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

May 19, 2013, 12:44 AM EST

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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.

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