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Video: Kings denied a goal after quick whistle

May 22, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

One goal separated the L.A. Kings from potentially sending Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal with the San Jose Sharks to overtime.

This only magnifies what took place in the second period of Tuesday’s game, which ended in a 2-1 loss for the Kings. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two-games apiece.

With just under 14 minutes remaining in the second period, and down two goals, the Kings appeared to get on the board with a goal of their own.

A point shut made its way through Sharks’ goalie Antti Niemi and the puck was clearly loose, on its way to the goal line, when the play was blown dead.

Kings’ forward Dustin Penner got his stick on the puck, banging it into the open the net, however the whistle had already gone.

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  1. hawkeedawg - May 22, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Zebra’s blew (Intentional Pun) the whistle too early, no doubt. Good Goal

    • hawkeedawg - May 22, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Those leaving thumbs down, where is your argument, or do you just give thumbs down and run away?

    • crashtheboards55 - May 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      Definite good goal. In watching these other games some refs let 8 ppl in the crease to battle for the puck which is nowhere to be found. Others blow the whistle the second the puck hits the goalie. So much inconsistency. They must be MLB umps refereeing out there.

      • chootemslug - May 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Agreed. Ive mainly been watching the Chi-Det series, but for those games, the ref’s are allowing hacking and pile ups in the crease before a whistle is blown.

    • sharksman - May 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      As a sharks fans I am happy for the quick whistle but the kings got “hosed” on that one
      it could have made it a different game

  2. ron05342 - May 22, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Nothing like home cooking!

    Oh well. It’s the NHL. We come to expect these kinds of calls. It’s a nightly occurrence. One could also argue if the Kings had decided not to show up halfway through the game, they could have won it.

    Sometimes it does take 60 minutes, right Kings? Show up in the 1st period in the next game, and perhaps I will still think you are trying to defend your title.

  3. 19to77 - May 22, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Bad call, but that’s the story of these sh*t-awful playoffs in general. Tough breaks all ’round. The NHL needs to do a full review of the referee personnel in the offseason, and also of quite a few calls – delay of game being extremely high on the list. This postseason has been hard to watch because of sh*t like this.

    • comeonnowguys - May 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      They’re probably going to change delay of game somewhere between the Conn Smythe and the presentation of the Cup. :)

  4. peehergriphon - May 22, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Instant replay? Bad calls happens in MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL but i think NBA is the worst.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 22, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    The fact that you care about how many people thumb you up or down is sad.

    • 19to77 - May 22, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      I guess we know who one of ’em was.

      • hawkeedawg - May 22, 2013 at 4:27 AM

        Yeah, sjsharks66 likes to post, run and hide because he can’t back up anything he says.

    • hawkeedawg - May 22, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      NO, if you are going to thumb down, give a reason, that is all I m saying.

      Sjs66, your posts on this site show just how much you understand the game of hockey and your “Non hockey related” posts just emphasize this fact.

      C’mon, give me an argument!!!!

      Oh, you can’t, OK, Bye Bye

      • comeonnowguys - May 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        That’s kind of the point of the thumbs. It’s a quick way to show your agreement/disagreement without having to write a comment. There are some jobs that don’t allow enough alt+tab time to craft a proper counterpoint.

  6. thewaytonever - May 22, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    play was killed too quickly. but I think the refs might have still been mad at quick for being a big baby after game 3.

  7. dannymac17 - May 22, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    SJ will call this payback. Go ahead and take it. You only get one, right spiderman?

  8. eaglesbest - May 22, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Officiating has been extremely poor this post season. If u watch game 3 of not only this game but the bruins/rangers series you’ll see just how horrible they are. Rangers have gotten the benefit of numerous calls and quick whistles. It’s just nice that their powerplay is probably the worst thing I have ever seen. Go bruins!!!

  9. yousuxxors - May 22, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    islanders got screwed by the same thing multiple times.

  10. shortsxit34 - May 22, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Wow Hawkee,

    I agreed with your first post, but I’ve never actually seen somebody call out people because he got thumbs down. Quit being such a baby.

    And if anybody thinks about giving this a thumbs down, you’d better reply explaining why. Otherwise I’m coming back to sarcastically insult you. Kthanksbyeee!!1one

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Quick whistle also occurred in last night’s game between the Bs and NYR but it didn’t result in a goal. Quick whistles happen frequently. As Suter points out, as soon as the ref loses sight of the puck after a shot on net he blows the whistle. Nothing new here. What do you expect the ref to do in this case?

  12. kingsforever - May 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Fix is in

  13. taintedlombardis - May 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    People think the refs are going to be privately admonished over this are dead wrong. They are getting a pat on the back from the league office.

    • comeonnowguys - May 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Hey I have a favor, it’s going to rain today and I didn’t bring my umbrella. Can I borrow your tinfoil hat?

  14. hrudey - May 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Should have been a goal, no question about it. (Well, except if you’ve had too much water in San Jose, in which case you’d say the puck was on Niemi’s shoulder and that Penner should have been penalized for shooting the puck after the whistle). But that happens, and the Kings had more than enough time to come back and couldn’t do it. Full marks to the Sharks for being the better team in game 4 and hopefully the Kings can right the ship in game 5, because they’re running out of chances to do so.

  15. greenmtnboy31 - May 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    The consistent things we have come to expect in this postseason is the poor officiating and inconsistency. Players, coaches and fans just want consistency and these refs can’t deliver; it’s awful to watch. Seriously, how do guys that are this incompetent get to officiate in the playoffs? I’ve said it on other threads previously, but if these guys are the best the NHL has to offer in the postseason, then the NHL has a big problem on its’ hands. The players and fans deserve a lot better than what they are getting out of these zebras.

  16. mrpinkca - May 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    As a Sharks fan, the refs had no business blowing the whistle when they did. The Kings got robbed.

  17. pens5829 - May 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    WOW! Makes you wonder if the NHL offices have stepped in and said do everything possible to extend each series to maximize profits in order to make up for losses earlier this season. Beginning to think they secretly hired Vince McMahon…

  18. pennerismyhomeboy - May 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    My homeboy got robbed.

  19. aldog83 - May 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    A QUICK WHISTLE should not stop the NHL video review of a obvious goal in a tight playoff series.

    If the puck did not cross the line. (which I think it was on the way to doing) Maybe a penalty shot should be awarded?


    Kings put themselves in a bad spot.

    Out shot 15-3 in the 1st!

    In a game they could have took a commanding 3-1 series lead in? Unacceptable!

    BAD CALL ON QUICK WHISTLE! Kings got HOSED on that one.

    But they played a bad game for 2 periods and had to scramble in the end.

    Kings need to start strong…..


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

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