The Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions, are on the brink of elimination from the NHL playoffs. The Blackhawks were defeated by the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday. The loss was their third in a row.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says his team is devastated by its performance and is only looking to “get something positive going in our direction.”
The loss was compounded by what Quenneville said was a horrid call by the refs when Vancouver forward Raffi Torres plowed down Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook in the second period. Torres walked away with a two-minute interference call, while the Olympic gold medal defenseman had to be examined for a possible concussion.
“Brutal. Major. Absolutely,” Quenneville said angrily. “[The refs] missed it. Could’ve scored four goals on that play.”
The Blackhawks return to the ice tonight for the fourth game in the best-of-seven series.