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McLellan irate after Sharks on wrong end of another ‘blown call’

Jan 8, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

Suffice to say Todd McLellan isn’t a big fan of the officiating the Sharks have seen this season.

On Tuesday night, San Jose lost 3-2 in Nashville on this goal, which proved to be the game winner:

Allowing the marker to stand — referee Mike Hasenfratz reportedly explained that Marc-Edouard Vlasic pushed Colin Wilson into Antti Niemi — proved the tipping point for McLellan, who called it a “blown call” then ranted not just about the Nashville goal, but the number of decisions that have adversely affected his team this season.

From the Mercury News:

“We’ve played 44 games,” he said. “I go back to the Buffalo blown call in overtime, I go back to the blown call in Winnipeg, I go to one in Minnesota and I go to the one tonight. That’s one in every 11 games.

“I understand mistakes because I make a lot of them behind the bench,” he continued. “But when you get an explanation from a group of people and it didn’t happen, it’s disappointing. It really is disappointing.

“There’s also protocol to follow in our league and that protocol is you get together and you discuss it and that didn’t happen either. Obviously I’m not very happy with it.”

In case you’re wondering about the incidents McLellan referenced:

NHL defends no-goal call in Sharks-Sabres OT

Marleau OT goal vs. Jets waved off

Pominville interference on Niemi goes uncalled

The Sharks have been erratic of late, losing three of five, so one wonders if McLellan’s comments are simply the result of growing frustration.

  1. hockey412 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I was fully prepared to think “quit whining”…but I actually see his point – whether or not they were blown calls, it’s got to be frustrating to have 8 points gone via controversial calls when you are 9 down of Anaheim. Luckily it’s still one hell of a team and they are still in good shape.

  2. Idaslapter - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I was at the game last night and I can tell you that despite this one call, the Sharks were out played the entire evening. They were lackluster and Weber actually scored the 2nd goal for them. I think “quit whining” is totally appropriate.

    • btlpper68 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Ur point is valid but just cuz teams play bad Dosent mean you completely blow the call

      • Idaslapter - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        What I am saying is that even if it was a blown call, they got a make up gift. They were just outplayed.

    • btlpper68 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      What you realy did was announce you were one of ten people to go to the game and if a team is having an off night refs should just blow calls on the team. There’s no justice or karma or whatever, it’s just a ref who completely blows the call nothing to realy analyze

      • Idaslapter - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Good grief, get a clue. Did you even watch the game? The Predator’s back up back up goalie was in. Doesn’t that tell you something about the Shark’s play? You might want to brush on your attendance knowledge while you at it.

    • btlpper68 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Did I watch the game? Ha I watch more hockey in a week then you’ve watched in your life. Sharks are missing half their forwards you basiclsy played the Worcester sharks. Leeds have had our # lately good thing we won’t see them in the playoffs. Btw if you want to nit pick 15,010 came to the game

      • Idaslapter - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        LOL, more excuses. Give it up, Sharks got beat again in Nashville. Quit whining.

      • skr213 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        slappy: You’re the one who started the “excuses” game by talking about how Nashville was playing their backup goalie. Well, guess what? The Sharks were playing SEVEN backup forwards. Yes, the Sharks have SEVEN starting forwards out right now (Couture, Hertl, Kennedy, Havlat, Burish, Torres, Wingels). And they still would have at least tied your Preds if the Refs didn’t completely blow that call. So how about you go make some more excuses yourself.

      • Idaslapter - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Ha! I don’t have to make any excuses, the Predators won remember? Just pointing out that the Sharks didn’t play very well.

    • btlpper68 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Haha cuz we know road to cup runs right through NASHVILLE, stop chirping teams for loosing when you can’t even make the playoffs

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      You’re original point is valid, but blown calls suck.

  3. btlpper68 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Can’t blame him predator player is taking nap on him. We would’ve gotten at least a point taha like the 4/5 time we’ve been screwed on some
    Blown call this year. But hey it happens fast, even though it’s blatant if you could review these things we wouldn’t have these problems, refs probably
    See it later and go “dammmmmnn we realy messed that one up” again if
    These were reviewable wouldn’t have this issue

    • ibieiniid - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM


      • gandallk - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Toi,fou’d la tete.

      • gandallk - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        toi,fou de la tete.

  4. cspsrbums - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    NHL refs at their best they have been getting worse and worse every year.

  5. sjsharks66 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Was nice to see Tmac show a little emotion on the bench. He is usually way to calm when controversial things happen. Bad call on letting the goal stand.

    Then again, they should have never let it be 2-1 to begin with. The Sharks are the better team in this game. They always seem to struggle with Nashville though.

  6. sabatimus - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Vlasic definitely pushed him into Niemi. Good call.

    • skr213 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      I have to think you’re joking right? And those six upvotes have to be sarcasm, right? Or maybe that was the refs giving upvotes?

    • skr213 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      You’ve obviously never played hockey (or even skated) if you look at that clip and think that Vlasic in any way pushed him into Nemo. Watch Vlasic’s body position – it doesn’t change AT ALL. He doesn’t extend his arms out to push AT ALL. He doesn’t do ANYTHING. It was obviously a blown call.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Vlasic helps a bit (or hurts depending on your perspective) but that’s way too easy for a player to get pushed into the goalie in the crease. Sharks fans should be happy it wasn’t Dustin Brown doing his best “I’m really trying to get out of the way” impersonation as he runs straight through Luongo from the other day.

  7. drez146 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    It certainly doesn’t run through San Jose

  8. supercoop8 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Its really tough to see where exactly Vlasic’s stick is and if he trips him or not. Regardless this kind of play is seemingly happening every night where goalies are bulldozed when their own player checks an opposing player in to them, or goalie interference is called under the same kind of circumstance. The defending player is worried about taking a penalty and is no longer properly clearing the crease just bumping forwards as they enter.
    Nice to see TM get fired up though, since Torts has been meditating in BC the Hockey World has needed a good coach tirade.

  9. paperlions - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    There is about a 0% chance that the Sharks have benefited from blow calls as well. All teams/players/fans remember the blown calls that go against them and forget the blow calls that go their way.

  10. slysipops - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:31 PM


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