Regehr and Lewis penalties were total bullsh– no, wait, they deserved them

I would like to say that either or both of the Kings’ late penalties were undeserved, that the Kings were screwed by the Hockey Gods, etc., but, having just watched the plays in question several times each, the most homerish response I can justify would be something like, gee, usually they let those things go late in the game, don’t they?

Regehr did get his stick up in the hands of whomever, impeding whomever’s potential scoring chance. No, Regehr’s stick was not parallel to the ice, which is the off-quoted standard for nearly-guaranteed penalty. But it was a scoring chance foiled by stick-work. You can argue that the refs didn’t call the whole game that way. But that’s an argument only one side makes. The other side, meanwhile, says, “finally!”

Trevor Lewis, meanwhile, did actually run into the goalie. He didn’t look like he was trying to “run” the goalie, but he absolutely made significant contact with him. Was he pushed in by the D? I would say he was guided or steered in. It wasn’t an obvious shove, which would have been helpful to my Kings fan indignation. I feel bad for Lewis though. I can see that, with 12 seconds left, he really turned on the boosters in an attempt to score his second high-light reel last second game-winning goal in as many games. Instead, he put himself in a vulnerable position where a clever defenseman could subtly help him not quite be able to stop in time. That’s what defensemen do. That’s why defensemen — who otherwise spend most of their time determined to destroy anyone who comes anywhere near their goalie — suddenly are happy to dump opponent players on top of them. They’re trying to draw penalties or knock the net off. Smart.

Like I said, I feel bad for Lewis. But he was, first and formost, killing a penalty. He needed not to put himself in a position where a 5-on-3 against, in OT, was left up to the refs’ judgment. Sort of the way a penalty-killer might back off a potential scoring chance because the risk of allowing an out-numbered attack against is too great.

 

  2 comments for “Regehr and Lewis penalties were total bullsh– no, wait, they deserved them

  1. OneTimer
    May 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Pretty sure it was Marleau (who of course was “playing” the role defenseman) on the Lewis play, but regardless – I agree Lewis might have been able to do a better job of NOT getting close enough for contact.

    Go Kings. Put Game 4 SQUARELY in your sights, boys.

  2. JZarris
    May 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Yeah, pretty much.

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