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No call: Kings’ Doughty has stick slashed out of hands

May 24, 2013, 3:04 AM EDT

Concerns over officiating in these Stanley Cup playoffs continue to persist.

Another example of the confusing standard being set by NHL referees this post-season came in Thursday’s Game 5 between the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks.

Sharks forward Jason Demers slashed the stick of Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty, breaking the stick. There was no penalty called on the play, leaving Doughty incensed.

Typically, this is called for a penalty – or provides what former NHL official Kerry Fraser wrote in a TSN blog post in March called the “‘smoking gun’ for referees to assess a penalty.”

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  1. blomfeld - May 24, 2013 at 3:22 AM


    What that parasite Demers did to Doughty was despicable, however ‘he’ and the rest of his miserable Sharks are going to be ‘dealt with’ in game 6 … no two ways about it !

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

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      LMAO please, the Kings get away with murder practically..remember Browns intentional knee against the Blues? ya, quit your whining. you have perhaps the dirtiest player in the league in Brown.

  2. hockeydon10 - May 24, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    It’s just par for the course at this point. Both west series have seen this let go. Game three of Det-Chi had about 5 of these not called.

  3. mpops86 - May 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    This happens all the time, I’d say it gets called 75% of the time but not close to 100%. They’re composite sticks, after all.

  4. guitarmy204 - May 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I’ll never understand why it’s a penalty if you slash someone’s stick out of their hands and it doesn’t break. Players should learn to hold onto their stick.

    • therealjr - May 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM


      61.1 Slashing – Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

  5. izlez - May 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I’ve noticed they stopped calling penalties this year every time a guy drops his stick. Smartest thing the league has ever done. Hold onto your stick

  6. sharksman - May 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    after all the non calls last night this is the one they choose to cry about ??
    there was plenty from both sides

  7. kingsforever - May 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    He dropped his stick because it broke. It’s a penalty to skate with a broken stick. Too dangerous.

  8. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Pick up your stick and move on. Unless you were playing at the time, big deal.

  9. kingsfan68 - May 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    stop crying sharks fans, Browns not dirty, he plays hard and is physical, you know you’d love having him on your team. .. a slash is a slash. .. Get over it

  10. bleedingteal4life - May 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Calls on both sides have been absolutely ridiculous this round, and everyone knows it. It’s not one sided, both teams are getting shafted. Doesn’t surprise me about Demers tho, he’s a pile of —- and doesn’t bring much to the table. I’d take broken hand Burish over healthy Demers any day of the week.

  11. bleedingteal4life - May 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Blomfeld, if there is any kind of justice in the world, it would be the sharks winning just so you’ll shut the F— up. However it is a cruel and unusual world we live in, where idiots and @ssh0les thrive, so congrats on your BS.

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