The National Hockey League says it stands firmly behind NHL referee Stephen Walkom's third period call waving off a Chicago goal in Game 7 of the Blackhawks' series against the Detroit Red Wings.
Walkom drew plenty of attention Wednesday night when he called back defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson's goal late in third period that would have put the Blackhawks up 2-1.
NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murhpy explained to TSN on Thursday that Walkom's job on the play was to watch behind the play and not concern himself with the puck. The whistle was blown before the goal and the league agreed that the no-goal call was, "absolutely correct."
The goal was disallowed with 1:47 left when Walkom called coincidental minor penalties behind the play seconds earlier.
Chicago ended up winning the game in overtime when Brent Seabrook scored at the 3:35 mark to send the Blackhawks to the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings.
Both the Kings-Blackhawks and Bruins-Penguins series begin on Saturday and Walkom has been assigned as one of the officials to work the third round.