The Detroit Red Wings managed to take a 2-1 series lead after a Game 3 win over Chicago at home on Monday. But a controversial call left some hockey fans scratching their heads after the Blackhawks appeared to even the game early in the third period.
Moments after Patrick Kane scored to cut the Red Wings lead to 2-1, Chicago center Andrew Shaw netted a bouncing puck from Viktor Stalberg to tie the game. Or so he thought.
The goal was waved off immediately due to a goaltender interference call. The referee ruled that Shaw had prevented Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard from effectively playing the puck by initiating contact.
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"I disagreed with the call," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the game, via ESPN Chicago. "He didn't touch the goalie. ... It certainly [changed the momentum of the game.] We're 2-2, had everything going, some hits, offensive zone time. Obviously coming back from 2-0 that quick, we were in great shape."
What do you think? Was this a case of goaltender interference?
Adding to the controversy, Kane's goal moments earlier came right after a no-call when Detroit's Johan Franzen was hit from behind against the boards by Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. That led some to speculate that the interference ruling on Shaw's goal was a make-up call.
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