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Midway through the second period of Game 4 between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, Hawks goalie Corey Crawford lost his mind and attacked Blues forward Robby Fabbri. And it was awesome. Until the referees ruined it.
It all started with a pair of shots from Fabbri. These left him off-balance, at which point he was nudged into Crawford by Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. The resulting collision wasn’t particularly violent, and there was no reason to think it would result in anything more than some pushing and shoving. However, Crawford missed 11 games at the end of the regular season after suffering a concussion against the Kings on March 14, and he’s a little sensitive about guys running into his head, which is pretty understandable. So he didn’t really care that it wasn’t Fabbri’s fault. He wanted revenge, and he went and got it.
Take a look:
Hey, who doesn’t love a good goalie fight? That’s what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about.
Unfortunately, the referees went and sucked all the fun out of this old-fashioned hockey melee by deciding that, somehow, the Blackhawks should get a power play. Corey Crawford got two minutes for roughing, as did Hawks forward Andrew Ladd. But Alex Pietrangelo got two minutes for slashing, Kevin Shattenkirk got two minutes for spearing, and Robby Fabbri actually got two minutes for goaltender interference. Then Duncan Keith scored on the ensuing power play to make it 2-1 Chicago.
Not even the Chicago Blackhawks beat writers thought that made any sense:
THE #BLACKHAWKS GOT A POWER PLAY OUT OF THAT? That’s criminal.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 20, 2016
Seemed to be a bit of an over-reaction by Corey Crawford. Still sorting out the penalties #Blackhawks
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) April 20, 2016
Does anyone know when Shattenkirk speared someone? That was his penalty. Perhaps it started like this? pic.twitter.com/HAGDKjHuVS
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) April 20, 2016
I’ve got no problem with Corey Crawford losing his mind. In fact, I loved it. It was exciting as hell. But there’s no way the Hawks should have come away with a power play after their player started a riot. It’s just insane.
Fortunately this terrible bit of officiating did not decide the game. The Blues kept their cool and orchestrated another comeback win to go up 3-1 and put the defending Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination.