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Observations from the Blackhawks' 2-0 loss

The Blackhawks, especially coach Joel Quenneville, were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after they lost 2-0 to the Sharks on Tuesday night at the United Center.  

The Hawks thought they had scored a goal in the first period when Brandon Mashinter put in a loose puck off his right leg. The goal was overturned after a challenge from Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, with officials citing center Dennis Rasmussen for goaltender interference on the play. 

Quenneville storms out

Quenneville was so infuriated with the call he stormed out of his postgame press conference after taking just one question related to the overturned goal.

On Thursday against the Coyotes, Quenneville said after the win that the overturned goal was not a big deal. He changed his tune Tuesday. Here’s what he said before exiting:

“It's gone to a different level. I don't know the rules anymore or something's changed. Because my understanding, played a lot of hockey, that I don't know, I think everybody has an interpretation, what's a good goal, what's a bad goal. But I can't believe it.”

Quenneville was steaming and could have ended his press conference early because he wanted to avoid getting a fine by criticizing officials any further. That’s one explanation. Whatever the reason, he will have some time to cool down. The Hawks don’t practice Wednesday, meaning Quenneville’s next media session will come Thursday after the morning skate before the game against the Stars. 

Other Hawks had a little more to say than Quenneville, like Marian Hossa, who had a goal overturned in that game against the Coyotes. 

“It seems like every call these days takes so long and the game’s slowing down and every touch with the goalie seems like it’s goal disallowed,” Hossa said. “The league wants to get more goals but it seems like the rule does a good job taking the goals away.”

Goaltender Corey Crawford struck a different tone than Hossa and Quenneville. Crawford said it seems like different officials have different interpretations of what constitutes interference, but that he understood the officials had a tough job in deciding what is interference and was not. 

“They’re trying their best and it’s a fast game,” Crawford said. “They see things that maybe we don’t either. It’s not our job to worry about those guys. They’re out there to do their job and for the most part they do a good job.”

Hawks struggle without Panarin

Headed into the trade deadline, the Hawks seem as if they have a need for both a top-four defenseman or a top-six winger, ideally someone to play on the first line alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Consider Tuesday’s result a case for the Hawks to go get a winger.

Without Artemi Panarin, who missed the game because of an illness, the Hawks still managed to put 33 shots on Jones, but Panarin was one less skilled weapon on the ice for the Hawks and one less dangerous player the opposition has to account for. 

“He’s such a high-level, high-skilled offensive player,” Hossa said. “Definitely he’s one of the top young players to watch to have in the lineup. It’s not always about one guy but definitely he can make a difference.”

Quenneville mixed up who he put in Panarin’s spot alongside Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov.

Teuvo Teravainen was there most of the time while Richard Panik got some looks as well. But the Hawks failed to generate many high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Outside of Toews and Hossa, the Hawks had just four from the rest of the roster. None from Kane and one from Anisimov, according to war-on-ice.com. 

Corsi look – paying the penalty

The numbers were fairly even with the Hawks losing the 5-on-5 battle 48-42 but winning the overall battle 57-51 thanks to three power plays to the Sharks’ one. But it was the one penalty the Hawks committed that did them in. Patrick Marleau scored on that power play in the second period and that goal stood as the lone goal of the game until Joe Thornton added an empty net goal late. The Sharks had a third-best power play in the league entering Tuesday and have now scored a power-play goal in each of their three games against the Hawks.  

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