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NHL apologizes to Vegas for bad penalty call in Game 7 loss to Sharks

NHL apologizes to Vegas for bad penalty call in Game 7 loss to Sharks

Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser believes the five-minute major penalty that changed the course of Game 7 between the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights was a bad call, and it turns out the league agrees.

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee told reporters Thursday that the NHL called and apologized to him for the call on Cody Eakin during the third period of Tuesday's decisive game.

"The league did reach out and apologize," McPhee said, via The Las Vegas Review-Journal. "They made a mistake, and I'm sure [the officials] feel bad about it. They want to get things right like we all do when we're doing our jobs."

The five-minute major for a dangerous hit on Joe Pavelski opened the floodgates for the Sharks. Down 3-0 when Eakin went to the box, San Jose scored four goals on the ensuing power play to take a one-goal lead. The Sharks eventually won in overtime on Barclay Goodrow's series-clinching goal.

After the game, Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault ripped the refs for their "embarrassing call," saying they helped the Sharks "steal" Game 7.

Up until that point in the series, the Sharks were 4 for 29 on the power play, but Vegas' penalty-killing unit couldn't stop Team Teal from erasing a three-goal deficit in a four-minute span. Vegas can complain all it wants, but eventually, the Golden Knights have to look in the mirror.

That being said, giving up four goals in four minutes is a tough pill to swallow, but having the league admit it blew the call is just pouring salt in the wound.

There's also this: The NHL Department of Hockey Operations announced that referees Dan O'Halloran and Eric Furlatt, who were on the ice for the call, will not officiate in the second playoff round, per ESPN. O'Hallaron leads all active NFL refs with 212 playoff games worked, ESPN noted.

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The Sharks now will face the Colorado Avalanche, with Game 1 slated for Friday night at SAP Center.

How Kendall Coyne Schofield is staying fit during coronavirus hiatus

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How Kendall Coyne Schofield is staying fit during coronavirus hiatus

For world-class athletes, being stuck in the house is a strange feeling.

But that's the predicament NBC Sports California's Sharks analyst Kendall Coyne Schofield finds herself in.

Schofield and her husband Michael, an offensive lineman who last played with the Los Angeles Chargers, are holed up at their Orland Park, Illinois home.

In the latest episode of NBC Sports' Distance Training, the Schofields told host Jac Collinsworth that before the state issued a "Stay at home" order, they went to local sporting good stores and bought dumbbells, elastic bands, an exercise bike and anything else they might need in order to workout at home.

"Obviously, our biggest stress was as soon as it started going down and gyms started closing and everywhere we had a chance to work out started closing, we were like 'We need to find a way to workout,' " Michael said. "So I knew a couple days before, our governor of Illinois was going to do a shelter in place or stay in place announcement, we booked dumbbells, we got bands, we ran to Dick's Sporting Goods to get whatever we could and just throw it in our basement.

"But now it's been a hassle. 'OK, we got two dumbbells, a bunch of bands, a stationary bike, let's make the best of it and see what we can do to stay in shape, so it's definitely been hard every single day to come up with workouts and doing stuff, but we're making the most of it."

But working out at their home hasn't been the easiest transition for Kendall and Michael.

"I think what's really challenging, and I'm sure a lot of athletes have the same challenges, when you're in your basement, when you're in your home, you're in an environment that's usually comfortable to you," Kendall said. "That you usually come back to after working out, you're relaxing and you're doing anything but physical activity to be an elite athlete, so I think it's hard being in our home working out and trying to reach that peak performance level mentally and physically, and then at the same time, your phone rings and you say 'I'm just gonna grab that. It's fine,' and just trying to stay on track because there are so many distractions in this environment that you never really utilized as your gym, your lab, your place to be as professional as you can in your sport."

You can watch the full interview between the Schofields and Collinsworth here:

The NHL season, like all other North American sports leagues, is on an indefinite hiatus, and no timeline for resumption of play has been given.

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Until the league makes an announcement, Kendall Coyne Schofield will have to keep working out in her home in Illinois.

How Sharks' Timo Meier is handling coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland

How Sharks' Timo Meier is handling coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland

Timo Meier is back in Europe, and doing just fine.

But his country is not.

“It’s pretty bad here in Switzerland,” the Sharks forward said last week via FaceTime. “Obviously, the [coronavirus case] numbers increase daily. I try not to read too much into it, but you can’t really avoid it.”

Switzerland, with a population of less than 9 million, has one of the highest COVID-19 cases-per-capita numbers in the world. Greater than Italy, Spain or the United States as of last week.

“Here, we have the rule that you’re not allowed to be around more than five people outside,” Meier explained. “But I’m trying to stick to the rule of staying home. Only go outside when really needed.”

It became a quick decision for Meier to leave San Jose. He wanted to be near family, but that obviously necessitated a trans-Atlantic flight to reach Zurich. Boarding that plane during a pandemic was slightly terrifying.

“It was definitely weird flights,” Meier said. “I was trying to be really cautious — luckily, I had some hand sanitizer. After everything I’d touch, I’d sanitize my hands. A little too cautious at times, but you really can’t be. I was really trying to limit everything and don’t touch too much stuff. I made it here safe.”

Meier isn’t necessarily a germaphobe, but he knows this experience could have an effect.

“It’s definitely going to translate after this is over,” Meier said. “I’m going to be a little more careful than I was before, but I think that’s a good thing.”

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Days lately are simple and repetitive for the 23-year-old. They include sleeping in, a morning workout, an isolated afternoon walk in the hills, and usually a glass of wine with dinner.

Meier seems perfectly content under isolation, so long as things remain similar for he and family: “I’m not complaining too much.”