Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was quick to point to the officiating following his team's 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night. Unless he feels the refs should have one-timed a few shots past Jonathan Quick, Quenneville might look to Chicago's lack of offense as the culprit.
Some calls went against the 'Hawks, but when you don't score, you don't win. Quick stopped 38 shots on the way to his league-leading fifth shutout of the season. That didn't stop Quenneville from griping about the two Kings goals.
“Clearly, the refereeing tonight was tough to watch,” he said after the game, as posted by Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com. "Both goals should have been called something. Infractions on both goals."
You can get a look at the goals in question at the 'Hawks website. Los Angeles opened the scoring with 7:53 to play in the second period when Trent Hunter fired a shot from the right side that Corey Crawford stopped but didn't control.
The puck sat in the crease seductively. Colin Fraser made a play on it before Crawford appeared to cover it up. Kyle Clifford poked the puck away from the 'Hawks goalie, and Hunter came around the net to flip it in over a prone Crawford.
Quenneville was looking for an interference call on Clifford, but it didn't appear like a lot of contact was made. Had Crawford been able to keep the puck covered, the whistle is blown. Clifford kept that from happening, but it's hard to say he prevented Crawford from denying Hunter's shot.
There did appear to be an infraction on Jarret Stoll's goal in the second minute of the third period. Justin Williams came up behind Nick Leddy and kicked his left skate out as Drew Doughty put the puck on goal. This allowed Williams the space to collect the rebound and attempt a shot, the rebound from which was driven home by Stoll.
When watched carefully, it's apparent that Williams slew-footed Leddy right in front of the net.
I'd say the call went against the 'Hawks. However, it's odd for Quenneville to target the refs when Chicago could have played a bit better over the course of the contest. The power play came up empty in four attempts. The Blackhawks didn't get a lot of traffic to the net in the first 40 minutes. Chances were there, but weren't converted into goals.
When all is said and done, the Blackhawks dropped their first game in the United Center this month and had a five-game winning streak snapped. Crawford played well, but on this night Quick was better.
Quenneville did admit that his team had chances. It doesn't appear he thinks that the 'Hawks are without fault for the loss. It's just out of place to hear him target the refs as much as he did.
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