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Video: Frolik’s penalty shot goal counts as the winner for Blackhawks

May 27, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

Michael Frolik made it look easy and made no mistake.

Awarded a penalty shot in the third period of Monday’s Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, Frolik beat goalie Jimmy Howard over the glove and top corner with a nifty forehand-backhand move.

The goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-2 lead. This, after they entered the third period down 2-1, and needing a win to extend the series to seven games. The Blackhawks put up three goals in the third period, with Frolik’s counting as the winner in a 4-3 victory.

The Blackhawks, Presidents’ Trophy winners, and the Red Wings will now play in a Game 7, with the winner facing the team that emerges victorious in the L.A. Kings-San Jose Sharks series. According to the Blackhawks’ Twitter account, Frolik becomes the first NHL player to score two playoff penalty shot goals.

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  1. jeam0202 - May 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    the person from behind on a breakaway ALWAYS slashes. and its usually a much much bigger slash. that was a very very weak call at a big point in the game.

  2. holleywood9 - May 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Penalty shot no. But penalty is the right call. Been called that way all year

    • jeam0202 - May 27, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      they dont usually call slashing in breakaways. they’ll call hooking and tripping, but slashing is so common when you’re behind the guy. ive seen it so many times and always wondered why they never call it. and they decided to this time.

      • alexbaymac - May 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        It was across the hands. Those do get called. I think if Frolik got the shot off, it wouldn’t have be called a PS.

  3. LampyB - May 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    The officiating in this years playoffs has hit an all time low. Its amateur hour out there.

    • stakex - May 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      No, they are professionals doing exactlly what they are trained for…. keep the series going as long as possible, to make the NHL more money.

      Never in a million years would this have even been a penelty a few years ago. Hell, during the regular season right now this probably wouldn’t have been called. It was simply a “Lets secure a game seven” call.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - May 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        Hint: eliminate the word no and replace it with yes.

        You backed up what LampyB is suggesting.

  4. Florio's Lawyer - May 27, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    As soon as that penalty shot went it, all the bandwagon Detroit fans cleared out.
    The Joe Louis Arena crowd was diminished by half in just minutes.

  5. ken49ers - May 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Obviously the rules of what constitutes a penalty shot are changed when you’re a media darling. This officiating is laughable. Why not just give bettman his dream matchup now and save the time?

    • alexbaymac - May 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      If anything, what Zet’s got away with on Toews all series should be pointing to them wanting the underdog to advance this time. Did you even see that EIGHT seconds of him holding Toews stick?

      • bettmanistheworstever - May 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Z does not have the right plan at all for today’s NHL. He needs to be throwing elbows, slew-footing, punching the back of Toews head, etc…, all after the whistle. Or just right out trying to injure Toews on the boards, like Bickell.

  6. bettmanistheworstever - May 27, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    The ramp-up to this game and the game itself had almost everything that made me decide to back off NHL hockey 7-8 years ago, even when my team the Wings were winning cups. Bickell boards a guy and says he was out to injure him, and that is celebrated as tough playoff hockey, including buy the NBC dunces Milbury, Jones, Eddy -Chicago Homer -Upchuck and Eddy’s fawning fan club Peeaire. A montage is show of after the whistle hacking, punching, etc. and Milbury celebrates it as the kind of “physical” hockey you don’t see in the Swiss league. Detroit gets a cheap interference call for the first Hawks goal and proceeds to commit at least four similar “interference” calls during the rest of the first without call. I am not saying the series is biased in favor of the Wings. I am saying the NHL has been one heck of a confused lump of excrement for an awful long time, ruining what should be a good sport. I can’t imagine the players on any team working out what is expected and OK, but I know it’s no product I’d want kids to buy into.

    At least put Strader and Razer in the booth for game seven, NH:. Try to find some decency and self respect.

    • alexbaymac - May 27, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      I agree with your screen-name…but the rest, not so much.

      • bettmanistheworstever - May 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        That’s really knowledgeable and insightful.

    • stakex - May 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Anyone who reads my posts knows my spelling is terrible, but when you call someone “dunces” (a dunce is a person incapable of learning)… you probably shouldn’t spell “by” as “buy” in the same sentence.

  7. bettmanistheworstever - May 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    With a little luck Derek Boogard’s family wins their law wrongful death law suit for multi-millions and bankrupts the league, and the solid franchise locations get a new start over (i.e., NOT Phoenix, Atlanta, Florida, Nashville, etc….). Brett Hull can organize it, taking after his father’s dream.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      They won’t win.

      What screenname do you usually post under?

  8. Stiller43 - May 28, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Hey look, theres a “problem with the video.”

    Thanks nbc app!

  9. rgledz - May 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Hey bettmanistheworst……hat are you watching?? What Bickell hits are you speaking of? If you’re complaining about the Kromwall hit you need to look again. Bickell’s hits have been clean. He’s a big man making legal hits. Zetterberg has been cross checking guys in the back of the neck the whole series, are you okay with that? Don’t even get me started on Abdelkader…..he’s the slimiest little POS on the ice. The interference call was legit, he made no play on the puck and INTERFERED…..hence, interference penalty. Either way this is a great series, great rivalry and I have nothing but respect for Mike Babcock. The Wings are nothing without him. That being said…..Go Hawks!!

  10. doubles22 - May 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    The NHL rule book has four penalty shot criteria. Keeping in mind that the ref gets ONE, real-time full-speed look at the play before rendering a split-second decision:

    24.8 Infractions – Refer to the Reference Tables – Table 13 – Summary of Penalty Shots for a list of the infractions that shall result in a penalty shot being awarded (see specific rule numbers for complete descriptions).
    There are four (4) specific conditions that must be met in order for the Referee to award a penalty shot for a player being fouled from behind. They are:
    (i) The infraction must have taken place in the neutral zone or attacking zone, (i.e. over the puck carrier’s own blue line);
    (ii) The infraction must have been committed from behind;
    (iii) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the Referee, clearly would have obtained possession and control of the puck) must have been denied a reasonable chance to score (the fact that he got a shot off does not automatically eliminate this play from the penalty shot consideration criteria. If the foul was from behind and he was denied a “more” reasonable scoring opportunity due to the foul, then the penalty shot should be awarded);
    (iv) The player in possession and control (or, in the judgment of the Referee, clearly would have obtained possession and control of the puck) must have had no opposing player between himself and the goalkeeper.

    If there was any infraction deemed on that play, it had to be called a penalty shot. A minor penalty wasn’t really an option. Penalty shot or nothing, and nothing would have been a path-of-least-resistance copout.

  11. comeonnowguys - May 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I get that Detroit had a problem with it. But if you’re Jimmy Howard, the guy whose name the crowd chants, the guy at whom the media has been throwing bouquets for the past month–I’m not sure your first reaction after getting frozen in the crease by depth guy should be to immediately skate to the refs and argue the call. Let your coach and captain do that, it just makes you look bad.

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