Drake Caggiula thought he scored a monster goal to put the Blackhawks ahead 2-1 on Wednesday with just a little over a minute remaining in regulation against the Boston Bruins - who lead the NHL in points - but he was wrong. Or was he?
Defenseman Olli Maatta stole the puck and was advancing it up ice in the neutral zone and got tripped up. As he fell, he hit the puck with his glove and the puck appeared to hit his stick after before Caggiula grabbed it and scored stick side from the left faceoff circle.
"We were all celebrating in front of the bench, thinking we took the lead and then all of a sudden guys we're saying 'Hold on a sec' and whistles started blowing a couple more times," Caggiula said. "Then we turn around [and] they're waiving it off.
"From that moment on it was just kind of a guessing game. Did they blow it down because they thought they took possession from the penalty? Did they blow it down because of a hand pass? We had no idea. Then eventually they owned up to the mistake and it is what it is."
The Hawks went on to lose in overtime. After the game, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said the official who made the call admitted he was wrong.
Thursday morning an NHL spokesperson told NBC Sports Chicago that the call on the ice was for a hand pass and that it was the correct call.
Both Maatta and Caggiula claimed the puck hit Maatta's stick after it touched his glove. Caggiula also said he didn't hear a whistle until after he put the puck in the net.
"Matts played it with his hand then poked it with his stick and I came in and took it and probably scored one of my best goals that will never count," Caggiula said. "It is what it is. It's over now. We just have to move on.
"It would have been a big point for us, but a little bit of adversity doesn't hurt anybody. You just got to see how strong you come back from it."
Caggiula believes there should be more accountability with costly calls like his disallowed goal.
"If we do something wrong or we make a bad play we get fined for it or we get suspended or something like that," he said. "It doesn't really matter if you say, "Sorry" after you take a penalty, you still get the penalty. I don't know, I just think there needs to be accountability. He admitted his mistake, that's one big thing. It is what it is now."