Feb 5, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Andrew Desjardins (10) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) fight during the second period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rescinds Desjardins' Match Penalty

The NHL has rescinded Sharks’ forward Andrew Desjardins’ match penalty against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Midway through the second period, Desjardins appeared to throw a clean hit on Jamaal Mayers of the Blackhawks, but the linesman deemed it to be a hit to the head and an “intent to injure,” and threw Desjardins out of the game.

“The way the linesman saw it on the ice, he was convinced it was a major penalty,” said NHL supervisor of officials Mick McGeough. “Unfortunately, he was wrong. It’s been overruled, taken care of the by the league and Brendan Shanahan and the safety committee, and there are no more issues right now.”

The penalty wound up costing the Sharks, as they allowed a four-on-four, game-winning goal to Patrick Kane a few minutes afterwards.

Head coach Todd McLellan called it an “awful” and “terrible” call, while Desjardins claimed, “they just saw something different.”

The Sharks fell 5-3 to the Blackhawks, suffering their third consecutive loss.

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