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Quenneville fined 10K for criticizing officials

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  • Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was fined $10,000 by the NHL on Thursday for criticizing officials after Game 3.

      Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was fined $10,000 by the NHL on Thursday for criticizing officials after Game 3.
    Associated Press

Associated Press

The NHL fined Chicago coach Joel Quenneville $10,000 on Thursday for criticizing officials following the Blackhawks' overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Quenneville criticized the game officials for failing to call a penalty on Raffi Torres after the Phoenix forward left his feet and hit Marian Hossa in the neck and head area in Game 3.

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Hossa was carried off the ice on a stretcher and is out indefinitely. The NHL suspended Torres indefinitely Wednesday for the hit.

"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said after the game.

"I saw exactly what happened. It was right in front of me. How four guys missed it was hard. The refereeing tonight was a disgrace."

Quenneville also was fined $10,000 during the 2009 playoffs for criticizing the officiating after a roughing penalty against the Blackhawks gave Detroit a power play in which they scored.

"I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports there," Quenneville said after that game. "Nothing play. ... They ruined a good hockey game and absolutely destroyed what was going on the ice. ... Never seen anything like it."

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