Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks went into Pittsburgh and defeated the Penguins for the 2nd time this season, but to me the biggest story is that the Chicago Blackhawks finally won a challenge.
In the past couple of seasons, there has been a couple of plays that have looked so obvious that there should be an overturned call that it was almost maddening that it didn’t happen. There was an offsides call in Minnesota last year where every camera view showed Zach Parise offsides, but the play stood up and the Hawks lost.
Earlier this year there was another clear offsides penalty by the Wild, but when the puck was allegedly kicked in by Brent Seabrook the Replay rules official said that offsides was nullified. This season the failed challenge leads to another powerplay which ended up being the demise of the Hawks that evening.
Well last night, the Hawks were finally successful with a challenge, this time it was goalie interference after the Penguins player was in the blue paint and pulled Crawford’s leg before the puck found the back of the net.
With the successful challenge the Hawks kept their 2-1 lead midway through the third period, and behind Corey Crawford who has been great in all but one start this season, the Hawks now have a 2 game winning streak during one of their toughest stretches of the season to date.
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It was nice to finally get a call overturned, but it’s was nice to see the defense play a little bit better last night in Pittsburgh. Here are some morning links to start your Sunday morning.
Big news yesterday that the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will play in Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic (AOL)
What do the Hawks look like at the quarter pole (The-Rink)
Is the Powerplay finally becoming a strength for the Blackhawks (CSN)
Predators easily beat the Avs last night 5-2 (USA)
Chance the Rapper on SNL was pretty funny as a hockey reporter (Pro Hockey Talk)