San Jose, California – Jonathan Marchessault stood behind the overtime of Game 7 against San Jose Sharks in the Vegas Golden Knights locker room, a defeat that ended the franchise season of the second year in an astounding manner.
He expressed concern over Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding heavily after clapping his head on the ice in the third hour. But then Marchessault said angrily and unequivocally that the five-minute big penalty for Cody Eakin that resulted from this injury, while the San Jose tripped a 3-0 deficit with four fast powerplay goals – Game 7 "stole" from the Knights.
Speaking for five minutes, that changed the whole outcome of the game, Marchessault said after a 5-4 defeat against the Sharks on Tuesday night. "Seriously, what's that? It's so disappointing, the game is not even over, it's 3-0 [two-minute minor]? OK. But a five? For something you do not even see? You simply call the result. It's a joke. It's embarrassing. That's it."
In what Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said, this was "the craziest game I've ever seen". The Knights had a 3-0 lead in the third half. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury held everything in sight. A second round with the Colorado Avalanche seemed inevitable. However, the Sharks had already shown in this series that there is no inevitability to recover from a 3-1 deficit and win a game 7 after a double over win in Vegas.
In the middle of the third hour, Pavelski won Eakin, who then delivered a cross-check to the Hai Center's chest. Pavelski stumbled backwards and collided with Vegas striker Paul Stastny, who pushed him off his ice skates. Pavelski fell directly onto the ice on the right side of his head, his helmet cracking hard and starting to bleed. Brent Burns and other shark players surrounded their captain and called for the training staff. Pavelski finally sat up and walked cautiously to the bench. His teammate Joe Thornton pressed a towel against his head. He was finally helped into the locker room.
Neither referee Eric Furlatt nor Dan O & # 39; Halloran signaled a penalty during the game. When Pavelski was treated on the ice, there was a major appeal: Eakin received a major penalty for cross-checking and a misunderstanding at 10:47.
A primary penalty for matching is usually "at the discretion of the referee, based on the severity of the contact" in play.
"[Referee Eric] Furlatt said, "It looks pretty bad." If it looks pretty bad, you obviously have not seen it, "Marchessault said. It's a faceoff. It's a push. Probably 50 percent of the allusions, players will probably give a small balance if they lose, right? If you want to call the cross check, call them. It is a cross test. But seriously, he falls badly. It is unhappy. Do not get me wrong: I'm a big fan of Joe Pavelski. And he went down and I really hope he's okay and he comes back. However, this call changes the entire result. It changes the whole future of us and the result this year. It's a joke. I would be embarrassed if I were her. "
The NHL made a statement from the serial supervisor of Don Van Massenhoven via a pool reporter at Game 7: "The referees demanded a conciliation penalty for a breach that had caused a significant injury." In their judgment, the offense was meritorious and the result deserves a big one Punishment. "
Request from the pool reporter to further clarify which officer made the call or the process that made him a main punishment was denied.
Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said after the game that the representatives on ice had described a scene that actually did not happen.
"They said he had his face checked, and as we all saw, that did not happen," said Gallant. "There was no cane that hit him in the face." When Stastny came out, he fell and hit his head on the ice, that's the unfortunate part of it, it was a terrible call, we all saw it too bad for us lose in the end, because we have control over the hockey game. "
The frustration of one team is the chance of another team, even if the odds are against them. According to MoneyPuck.com, the sharks had a 1.19 percent chance of winning the game when they received the five-minute major.
However, probabilities may not always be responsible for variables, such as how San Jose used the Pavelski injury as a cry on their bench.
"You see our leader go down, he's cold outside on the ice and it looks like he's getting up a bit so hard to see, man, really hard to see," said the Center for Sharks, Logan Couture. "But you have to earn credit [Thornton], As soon as we got to that bank, he said, "You guys go out and you have three goals now." And I mean, if a guy who's been playing for 20 years bosses you around, you bosses, you have to do it. So we did. We have four. "
Vegas lost control only six seconds after the penalty shootout when Couture sent a wrister, which was brought to Fleury to 3-1. Tomas Hertl then followed at 10:09, a distraction from Erik Karlsson, and Fleury was completely shown by Timo Meier. Couture struck again at 12:53, and the Knights' lead was gone within 3 minutes and 33 seconds. Then it was Kevin Labanc, who was handcuffed in the game by a jumping puck and missed a gaping open net that made for the 4-3 lead.
Four minutes and seven seconds of power play time. Four goals and a lead in Game 7 thanks to a power game that came 4 to 25 into play. It was the first time in any series that a team that had the lead did not perform at all in a game in which they held it.
But that's the kind of effort the sharks got when their captain went down.
"He is the heart of this team and seeing him go down and suffer like that was heartbreaking for us," said Thornton of Pavelski. "This power play unit won the game for us, but the guys got together and said, 'This is for Pav.' So we love him, it was just a matter of will, and we wanted that for him. '
However, the Knights had their own rally, which Marchessault scored 47 seconds before the end of the regular game. Fleury drew an additional skater. The game went to overtime, where both Fleury (43 savings) and San Jose goalie Martin Jones (34 savings) set up appropriate clinics. However, Barclay Goodrow scored the knights at 6:19 pm after his second overtime break.
The sharks were only the second team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal third-half deficit to win a Game 7 that entered the 2013 Boston Bruins.
"They have scored four goals in the power play, they have been successful, they feed on the bad reputation, they come back 4-3 and in overtime they have the big goal, they have to give them credit at some point, they are a great hockey team." Marchessault said.
"But it's embarrassing."
He said that this instant classic Game 7 had been corrupted and compared the plight of his team with that of the New Orleans Saints. The notorious mishaps in the NFC Championship game that would have helped the Los Angeles Rams reach the Super Bowl.
"It's the same as this football team, the saints, that changes the whole result," Marchessault said.
"They've called a bad name and are looking at where we are, summer is starting, and now it's going to take five months for the first game of the regular season to start, it's terrible, they think we're ready to spend our summer here "We are a great team, it is incredible."