Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick will not be disciplined any further by the NHL for his Game 3 rant about the officials, per a report from Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times. Quick received a game misconduct for his rant but Elliot says it will end there and the issue will be buried.
no supplementary discipline for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who got game misconduct Sat nite for verbal abuse of an official.
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 19, 2013
The series between the Sharks and Kings has already seen some intervention from the NHL as the San Jose Sharks will be without Raffi Torres for the remainder of series after Brendan Shanahan and the NHL deemed his hit on Kings center Justin Williams a dirty play. That then led to fallout penalties via the NHL after Sharks general manager Doug WIlson was slapped with a $100,000 for lashing out at the ban for Torres.
Obviously Sharks fans will take issue with the NHL deciding to end it’s discipline of Quick where they did, especially after being blasted with punishment in the past 48 hours. Conspiracy theorists will claim the league is protecting Quick since he plays for Los Angeles — a market hockey needs to be popular in to succeed.
But at the end of the day, games are won and lost on the ice and not in league offices, no matter how much they interfere. The Sharks would have liked to get Quick out of net for a game but they’ll just have to beat the Kings the hard way.