Ryane Clowe made a really, really stupid decision in the third period of the San Jose Sharks game vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. With the top seed in the Pacific Division on the line, Clowe decided to break up a Kings rush up the ice late in a tie game.
The only problem? He did it from the bench.
In a tie game with everything on the line as it was, the error by the officials is pretty egregious. You can see the linesman at the far blueline in the video above, and while his view of the puck may have been partially obscured by bodies in play, there's no way he couldn't have seen Clowe reaching over the boards like that. It's a two-minute minor if he's caught doing this, which actually seems a bit lenient.
If you're a fan of the Kings, this sucks. Los Angeles essentially had a three-on-two developed on the play, as you can see, and who knows what would have happened had there been no interference from Clowe. The Sharks went on to win 6-5 in a shootout.
On the flip side, if you're a fan of the Sharks or any other team, this is actually pretty damned funny. We all do this when we're playing pick-up hockey as a joke, but to see it in an NHL game with such high stakes? Hilarious. Clowe clearly wasn't thinking as this all developed, and here's all he had to say for himself afterward:
Clowe only says "I don't know what you're talking about" when asked about playing puck from the bench. #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) April 6, 2012