The San Jose Sharks this postseason have got numerous calls in their favor and they might have gotten the most in their favor out of any other team combined that has reached the postseason. Timo Meier clearly hand passed the puck in overtime and it is against the rules to hand pass.
Instead, the hand pass led to the game-winning goal scored by Erik Karlsson 5:23 into overtime and it lifted San Jose to a 5-4 overtime win in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals over the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks now lead this series 2-1.
That played should have been reviewed but for some reason it wasn’t reviewable. It will was a terrible job all around by the officiating crew and people were in total uproar about the call.
The St. Louis Blues have every right to be mad about the loss but they have to look forward to Game 4 which will be on Friday night.
Logan Couture tied the game at four for the Sharks with 1:01 remaining in regulation with an extra attacker on the ice.
San Jose did not score its first goal of the game until 6:23 remaining in the first-period by
Erik Karlsson. Joe Thornton scored later in the first-period for the San Jose Sharks with 3:02 remaining.
Alexander Steen scored 1:18 into the first-period for St. Louis.
Joe Thornton scored his second goal of the game 18 seconds later.
The Blues would then erupt for three straight goals scored by Vladimir Tarasenko (4:05 in) and David Perron (twice, 3:57 remaining and 1:18 remaining on the power-play).
Both teams were only penalized once in the entire game. That is very rare to happen in a playoff game.
Martin Jones finished the game with 28 saves for the San Jose Sharks.
Jordan Binnington finished the game with 27 saves for St. Louis.
It will be interesting to see how the referees officiate the rest of this series. Will the San Jose Sharks continue to get most or all of the calls or will it finally even out?