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Video: Controversial calls (and non-calls) dominate first OT of Blackhawks-Preds


James OBrien

Ah, the old debate between calling penalties in the big stages versus “letting them play.”

It’s possible that no one was happy during the first overtime of Wednesday’s thrilling Game 1 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators, as two officiating calls went back-to-back to furrow many brows.

Some might argue that the Blackhawks were “owed a call” after Brad Richards was whistled for high-sticking. Maybe officials swallowed their whistles when Duncan Keith broke up a breakaway attempt through what may not have been legal techniques.

That was controversial enough, but the crowd really turned on the officials when Seth Jones received a two-minute minor for what seemed like a trivial tripping infraction ... depending upon who you ask.

Obviously, no one scored on the two power plays in the overtime period, which probably left the officials breathing a sigh of relief (however they feel about those calls).