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Hawks' Quenneville not happy with referees

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  • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said both Kings goals Wednesday night should have been disallowed.

      Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said both Kings goals Wednesday night should have been disallowed.
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On a frustrating Wednesday night for the Blackhawks, nobody was ticked off more than coach Joel Quenneville by what happened at the United Center.

Quenneville ripped into referees Ghislain Hebert and Tom Kowal following a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, claiming both goals should have been wiped out.

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Quenneville felt Hebert and Kowal ruined a great night by Corey Crawford by letting goals from Trent Hunter and Jarret Stoll count despite what he thought should have been goalie interference and a slew foot.

"I thought both their goals should have been whistled down," Quenneville said. "Both goals should have been called something, infractions on both their goals.

"Clearly the refereeing tonight was tough to watch, but we still had a lot of chances at the other end, and unfortunately you're not going to win the game when you don't score a goal."

Hunter scored at 12:07 of the second period to break a scoreless tie. It appeared Crawford was about to cover the loose puck when he was jostled by the Kings' Kyle Clifford.

On Stoll's goal at 1:16 of the third period, Quenneville felt Hawks defenseman Nick Leddy was taken out of the play by Justin Williams' slew foot in front.

Despite Quenneville's complaints, the Hawks still failed to score against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who made 38 saves, including 18 in the third period.

"Give him credit," Jonathan Toews said. "He's a good goaltender and he made some pretty good stops out there, but you have to say he had a horseshoe you know where on a few of those plays.

"It's frustrating when they don't go in and you get shut out at home. You don't want to lose that way."

It was another tough night for Patrick Kane, who had some great looks but continues in a long goal drought. He has 1 goal in the last nine games and 2 in the last 18.

"Definitely, I had some chances tonight," Kane said. "Johnny was feeding me like a baby out there. It's definitely frustrating, but that's usually how it works. You get the chances and then the goals come so hopefully it's a sign."

The Hawks were short-handed for six of the first 10 minutes but killed the penalties in large part because of Crawford, who made 13 saves in the first period.

Crawford later stopped Mike Richards on a penalty shot in the second period to keep it a 1-goal game.

"Quick played awesome, but I thought Crow did, too," Kane said. "It was really a goalie duel out there."

While the Hawks had a five-game home winning streak snapped, the Kings improved to 3-0-1 under new coach Darryl Sutter. "I thought both goalies were pretty much save-for-save awesome," Sutter said.

Many predicted the Kings to be Western Conference contenders before the season, and with Sutter behind the bench they now look to have a better chance to reach their potential.

"They're a team that has a lot of good players over there, a lot of skill, and they should be competing with teams like us," Kane said.

tsassone@dailyherald.com

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