Stars coach Marc Crawford was very upset after his team’s 5-3 loss in Chicago because what he perceived as several blown calls by officials. The Blackhawks were awarded six power plays to the Stars’ one, and one non-call in particular angered Crawford.
He thought the Stars should have been awarded a penalty shot late in the game when Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook threw his stick as Trevor Daley skated by in the Chicago zone. The Stars were trailing 4-3 with just under 40 seconds remaining when the play happened.
“How do guys miss that? That is the easiest call, the easiest call in the book to make,” Crawford said. “Because when a guy throws the stick, it’s an automatic penalty shot. That’s the call. That’s the call. Everybody in the crowd saw it. Everybody in the broadcast saw it. Everybody on the benches saw it. But nobody else saw it. The people that were important didn’t see it. At the end of the day, it’s a tough loss for our team but at the same time it’s frustrating when you miss obvious calls like that.”