In Game 3 versus the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, Erik Karlsson pushed the overtime victor past Jordan Binnington, but all four officials on the ice missed what appeared to be a hand pass from Timo Meier prior to the goal. The Sharks won the last matchup 5-4 in overtime. Karlsson received a pass from Gustav Nyquist to set up the goal.
The officiating crew met after the play but hand passes are not reviewable under the NHL's current rule book.
That should have been seen and called and the game should have gone on. The veteran defenseman whipped a shot through the pads of Blues goalie Jordan Binnington 5:23 into overtime, setting off a jubilant celebration by the visiting Sharks while their opponents howled in protest. So if you're happy and you know it clap your hands, Sharks fans, because it is what it is, and as the old saying goes.
Unfortunately for the Blues, that play can't be reviewed.
"I was on the ice", he said. "But that's all I'm going to say about it". But San Jose wasn't the only one to benefit from a non-reviewable play.
He's quieted down a little bit since scoring four straight goals and back-to-back game-winners to close out the Winnipeg Jets in Round 1, but Schwartz has proven himself to be a playoff performer and is a big reason why St. Louis finds itself in the Western Conference Final. "We found a way to win".
Told that reporters wanted to know what he had to say about it, Berube replied: "Nothing". You can read between the lines. As I said when the playoffs started, they didn't even need him to be good, they just needed him to be not-terrible. When asked about how the league handles these apologies Bettman assured us everything was in safe hands stating "At times like these it's all hands on deck, you never want to be caught with your hand in the cookie jar, so to speak, and you never want things to get out of hand". You watched the video. Case in point: Monday's Game 2 of the Western Conference, wherein the span of just two minutes Couture scored twice - including a solo short-handed effort - to tie the game and reach 100 career post-season points.
San Jose then jumped in front when Karlsson intercepted a Joel Edmundson clearing attempt and beat Binnington with a wrist shot through traffic at 13:37.
The Blues finally got some good scoring out of David Perron on Wednesday, who notched a pair of goals in Game 3. Due to the fact that they are a good team and, if they'd had even half-decent goaltending all year - which they are certainly getting now, with Martin Jones up to a respectable but not overwhelming.916 since Game 4 against Vegas - they would have walked to the top seed in the West and been rightly seen as being nearly on Tampa's level.
I know Vegas has every right to be mad about that major, but they also maybe should have tried not-conceding four goals on one power play to blow a three-goal lead nearly halfway through the third period of a Game 7.