CHICAGO -- Some will say the Chicago Blackhawks played undisciplined hockey, giving up two power-play goals in their 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. And while coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t happy about some of the penalties the Hawks took, he didn’t agree with all the calls.
“I’ll disagree with two calls tonight,” Quenneville said after the game. “I don’t even know where they came from. One put us down 5-on-3 and [then] the one that led to the winning goal.”
The first was a Brent Seabrook hooking penalty early in the second period with the Hawks already skating a man short.
“I didn’t see it live and after watching the replay, I’m really upset,” Quenneville said. “Now I know why I didn’t see it.”
The Sharks’ Benn Ferriero scored on the ensuing two-man advantage.
The second call to upset Quenneville was on Jassen Cullimore for holding, early in the third period, and killed any momentum the Hawks earned by scoring twice in the final 23 seconds of the second period. Though it looked like a poor call, Cullimore didn’t point at the refs, only at himself and his teammates.
“Our penalty killing hasn’t been great so far,” he said. “That four-game winning streak, we were keeping them down to two penalties-against per game. To do that today, it’s uncharacteristic.”
Over the last six games the Hawks have given up 0, 1, 2, 4, 4, and now 6 power-play-attempts against. Bad calls or not, they are trending the wrong way.
“You can’t take that many penalties against a team like this,” Tomas Kopecky said. “I’m frustrated with myself and I think everyone else in this room is frustrated. We have to battle through it.”
Kopecky got his stick up for the first of the two penalties which led to the 5-on-3 situation. He wasn’t alone in earning a bad infraction. There was a too-many-men on the ice call against the Hawks, plus a slashing infraction on Nick Boynton and a hooking call on John Scott. Then came the two questionable ones. Still, the Hawks were in the game, tied at three entering the final period.
“We knew we were in for a dogfight in the third period,” Brian Campbell said. “The effort was there but I don’t think sometimes the smarts were there.”