Goaltender interference a common theme as of late for Blackhawks

Photo Credit: Bill Smith/ Getty Images

Photo Credit: Bill Smith/ Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks came into Chicago Tuesday and took care of business shutting out the Blackhawks 2-0.

But the 2-0 loss was not the biggest storyline Tuesday night for the Blackhawks.

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville walked up to the podium to talk to the media and was not in a good mood. Not because of a question, but because of another goaltender interference call that ultimately cost Chicago a win.

This was not the first time Chicago was called for goaltender interference.

On Feb. 4, the Blackhawks were in Arizona when they beat the Coyotes 5-4 in overtime. In that game, Marian Hossa scored a goal when he got in front of the net. However, Arizona challenged that goalie Louis Domingue was interfered and had no chance of making a play on the puck. The referees went to the monitor to check to see if Marian Hossa was pushed by his own player, or if he gave Domingue no chance of defending the puck.

On the replay, it clearly showed that Hossa was pushed into Domingue by a Coyotes player. But after the refs took a look, they concluded that Domingue was interfered and could not make a play on the puck – resulting in a no-goal.

After the refs explained the call, coach Quenneville erupted from the bench. We all know that Quenneville has that same mean looking face when he is coaching on the bench, but I have never seen Quenneville that mad over a call in the regular season.

When he was done ranting to the refs, Quenneville was given an unsportsmanlike penalty that led to a Coyotes goal. That play could have cost Chicago the game, but having an experienced team, Chicago did not let the call get to them and ended up winning in overtime with a goal by Jonathan Toews.

Two games later, Chicago found themselves in the same position once again.

During the first period Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, Brandon Mashinter looked like he gave the Blackhawks an early 1-0 lead.

San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer disagreed with the call on the ice and used his coach’s challenge. After the refs looked at the monitor, they said that Jones could not make a play on the puck because of the interference by Dennis Rasmussen.

Quenneville, once again, was disgusted with the refs call after they went to the video review.

Unfortunately, Chicago could not get any pucks past Jones and lost at home 2-0.

After the game, Quenneville lasted for about 15-seconds with the media and walked off the podium raising his hands in the air.

Quenneville has a right to be angry and disgusted with the refs. Both replays clearly showed that a Blackhawks player was pushed by the opponents player into the goalie. During his 15-seconds with the media, he said that he must not know the rules anymore, or that something has changed.

With that being said, after witnessing two goaltender interference calls within a week that should not have been called, the NHL ought to do a better job of explaining the penalty so that everyone can be on the same page.

Like I said, I have never seen Joel Quenneville that animated during a game as well as in a press conference after a game.

Chicago will have to forget their loss to the San Jose Sharks and put their focus onto the next game when they take on the Dallas Stars.

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