Controversial calls go Blackhawks way in win over Blues
(The Sports Xchange) - Joel Quenneville's decision to make a coach's challenge Friday night might have turned the opening-round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues.
With 7:46 to play in the third period of a 1-1 game, the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko appeared to score his second goal of the game, putting the Blues on the verge of taking a 2-0 lead over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Before play could resume, however, the Blackhawks' coach asked the referees to take a look at the play to determine if the Blues were offside.
"Somebody on the bench said it's offsides," Quenneville said. "A player got a coaches' attention and we were able to check it out and get the referee's attention. I was screaming like a mad man."
The review took several minutes but finally determined that Jori Lehtera had been offside on the play by a faction of a step and the goal was disallowed.
A little more than a minute later, Tarasenko was called for slashing Andrew Shaw and with just seven seconds left in the penalty, Shaw knocked in his own rebound to put the Blackhawks up 2-1 with 4:19 to play in regulation.
An empty-net goal by Artemi Panarin made it a 3-1 lead for the Blackhawks before Kevin Shattenkirk scored with just two seconds left to make it a 3-2 final in favor of the Blackhawks, tying the series at one win each.
The series now moves to Chicago for the next two games, with game three set for Sunday afternoon.
The Blues were naturally upset by the referee's ruling after the play had originally been called a good goal on the ice. Continued...