The San Jose Sharks took Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in St. Louis, and regained the home court advantage. The final result was 5-4 for the guests after overtime.
But this win came after an apparent mistake of the officials, who didn’t saw Timo Meier’s illegal move which set up the decisive overtime goal. The 22-year old from Switzerland literally tapped the puck with his right hand, towards the goal, and none of the officials saw that.
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Gustav Nyquist took it, passed to Erik Karlsson who beat Jordan Binnington. Blues goalie and his players went berserk after that, but nothing changed. The referees came together discussed about the situation and decided not to change anything.
Immediately after the game ended, there was a debate about the “no replay” rule in the NHL and its bad influence. Following the match, all Blues players and their coach Craig Berube were furious, and they had the right to be.
The home team managed to come back in this match after being down two-goals twice. The Sharks took a 2-0 lead, scoring two goals in the span of 3:21 during the late part of the opening period.
Karlsson scored with 13:37 after the start, and Joe Thornton doubled the lead with 16:58 in the first.
Alexander Steen decreased to 2-1, with 1:18 into the second and woke up the sleepy Enterprise Center.
But only 18 seconds later, Thornton silenced the crow with his second goal of the game, denying that push of the home team.
Still, the Blues wouldn’t give up. Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron with two scores completely changed the picture of the match, pulling St. Louis to a 4-3 lead. Hosts didn’t use the momentum from the wild second period and stopped when they should seal the game and knock-out the opponent.
The punishment for that came with a minute before the end. The unstoppable force in these playoffs, Logan Couture, tied the score and forced overtime, which eventually produced a massive victory for the guests.
Still, the controversy stays. Game 4 is on Friday, at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Quick question for all the readers. Should NHL dismiss the “no replay” rule?