Chicago Blackhawks Tie Series With St. Louis Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko, Corey Crawford
The Associated Press

The Chicago Blackhawks tied their round one series with the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The game remained tied into the third period when Vladimir Tarasenko thought he gave the Blues the lead with eight minutes left, but a person on the bench caught coach Joel Quenneville’s attention.

“Someone on the bench yelled, ‘It’s offside!’ and we got it late, I was screaming like a crazy man,” he said after the game. “They give you sometimes the benefit of the doubt. I don’t know what the timeline is. This year, it’s kind of new; I don’t know if there’s a real time limit, but I think they give you time to take a couple of looks at it.”

After a lengthy debate and discussion the officials called off the goal.

“I watched it a couple times and the puck kind of disappears behind Jori and there’s a skate in the air or it’s on the ice or where’s the puck and all those things,” said Blues captain David Backes. “I’m obviously a biased individual in what I think happened, but the unbiased guy said — and they had plenty of time to look at it — but we’ve got to take it up another notch and continue to execute and continue to play, and they found a way to get on the power play and found a way to get an ugly one.”

Only a few minutes later, Tarasenko slashed Andrew Shaw, giving the Blackhawks a power play. Shaw pushed the puck passed Brian Elliott to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead, but the refs made sure it was a good goal. After Toronto confirmed the call, the Blues decided to challenge the goal due to goalie interference.

The refs held up the goal after another review.

Artemi Panarin sealed the win with an empty net goal with less than two minutes left in the game.

The teams will play Game 3 in Chicago on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBC.