The sharks watched in amusement as some rough acts on their first round led to unlikely Game 7 comeback and quietly apologized to the still salty Golden Knights. Not that Vegas did it well; They still play golf. (The general response of the sharks to this Kerfuffle could be summarized in from this tweet from the team account.) So it would be interesting to see how San Jose would respond to a game questionable call against them in round 2, who brought an Avalanche goal to a 4-3 win in Colorado and a series with one goal. Would they grumble on the call if the skate was on the other foot? Would you specifically refer to Vegas complaints? Readers, they would definitely do that.
Late in the second, when the game drew, Avs defender Nikita Zadorov jabbed a puck across the ice that the sharks had expected would be icing. But Mikko Rantanen fell behind, and if he did not defeat Marc-Edouard Vlasic against the puck in it was at least close enough that the linesman could not kill the game. The sharks waited a whistle and seemed to retreat for a second, allowing Rantanen to deliver Gabriel Landeskog for a shot, and Tyson Barrie fired home, and the rebound for a lead would never give up Colorado.
Like last The contending controversy of the series remains the burden of the affected team, so as not to fall apart completely on the ice. Regardless of the accuracy or incorrectness of the call, the sharks messed up by taking the icing instead of continuing the expected whistle. This was the Wenden trainer that Pete DeBoer assumed when asked if he thought icing should have been called.
"Did I think it did not matter," he said. "The players did and they relaxed, they relaxed for a minute, that was obviously not the case, so it's a lesson, and assume there's nothing in the playoffs, play and make sure."
That seems like the right attitude. But should be a frosting? That's harder to answer. From 2013, the NHL went from Touch Sicing to Hybrid Sicing, where no player has to touch the puck for the whistle to blow. Instead, the linesman must decide whether the defending player would first arrive there, and whistle the whistle before this actually happens. This was done to eliminate potentially dangerous collisions as enemy players ran after them first, but the obvious side effect is that the games that are most likely to collide are the closest calls: the 50-50s. Frosting is, apart from the most obvious examples, a judgment call.
This was pretty darn close, and while Vlasic seemed to touch the puck first, this was not inevitable, not because Rantanen came in with his head he had steam. "I was just trying to defeat the D and pull the puck down," Rantanen said. "[It was a] 50-50 peck and they did not whistle so it was good for us."
Vlasic, however, put his tongue firmly in the cheek.