In the second overtime of the opening playoff match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues, things were tight. As in any overtime, penalties are rare and advantages are few.
The Blues were caught in the first overtime, with Vladimir Sobotka going off for an automatic puck-over-glass penalty.
They did it again in overtime #2, this time with Ryan Reaves firing the puck into the crowd. While killing that penalty, oops, the Blues did it again. Only, after the refs conferred on the ice, they opted not to penalize the Blues.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was not happy.
Even Kevin Shattenkirk hung his head in shame when he thought he’d put his team down two men.
But no, the Blues were not penalized, and they ended up killing off Reaves’ penalty. Chicago’s Andrew Shaw would later go on to get the only called penalty of the three overtimes, 2:00 for holding Maxim Lapierre. The opportunity would be missed by the Blues, who waited until early in the third period to score and end Game 1.
Here’s one more look at the punctuation mark to Coach Q’s outburst, courtesy of @myregularface:
Referees for the game were Marc Joannette (#25) and Kevin Pollock (#33). Shane Heyer (#55) and Matt MacPherson (#83) manned the lines.
UPDATED: Coach Q has been fined $25,000 by the NHL for his ‘display’
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for "inappropriate conduct during Game 1."
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) April 18, 2014