CHICAGO -- As long Joel Quenneville and Andrew Brunette have been in the game of professional hockey, they’ve never seen what happened in the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. At least they don’t think they have.
The game featured four disallowed goals. All were reviewed by replay and upheld.
“I don’t think so,” Quenneville said, trying to remember. “Maybe three. I don’t know about four. I don’t know about three. It’s a fluke.”
Three of the four calls negated Hawks tallies, though all were the right calls.
Patrick Kane knocked a puck out of the air and into the Jackets net with his stick above the crossbar. Then Bryan Bickell was called for high-sticking just as Patrick Sharp was scoring. Those two almost-goals came on the man-advantage. At that point, Quenneville called the already struggling power play “snakebit.” For good measure, Dave Bolland kicked a puck in with his skate and that was immediately waved off too.
The final “no-goal” came in crunch time when Columbus kicked one in. It was a great call by the referee, who saw the kick through traffic. It preserved a two-goal lead for the Hawks.
“It’s not fun to get those called back,” Jonathan Toews said. “We’re lucky that they were pretty decisive in calling theirs back. To a certain extent, it went both ways.”
So the Hawks actually put eight pucks in the net, but only five counted, two of which came off Viktor Stalberg's stick.
“That’s something we don’t see every day,” Stalberg said of the waved-off goals. “Brunette’s been in the league for a long time and he said that’s the most goals he’s seen disallowed.”
Marcus Kruger scored his first NHL goal 2:51 into the contest. It was the fastest goal to start a Hawks’ game this season. Kruger’s dad was in the stands to see it. The rest of his family -- including grandparents -- saw the previous two games but left for Sweden before seeing Kruger’s first tally.
Quenneville saw the disallowed power-play goals as a positive for the Hawks’ play with the man-advantage.
“It’s one of those things … disallowed goals on the power play,” he said. “That’s usually a sign it’s trending in the right direction. I thought [watching] it was better too.”
Quenneville completely mixed up his units on Saturday and said he liked what he saw.
After Bolland's second shorthanded goal of the season, the Hawks are tied with Pittsburgh for the league lead in that category. Additionally, they’ve vaulted to the top of the penalty-killing standings, stopping 31 of 33 opposing power-play attempts on the season. It means they’ve scored more shorthanded goals (3) than they’ve given up (2) on the power play.