The San Jose Sharks completed an unbelievable comeback during Tuesday night's decisive Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights, in a 5-4 overtime thriller, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat and propelling themselves to the next round. Paul Stastny then hit Pavelski as he fell to the ice, with his helmet slamming down. The Sharks captain was then helped to the dressing room and didn't return.
The owner of the Vegas Golden Knights said Thursday a senior National Hockey League executive phoned him to apologize for a penalty called during Game 7 of his team's loss to the San Jose Sharks.
"I really don't want to talk about that but I think I'm going to have to a little bit because for that clown to say that in the paper yesterday, that's not right", Gallant told reporters. "I feel very bad that Joe got hurt, he's a class player for their team, everybody loves him". That's the unfortunate part of it, it was an terrible call. We've all seen it.
It's rare that a team gives up four goals on a single five-minute major, so the Golden Knights don't avoid all blame for blowing such a commanding lead so late in the game.
San Jose trailed 3-0 midway through the third period before scoring four times during a five-minute major penalty to Cody Eakins. "In their judgement, the infraction and its result merited a major penalty".
Credit goes to them, as they took full advantage of the opportunity by scoring four goals in short order to take a 4-3 lead. Why don't you have a hockey replay or something? "Seriously. What is that?"
"The game's not even close".
Regardless of whether or not the call was justified, five minutes were put on the powerplay clock, and the Sharks were off. For something you don't even see? It's a joke, that's what it is. But that call changes the whole outcome. "Obviously human error exists, but it's a fast game for everyone". I don't know how they do it. They called a bad call and look where were we are now.
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The three-time Pro Bowl selection compiled 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in 59 games with NY . And, so, you can look at me and say - well - I either know what I'm doing, or I'm a big fat rabbit's foot.
In Las Vegas, the Golden Knights will always lament the call that they believe was excessive and cost them a chance to advance to the second round.
In another fantastic turn of events, the Golden Knights tied it up with 47 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
The Stars, on the other hand, have won the Stanley Cup once, but have made a spotty appearance in the playoffs over the past 10 years, with one first-round exit and one second-round exit to make that a whopping two appearances, not including this season.
It was a transcendent, frantic and implausible emotional night in California and it was a Game Seven that will be now be forever deeply woven in hockey's thick, rich tapestry. They scored four goal (s) on the power play. Eakin's stick was parallel with his shoulders when he made contact with the puck and, since Eakin's shoulders are above the crossbar, that's a high stick.
However, when the play was at 5-on-5, the Golden Knights did outplay the Sharks.
After allowing 13 goals on 80 shots in Games 1-4, including being pulled twice (three goals on seven shots in 6:39 of a 5-3 loss in Game 2; two goals on seven shots in 20:00 of a 5-0 loss in Game 4), coach Peter DeBoer stuck with Martin Jones as the starting goalie and it paid off. "But, he come back in big moments and you need a guy like this".
"They're a real good team, a hundred-point team", Bednar said.