That Andrew Shaw lingered in the blue paint of the Red Wings' crease, no one would argue.

What everyone in the Blackhawks' locker room would argue vehemently: Shaw didn't impede the Red Wings' Jimmy Howard in any way, which is the bar for goaltender interference, and therefore the tying goal in what became a 3-1 Game 3 loss should not have been wiped out.

"Most of the time, they're going to let that one go, especially when you get pushed in there and he doesn't even touch the goalie," Hawks winger Viktor Stalberg said. "If he trips the goalie or makes contact or anything, I think that's an easier call. But that's a tough one, no doubt about it."

It wasn't so tough in the view of Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, who saw his team rally with a Patrick Kane goal to cut a two-goal lead in half and then apparently get a Stalberg shot to deflect off a scrum and into the net to knot it up.

Not long after the wave-off from officials, though, the Red Wings struck again against a deflated Hawks crew.

"I disagree with the call — didn't touch the goalie," Quenneville said, adding it "certainly" changed the tenor of the game. "We had the momentum, we had everything going, we had some hits, we had offensive zone time. Obviously coming back from 2-0 that quickly, you're in a great spot."

Call off: The Red Wings, meanwhile, might contend that officiating helped precipitate the Hawks' lone score. A massive hit by Niklas Hjalmarsson on Johan Franzen started a sequence that led to Kane's goal, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock thought the play should have stopped along the boards.

"It should've been a two-minute penalty, but this is the way I look at it, those refs are trying and it's fast," Babcock said. "When I go in there and watch the reply, I go, 'That's a penalty.' They don't get to watch a replay."

No payoff: Jonathan Toews responded to Game 2 physicality by unleashing a game-high seven shots but nonetheless remains goal-less for the postseason.