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Did Blackhawks get robbed on controversial goal call? Steve Konroyd, Jamal Mayers think so

Did Blackhawks get robbed on controversial goal call? Steve Konroyd, Jamal Mayers think so

The Blackhawks looked to be hurtling toward a crucial Game 3 victory Monday night in Nashville before a controversial goal snuck past Corey Crawford.

Late in the third period, Filip Forsberg of the Predators notched a goal immediately after his teammate, Victor Arvidsson, bumped Crawford's stick and head right in front of the net.

That tied things up and the Predators wound up winning in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the opening round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville challenged the play, but the ruling on the ice was upheld.

"I saw contact that prevented Corey Crawford from making a save that he would've made 100 percent of the time," Konroyd said on Blackhawks Postgame Live Monday night. "Whether it's incidental or not, if you're preventing a goaltender from doing his job, it shouldn't stand. ... Was this deliberate? He knew where Corey was; he took a look at him then he turned his back to Corey and he made convenient contact. To me, it wasn't incidental, it was deliberate. He prevented Corey from making the stop he should've made and that's how they scored the goal."

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Konroyd's colleague Jamal Mayers agreed.

"There's gotta be some hockey sense involved when a referee makes a decision like this," Mayers said. "... I'm really confused. Regardless of whether he was outside the blue paint or not, Corey Crawford was not allowed to make a save that he normally would've made if it were not for Arvidsson's interference."

But that's all in the past now and the reality is, the No. 1-seed Blackhawks are 60 minutes away from going home super early this spring.

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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