SAN JOSE SHARKS 3 COLORADO AVALANCHE 2- (San Jose wins series 4-3)
While it’s not controversial in the Game Seven against Vegas sense, San Jose got a hand last night on a Coach’s Challenge thanks to a rule that while called correctly seems to highlight the NHL rulebook needs a common sense overhaul.
Here’s the call. The call on the ice was a goal. They reversed it and said he Gabe was offsides. Here’s proof he wasn’t. pic.twitter.com/zrTvKv1bvI— Kyle Keefe (@kylekeefetv) May 9, 2019
Rule 83.3, regarding offside on line changes: pic.twitter.com/omlxpSVfkS— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) May 9, 2019
Seems clear enough. Just one problem though:
Serious question here.— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) May 9, 2019
Landeskog is no longer part of the play, according to the rules. If his skate on the ice doesn’t constitute too-many-men, how does it constitute offside?
He’s either part of play or he isn’t.
There’s the rub, right? It doesn’t fit the requirements for one rule yet it does another, and if you’re a Colorado fan I wouldn’t blame you for feeling a little put out this morning. I get that Landeskog should have put more effort into getting off the ice, and that his teammates on the bench bear some responsibility by not opening the gate, but it just seems a tad stupid that he’s completely detached from the play, in the zone by the bench so that he can’t be called for too many men and yet they call offside as though he was involved in the play.
Anyway, let’s break this one down. The big news last night heading into the game was the return of Joe Pavelski after suffering a concussion in Game Seven against the Vegas Golden Knights. It didn’t take long for Pavelski to make his presence known and whip an already fired up San Jose crowd into a frenzy:
What a way to make your return to the lineup, @SanJoseSharks captain Joe Pavelski with a tip in front for his first of the series in game 7 after being out through injury since the end of round one pic.twitter.com/l6aAPF5J6U— Chasing The Puck (@CTPHockey) May 9, 2019
Less than 6 minutes later it was 2-0 when Tomas Hertl notched his 9th goal of the playoffs:
Tomas Hertl has factored on both goals for the @SanJoseSharks in #Game7 tonight.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 9, 2019
His ninth goal of the postseason moved him into a tie with teammate Logan Couture for the most in the 2019 #StanleyCup Playoffs. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/kIZgkkQodR
Colorado would get one back with time winding down in the first on a nice tip from Mikko Rantanen:
Mikko Rantanen scored with 6.8 seconds left in the first period to bring the @Avalanche within one.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 9, 2019
His 6-8—14 in 12 GP ties Logan Couture (9-5—14) and Tomas Hertl (9-5—14) for the most points in the playoffs. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/nkFou5eQOu
After the disallowed goal in the 2nd, the Sharks delivered the dagger, courtesy of Joonas Donskoi:
Early in the 3rd though, the Avs came charging out and Tyson Jost made it a one goal game:
From there Martin Jones shut the door, stopping the next 14 Colorado shots to help the Sharks hang on for the series win and a date with the St Louis Blues.