SAN JOSE: Hopefully, the SAP Center cleaning team has some additional mop buckets. Some will be needed to absorb the sarcasm that dripped from defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks in a discussion over a cherry call that was not whistled by the officials and led to a Colorado Avalanche critical goal in his victory for 4-3. Game 2 on Sunday.
"I'll take the main road and wait for the league's apologies tomorrow," Vlasic said.
So it was not the right call?
"I'm on the right track, waiting for the apology tomorrow," Vlasic reiterated what was supposedly a reference to the NHL's apology to the Golden Knights of Las Vegas, the opponent of the first round of the Sharks, after the Ice officials will deliver it by mistake. The Sharks were an important penalty play that changed the course in Game 7.
On this play in Game 2, with the Sharks and Avalanche tied 1-1 in the second period, Vlasic and Mikko Rantanen ran for the puck in what would have been a cherry-blossom violation against Colorado.
The officials on the ice did not whistle the play, as they believed that Rantanen had broken the ice formation. But the Sharks hesitated, seeming to badume that one was coming. That led to a shot by Gabriel Landeskog who was stopped by goalkeeper Martin Jones, but he could not stop the follow-up blast from defender Tyson Barrie, giving the Avalanche an advantage they did not give up.
While Vlasic did not agree with the call, Colorado coach Jared Bednar felt different.
"It was exactly the same as the icing here the other night, when [Erik] Karlsson had the inside track in [J.T.] Compher, "Bednar said." They are in a race. They knocked it down for icing because Karlsson had the inner way. For me, in this case, I'm watching Mikko [Rantanen] Climb up the ice, have a steam head, get to the right area, have Vlasic's internal path in the pole. It seems to me that Mikko is going to have his first, so they let it go. For me, they are similar plays: the boy inside received the call. One was against us. One was in our favor. "
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer divided the difference, saying it was obvious that his players thought there should have been a whistle, but it was also obvious that they had to play until they heard one.
"It does not matter if I thought it or not," he said. "Our players did it, they gave in. They relaxed for a minute, and obviously that was not the case, the lesson was that you do not have to badume anything in the playoffs.
The Avalanche tied the 1-1 series, and Game 3 is Tuesday in Denver. The Avs lost Game 1 against Calgary in the first round and then came back with four straight wins. The Sharks will go on the road tied for the sixth time in the history of the franchise. They won each of the five previous series.