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Blackhawks reflect on disallowed goal

May 30, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson admitted the obvious to’s Tracey Myers: the disallowed would-be 2-1 goal made him angry.

“I went blank,” Hjalmarsson said. “I was so mad.”

Dave Bolland noted how excited the 25-year-old defenseman was by the real 2-1 winner.

“It was kind of funny watching (Hjalmarsson) hopping around like that,” Bolland said.

No doubt, it was a mix of elation and relief. Jonathan Toews said to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus that they didn’t want to allow the disallowed tally to be an excuse.

“We were obviously pretty [expletive] off that the whistle blew right before that one went in,” Toews said. “But we weren’t going to go away that way.”

The natural reaction might be “it’s easy to say that now,” but the Blackhawks probably don’t care.

Interesting side note: head coach Joel Quenneville said he didn’t seek or receive an explanation for the call, according to the Sporting News’ Jesse Spector.

Here’s another look at that moment:

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Mike Milbury and Keith Jones condemn the call in the clip below:

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  1. polegojim - May 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Great Hawks Win – Congrats

    Great Wings effort… from a ‘rebuilding year’ and not even expected to make it to the playoffs… to eliminating the Ducks…and then giving the Hawks all they could handle… into OT in Game 7.

    Huge Success of a Season… work on the D and PP for next year.

    Thank you RED WINGS!

    Now… GO HAWKS… finish this thing.

    • tone360 - May 30, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Very classy Jim. Tons of respect for the Redwings and a tragedy to lose this rivalry. Great series. Thank God we won’t have to talk about the penalty for the next several months. Give’ em hell in the east next year.

      • polegojim - May 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        Thx man… maybe we’ll meet up in the CUP final.

        Go HAWKS.

    • comeonnowguys - May 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Who thumbs this down? Probably the same people who thing splitting up the Blackhawks and Red Wings were a good idea.

      What a way to cap a rivalry. Will miss it dearly.

      Oh well, see you in the SCF next year :)

      • polegojim - May 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Thumbs down are from Pens and Bruins fans…

        Neither match up well against Chicago and didn’t want to play Detroit either.

    • dt58 - May 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Very well said. I’m really going to miss this rivally but think of how great that’ll be next year when we meet in the SC finals

  2. jhuck92 - May 30, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    In the dressing room before overtime, Toews told his teammates, “We’ll beat them 3-1.” He kept his cool at a crucial time and came out on top. Great leadership by Captain Serious.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 30, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      One of the best players you’ll see right now.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Absolutely. Where are the dumb $hits who were calling Tazer overrated for the last 2 weeks??? Still licking their wounds no doubt. Shame to see this rivalry come to an end. Great effort by Detroit and a fantastic end to the series.

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - May 30, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    “Intent” with regard to blowing a whistle——-> something 4th graders would come up with. Brendan Shanahan is enough bush-league crap…..lets leave it at that.

  4. hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Hard to see, but it does look like he has the whistle up before the shot is taken. The Madhouse was simply too loud to hear it being blown.

    Congrats to the Red Wings on a great “rebuilding” season. Looking forward to seeing more of their games with them moving into the Eastern conference next season.

    And I guess congrats to the ‘Hawks. Dammit.

    Now I suppose I’ll have to go cheer on the Bruins; can’t do so for the team that knocks the Wings out, don’t like the Penguins.

    • deacon272 - May 30, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Well, I hear ya. But I’ll extend a handshake and pat on the back to you and all the other Red Wings fans in keeping with the tradition of the game.

      One thing we’ll both be doing is rooting for the Bruins.

  5. paperlions - May 30, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    That was just a horrible call. What did Saad do that was a penalty, I could see, possibly, a delayed penalty on Detroit…but the Hawks player did NOTHING to warrant a penalty. Just pathetic officiating.

    • hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Ever hear the phrase, “They always catch the retaliation?” It was his punch that did him in. If he hadn’t thrown that, he doesn’t get a roughing penalty but Quincy does.

  6. nikk1977 - May 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    First and foremost, congratulations to the Blackhawks on winning a very tough and exciting series and showing they are the better team in the end (coming from a Red Wings homer). You have a tough next two rounds but your team has as good of a chance as anyone. As much as I hate the Blackhawks, I have respect for them as a well run organization and I am always biased towards Original Six teams. Good luck guys.

    Now addressing the not so complicated disallowed goal situation.. The referee’s decision was completely independent from the play that led to the goal. If Saad restrained from punching Quincey, I don’t think any call was made. I thought it was hilarious that Keith Jones and Mike (The Fat Ignorant Pig – Matt Millen of the NHL) Milbury kept saying there was no punch on the play… You can let a lot of stuff fly in the playoffs but that was blatantly stupid. Its like in the NFL when a running back has a 40 yard touchdown run, but there is a hold 20 yards behind him and the play is disallowed.. It sucks when you are the team penalized, but I do not fault the referee for making that call.

  7. greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Bogus call. Walkom should not see another playoff game until he learns it’s not about him. They pass on “punches” like that ALL THE TIME and then Walkom decides he’s going to call it with less than 2:00 to go in a tied game 7 and 80 feet behind the play. What a maroon.

  8. 4rustymo - May 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Not a fan of either team but that call was ridiculous there is no way Saad should have gotten a roughing call after being manhandled first into the bench and then onto the ice forget the fact it happened 80 feet behind the play

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