The Minnesota Wild were on the penalty kill seven times in their 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center and coach Mike Yeo made it clear that he felt the Sharks may have done a little bit of extra work to get some of those calls.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Yeo called San Jose’s tactics “embarrassing.”
“It must be nice to draw penalties like that, when the other team goes stick on pick and you kind of hold your head,” Yeo said. “To me that’s embarrassing. I don’t know. I guess we’ve got to ask our players to embellish more.”
Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press also had this gem, via Twitter:
Yeo: “It doesn’t matter how many times they dive, we’ve got to make sure we kill them off — or embellish, I shouldn’t say just dive.”
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) December 13, 2013
The bottom line is that Minnesota had a lot of penalties to kill. One of the calls was wrong, however; Joe Pavelski’s second power-play goal in the second period was scored while the Wild’s Zenon Konopka was in the box for a double-minor after Jason Demers of San Jose was hit in the mouth with the stick.
The problem was that it wasn’t Konopka’s stick that clipped Demers; replay showed it was Sharks rookie Freddie Hamilton’s stick that hit Demers.