Officiating out of Blackhawks control

The officials haven't done the Blackhawks any favors lately.  And while that can rattle teams, the cold reality is they have to find the resolve to play through it.

The Blackhawks could have had a 4-0 first period lead in Dallas, but the officials on the ice (and the hockey operations department in Toronto) denied Brent Seabrook a power-play marker.

They still had a 5-on-3 to work with and 40-plus minutes left.  They didn't score again and totaled 17 shots the rest of the way. 


In the third period, Brenden Morrow looked like he deflected in the game-tying goal with a high stick.  The goal was counted and, upon review, was allowed to stand.  

The Blackhawks still had 19 minutes to bounce back (a tougher task down Fernando Pisani, Viktor Stalberg and Ryan Johnson).

Marty Turco, inspired by his return to Dallas, allowed the Blackhawks to hold on for an important point.

One other observation:

The Blackhawks struggle when opposing teams make their push.  

The Dallas game is a perfect example.

Mark Fistric knocked Fernando Pisani out of the game with a hip check (which looked like he finished with an elbow).  

Steve Ott smoked Jonathan Toews with a elbow that went uncalled.  Both plays lifted the Stars emotion and fueled their comeback.

Good teams have to be able to diffuse that counter attack or elevate their game.  

If Blackhawks had gotten the puck deep consistently, minimized their mistakes in the neutral zone and cleared the puck when they had full control on the penalty kill, they would have taken the air out of Dallas.  

Or, if they picked their spots and CLEANLY retaliated with hits on Ott or Fistric, or physically targeted Stars skill players, they could have built some energy to increase their lead.  

That's an element the Blackhawks have wrestled with all year.

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