On Tuesday night, the San Jose Sharks were able to cool off the National Hockey League's hottest team, ending the Nashville Predators' five-game winning streak by completing the comeback to win the contest 5-4. However, to be quite honest, one of the Sharks top players did not really deserve to win this one.
Star defenseman Brent Burns finished off the Predators with two minutes, 52 seconds, but the attention has been focused on his teammate, blue liner Marc-Edouard Vlasic who has officially pulled the most embarrassing move of the season during the contest. It got so much attention that even the former Predators captain, the beloved Mike Fisher, put the sequence of actions on social media, calling Vlasic's move embarrassing and asking for a better job from the off-ice officials to prevent calls like this from taking place. He did not blame the referees on the ice, but wondered if video review could make the players more accountable.
"Video review should be allowed on these calls. Not the refs fault at all. It would keep the players honest," Fisher posted on his Twitter account during the contest of his former club.
NHL insider Darren Dreger answered Fisher's request on social media as well, noting that there will be some consequences when it comes to Vlasic and his attitude on the ice from now now. According to Dreger, Vlasic will most likely added to a to the leagues embellishment list for this. However, the NHL insider added that in general, general managers across the NHL have not been in favour of video review when it comes to diving or embellishment.
"Vlasic very likely added to the leagues embellishment list for this. GM’s have never been in favour of vid review for this in past," is Dreger's full answer to Fisher on Vlasic's move.
Some Sharks fans were quick to defend the veteran defenseman, stating that Vlasic has suffered several facial injuries in the past and probably flinched when he saw Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson's stick coming close to his face.
The sequence of events took place at the end of the third period, and Arvidsson was sent to the penalty box for a minor for high-sticking. What made things even more brutal for the Predators and their fan base is the fact that Burns tallied the winning goal during that same power-play, giving his team the win on quite the controversial play. Burns’ one-timer from the left faceoff circle beat Preds backup goalie Juuse Saros high to the glove side for the winning goal.
And it seems so unfortunate and unfair for Arvidsson, who saw the whole thing from the sin bin, seconds before getting out the door, as he managed to tally two goals in the contest, doing everything he could to give his team the edge throughout the entire game... He also collected an assist.
Nashville fell to 8-2-0 and San Jose improved to 5-3-1 in a matchup of Western Conference contenders.
You can see a full recap of the game, including Vlasic's embarrassing acting talents, in the video above, all the way atop this article.