CHICAGO Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didnt mince his words.
"The refereeing tonight was a disgrace, he said following the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 overtime win Tuesday at United Center.
He intentionally cast a blanket over the entire performance, but his ire was sparked by one particular play.
Midway through the first period, Coyotes forward Raffi Torres lined up Chicago star winger Marian Hossa with an open-ice hit on which Torres clearly left his feet, catching Hossa in the head with his shoulder and knocking him violently to the ice after the puck had cleared the area.
No penalty was called on the play a point of hot contention with Quenneville who couldnt believe all four officials missed it. Hossa lay on the ice for a lengthy period of time before he was carried off on a stretcher with his neck in a brace. He was taken via ambulance to a nearby hospital.
It was a brutal hit, Quenneville said. You could have a multiple-choice question, and its all of the above.