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article imageDaniel Sedin ends his season with 10 minutes for abusive language

By Marcus Hondro     May 8, 2013 in Sports
Besides getting a two-minute boarding penalty in overtime in San Jose Tuesday night, a call made not by the nearby official but the one well down the ice, Daniel Sedin got another penalty. It's one he's not likely to ever get again.
At 13:03 of the OT period Sedin got the minor that lead to Patrick Marleau's overtime winner and sent Vancouver home, or to the golf links, as the cliche goes. After getting assessed the penalty Sedin sat in the box and seethed, though not for long, the goal came at 13:18, just 15 seconds after the penalty.
When the goal went in and the Sharks won, 4-3, Sedin unleashed a torrent of choice words for the refs, getting a 10 minute misconduct for abusive language, also at 13:18. It was the last stat of the game and Vancouver's season, a meaningless penalty but perhaps referee Kelly Sutherland wanted Sedin's tirade noted on the score-sheet, or maybe he was just rubbing salt into the Canucks wound. Earlier this season Sutherland was the object of criticism from Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who was fined by the league.
Daniel Sedin: Shoulder to shoulder hit on Wingels
Whatever language Sedin used was likely no worse than words chosen by many Canuck fans watching in their living-rooms. The penalty was on a hit Sedin made on Tommy Wingels and to say it was a questionable call is like saying Justin Bieber has a few female teenage fans. Sedin hit Wingels shoulder to shoulder and was 7 or more feet from the boards when he did it and Canucks fans were wondering if Sutherland didn't get the memo that noted that bodychecking is part of hockey.
After the game, and his season, were over, Sedin declined to tell media what he said to get the misconduct. He was tempted by media to trash the referee, but resisted. He did offer up, however, that he thought the call was a bad one.
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