Jonathan Quick given game misconduct as ref criticism continues

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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Following a brutal ending to Game 2 where the dreaded delay-of-game call helped cost the Sharks a late lead, it was the Kings' turn to feel the sting of questionable officiating in Game 3.

It doesn't seem the champs handled it quite as well.

In the closing seconds of regulation in Game 3 on Saturday night, the Kings were given a penalty while already short-handed, giving San Jose 1:30 of 5-on-3 time. While the Kings were able to kill the first penalty, Logan Couture scored before the second one expired to give the Sharks a 2-1 overtime win. It also gave Kings goalie Jonathan Quick a chance to go scream at the officials.

For the tirade you see above (before the soccer clip starts, naturally), Quick was given a game misconduct for abuse of officials. Since the game was over that really only will result in a fine and potentially further supplemental discipline in the form of a more substantial fine or even a suspension, though that's very unlikely.

The call that had the Kings so upset went against Trevor Lewis for goaltender interference, where it seemed he was pushed into Sharks goalie Antti Niemi by Patrick Marleau. That's at least how the Kings saw things, as Dustin Penner told the Los Angeles Times.

"I found it very tough to believe, with a player as intelligent as Trevor Lewis, that he'd run the goalie. I asked him and he said he got pushed from behind," Penner said. "I believe him and I'm disappointed that the refs had enough confidence to make a gutsy call like that in the last, whatever, 30 seconds of a period.

"It's pretty impressive when they have enough gall to guess. I'm going to look at the tape and I'm going to see if he got pushed, because I know what it's like to drive the net. Sometimes, it happens."

Once again, the men in the stripes can't win. If they don't make the call then you have the other room complaining they can't get any calls. A penalty should always be a penalty, regardless of the circumstance; the rules don't allow for considerations to the time or place.

The complaints this postseason have been about as frequent as the goals across the NHL. You'd think that each ref had a team he was out to get or something. Breaking news: Referees aren't perfect.

Complaining about officiating is a fool's game. Some would argue it's a loser's game. Either way it's not a fun game and one that isn't very productive. What benefit Quick got for shouting at the officials after the game was nothing but self-serving; it was a release for him to vent his frustration. While it's not likely to happen, it also put him at the risk of possibly missing a game, the league has that power after a game misconduct.

Same goes for any complaining, whether it be to the officials directly after the game or through the media later. It won't change anything and can only do harm instead of good. It certainly won't get your team more calls in the next game.

Officiating is not an exact science and it will be biased; it's in the very nature of the profession -- "I call it as I see it." But these things tend to even out as well. Even though some fan bases would have you believe there is a league conspiracy against their favorite team, it's just the breaks of the game. The Kings were beneficiaries of a questionable call -- and a crummy one; puck over the glass must die -- to help them complete a great comeback in Game 2, and the opposite was true in Game 3.

Again, I know these guys are mostly just releasing frustration but something every player in every sport learns growing up is that you have to accept the official's calls, right or wrong. It might make it sting worse when you feel like you were wronged, but it still comes down to executing. Officials don't award goals unless it's on an empty net.

The bigger issue the Kings should have a problem with following Game 3 is the fact that they were outplayed by San Jose and only scored one goal. If your goalie gives up only one in 60 minutes of hockey, you have little reason to blame the refs for a loss.

 
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