Sharks' OT goal counts, despite illegal hand pass: 'I'm sure they'll lose some sleep'


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The San Jose Sharks scored an overtime goal Wednesday night to take a 2-1 series lead against the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference final.

But there was a problem with the goal, which was scored after an illegal hand pass. And the NHL was unable to step in and do anything about it.

Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the overtime goal, his second of the game, at 5:23 after taking a pass from Gustav Nyquist for a 5-4 victory.

The problem was right before that.

San Jose’s Timo Meier, while on his knees, had batted the puck out of the air to the ice. And no Blues players touched the puck before it went to Nyquist.

Since a Sharks player was the next to touch it, under NHL rules, the play should have been blown dead.

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