There was no debate San Jose was hurt by a late non-call in overtime of their 3-2 loss to Anaheim. With less than 40 seconds remaining on the overtime clock, Devin Setoguchi was knocked down, making it impossible for him to reach a puck headed up ice. No whistle blew on the play, but neither was the icing waved off, and the ensuing faceoff was brought all the way back to the Sharks zone. Anaheim proceeded to win the draw and scored the game-winner on a play that should not have taken place. A good case could be made that a faceoff should have been taken in the Sharks offensive zone with San Jose on the power play.
“That kind of sucks. I can’t touch the puck if I’m laying on my back,” Setoguchi stated. “In any call, if you step up and hit the guy, then it’s no icing. Maybe he missed one there, but it’s just the way it happened. Tough call. We’re not refs, we’re not linesmen, but at the same time I’ve got to be able to touch the puck or make a play.”
Shark Head Coach Todd McLellan saw things much the same way.
“There is some doubt into the call that was made,” McLellan said. “First off, the officials have a tough job and it was a bang-bang play. They are on two different wave lengths. The referee is reffing to call a penalty and the linesman is calling an icing, so they are not thinking the same thing. In our opinion, it has to be a penalty or a non icing call. It has to be one of those two.”
Antero Niittymaki had no chance on the winning tally as he was screened by probably three people and the puck was altered along the way.
“There was a D man shooting the puck. I went down, heard a noise and don’t even know where it went in,” Niittymaki said. “There was a lot of traffic and it found it’s way to the net.”
The Sharks players knew it wasn't their netminder’s fault.
“Pretty much anything Niitty sees, he is going to stop,” Torrey Mitchell
said. “I don’t know if it got tipped or what, but there was a lot of traffic in front of the net. It just went in.”
“It’s always disappointing to lose a game, especially at home. We outshot them 2-1,” Niittymaki said. “I think we played decent, but it wasn’t our night.”
San Jose was down 2-1 in the third and at least salvaged a point that could be valuable later in the year. For the tying tally, San Jose was swarming in the offensive zone and even after a power play ended, they kept circling before Setoguchi scored on a second effort.
“It was frustrating, but it was nice to see us battle back and get that point,” Mitchell said.
If there was a bright spot in the loss, in addition to the point, it was that McLellan found the second and third line scoring he had been looking for.
“It was nice to see Mitchy get rewarded and Seto scored, but at the end of the day, two is a tough number to win with,” McLellan said.
Both Setoguchi, who posted his first multi point game of the season, and Mitchell scored their second goals of the season.
“There were guys on Clowe and he was smart enough to know someone was open,” Mitchell said of his goal. “It felt good to get one. It had been since Sweden. Ten games feels like a long time.”
Neither player was in a positive mood despite the goals.
“A couple of quick shots and it went in for me. It felt good, but we didn’t win, so it was kind of bittersweet,” Setoguchi said.
The Sharks will get Joe Thornton
back for their next game on Thursday against the New York Islanders and everyone is excited for his return
“He is a big part of our lineup and it will be nice to have him back,” Mitchell said.
“He’s a world class player and we’ll take as many of those as we can get,” McLellan stated. “I’m sure he would have helped (on the power play).”
The Sharks held the Ducks to two shots on goal in the first period, the lowest total for an opponent in a period this season. The Sharks also outshot the Ducks 22-6 in the third period and 41-20 for the game. Logan Couture
set a career high with seven shots on goal. Joe Pavelski
registered eight shots, Ryane Clowe
DUCKS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE
“Anytime you get to overtime you know, it’s one shot. We were fortunate enough to win a faceoff. To win that big draw. We had kind of a play going that didn’t really materialize. But we didn’t stop there. Shoot the puck, get it toward the net. It found a way to get in.”
“The difference was we were involved in the hockey game right from the word ‘Go’. I think we only gave up 6 shots in the first period. Last time we were here they had what? Twelve or fourteen? And they had ten scoring chances out of it. Tonight we didn’t run into penalty problems until the third.”
“Hiller was outstanding. The best player on the ice. But that’s what it takes to win on the road in these tough buildings.”
The Sharks will host the New York Islanders Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.