The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are locked in an epic battle, with their second round series tied at two games apiece, and it is clear that they don’t like each other.
On Wednesday, Sharks forward TJ Galiardi had some harsh words for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
“What kind of bugs me about him, I don’t know if I should say it, but a little embellishment every now and then,” Galiardi told the San Jose Mercury News. “You skate by and you don’t even touch him or you barely even touch him and he’s throwing his hands in the air. So that’s one of those things. It’s playoffs. Everyone’s trying to draw a penalty. Whatever.”
Hours before Game 5, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty pointed the finger right back at Galiardi in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
It’s not even playoff talk, it’s just funny to even hear that from a guy who is the biggest diver on their team. Like it’s just ridiculous he can even say that, to be honest. But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff….I don’t think you have to watch many (Sharks’ games). You can just watch three of his shifts and you’ll see how many times he dives. There’s been times where even the refs are telling him, just get up, because he’s diving so often.
“For him to call Quickie out like that, it’s just not right and we all know Quickie is an honest hockey player,” Doughty continued. “He’s not diving. He’s not flopping. Quickie is as tough as nails.”
Ok, then what was the reasoning behind this?
Yeah, shoving and punching two players minding their business is totally not embellishing and trying to draw attention from the refs.