SAN JOSE – Hopefully, the cleanup staff at SAP Center have some extra bucket bucks. It will take a couple to suck up the sarcasm, which dropped from San Jose Sharks defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic when he discussed an ice cold that was not flown by the officials and led to a critical Colorado Avalanche goal in their 4-3 win in Spil 2 on Sunday.
"I'll take the highway and wait for the league's excuse tomorrow," Vlasic said.
So it wasn't the right call?
"I I'll take the highway and wait for the excuse tomorrow," repeated Vlasic in what was probably a reference to the NHL's excuse to Vegas Golden Knights, Shark's first round opponent, after the icemen surrendered sharks a big penalty game that beat the tide in game 7.
On this game in Game 2, with the sharks and avalanches tied 1-1 in the second period, Vlasic and Mikko Rantanen drove off the puck on what would have been an icing violation of Colorado.
On-ice officials did not flute the game down as the island thought Rantanen had broken the ice. But the sharks hesitated and looked as if they assumed they were coming. It led to a bullet shot from 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 a lead they did not surrender.
While Vlasic disagreed with the call, Colorado coach Jared Bednar felt different.
"It was exactly the same as the frost here the second night when [Erik] Karlsson had inside track of [J.T.] Summary," said Bednar. "They are in a race, they blow it for icing, because Karlsson had an inside path. For me, I look at Mikko [Rantanen] up on the ice, he has a steam shock, he gets to the right area, he has inside path on Vlasic on It looks like Mikko is going to get their first, so they let it go. For me, the similar play is: The guy on the inside got the call. One was against us. One was to our advantage. "
Shark's coach Peter DeBoer split the difference and said it was obvious that his players thought there should have been a whistle, but it was also obvious that they should play until they heard one.
"Whether I thought it was, it doesn't matter," he said. "Our players did it, they got away, they relaxed for a moment and it was obviously not. So the lesson in it was nothing in the playoffs." Play and make sure. "
Lavine bound Series 1-1, and Game 3 is Tuesday in Denver. Avs lost Game 1 to Calgary in the first round and then roared back with four straight wins. Sharks will go on tied 1-1 for the sixth time in franchise history They won each of the previous five such series.