For the second time in as many games, a game with no offense was decided by the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews took the game into his own hands once again and refused to let the 3-on-3 go to a second Chicago shift. It took 51 seconds on Monday night for Toews to score his second game-winning goal of the season and send the Ducks home with their fifth shutout of the new season.
It appeared late in the third period that the Hawks had a goal when Artemi Panarin put a shot into the net but Fredrik Andersen had conveniently kicked the net off without a Chicago player in the vicinity.
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Why was the goal waived off?
This post from the NHL sheds some light on the correct call being made – and it remains a terrible rule.
At 14:25 of the third period in the Anaheim Ducks/Chicago Blackhawks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Anaheim net. Video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that the Anaheim net was displaced before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.5 (x) “Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the referee when the net becomes displaced accidentally. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the net.” Therefore the call on the ice stands – no goal Chicago.
Anaheim out-shot the Hawks 19-6 in the third period but neither team scored, and for the second consecutive game the Hawks went to overtime with zeroes on the scoreboard. Corey Crawford stopped 37 shots in regulation while Andersen made 23 saves through 60 minutes.
Crawford made a few enormous saves early in the extra session, and Brent Seabrook was able to get the puck up the ice to Patrick Kane and get the offense moving after a few tense seconds. Kane found a trailing Toews who finished the job.
Toews won 10 of 20 faceoffs in the game and was credited with a team-high four shots on net. Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked four shots to lead the Hawks, while Andrew Shaw’s four hits were a team high.
Trevor van Riemsdyk (21:29) and Viktor Svedberg (19:16) continued to show an impressive rate of improvement with increased responsibility. Importantly, Chicago improved to 3-0 without Duncan Keith.