The Vancouver Canucks have often been accused of embellishing calls in an effort to draw penalties. On Monday, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa pointed the finger at Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Thornton, accusing them of having Oscar-worthy performances during this Western Conference Quarterfinals series. The Sharks scored three power-play goals on eight attempts Sunday night in a 5-2 victory that gave them a 3-0 lead in the series. Game 4 is set for Tuesday at HP Pavilion. "Five-on-five, we're the better team," Bieksa said. "Their power play's been hot. We've been giving them too many chances. There's guys on their team, two guys in particular, that are embellishing a lot of calls, making it tough on the officials. Couture, you can't go near the guy. He snaps his head back. He flails. You touch him after the whistle, and he's going to jump off the ice and throw himself into the glass. And those are hard calls for the officials to make, and now they're going against us. "Thornton, another so-called Canadian, supposed to play the game with integrity, gets slashed and takes his glove off and shakes his hand. Referee takes a couple seconds to look at that and make a call, and that's an important part of the game. That's a critical time of the game where we go down two men, and these are two guys that are supposed to be playing the game with integrity." Bieksa made his comments Monday afternoon at HP Pavilion, long after San Jose's media access ended at their practice facility. After being reached by the San Jose Mercury News later in the afternoon, Couture and Thornton responded to Bieksa's accusations. "It's just talk," Thornton told the Mercury News. "You can see in both video clips, they were probably both penalties. They're just going to talk like that now. At this point, you really don't even pay attention to things that are said like that. It's all part of the gamesmanship. You just try not to get sucked into a verbal altercation with them."
Canucks' Bieksa accuses Sharks of embellishment
NHL.com | May 7