ST. LOUIS (AP) — Don’t tell San Jose coach Peter DeBoer his Sharks have gotten lucky during their playoff run.
“It irks me when you use words like that because this is a team that we’ve played four or five elimination games, not moments, games, 12 to 15 periods of elimination hockey against Vegas and Colorado,” DeBoer said. “I think it’s a ridiculous statement.”
Ridiculous or not, the Sharks have had their fair share of puck luck during their run.
The latest example came Wednesday night on Erik Karlsson’s game-winning goal against St. Louis in overtime. The officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier, who used his right hand to knock the loose puck toward the front of the net where a quick pass set up Karlsson for his second goal of the game. The Sharks take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final into Game 4 Friday night.
Meier was even given an assist on the play though his stick never touched the puck.
“It’s a fast game,” Meier said. “I went down on the ice. I got cross-checked after the puck was in the air so I was on the ice, looked up and the puck was in the net and I saw…