Let's get this straight out of the way: Yes, the Vegas Golden Knights could have avoided all this controversy ̵
Jonathan Marchessault repeated the question of a reporter. "Was it stolen? Yes. It was 3: 0. "
It was a 3-0 lead in Vegas in 19459023, with 10:47 remaining in the third game period. That was when Cody Eakin looked over Joe Pavelski's chest so he stumbled backwards into Paul Stastny and clumsily fell into the ice. He hit his head and seemed to lose consciousness, blood dripping on the ice. 19459024
emotional and inspirational. "It almost made you cry," said Joe Thornton. "We love him so much. You never want a teammate to get hurt like that. It's a tough break for him. So you hold him as tight as you can, get him out of the ice and make him better … The boys, they gathered and said, this is for Pavs. "(The sharks have not yet published a medical update on Pavelski.)
But from the other dressing room the call was a travesty. Marchessault:
"I really hope that Joe Pavelski is fine. You never want to see something similar happen. But it's a fucking joke to call for five minutes? It changed the whole result of the game. Seriously, what is it? It is so disappointing. The game is not even over. It's 3-0. Two call? OK. But a five? For something you do not even see? You simply call the result. It's a fucking joke. It's embarrassing. That's it.
The question was how and when the five-minute main and game offense was called off, and Marchessault got a point: the officials on the ice did not seem to see the hit, or at least not. I do not think it was worthy of a whistle until they realized how heavily Pavelski was injured. The above video makes it clear that until well after the hit no penalty was signaled when Pavelski already failed. To make matters worse, Knights manager Gerard Gallant said the Refs explained to him on the ice that Eakin had checked Pavelski's face: "And as we all saw, that did not happen."
After the game, the series acting supervisor Don VanMassenhoven made a statement to the request: "The referees demanded a conciliation penalty for a violation that had caused a significant injury. In her opinion, the infringement and the result were worth heavy punishment.
With the sharks strangling four fast goals in a row, Marchessault took a 47-second lead for Vegas to delay the summer vacation by just a second. Slightly longer and Barclay Goodrow sent the sharks into the second round and made an appointment with Colorado scoring 18:19. A brutal game in a brutal series for the Golden Knights, who were 3-1 in the series less than a week ago and looked like World Knockers.
"Last year we were in the Stanley Cup final and it was hard to lose," said Gallant. "Tonight was harder than that." Marchessault (19659005)? Still angry.
They called a bad name and looked where we are. The summer starts, damn it five months to the first game, when the regular season begins. It is terrible. Do you think we would be ready to spend our summer here? We are a great team. It's incredible. "