The crowd at the United Center let out a loud cheer halfway through the second period on Tuesday night. From a distance, it appeared the Blackhawks took their first lead of the game, but an alarm didn't sound and Chelsea Dagger didn't boom throughout the arena.
Just 28 seconds after Nick Leddy answered a goal from Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf to tie the game at one, a shot was fired by Brandon Saad into a cluster of players in front of Anaheim's net. The crowd may have gone wild, but the players skated away casually, assuming the shot didn't go in.
But after a review in Toronto, Saad's attempt was ruled a goal and the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead over the Ducks.
"I don't think anyone on the ice -- [the Blackhawks] included -- thought there was even a chance it's a goal," Ducks right winger Bobby Ryan said. "We had guys discussing plays to make off the next face-off because it felt like it was so blatantly obvious that it didn't go in.
"But I guess some of the guys here said there was an angle [that showed the goal], and then it came down to whether the net was off, not whether the puck crossed the line."
Despite the controversy surrounding the goal, Joel Quenneville was once again impressed with Saad's overall performance.
"He had another special game," the Blackhawks coach said. "He's had some real good games to date here in the season and that was a pretty nice goal. He does a lot of good things.
He's a young kid and we're looking forward to see him improve and become a big-time player."