National Hockey League players and coaches were split Wednesday on whether changes are needed to video review protocol a day after a major penalty played a dramatic role in San Jose's Game 7 victory over Vegas.
Martin Jones then appeared ready to seal the win, robbing Mark Stone with a glove save with 3:10 to go and Vegas on the power play.
Many fans believe that penalty cost Vegas the game as it included a five-minute power play for San Jose. Paul Stastny then hit Pavelski as he fell to the ice, his helmet slamming down.
An unlikely hero emerged, as little-used Barclay Goodrow picked up an Erik Karlsson pass, blew by the Golden Knights defence and tucked the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury for the victor with 2:41 left in the first overtime period.
The officials huddled as a dazed Pavelski was helped to the locker room and gave Eakin a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct.
In San Jose, the game will always be remembered as the Pavelski Payback for the four goals scored on one power play after the Sharks' captain was knocked out cold, turning around a wild Game 7 that finally ended in overtime.
The Sharks won all three regular-season games against the Avalanche: 5-4 on January 2 at the Pepsi Center, 4-3 on March 1 in San Jose, and 5-2 in the April 6 season finale in San Jose. They scored four goal (s) on the power play.
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I can't imagine they'll wait until 17. " I give up ", WFAN host Lori Rubinson tweeted. Gettleman said . "There is a cultural thing to it that's critical".
The series victory comes one season after the Sharks lost to the Golden Knights in six games in the second round.
Goodrow had seen just 7:26 of ice time, so unlike most players in the game, he was fresh.
Kevin Labanc made Stanley Cup playoffs history Tuesday night at SAP Center. That included 30 saves in a 5-2 win in Game 5, and a Sharks record 58 saves in a 2-1 double-overtime win in Game 6 at Vegas. It's so disappointing. The game's not even close.
"If refs are on vacation here in Nevada or Las Vegas they better wear their corrective lenses, if it is on their license because clearly, they weren't wearing them last night during the game", NHP Trooper Jason Buratczuk said.
"The other one, Game 2, Evander Kane, he's yelling at Ryan Reaves between the bench, adds Gallant". Had Eakin been whistled for a two-minute minor penalty, which was also an option, the Knights would have gone back to full strength immediately after the Sharks scored their first goal during the penalty period. The Knights tied the game late in the third period before falling in overtime. The rule should be in play for calls like the one against the Knights, which the referees by all appearances made based on the outcome of the play as opposed to what precipitated it.
"You don't want to just lose after five games and go home because it can be like the last game of the season", Hertl said. William Karlsson won the offensive zone draw and Reilly Smith shot a puck toward the net that was deflected and went right to Karlsson, who swept it past Jones to make it 1-0.