Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has been fined $25,000 following an inappropriate gesture made during Thursday night's Stanley Cup playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues, according to the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc on Twitter:
#Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for "inappropriate conduct."— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) April 18, 2014
Midway through the second overtime period, Quenneville, 55, was caught on camera shouting at the referees and motioning toward his groin following a controversial no-call.
In case you missed it, here's a look via Josh Gold-Smith of TheScore.com:
Quenneville's reaction came in the wake of referees refusing to award Chicago a two-man advantage after a St. Louis defenseman appeared to fire a puck over the glass in the Blues' defensive zone. The Blackhawks were already on a power play at the time and would have had a five-on-three advantage for 30-plus seconds had the officials awarded a delay of game penalty.
Per ESPN.com, Quenneville offered his regret, saying, "I was definitely excited. Disappointed [in] the call, but I'll apologize for my behavior. It wasn't appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part."
With the 4-3 overtime loss and fine now behind him, Quenneville and his team can refocus their attention on the tall task at hand: finding a way to win four of the next six games against St. Louis. After Thursday's loss, Quenneville appeared optimistic that his team could bounce back, per The Associated Press via ESPN.com:
"We've got to move ahead. We knew it was going to be a tough series from the start. We almost got through it."
While Quenneville's pockets will be a whole lot lighter for Saturday's Game 2, he and the defending Stanley Cup champions will have to regroup following what turned out to be a gut-wrenching three-overtime loss in Game 1.
Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and the first-round series will shift to Chicago for two games starting on Monday night.
In order for the Blackhawks to climb back into this series and extend it beyond four games, they'll need to find a way to produce quality chances the way they did in the opening period of Game 1, when they scored all three of their goals.
Quenneville's squad must tighten up on the back end as well, but rediscovering its offensive flow will be key for a team that ranked second in the league in goals scored this past regular season.
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