With the Pacific title on the line, it appeared the Kings had a chance to take the lead on an odd-man rush.
While Jarret Stoll of the LA Kings was leading a 3-on-2 rush up the ice, he got near the Sharks bench, and the puck was magically knocked away. Now, either the Sharks defender from behind had an extremely long stick on the back check, or there were some real hijinks at play.
Looking at both videos gives a clear visual of what occurred.
While on the bench, Clowe clearly broke up the play illegally, but it went undetected due to the positioning of the linesman and referees. What makes the situation worse is how Clowe reacted after the game. There is clear video evidence of his wrong doing but he denied it.
Here are some quotes.
Clowe only says "I don't know what you're talking about" when asked about playing puck from the bench. #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) April 6, 2012
Kings governor Tim Leiweke:
Kings governor Tim Leiweke, on Clowe: ``It's a shame that a guy can cheat and get away with it in a game this important.''— Rich Hammond (@lakingsinsider) April 6, 2012
And more tweets on the situation.
Says Darryl Sutter: “What do you think my thoughts are?You can’t call too many men on the ice.What do you call it-too many sticks?”— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) April 6, 2012
Says #sjshark Clowe:“I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ll have to see the video or something. Someone show me the video.”— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) April 6, 2012
If the Kings lose their final game and the Sharks find a way to win the Pacific Division, you can guarantee there will be a ton of rage and contempt toward the Sharks from the Kings and their fans. It will be interesting to see how the NHL will investigate and handle this incident.
Tom Urtz Jr is a NHL Featured Columnist.
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