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Video: Minnesota plays with extra skater for roughly 15 seconds

May 10, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

The Wild got away with one during their 4-2 victory last night as Minnesota had six skaters on the ice for about 15 seconds starting at 12:10 of the third period.

With the Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger taking the puck into the Wild zone, an army of Minnesota players got off the bench to hold Chicago at bay. Eventually the Wild realized their error and fix it without a penalty ever being called.

You can see that sequence below:

These kind of breaks happen from time-to-time and it doesn’t take away from the fact that the Wild had a great game. All the same, it would have been an ideal time for the Blackhawks to get a power play and with it an opportunity to shift the contest’s momentum.

The Wild and Blackhawks are tied at 2-2 in their second round series. Game 5 will be played on Sunday.

H/T to Puck Daddy.

  1. phxyotes - May 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM


    • sabatimus - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      The refs, you mean? They’re the ones who are supposed to call these things.

    • purpleguy - May 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      We should have tried the same thing at the end of those two Avs games.

  2. wishingtonredslur - May 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    How drunk were the fans: “Man I’m hammered, I can see 6 guys,” he said high-fiving his friend.

  3. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    IMHO wouldn’t have changed the outcome. This is more of a reflection of how bad the officiating has been in these NHL playoffs.

    • stakex - May 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Well it might not have changed the outcome, but you never know. If Chicago gets a power play and scores a goal at that point…. the game could easily have turned out different.

      I agree though, this is just another example of how awful the refs have been.

    • strictlythedanks - May 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      yeah and this series has been good for the most part, avs-wild was atrociously bad reffing

  4. mattyg89 - May 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I’ll admit the wild did a good job shutting us down on the rush. We couldn’t get our transition going in the latter stages of the game. But yeah the officiating was abysmal.

  5. eerslbs - May 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I saw that live and even went back at the next stoppage to verify. Was pretty dumbfounded that not only the refs missed it but also that NBC didn’t mention it during the game (unless I missed it). Not a fan of either team but a missed power play down 1 is a big deal.

    • thesportsjudge - May 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Down 1? Score was 4-2.

    • esracerx46 - May 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      They were already down 2 at that time but I get your point.

  6. clarke16 - May 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    The NHL is BY FAR the worst officiated sport on the major leagues… Nothing you can do but not let it distract you.

  7. Wineshard - May 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Quenville says, “second worst missed call of all time!” Insert crotch grab here.

  8. ironmd778 - May 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Relax. It had no bearing on anything.

  9. eerslbs - May 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Whoops should have been paying more attention to the score

  10. earpaniac - May 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    It is ABSOLUTELY not the reason they lost, but this is the 3rd-4th time that has been missed on the Wild this series. Refs have been terrible on both sides.

  11. r8rbhawk - May 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    no wonder the Hawks can’t get shots on net…

  12. nicofthenorthstar - May 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Wild are overdue for a few helpers from the refs. That series with the Avs was one of the most glaringly awful officiating jobs I’ve ever witnessed.
    In any pro sport.
    Including the NBA.
    (Just puked in my mouth a little while typing that last sentence).

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