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Quenneville: “Clearly, the refereeing was tough to watch”

Dec 29, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was none too pleased following last night’s 2-0 loss to the Kings.

But it wasn’t his players — or even the L.A. players — that drew his ire. No, Quenneville’s angst was reserved for two individuals: Referees Ghislain Hebert and Tom Kowal.

“I thought both their goals should have been whistled down, both goals should have been called something…infractions on both their goals,” Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Clearly, the refereeing was tough to watch.”

Quenneville’s claimed goaltender interference should’ve been called on LA’s first goal, a second-period tally from Trent Hunter. Here’s the video…you be the judge:

On the second — Jarret Stoll‘s insurance marker early in the third — Quenneville thought LA’s Justin Williams slew-footed Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy in front of the net. Again, you make the call:

This isn’t the first time Hebert’s been at the center of a controversial affair. He was one of the officials working the Boston-Buffalo game when Milan Lucic bowled over Ryan Miller; he also famously called the “Sean Avery rule” on Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger back in Nov. 2010.

  1. comeonnowguys - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Quenneville isn’t usually one to throw bombs at the refs in the press after the game.

    I’m not sure that was interference on the first goal, but…

    There was a too many men on the ice right before that which similarly would have prevented that goal that was not called. When I heard that Quenneville was complaining about the first goal, that’s what I assumed it was about.

    It’s usually not worth talking about bad or non-calls because they balance themselves out in most games that aren’t NBA, but there just seemed to be a bunch of bad or iffy calls go against the Hawks last night, and not much against the Kings.

    It happens. It just sucks when it does.

  2. howiehandles - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    The second one was definitely a penalty, but the first, seems Crawford just didn’t hold ht puck, nor did the Hawks dmen clear the forwards from the crease. That being said, I couldn’t tell if he had the puck, and somewhat hit it out from under him, that’s the refs job.

    If the Hawks could have freaking scored, this wouldn’t have been an issue —>Hawks fan

  3. oside760 - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    what a sore loser. you got your ass beat fair and square son

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Yeah, because if there’s one thing Quenneville has shown over the years, is that he’s consistently a sore loser. Yammerhead.

  4. salmon90 - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Maybe someone should show Quenneville the video of Big Buff pitchforking Luongo into the goal a couple of years ago in the playoffs. The second vid looked like a penalty but there’s no way in the first one the puck was covered up. Kings shut em out and he was grumpy so he whined. End of story.

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