Penner blasts refs for 'gall to guess' on penalty

Couture's OT tally gets Sharks back in the series

Penner blasts refs for 'gall to guess' on penalty
May 18, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Dustin Penner: "I’m disappointed in the refs that they could make a gutsy call like that in the last 30 seconds of a period." (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Sharks edged the Kings 2-1 in overtime Saturday night, making it a 2-1 Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

[RECAP: Sharks 2, Kings 1 (OT)]

Both of the Sharks' goals came via the power play, and one Los Angeles player was vocal in his disagreement with the referees after the game.

“I find it very tough to believe that a player as intelligent as Trevor would run the goalie,” winger Dustin Penner said. “I asked him and he said he was pushed from behind. I believe him. I’m disappointed in the refs that they could make a gutsy call like that in the last 30 seconds of a period. It’s pretty impressive when you have enough gall to guess. I’m going to look at the tape and see if he got pushed because I know what it is like to drive the net.”

Earlier on Saturday, the NHL fined the Sharks $100,000 for their commentary about the league's decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for the remainder of the series. The fine stemmed from a violated bylaw, but also included a $75,000 penalty for "inappropriate nature of the comments."

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