Monday, May 25, 2009

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined $10,000 for ripping refs

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined $10,000 for ripping refs


Chicago Tribune

After a tongue lashing about the officiating in Game 4 Sunday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville bit his tongue Monday.

"What happened happened and we want to move on," Quenneville said. "What I said is over and done with. After a game, sometimes you're more emotional than other games."

Quenneville called the roughing penalty at the end of the first period against Matt Walker "the worst call in the history of sports." The Red Wings scored on the ensuing power play to take a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-1 victory.

The NHL on Monday fined Quenneville $10,000 for his criticism.

Fingers crossed: The Hawks hope two days between games can help heal injuries to key players.

Quenneville said goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and forward Martin Havlat were improving. Their skate at Tuesday's practice may determine whether they play in Wednesday's game in Detroit, when the Hawks face elimination.

"We'll see how he is, and that will give us an idea for Wednesday," Quenneville said of Khabibulin, who was replaced with Cristobal Huet and Corey Crawford.

Khabibulin left Game 3 with a lower-body injury and did not play in Game 4. Havlat left Game 3 after a hard hit knocked him unconscious and played just less than eight minutes in Game 4.

Quenneville said Havlat looked "fine" after Sunday's loss.

"We'll see how he presents [himself at Tuesday's practice]," he said.

Wings hurting too: For a second game in a row, the Red Wings will play without veteran Kris Draper, who has a groin injury. Pavel Datsyuk (bruised foot) and Nicklas Lidstrom (lower body) are considered day-to-day.

Datsyuk missed the last two games against the Blackhawks, while Lidstrom was a surprise scratch Sunday.

Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood said he felt "100 percent" better after leaving during the third period of Sunday's game to receive intravenous fluids for dehydration. He expects to play in Game 5.

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