Blackhawks upset with overturned call in shutout loss to Sharks


Blackhawks upset with overturned call in shutout loss to Sharks

Coach Joel Quenneville was angry.

He wasn’t as visibly angry as he was when the Blackhawks were denied an early goal off a coach’s challenge against the Arizona Coyotes. But when it happened again tonight against the San Jose Sharks, Quenneville had some measured but pointed words in what was a very brief post-game press conference.

“Yeah, it’s gone to a different level. I don’t know the rules anymore or something’s changed,” Quenneville said. “My understanding, I’ve played a lot of hockey… I don’t know. I think everybody has an interpretation of what’s a good goal and what’s a bad goal, but I can’t believe it.”

For the second time in three games the Blackhawks had a goal taken away thanks to a successful opposing coach’s challenge. They came back to win against Arizona, decreasing the angst they felt when Marian Hossa’s goal was disallowed. But there was no consolation on Tuesday night when Brandon Mashinter’s early goal was disallowed off another coach’s challenge, and the Sharks went on to beat the Blackhawks 2-0.

The Blackhawks remain atop the Central Division but the Dallas Stars, overtime winners over the Minnesota Wild, are just three points behind with three games in hand.

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Artemi Panarin missed the game due to illness. Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26 shots in the loss. Martin Jones stopped all 33 shots he faced for the 12th shutout of his career.

Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal, which proved to be the winner for the Sharks. Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal.

But for the second time in their last three games, the Blackhawks were denied what they thought was a goal that would’ve given them a 1-0 lead. Mashinter’s would-be goal went off his shin pad and past Jones but Sharks coach Pete DeBoer issued a challenge, claiming the Blackhawks interfered with Jones. The officials ruled Dennis Rasmussen did interfere with Jones, erasing the goal.

“It’s definitely frustrating. I thought it was a fair goal but with the rules and the coach’s challenge, it’s one of those things that happens; and it’s been going on quite a bit in the league,” Mashinter said. “I can’t blame Moose [Rasmussen]; the puck was there. Just unfortunate.”

It was the third time this season the Blackhawks have had a goal taken away after an opposing coach’s challenge. Andrew Shaw’s goal was nixed after Toronto coach Mike Babcock challenged on Jan. 15. The Blackhawks went on to win that game.

Hossa, who was angry after his disallowed goal on Thursday, wasn’t happy with this call, either.

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“I mean, the league wanted more goals but it seems like these rules are against it. It seems like it’s costing another goal,” Hossa said. “Last year, definitely that would be a goal, no question asked. It seems like again, same rule and no goal. Definitely frustrated. It could be a different result but it is what it is.”

Crawford agreed.

“I don’t know. It seems like we’re not doing too much to get things called back,” Crawford said. “As a goalie, you’re also trying to step out a little bit but didn’t look like that was much contact. But you have to live with the call.”

The Blackhawks didn’t stop generating traffic around Jones, nor did it stop them from trying to get shots through that traffic. Jones did his part, however, stopping everything and rarely allowing a rebound. The Blackhawks also went 0-for-3 on their power play.

It’s rare when Quenneville voices his displeasure with calls. The last time probably came after Raffi Torres’ hit to Hossa’s head back in 2011. It’s a frustration the Blackhawks were able to overcome in two previous games this season. On Tuesday, they couldn’t.

“That’s a tough one,” Hossa said. “But I thought that was another goal [when] it seems like they look at so many reviews and replays and seems a little touch seems to be a big interference and no goals, so that kind of sucks.”

How will the Blackhawks utilize Kirby Dach?

How will the Blackhawks utilize Kirby Dach?

The Blackhawks recalled No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach from his AHL conditioning stint on Friday night after he appeared in three games with the Rockford IceHogs. He missed the first week of training camp with a concussion and the organization wanted him to get a taste of the pro action and back up to speed after not playing in any preseason games, either.

"I enjoyed the experience there," Dach said. "I had a lot of fun. Got to see a couple buddies. It was good for me to get down there and get some pro games under my belt and just feel what the pace is going to be like. It'll be another step up here, but I feel good and I feel like I'm ready to go."

Whether Dach makes his NHL debut on Sunday against the Washington Capitals won't be revealed by head coach Jeremy Colliton until after morning skate on Sunday. But where does he fit into the lineup going forward?

The Blackhawks are 2-0-1 in their past three games and aren't necessarily looking to shake up their rotation, even though they're still searching for consistency on all four lines.

The easy answer is for Dach to slide into a third-line center role behind Jonathan Toews and Dylan Strome, but the trio of David Kampf, Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad has undoubtedly been the most consistent for the Blackhawks this season. And we saw in the home opener what happened when they were separated. 

The Blackhawks held an optional practice on Saturday morning and didn't run through line rushes, but before Dach was assigned to Rockford, he took several spins on the first line with Toews and alternated with Drake Caggiula and Alex DeBrincat. It's possible Dach starts on the wing, where he can play top-six minutes and not have as much responsibility as a center would.

"I've played wing in previous years, so it's not something that's new to me," Dach said. "At the same time I'm open-minded to just getting into the lineup and helping the team win."

The Blackhawks can give Dach up to nine NHL games before deciding whether they want to burn the first year of his entry-level contract or send him back to the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.

"As a kid you always grow up dreaming of playing in the NHL, so there'll be nerves," Dach said. "But there will also be a lot of excitement. I've just got to do my best to focus on my game and be ready to play whenever my name's called upon by the coaching staff."

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis welcome Nick Gismondi into the fold before discussing Friday's win over Columbus. Robin Lehner played stellar and is forming quite a tandem in net with Corey Crawford (4:10), while the DeBrincat/Kane connection is alive and well (6:10), and the Blackhawks' struggles at even strength continued (12:10). Then, the guys react to the breaking news of Kirby Dach's recall from Rockford and discuss where he might fit into this lineup (15:10).

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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