NHL Admits Its ‘unfortunate Miss' on Timo Meier's Illegal Hand Pass

Eric The Clown said it best when George Costanza couldn't move on: "You're living in the past, man!"

The St. Louis Blues need the same message, too, after Game 3 of the Western Conference final.

After the Blues fell to the Sharks 5-4 in overtime Wednesday, the team couldn't stop complaining about what appeared to be a non-reviewable illegal hand pass by Sharks winger Timo Meier before Erik Karlsson's game-winning goal.

But it sounds like the Blues actually have plenty of reasons to be so frustrated.

"It was an unfortunate miss by our on-ice officials," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. "They were among our most highly performance-rated officials in our league this year. Mistakes happen, and I think everyone involved on both teams and with the League understand that.

"Can we create a better mousetrap to minimize either the incidence or impact of those mistakes? That's what our competition committee, our GMs and ultimately our board will have to figure out. For now, we will turn the page and move on."

There's no turning back now, though. The league has admitted its mistake and surely will look further into a solution in the offseason.

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The goal gave the Sharks a two-games-to-one series lead over the Blues. St. Louis now can either be stuck in the past or tie it up on their home ice Friday night.

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