SAN JOSE — The Sharks on Friday wanted to forget about a controversial delay of game call on Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the late stages of Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings that put San Jose down two men with less than three minutes left in the third period.
Vlasic was whistled for a delay of game penalty with 2:19 left in the third period after his clearing attempt in the Sharks' defensive zone wound up in the seats. The Sharks argued that the puck went off Kings forward Jeff Carter before it reached the stands, which would have nullified any penalty.
As it was, the Sharks faced a 5-on-3, and the Kings scored twice on the power play to help earn a 4-3 victory and take a two-games-to-none lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
Right now, video review is not used to definitively rule whether a puck goes off another player before it goes out of play, and referees do not have any discretion in making the call.
"I guess we have looked at it, and it's the same penalty for both teams," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said when asked if the NHL should look at adjusting the rule.
"It's usually in a desperate situation. What makes it tough is you're in a penalty kill situation already. But it's a rule that exists and we have to abide by it. I thought I might get asked a little more about the opportunity to throw the red flag out. I was reaching last night and didn't have one."
Vlasic said video might help make the correct call, but felt in Friday's instance, it wasn't needed.
"It doesn't matter what I think," Vlasic said if he felt it was clear cut that the puck went off Carter. "It really doesn't. Even if I can tell you what I think, it's not going to change anything, but I didn't think you needed a review in that situation."
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby told reporters Friday that a play like that should be reviewable.
"It shouldn't take that long. It obviously has a huge importance in a game," Crosby said. "Should be able to see it pretty clear on a video review if that did clearly go over or hit a stick. I've seen a couple of those throughout the playoffs."
Game 3 is Saturday at 6 p.m. at HP Pavilion.