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Quick assessed game misconduct for ‘abuse of officials’ after Game 3 loss

May 19, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

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Last night’s Sharks overtime win, courtesy of a couple of late penalties by the Kings, didn’t sit all that well with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. While he didn’t sound off after the game, like Dustin Penner managed to do, he did so on the ice.

Quick was assessed a game misconduct at the conclusion of last night’s game for abuse of officials. As Jon Rosen of L.A. Kings Insider notes, that kind of penalty comes with a mandatory $200 fine. It also might come with league discipline as well.

Rule 39.5 of the NHL rule book says any player assessed a game misconduct penalty for abusing officials is subject to supplemental discipline. Would the league step in and defend their officials so hard that they’d possibly suspend Quick? Very doubtful. There could be a bigger fine in Quick’s future depending on what was said, however. Let’s just assume there were a lot of four-letter words.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - May 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    What exactly is the point with fining a multi-million man 200$? I just don’t get it.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      I agree. Missing a game would actually make it a punishment.

      • imleftcoast - May 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        And the playoffs a complete mockery. Thanks for playing.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      I think the fines for misconducts are a holdover from days of y’Orr, er, yore, when players made WAY less and $200 made a notable wallet dent. Unless Quick’s abuse included physical mayhem, he’s safe from suspension. But Rogie’s getting ready just in case.

  2. shoelois - May 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Why don’t the head of officials admit it that the refereeing of these series on all teams suck. Call the penalties evenly ,don’t let everything go until the last two minutes. This is the worst refereeing i’ve seen in the 35 years I”ve been watching hockey

    • jcmeyer10 - May 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Bettman asked Stern for advice on how to run officiating. This is getting as bad as the NBA.

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        I don’t watch the NBA and I’m getting close to not watching the NHL; the officiating and suspensions are disgustingly inconsistent.

    • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Right there with you bud, but it’s a choice to lose your head about it. Some teams have handled bad calls diplomatically, while others have had guys go nuts over it. Jonathan Quick, Doug Wilson, Ovechkin and McPhee, et cetera. Bad calls cut both ways every series and everyone’s gotten burned in these playoffs at least a couple of times. Some players (and staff) are letting it become an excuse or a reason for a tantrum and others aren’t. Their reactions are their own responsibility.

      • imleftcoast - May 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        If the owners aren’t going to put the pressure on Bettman, you’re totally right that all the coaches and players can do is try to bottle it. Pretty tough when you are crazy competitive. Do you load up on guys from Nashville and Ovechkin who don’t give a hoot whether they win?

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Sounds nice but the calls have been inconsistent and unbalanced. The stats support the fact that some teams are getting hosed. It’s reminding me of the old WWF, way back when Johnny War Eagle ruled the ring. It’s that bad.

      • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Care to list off some examples? Barring the massive power play disparity the Sharks had over Vancouver (and we can mostly agree that’s on Van’s cheap play, right?), I haven’t seen much in the way of obvious gaps in call frequency between opponents. Rangers-Caps was pretty wide I guess.

      • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        To be clear, I’m not saying you’re wrong. I’m just not seeing it as much, I guess. It seems to me more like one team’s getting burned on a call one night, then their opponent the next.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - May 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    If you are issued a game misconduct at the conclusion of a game it should absolutely carry over to the next game. But the NHL doesn’t have the backbone to remove a star goalie from the defending champs. The LA market’s sudden hockey revival is too important to the league. Just like how they wouldn’t suspend Nash from a New York team fighting for their playoff lives. A $200 penalty for a guy making close to $6 mil is justice enough.

  4. 950003cups - May 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    The NHL should change out the official’s striped shirts for tie-dye shirts. They’re acting like a bunch of disgruntled hippies.

    If he refuses to pay the $200, do they sue him? Its ok for him to let the officials have it on the ice. It’s the heat of the moment. It’s expected.

  5. mydoglouie - May 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Quick seems to be doing a lot of complaining on every little thing. He has a save % around 95, he needs to shut his trap!

  6. blomfeld - May 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM


    Hopefully common sense will now prevail and Quick will immediately ‘stand down’ from his justifiable upset. The bottom line is to eliminate the Sharks ‘asap’ and that’s done on the score sheet, not through the ‘compromised’ media. Besides being the reigning Stanley Cup champions which is supported by the classiest fan base in all of pro sports, our LA Kings are without a doubt the best trained and most high disciplined team in the business, bar none. Therefore look for the upset of last night to have completely disappeared by the time they drop the puck tomorrow night …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • goodknave - May 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      “Classiest fan base in all of pro sports.” That’s pretty funny, especially since most of them don’t even know who Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, etc., are.

      • Dug - May 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Butch Goring, Whitey Whiting, Dave Shultz (yes, for a season), Gene Carr, Rogie Vashon, Don Kozak, Dave Hutchinson, Bob Nevin…..shall I continue?

      • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Give it up, Dug. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been watching since the 70’s, every yahoo on here (likely not even born ’til after then) thinks all Kings fans are band-wagoners who just discovered hockey last year.

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM


      • blomfeld - May 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        The “OFF BROADWAY LINE” ! :)

        That in my opinion was the ‘coolest’ line of all back then, featuring NY transplants Gene Carr, Mike Murphy and Tommy Williams. However my favorite King by far was none other than # 24 Don ‘Kozy’ Kozak … he didn’t so much skate, as he would ‘run’ on the ice ! One of the funniest things ever that I remember from back then, was one night at a Canucks game here in Vancouver in circa ’75, when Neil Komadouski (ie: very tough & cool guy) skated over to the Canucks’ bench and proceeded to punch three of them in the head in rapid succession… I thinks it was Kearns, Olafsson and Daly ? Then the Canucks’ trainer intervened and Komadouski proceeded to plant a fist in his face too ! … good times ! :)

        ps: it’s really nice for me to hear from you ‘old time’ King’s fans, as I’m otherwise virtually all alone up here in these parts … :)

  7. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    How bout those ***king Refs right there…

  8. multiplemiggs - May 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    $200 is the MANDATORY MINIMUM for recieving a misconduct after regulation. I’m sure it will go up to a few thousand, and he’ll be between the pipes next game, end of story.

    • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      When the mandatory minimum salary is $500,000, don’t you think the fines should be even a little bit more proportional to that?

    • jpelle82 - May 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      i dont get how words between grown men on the ice would ever mean a suspension. how was he even issued a game misconduct? shouldve been an unsportsmanlike

  9. cardsandbluesforever - May 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    if they want to act like spoiled brats after a loss by berating officials, then make em sit for a game and see how much they run thier mouths the next game.

    quick may be shooting himself and his team in the foot regardless. officials remembar this kind of stuff, and the kings can expect a LOT of calls to go against them the rest of the series because of it.

    • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Just what we need in officiating: Not just bad calls both ways, but some retribution for hurt feelings.

  10. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    If it is in the rule book it should happen. Unless they tweak the rules in favor OF quick… Unlike Torres.

    We will see. I don’t really care what happens. Quick is melting down after every whistle. This just adds more pressure on him.

  11. sjsblitz - May 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Quick whines alot and throws his toys after every loss. Take a page out of Nemo’s book and simply walk away and look towards the next game.

  12. paperkid96 - May 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I think we are finally seeing the “everyone gets a trophy” crowd make it into pro sports. These guys are still elite athletes but the generation that has been spoiled their entire life is now old enough to be playing pro sports. The constant pampering/ perceived entitlement has created this.

    The game misconduct deserves a much larger fine since it was handed out after the game.

  13. jimw81 - May 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    NHL and refs are making these calls because of the missed call on weber in last year’s playoffs.they been over the top and inconsistent in every playoff game. The major problem is that refs aren’t that good. league drove out the confident refs because they wont call a game the way bettman wanted them to be called.

    since they are being consistent quick has to be suspended for game 4. the ball is in gary and shanny’s hands.

  14. kingsforever - May 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Fix is in. That’s why then the favored Sharks get eliminated it will be so much sweeter.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      The favored Sharks? Please, the NHL can barely contain their excitement over hockey being relevant in Los Angeles for the first time since Gretzkys introductory news conference. The only thing that would dampen Bettmans spirits would be San Jose and/or Ottawa in the conference finals.

  15. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Triple Crown Line…. My favorite player was Gary Seargent when I was 9 or so…

  16. shutyourfivehole - May 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Quick wants to use the refs to keep the Sharks from getting too close to him. They were buzzing around and camping out in front trying to screen him. Poor little baby didn’t like it. Even though he initiated contact several times and flopped around like the real princess Mike Smith. Crybaby!

  17. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Fan favorite, had is own cheering section. I believe Rob Palmer, or was it Bob Murdoch..? I gotta go google it…

  18. acuratech348 - May 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I’ve been saying it for years. The referring in the NHL needs a complete overhaul. Refs should somehow be held accountable for blatantly bad calls or what i really can stand the most, make up calls.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 19, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      If one ref is 15 feet from a play and sees a play that he passes on calling a penalty, the other ref 60 feet away should be prohibited from making one of these bogus calls.

  19. isithockeyseasonyet - May 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    The kings are turning into the penguins w all the whining they do after they lose a game

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      I agree. They both have that entitled attitude, as if they deserve calls based on the crests on their chests and names on their backs.

  20. mrpinkca - May 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    $100k for disagreeing with a suspension, $200 for abuse of officials; is the NHL trying to make back the money it lost to the lockout with fines?

  21. frankiesweep - May 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    It’s laughable that the Kings of all teams would be crying about calls….

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