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Report: No supplemental discipline for Quick’s abuse of officials

May 19, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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Jonathan Quick can breathe a little easier this afternoon.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports the league will not seek supplementary discipline against Quick for his game misconduct for abuse of officials last night.

It was under the NHL’s discretion whether they wanted to pursue further action against him as it’s in the league rule book as an option, but with this being the middle of the playoffs and emotions run a little hotter than normal, they opted against it.

That won’t help keep cooler heads from prevailing as we’ve seen two games in a row in this series wind up being decided thanks to late penalty calls. Teams will always argue that they want games settled five-on-five but then want crucial calls being made. Unfortunately, it can’t happen both ways.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - May 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    What a surprise! The NHL chooses not to punish another star from a large market team. What’s the point of even giving a game misconduct at the conclusion of a game?

    • pirovash88 - May 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Since when have the kings been a large market? About the lack of suspension, maybe they should’ve suspended multiple sharks players for complaining about the torres hit as well.

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Are you really gonna tell me Los Angeles is not a large market? Yes it’s not a traditional hockey market but they won the Cup last year and subsequently hockey has grown exponentially there. It has always been a large market, just not for hockey. But now the league is ecstatic about the potential of the sport in a once untapped area. Personally I believe the possibility of having LA, and the ppl/money it brings to the league, in the conference finals again, factored into the decision.

        But it’s not necessarily about the league suspending Quick, it should be about a rule where if a player gets a game misconduct after the clock hits 0:00, then that misconduct should carry over to the next game. Not just disappear. Otherwise, what the hell is the point of giving a GAME misconduct if it only results in a $200 penalty? It’s totally illogical and undermines the authority of the refs.

      • pirovash88 - May 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Philly- i don’t think the market in los angeles is that untapped.. It might’ve been before the gretzky era, but it isn’t anymore. Don’t think having l.a. In the conference finals will do any better than san jose. Los angeles is a basketball and baseball town, not hockey. You want to talk about untapped markets? Give seattle a team. Also, winning a cup may boost a fanbase for some, but not always. Take the ducks for example, they won the cup in 07 and they’re already struggling to sell season tickets.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      You don’t want to lose the league’s stars for saying mean things. If a guy throws an elbow fine, but swearing at a ref is not a reason to lose an elite goalie.

      • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        i’m with you. if he said something racist or said it to the media then yeah maybe, but not after a loss with a “questionable” call (which i personally think was a penalty). he kept it on the ice, you can bet that ref wont forget it, that may be punishment enough down the road.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Hmmm….. Not surprised. It is in the rule book but Quick is a star player.

    Another example of star players being held at a higher level of rules.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Is that really how you want to win a game? Have one of the opposing team’s players out because he swore at an official?

      • biasedhomer - May 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        He is trying to intimidate the refs so that in the future, he gets more calls his way.

  3. bensawesomeness - May 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    “I’m surprised by this” – Nobody

  4. shoelois - May 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    all comments must be from sharks fans

    • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Are all downvotes from Kings fans, then?

  5. pirovash88 - May 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Sorry sharks fan, not happening.

  6. 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I’m not pulling for one team or the other in this series, but actions should have consequences. A suspension would have been way too steep for just mouthing off (sorry, Sharks fans, it’s the playoffs), but if Doug Wilson caught a $100k fine for his comments, Quick definitely needed to lose some cash as well.

  7. Stiller43 - May 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Pens fan here.

    He should miss the game. You cant set the precedent of whining throughout the game, and then harassing the officials enough AFTER the game to the point they give you a game misconduct…only to get NO discipline. Thats pathetic.

    • 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Eh. It’s a playoff game. You shouldn’t lose time for mean words in the postseason. It’s not like he hit the ref or something. Regular season? Yeah, I can see losing a game to make a point. Gotta respect the refs whether you like ’em or not. But we’re talking about a best-of-seven series, not 82 – playoff games just count way too much to do that over harsh language.

  8. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    LA became a large market once they won the cup. You never saw Kings fans on here before they won the cup. Now everyone on PHT seems to love the Kings.

    • pirovash88 - May 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Except even the announcers on nbc seem a little biased towards the sharks. Even if the kings dropped out of the playoffs the network wouldn’t lose a lot of viewers. It’s california Hockey, doesn’t compare to a market on the east coast. Are you forgetting that rangers, bruins, and pens are still in? Wow..

      • sjawesome - May 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Haha that’s laughable. The NBC announcers can’t even pronounce the sharks players names correctly.

  9. sharksman - May 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I never expected quick to miss a game
    But what is the point of getting a game misconduct at the end of the game if it does not mean anything ???

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      For the fine and in the event the league decides the comments were suspension-worthy.

    • 2cucry - May 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Well according to the NHL rule book if you receive 2 game misconducts during the playoffs you are automatically booted from the next game.. So if Quick gets another Game Misconduct.. he’s automatically gone the following game.. which would probably change the series..

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 19, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        ^ Winner

  10. dt58 - May 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I’m not saying he should get suspended but this kind of behaviour towards officials need to stop. These guys do a very difficult job that not many would be willing to do. They may not be perfect but they are definitely needed. Look what happen to the NFLs experiment with replacement refs… My biggest problem is that this attitude towards refs goes all the way gown to little leagues and this sends a message that its ok to verbally abuse them when the calls don’t go your way

  11. surfoside4life - May 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    The sharks proves that the more you complain the more calls you will get. Let’s see if this works for the kings as well

    • surfoside4life - May 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM


      • gsprulz - May 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Yeah like Dustin Brown diving into the board and complaining…that was funny.

  12. shutyourfivehole - May 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    What about the pancake fatty Penner and his comments about the refs? He should be getting a fine. He should also put down his fork and try to play hockey.

  13. pens5829 - May 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Didn’t see what happened but someone needs to step up and criticize the NHL AND the officiating. It’s been pathetic. Way too may blatantly weak calls (sympathy calls) in a lame attempt to even games up.

  14. blomfeld - May 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM



  15. redgreentape - May 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Quick forgot he can only use the f word in front of a large crowd after he wins a cup. hope that does not happen again.

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