Sharks don't mean to spray it

San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi attempts to score as Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy...

San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi attempts to score as Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard blocks the shot during the third period of game 2 of the NHL Western Conference semi-finals in San Jose, California May 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Chad Ziemendorf)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

DETROIT -- The San Jose Sharks are claiming innocence.

The Sharks swear they're not trying to spray Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard purposely with snow.

There were numerous incidents of San Jose players showering Howard in the crease during the first two games of the series at the HP Pavilion.

The Wings aren't happy and it is expected the subject will be brought up with series supervisor Kris King before Game 3 Wednesday at the Joe Louis Arena. The Sharks could face an unsportsmanlike penalty if they keep it up.

"I don't even know -- what's snow showering?" San Jose captain Joe Thornton said. "It is part of the game. You see a lot of pucks by him. It's not like it's hitting him and he's swallowing it. There are a lot of loose pucks there."

Sharks winger Ryan Clowe said nothing is being done purposely.

"If you look at the plays, we're shooting and driving the net for the rebound," Clowe said. "You get there and you stop.

"You don't want to pass by a loose puck laying around the crease."


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