I’ve seen a lot of stuff in all my years of watching hockey, but San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe showed me something I’ve never seen before during the Sharks game last night against the Los Angeles Kings.
Clowe was on the bench with about two minutes remaining in a tied game Thursday night when he stuck out his stick and knocked the puck away from Kings forward Jarret Stoll, disrupting a potential 3-on-2. Incredibly, none of the four on-ice officials noticed the play and Clowe was not given a penalty for his actions. And not only did Clowe’s bush-league move break up a potential odd-man rush for the Kings, but had a penalty actually been called, that would have given L.A., who was already on the power play at the time, a two-man advantage, greatly changing the complexion of the game.
The game would go into overtime and then a shootout where the Sharks would win 6-5.
However, the most astounding part in all of this was Clowe pleading the fifth.
As he sat in his locker stall following the game, he actually claimed ignorance.
“I have no idea what you guys are talking about,” he said. “I’ll have to see the video or something; you’ll have to show me on video.”
Don’t worry, Clowe, we’ve got the video, and there’s a good chance league officials do, too.