Demers and Ott were being separated by officials moments after Ott delivered a hard check along the boards with a few seconds left in the second period. Linesmean Brian Mach, who has officiated NHL games more than a decade, took a shot meant for Ott right on the chin.
Demers, however, only received two minutes for roughing -- and it was Sharks went on the power play -- as Ott was given charging and roughing minors.
Demers told The Mercury News' David Pollak that he offered an apology.
“I wasn’t looking at him at all. I was looking through to Ott and he sort of jumped in the way,” Demers said of Mach. “But he was fine with it. That was inadvertent. Things happen in the heat of the moment. He was all right with it. I talked to him and apologized.”