Offensive display

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:05 PM ET


 Earlier in the night, Evgeni Nabokov kicked out a Jordan Leopold blast, then a Craig Conroy snapper.

 To top off the evening, he kicked at Ville Nieminen's head while the forward was trapped underneath him.

 Twice.

 Nabokov may not be the class of the league but this isn't exactly a class organization.

 At least that's the way the Sharks came across last night.

 Funny thing is, that's what the Sharks players were screaming at the Flames as they marched off the ice last night to a hail of beer and bratwursts -- "no class."

 Capping off a 3-0 Sharks win, there was an incident that appeared to get more than a few people upset. OK, there wasn't a man, woman or child in Alberta that felt good about it.

 After dumping Jarome Iginla in the Sharks end during the final minute, Alexander Korolyuk was sprung on a breakaway. Instead of depositing the puck into the empty net, he pulled up at the hash marks and rocketed a hard wrister into the goal.

 It was the type of move that would -- and should -- get any guy thumped on in any beer league across Canada.

 It was showmanship, pure and simple.

 Given the fact tensions were already high, Chris Simon gave Korloyuk a love tap and a crowd gathered to discuss the matter. Instead of pounding Korolyuk, Simon did the honourable thing by picking out a sizeable opponent in Mike Rathje.

 This, apparently, did not sit well with GM Doug Wilson, who was busy pulling a hissy-fit in the press box, kicking his chair and generally being a real grownup about the whole thing. Despite the fact his own player's indiscretion set the whole thing off, Wilson stood screaming at the ice -- a no-no that would get any journalist turfed from the premises.

 When told to grow up, shut up and leave the box by yours truly, he screamed back, embarrassed himself for a few more minutes and left for the management box he should stay in if he can't be a professional. Too much time in the California sun apparently made Wilson forget about hockey's code.

 "I don't know what he was trying to do there, if he was trying to embarrass us or what, but we didn't appreciate it," said Simon of the final minute's melee.

 Added Iginla: "Dislike grows throughout a series and it's growing."

 The Sharks tried to defend Korolyuk and deflect attention from the incident by ragging on Flames fans who were also in the wrong by pelting the ice with garbage.

 "I think he wanted to pass it to Patty (Marleau) but when he stopped, Patty got taken into the net," said Shark Todd Harvey. "I think it's a different custom over there (in Korolyuk's native Russia). I can see Calgary's point but I don't think Korky did that on purpose. They took exception to that and that happens. Throwing (stuff) on the ice like that, that's just wrong. At least if they're going to throw beer out there, leave half in the cup."

 In typical Ron Wilson fashion, the Sharks coach went way over the top by calling the Flames' late hijinks a black eye for hockey.

 Doug Wilson calmed down and was all smiles.

 The chair never recovered.


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