The NHL replay system didn’t do the Blackhawks – who need every point they can get – any favors on Tuesday night.
Two crucial, potential game-changing challenges went against the home team in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at the United Center.
Let’s break it down.
Challenge No. 1: Early in the second period, Ryan Hartman scored a wacky goal to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. After a lengthy review to determine if Hartman kicked the puck in the net – which was confirmed he did not – the Flames challenged for goaltender interference. After another lengthy review, the call was reversed, with refs saying Hartman indeed interfered with Mike Smith.
According to the NHL, "The Referee determined that Hartman prevented Smith from doing his job in his crease."
“The puck's right there in my body and I'm just standing there and I get pulled over and the puck goes in the net,” Hartman said of the play after the game. “I didn't lunge at the goalie, I didn't go into the goalie. I fell backwards, so I don't know.”
Joel Quennville’s face says it all.
Challenge No. 2: With 3:30 left in the third period, Johnny Gaudreau appeared to have deflected a shot by Michael Stone to give the Flames a 2-1 lead. Immediately, Blackhawks goalie Jeff Glass put his hands up in the air, believing Gaudreau’s stick was above the crossbar when the puck was redirected. The Blackhawks challenged, but quickly lost.
The Flames would eventually go on to score an empty-netter, and Patrick Kane scored with about six seconds left. Game over. Blackhawks lose 3-2.
“We’ll take tonight to think about it, and we’ll move on,” Hartman said.
On Postgame Live, Jamal Mayers and Adam Burish had some tell-it-like-it-is stuff: