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Kings’ Sutter: ‘They’re gonna say they lost sight of the puck’

May 22, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

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Darryl Sutter didn’t rant about the officials, even though a replay shows a quick whistle led to his team getting denied a goal Tuesday.

The Kings were trailing the San Jose Sharks by two goals with 13:54 remaining in the second period of Game 4 in the Western Conference semifinal series, when it appeared they scored to cut the deficit.

Instead, the play was blown dead, even though the puck from a point shot had gotten through Sharks’ goalie Antti Niemi and was clearly visible, eventually knocked into the net by Dustin Penner. No goal.

The Kings went on to lose the game by a final score of 2-1, and the best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2.

“I’m sure it’s in the rule book, when the whistle goes … right?” Sutter, the Kings’ head coach, told reporters, as per

“What are the gonna come and tell us. They’re gonna come say they lost sight of the puck and they blew the whistle.”

  1. titansbro - May 22, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    This kind of stuff shouldn’t happen.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      No! When should a ref blow the whistle ?

  2. kingsforever - May 22, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Not when it’s being shot in the net…

    • valoisvipers - May 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      The play is deemed dead when the ref makes the decision to blow the whistle not the actual blowing of the whistle.When the ref loses sight of the puck he must deem the play dead and blow the whistle.Yes there is a time lag and that’s when loose pucks get banged in but don’t count.

  3. rgledz - May 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Tissues are in aisle 16 Coach. You should get some for your post game stuff. Lotta crying after each loss.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Not sure about the other loss, but I listened to this interview and he wasn’t crying – he and Brown both actually handled it as well as they could and just basically said ‘it happens’. And it takes a lot for me to say that because I absolutely hate hearing this man’s voice.

      • elvispocomo - May 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Even Penner said that in the intermission interview. No crying that I heard.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      He’s one of the only coaches who hasn’t complained about the calls

  4. 950003cups - May 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    That’s the worst, and it happens a lot. But the one I hate most is a “no goal” because the ref “had intent” to blow the whistle. That one always has me scratching my head.

    • doubles22 - May 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      The play is considered “dead” from the very instant the ref loses sight of the puck, not when the whistle sounds. The reason for this is to allow the ref time to put his whistle up and blow it AFTER he determines play should be stopped. Not a perfect system, but I believe it to be the best. Would love to hear alternatives from those who may disagree.

    • ron05342 - May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      We got a goal in SCF last season when Brodeur trapped the puck under his pad and King and Martinez kept hacking at it until it went into the net. Brodeur should have got the whistle then, so the way I look at it (to keep my sanity) is that the Hockey Gods evened it all up for us.

      Besides, the Kings didn’t deserve that game yesterday anyway. Stop waiting until the 3rd to do something, Kings. A real bad habit you’ve developed this season, and yes we have pulled some games out of our azz doing that but that behavior will only get you so far.

  5. jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM


  6. bauxjangles - May 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Kings could have remedied the siuation by playing for more than just the last 10 minutes of the game so that they don’t have to be bothered by bad calls, because they happen and they happen often. Sutter wasn’t crying though- and if he needed tissues, he was I’m san jose, he could have gotten some from the sharks.

  7. joelwrobinson - May 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    The kings lost because of the bad calls. Definitely not because they got outplayed. Right? Can the kings ever play a game without complaining before/during/after the game?

  8. blomfeld - May 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM


    Friends, these last two games were ‘unfortunate’ no doubt. However it’s still ‘we’ who hold the high ground here and so ‘now’ is the time for us to finish the job at hand and move on. Carter, Kopitar, Williams, Richards, Doughty, Penner … come on you guys ! I mean seriously, you represent our glorious vanguard and we depend on you ! So please make ‘mince’ meat of these jerks in game 5 and let’s put an end to this silliness, eh ?

    ps: “FU” to Sjsharksfan66 and his minions !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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