Once again this postseason, it seems everyone is angry except for the Sharks and their fans after their 5-4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference final.
In the Vegas series, it was the penalty that led to four Game 7 power play goals. Against Colorado, it was a challenged offside call that negated a key Game 7 goal. This time, it appears the officials missed a handpass from Timo Meier to Gus Nyquist that set up Erik Karlsson’s game-winning goal.
Do you think this should have been called a goal? pic.twitter.com/Y8ROaSfPWW
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 16, 2019
Writers and fans across the NHL universe are wondering what the Sharks have done to appease the hockey gods.
How many more incredible officiating gaffes are the #Sharks going to benefit from? They’re on the road to the most tainted Stanley Cup in history.
— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) May 16, 2019
The Sharks reached their one-critically-advantageous-yet-controversial-call-per-series quota early in the Western Conference Final.
— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) May 16, 2019
Hockey writer Sean McIndoe believes this is a sign there could be something even more advantageous awaiting the Sharks later in the series.
Holy crap if the hockey gods are giving the Sharks a win like this in game three, what do they have in mind for the traditional game seven slot?
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 16, 2019
Some suggested the obvious fix: Make the handpass call reviewable.
Everything will be reviewable next season. Everything.
— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 16, 2019
Why can’t you challenge that? It would take 5 seconds #bucciovertimechallenge
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) May 16, 2019
But for now, it’s not open for review, and the Sharks keep on rolling, taking back home ice advantage. They’re now two wins from a Stanley Cup final berth.