CHICAGO -- It's not often Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will criticize the officiating, but after his team fell 3-2 in overtime to the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series, which the Hawks now trail 2-1, he didn't hold back.
"The officiating tonight was a disgrace," Quenneville said.
Quenneville was mostly referring to referees' failure to see Coyotes' winger Raffi Torres nail Marian Hossa in the head in the first quarter, forcing Hossa to leave the game on a stretcher. Considering the Hawks were punished for five minutes in Game 2 for a hit by Andrew Shaw on goalie Mike Smith, the Hawks argued they could have used a five minute man-advantage themselves. Shaw was kicked out of that game and suspended for three more.
"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said of Torres' actions. "You could have a multiple-choice question and it's all of the above."