Desjardins' penalty for hit on Mayers quickly rescinded

Desjardins' penalty for hit on Mayers quickly rescinded
February 6, 2013, 4:45 pm
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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The match penalty San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was assessed for his hit on Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers was rescinded not long after it was called on Tuesday night.

Desjardins was given several penalties, including that match one, for what was deemed a hit to the head at the time. But NHL rules official Mick McGeough told Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea that the match penalty was nixed later.

“The way the linesman (Jonny Murray) saw it on the ice, he was convinced it was a major penalty. Unfortunately he was wrong,” McGeough told Kurz after the game, a 5-3 Blackhawks victory. “It’s been overruled, taken care of by the league and Brendan Shanahan and the safety committee, and there are no more issues right now.”

Duncan Keith, who went after Desjardins immediately following that hit on Mayers, was assessed several penalties too, including a 10-minute misconduct. Keith returned late in the third period but Desjardins was out of the game with that match penalty.

The Sharks were frustrated with the match call on Desjardins. Coach Todd McLellan told the media that “it was a terrible call. I don’t know if we were going to be able to come back or not, but at that point we were still in the game and we had every opportunity to win, and probably should have been on a four-minute power play.”

Mayers was not happy with the hit on him.

““We’re trying to get that out of our game, and unfortunately it happened,” Mayers said. “That’s my opinion; I don’t believe the puck was there yet. You make a decision to go for a piece of a guy’s body, happened to be my head.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said “I thought it was interference at first but (the puck) hit (Mayers) in the skate. It might have been high.