CHICAGO — The whistle blew, but few heard it.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson had fired the puck into the net Wednesday night, and it looked like the Chicago Blackhawks had pulled ahead of the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, with 1:47 left in the third period of Game 7. It looked like they were 107 seconds from the Western Conference final. “Chelsea Dagger” played. The fans celebrated. The United Center shook.
Except the whistle blew, and after a moment, everyone realized it.
Penalty call. No goal.
Hjalmarsson said he “went blank” because he was “so mad.” Captain Jonathan Toews said there was “violent emotion” on the Blackhawks’ bench and he couldn’t repeat what came out of his mouth.
“To be honest,” said defenseman Brent Seabrook, “we thought it should have been game over and series over.”
Eventually, it was game over, series over. Seabrook ended up scoring 3:35 into overtime when his wicked wrist shot glanced off the shinpad of Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall and into the net. This time,Read More »from No goal, no problem: Blackhawks shake off questionable call, Seabrook scores Game 7 winner in OT