SAN JOSE – Unlike some other playoff series around the NHL, the Sharks and Kings first round has been devoid of any controversial video replay calls that have affected the ultimate outcome.
That almost changed on Wednesday in Game 4. Trevor Lewis’ third period goal at 2:49 put the Kings on the board, cutting the San Jose lead to 3-1. Prior to Luke Schenn’s shot deflecting in off of Lewis, the Kings forward made contact with goalie Martin Jones in the crease.
Pete DeBoer figured it was goalie interference, so he challenged the call. It wasn’t overturned.
“I'm not sure what goalie interference is if that isn't [goalie interference], in my mind,” DeBoer said after the game. “And that's not a reflection on the league or the refs or anything else. There's a lot of ambiguity there. For me that looked like a classic case in my eyes and our group's eyes, but obviously we were wrong."
According to the league, Brent Burns forced Lewis into Jones. Here’s the official ruling:
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of San Jose’s Brent Burns caused Los Angeles’ Trevor Lewis to contact Jones before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because “the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper."
Jones indicated he wasn’t able to move freely in the crease to try and stop the puck.
“I just felt I couldn’t move to my right. I haven’t seen a replay or anything,” he said after the game.
It ended up not mattering in the grand scheme of things, as the Sharks held on for a 3-2 win. But, it’s the second time in four games that there’s been a controversial goal ruling, and both have been against the Sharks.
In Game 1, with the score tied 2-2 in the second period, an apparent Tomas Hertl goal on a delayed penalty to Los Angeles was waved off due to the puck being played by a high stick.
Replays showed that never happened, though, and according to Sportsnet.ca, referee Kevin Pollock admitted: “We missed it. What can we do, we missed it.”
The Sharks managed to win Game 1 anyway, 4-3, and with a three-games-to-one lead in the series, can close it out in Game 5 on Friday at Staples Center.