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St. Louis Blues fans, rightfully, were incensed after a missed hand pass led to a game-winning Sharks goal in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. While those who play hockey for the Blues still have a chance to win the series, those who gambled on the Blues will never see that money again.
The daily fantasy site Fanduel, in a canny bit of self-promotion, is doing what it can to rectify this injustice. Citing the “controversial nature” of San Jose’s win, Fanduel announced it’d be refunding “all St. Louis ML bets from last night’s game” in a Twitter post Thursday morning.
“We have to hand it to the Sharks,” they wrote, “they’re (sic) unwavering grit made for a thrilling Game 3 finish.”
In the overtime period, Sharks winger Timo Meier slapped the puck with his hand, which allowed the Sharks to keep possession and eventually slot home the winning goal. (That’s not allowed.) The referees missed this action, and awarded the goal and the game to the Sharks.
Reportedly, goalscorer Erik Karlsson didn’t even celebrate because the hand pass was so blatant.
Blues fans, to their credit, are directing their negative energy toward altruistic ends. A fan named John Randall launched a GoFundMe “in honor of” referee Marc Joannette, who was on the ice when the now-infamous missed hand pass occurred.
The proceeds, of course, will go to the St. Louis Society for the Blind.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sharks/article/gambling-website-refunds-sharks-blues-13851373.php.