Blackhawks reflect on disallowed goal


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson admitted the obvious to CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers: the disallowed would-be 2-1 goal made him angry.

“I went blank,” Hjalmarsson said. “I was so mad.”

Dave Bolland noted how excited the 25-year-old defenseman was by the real 2-1 winner.

“It was kind of funny watching (Hjalmarsson) hopping around like that,” Bolland said.

No doubt, it was a mix of elation and relief. Jonathan Toews said to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus that they didn’t want to allow the disallowed tally to be an excuse.

“We were obviously pretty [expletive] off that the whistle blew right before that one went in,” Toews said. “But we weren’t going to go away that way.”

The natural reaction might be “it’s easy to say that now,” but the Blackhawks probably don’t care.

Interesting side note: head coach Joel Quenneville said he didn’t seek or receive an explanation for the call, according to the Sporting News’ Jesse Spector.

Here’s another look at that moment:

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Mike Milbury and Keith Jones condemn the call in the clip below:

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Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.