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Failed offside challenge has Blackhawks seething: 'One play cost us the whole game'

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Failed offside challenge has Blackhawks seething: 'One play cost us the whole game'

Taking another look, asking for the review. The coaches challenge comes with a different twist this season, one that ups the risk if you choose to implement it. Lose it, and you head to the penalty kill.

“You can see how it turns the game around a little bit,” Ryan Hartman said Thursday night. “They install that to make sure you know for sure.”

The Blackhawks were sure this challenge would turn out in their favor. They were sure that Jason Zucker was offside when the puck banked off Brent Seabrook’s skate and into the Blackhawks’ zone and the Minnesota Wild’s second goal, off a 2-on-1 by Chris Stewart, would be wiped out. But the call stood, the goal counted, the penalty was assessed, the Wild added a power-play goal and the game was ultimately lost.

“One play cost us the whole game,” coach Joel Quenneville said following the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Wild.

The NHL situation room released its explanation on the failed challenge, stating:

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Linesman, NHL Hockey Operations staff determined that the actions of Chicago's Brent Seabrook caused the puck to enter the attacking zone and the call on the ice was upheld - good goal Minnesota Wild. The decision was made in accordance with Rule 83.1 which states, in part, that "If a player legally carries or passes the puck back into his own defending zone while a player of the opposing team is in such defending zone, the off-side shall be ignored and play permitted to continue."

“He didn’t carry it and didn’t have possession, so I disagree with that rule,” Quenneville said. “We brought [the puck] in, but you have to have control, possession of it.”

It seems that Rule 83.2 would apply more to Thursday’s situation:

Deflections / Rebounds – When a defending player propels the puck out of his defending zone and the puck clearly rebounds off a defending player in the neutral zone back into the defending zone, all attacking players are eligible to play the puck. However, any action by an attacking player that causes a deflection/rebound off a defending player in the neutral zone back into the defending zone (i.e. stick check, body check, physical contact), a delayed off-side shall be signaled by the Linesman. A puck that deflects back into the defending zone off an official who is in the neutral zone will be off-side (or delayed off-side, as appropriate).

Seabrook was just frustrated at himself.

“That was tough. A bouncing puck but it’s on me. I have to do a better job of keeping it at the blue line, or at least making a play and not giving up a 2-on-1 at that point,” Seabrook said. “We just got back with a tie game and just a tough one.”

The Blackhawks were sure they got this one right but it was ruled otherwise. It was one call, but it was one costly call.

Showtime: Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scores overtime winner against Panthers

Showtime: Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scores overtime winner against Panthers

Did anyone order a game-winning goal in overtime?

Patrick Kane sent Blackhawks fans home happy after potting the game-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in extra time on Tuesday night at the United Center.

Slump officially broken? Might be safe to say.

On Sunday night, Kane snapped out of a four-game pointless streak — his longest streak since the 2009-10 season — and entered the top 5 in scoring in Blackhawks history with 781 points. On Tuesday, he added to that. 

More importantly, the Blackhawks picked up a much-needed six out of six points after losing five in a row prior to that. It's the first time this season the Blackhawks — who are now 15-11-5 — have won three straight.

Things won't be getting easier, though, as five of their next six games will come on the road — beginning Thursday night in Winnipeg, which you can watch on NBC Sports Chicago.

But picking up three straight wins will certainly give them momentum.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks

Sports Talk Live is on location at the United Center to preview the Blackhawks and Panthers.  Sam Panayotovich (WGN Radio), Chris Hine (Chicago Tribune) join Kap on the panel.  Plus Steve Konroyd and Brian Campbell talk all things Hawks.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks