Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fined by the NHL on Monday after teeing off on the officials following his team's blowout loss in Game 4 to the Detroit Red Wings.
Chicago was drubbed 6-1 on Sunday by Detroit, but after the game Quenneville took particular umbrage at a roughing call on Matt Walker at the end of the first period that led to Valtteri Filppula’s power-play goal, which put the Wings ahead 3-0.
“I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports at the end of the first period there,” Quenneville said. “That call, I’ve never seen anything like it. They ruined the whole game. That’s basically the gist of what I’m trying to say.
“It’s a nothing play and now the score is 3-0. They absolutely destroyed what was going on out on the ice.”
The coach's hyperbolic criticism netted him a $10,000 US fine.
Detroit leads the best-of-seven playoff series 3-1 and can close out the Western Conference final at home on Wednesday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).