Despite trailing 3-1 early in the second period, being without Brian Campbell the entire night and when, after a cheap shot from Pavel Kubina, losing Dave Bolland for most of the night, the Blackhawks had a chance to win the game in Tampa on Wednesday night.
But they lost.
On an illegal shot.
According to NHL rule 24.2, the following rules are in effect:
“The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.”
Martin St. Louis’ spin-o-rama move was not a continuous motion.
When he stopped the puck and adjusted it on his stick blade, he broke that continuous motion and the shot should not have counted.
But the refs allowed the tally, and when Marian Hossa failed to score on the Hawks’ third and final chance in the shootout, Chicago was sent packing with just one point gained on the evening.
That one point, however, does mean something. The LA Kings defeated the Red Wings in Detroit in regulation tonight, meaning the Blackhawks pick up a crucial point in the standings.
The injuries to Bolland and Campbell are certainly something to be concerned about, and we’ll undoubtedly find out more in the near future. It’s a shame the Blackhawks had to lose on an illegal shot, but the comeback with a short bench was honorable.
Oh, and Jonathan Toews? Add three more points to his ridiculousness since the Break, scoring the game-tying goal and adding assists on the first two Hawks goals.