x
Breaking News
More (0) »

St. Louis Breaking News, Weather, Traffic, Sports | KSDK.com

Looking back on the infamous Blues/Sharks 'hand pass' game that sent two franchises in completely opposite directions

The infamous hand pass game could've turned into a Blues heartbreak, but it did just the opposite

ST. LOUIS — A year ago Friday should be the anniversary of one of the most infamous moments in Blues history. But thanks to what happened after, it's barely even a memory.

On May 15, 2019, the San Jose Sharks got away with an illegal hand pass in overtime to beat the Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

The game was dramatic throughout. The Blues had battled back to tie, and eventually take the lead 4-3 in the waning moments of the second period thanks to David Perron.

Then, with just about a minute left in regulation, Logan Couture tied the game and sent it to overtime.

Just over five minutes into overtime, Sharks forward Timo Meier batted a puck out of the air while laying on the ice, it eventually ends up on Erik Karlsson's stick and then behind Jordan Binnington in the Blues' net.

After a clear replay of the goal showed a blatantly illegal hand pass, the Enterprise Center exploded, and the Blues badgered the referees off the ice.

It was probably the maddest fans have ever seen this team. Jordan Binnington was visibly upset, and Brayden Schenn shattered his stick in frustration at the referees.

"I didn't really get an explanation. I guess there's two different sets of rules for two different teams," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said after the game. That's all I'm going to say about it."

That familiar sinking feeling that had been equated with being a Blues fan started to sink it. Is this going to be the next infamous moment to add to the list of St. Louis heartbreaks?

But this team proved us wrong.

Led by the always steady Craig Berube, the Blues just added the hand pass loss to the adversity they'd fought through all season.

St. Louis won the next three games, outscoring the Sharks 12-2, and headed to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970. 

RELATED: GoFundMe set up for St. Louis Society of Blind in honor of ref from Blues-Sharks game

RELATED: This video shows how St. Louis Blues fans feel about winning goal in Game 3

RELATED: NHL on controversial ending to Game 3: 'It's a non-reviewable play'

Since that game, the two franchises have gone in completely different directions.

The Blues went on to win their first Stanley Cup in dramatic fashion, partied all summer and then raced out to be the top team in the Western Conference until play was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sharks wilted away in the 2019 playoffs, had to take stock of some of their bloated and under-performing contracts, lost their captain Joe Pavelski to Dallas in the offseason and found themselves with the fewest points in the Western Conference when the season was paused.

In the moment, the hand pass looked like another Blues heartbreak. It turned out to just be another layer making the run to the franchise's first Cup that much more special.

More Blues Coverage

RELATED: When hockey returns, the rest of the league should beware of the Blues

RELATED: It was 1-year-ago today, that Pat Maroon put that amazing goal behind Ben Bishop

RELATED: Binnington picks up a new hobby while waiting out coronavirus stoppage in St. Louis

RELATED: Blues broadcaster John Kelly donates plasma after overcoming COVID-19

RELATED: Blues exploring the possibility of hosting the Stanley Cup Playoffs

RELATED: Checking in with hometown hero Pat Maroon during the NHL stoppage

RELATED: Catching up with the Tkachuks: St. Louis' all-star hockey family is back together under one roof with the season on pause

RELATED: MacEachern latest to agree to extension with Blues

RELATED: Blues sign defenseman Marco Scandella to 4-year extension

RELATED: The Stanley Cup is normally busy this time of year, but it's now locked up