buddy, you go chasing the ref around after the game to scream at him and make an ass of yourself, you get a misconduct. It’s really not hard. Kings have a 2-1 lead in the series and this was as close a game as these two teams have played. If anything this was one of the more fairly-called games I’ve seen in this debacle of a postseason.

      Besides, Quick’s a star player. We all know Shanahan never suspends stars in the playoffs. Shea Weber practically picked Zetterberg up by the head and dashed it into the glass last year and didn’t even get a phone call.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      Was there a reason for the misconduct? I would guess yes

  5. pariseinminnesotabichez - May 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Fine the kings 100k already NHL what are you waiting for?

  6. kingsforever - May 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Adding insult to injury, Jonathan Quick was dealt a game misconduct at the end of the game for complaining to the ref. He can be suspended now. Tell me how this is not a fix.

    • awade9233 - May 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      Really? are you really going to say this is a fix? You really think they are going to suspend quick? the NHL doesn’t even have the guts to suspend Dustin Brown for any of the cheap shots he pulls, and you think they’re gonna suspend a goalie for mouthing off? Really?

      • kingsfan93 - May 19, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        Hey AWADE9233 – Do you even know what you are talking about? I assure you not know at least when you mention about D. Brown “the cheap shots he pulls.”

        I would LOVE to have you name even 5 DIRTY cheap shots he has pulled over his career.

        Because let me tell you a little something, D. Brown is not known for cheap shots. He plays physical and knows how to throw hits, unlike some.

        You want to talk about “cheap shots he pulls”, Raffi Torres is a con artist for cheap shots. At least the Kings aren’t low enough to trade for Raffi Torres to have on their team. Shows what kinda class SJ Sharks are.

      • sjsblitz - May 19, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        Lol says the guy with Brown as a Captain

      • awade9233 - May 19, 2013 at 5:38 AM

        I will like the thumbs speak for themselves. The people have spoken, and everyone besides fans of LA seems to realize that Brownie goes over the line and doesn’t get anything from it. Just from games I have watched the last couple years, I have seen him go for knee on knee at least three times, twice in the playoffs, I can only assume that is a trend for him. The only difference between raffi and brown is a “C” on the jersey and their history. Both play on the edge, and will take a shot at someone who doesn’t see them coming, the only difference is Raffi gets a suspension.

  7. pariseinminnesotabichez - May 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    He wasn’t pushed, he just decided not to stop

  8. pariseinminnesotabichez - May 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    @Kingsforever that’s quicks fault bud

    • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      No kidding. The tantrums he was pulling make Mike Smith look downright calm and reasonable by comparison.

  9. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    They gave him that penalty because after every whistle quick had a meltdown. Dude needs to get his head screwed on better.

    Lewis dives into Niemi and he just gets up and dusts himself off.

  10. 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    You mean like they guessed the delay of game call in the last one, Dustin?

  11. rebel21das - May 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    He dive bombed into Niemi and really tries to cry about this to his teammates lol, the video says it all Lewis, quite your bellyaching just because it didn’t work out for ya.

  12. rebel21das - May 19, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    quit* lol

  13. 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Good God. The fans, the GMs, the coaches, the players… every time a team loses a game it’s somehow the refs out to get them, the NHL out to fix the match, one childish excuse after another. The Red Wings are just about the only team I haven’t heard blasting the NHL for having the nerve to let them lose games in these playoffs so far, and we’re only in the second round.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      I haven’t heard it from the Bruins or Rangers, (I hope I didn’t jinx it)

      • govtminion - May 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        They’ve only done one game so far. Give them time!

        (Hey, every team does it, let’s not kid ourselves here.)

      • handsofsweed - May 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Or Pittsburgh. YET…. (for them, Boston and NY.) Hope it stays that way for all 3 teams in terms of crying about bad calls.

  14. cspsrbums - May 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Blackhawks , and now the Kings complaining about the officiating but when the Caps got screwed one the Rangers series for 3 games and complain they are whining. The Refs have been horrible all Playoffs

    • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      Damn right. Horrible for everyone. Every team’s had awful calls made (or not made) against them, in every series. And yet every time a team loses a game, somehow it’s a grand conspiracy against just them. Nevermind if they’re leading the series, nevermind if the calls were in their favour in the last freaking game, it’s always “They were out to get us, they were out to get us!” When did hockey turn into competitive crying?

      • buckeye044 - May 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Every team except the Rangers. Can’t be horrible calls when they call nothing.

        That said, how does Rooney get to officiate so many playoff games? Dude is awful.

  15. Stiller43 - May 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM


    Dude, i rooted for the kings last yeat when my pens got knocked out (scuderi’s still my boy), and was rooting for them to get to the finals again, but….WOW is quick a whiner!!

    The first goal? WHINE. Most stoppages! WHINE! Where they stopped play because he FLOPPED when he was 3 ft on top of his crease and got grazed by a shark? WHINE! Right after the OT goal, he skated to the refs and WHINED!

    And i like quick!!!

  16. xxakshunxx - May 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    would love to see this series go seven games

  17. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Wheres the article about Quick head butting an official?

  18. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Apologies for comment above. Not sure if he did that. TSN article about abuse on official and possible suspension. Then i heard about head butting from sources. Nothing confirmed yet!

  19. clutchfan - May 19, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Looked like goalie interference, what a bone headed play by Lewis as he was obviously going for contact with the goalie in some way. Can’t blame the refs on that one.

  20. gsprulz - May 19, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    “I find it very tough to believe that a player as intelligent as Trevor Lewis, that he’d run the goalie,” -Penner …man he makes it way too easy to pick on him.

    • awade9233 - May 19, 2013 at 5:41 AM

      He just needs to stick to his pancakes.

  21. hockeydon10 - May 19, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Definitely goaltender interference. One of the ways you can tell is the defenceman’s stick around his midsection did nothing to slow him down to direct him around the goalie. Normally, when a d-man gets his stick around someone’s midsection and slows the skater down, the d-man gets called for interference or hooking. The fact that this happened and Lewis didn’t slow down at all? And didn’t try to avoid contact by either stopping or by peeling off before getting into the blue paint? Interference.

  22. jacketsfan7 - May 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Isn’t there a penalty called….DIVING?
    Should’ve been two penalties in Lewis there

  23. patthehockeyfan - May 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Questionable calls are going both ways in this series. Deal with it.

    Sometimes you’re the windshield; sometimes you’re the bug. – Mary Chapin Carpenter

  24. 950003cups - May 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    He thinks that’s a bad situation? Did Penner forget referee Chris Rooney let a blatant penalty go unnoticed, then 3 seconds later calls a 5 minute major when a team was climbing out of a 0-3 hole in a cup elimination game?

    It was also a clear interference. I’m getting sick of all the teams crying about the refs. They blow calls all the time. Why is this year the year of the whiners? It’s every team doing it. One team complains about being called for penalties, another complains for not getting calls.

  25. mildfan - May 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Terrible call, the ref should be Fined!

  26. mildfan - May 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    And I could care less who wins this series, you cannot stop with a guy on your back, much less with a shove in the back, watch the video !!

  27. jpat2424 - May 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Shut up and play. Jesus

  28. hrudey - May 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Ugh. I thought that was a play that could have been a no-call, could have been caused by a push by the Shark, or could have been called as it was. They called it, and there’s certainly nothing at all about the call that deserves this kind of reaction from Penner. The Kings killed the 5 on 3 but couldn’t get a stoppage to get their 5 on 4 set. Good win for the Sharks, and hopefully the Kings can respond by taking the next two and hopefully just shut up about officiating.

  29. mildfan - May 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Jpat242, tell that to the awful ref, LA was playing, and I am sure Jesus was not playing last night. What team does he play for?

  30. capsfan19 - May 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Ahh and caps fans are the only whiners… Sorry couldnt help it.

    “Honey, pancakes are ready…”
    “Oh sorry guys gotta go! Ahh my back…”

    Good call for goalie interference. Sure he may have been pushed but to fly like a missile into him from 5-6 feet away… Come on.

  31. jpat2424 - May 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Stop all the complaining and whining and play F N Hockey. And I hope Jesus plays for the Hawks. Cause we need. He’s taking Stalbergs spot

  32. sjsfanman - May 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Wonder were all the LA Fans are that were on here a couple days ago talking about how disgusting it was to blame the refs for a loss?

    I can’t believe LA has the gall to complain about a 5-3 being given out on a shaky call at the end of a game…

    • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Maybe because Kings fans think the Sharks earned their penalties in game 2 and the refs made some “shaky calls” in game 3 for make up. And unlike some of the Sharks fans I’ve seen on here, some Kings fans realize there is no point coming on here and saying anything. Some of us, anyway. Yeah, no point complaining about a call at the end of the game, like Sharks fans didn’t do.

  33. sjsfanman - May 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I also wonder if Penner will be fined a 100K for questioning the decisions of an NHL official?

  34. geshtahl - May 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I love the whole “Brown isn’t dirty” argument. Brown plays the same style of hockey as Peter Forsburg. It’s called: “I’m going to see what I can get away with since I don’t have the dreaded ‘reputation’ to worry about”

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      well he is getting a reputation now, dont forget he was suspended right at the en of the regular season for a head shot…his actions are starting to catch up with him

  35. scionofflame - May 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    As a guy who doesn’t give much of a crap about either of these teams (win or lose), all I can see is that Lewis gets harassed towards the net, but he doesn’t get -pushed- in any way that he couldn’t try to skate past the night instead of dead into Niemi. He just doesn’t slow down either, knowing someone is right behind him. You run the net, you run the risk, but I can understand not wanting to slip away and bury myself into the wall because I’m flying too quick.

    Sucks for the Kings. But they’ve still got the series lead, and the Sharks are notorious playoff chokers. Don’t start complaining too hard.

  36. luvusa1 - May 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    @kingsfan93: Are you serious? have you not seen the cheapshots especially against the Coyotes last year in the playoffs? oh, le’s not forget about the “accidental” elbows he throws to players faces…give me a break..he is a punk and an embarrassment to the sport…you must be another bandwagonKings fan or else you wouldn’t have posted such nonsense. Pathetic.

  37. giantsfan155 - May 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    HAHAHAHAHHA. After all the whining, I thought the video evidence would at least be SOMEWHAT controversial. The guy barely got touched. He rammed right into Niemi. What a joke. Get out of here Kings fans.Get out.

  38. yousuxxors - May 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    why does everyone complain about the refs nowadays in all sports. the refs are not getting worse, it has always been like this. now the players do it to. the refs don’t have slow motion replay. so sick of all this whining by players and fans.

  39. blomfeld - May 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    “Here’s the pancake-loving forward’s full quote” …

    Not sure about other fellow Kings fans, but in my books those are ‘fight’n’ words ! :)
    In all seriousness, none of this amounts to anything apart from now affording us the chance to close this thing out in ‘style’ at home on Wednesday … and God willing friends, we will ! Keep in mind that we’ve still yet to bring a full broadside to bear. But man when we do, look out ! In fact, I can now honestly see us scoring a combined ‘minimum’ of 15 x goals against the Sharks over the coming two games !


  40. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Shut your trap

  41. gmenfan1982 - May 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    That was as obvious a goaltender interference call as I’ve ever seen.

  42. peehergriphon - May 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Looks like Lewis didn’t bother to stop. #12 had her hand on Lewis’ back but Marley’s girly hand couldn’t have pushed anybody.

  43. jkaflagg - May 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Guess the irony is that the Kings have waited seven years for Lewis to go hard to the net….bad timing is part of life.

    Sutter said it best – Kings got a break in game 2, Sharks in game 3….move on to the next game.

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