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Referees wave off late goal by Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 after penalty

CHICAGO – A potential tiebreaking goal by the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their second-round series against the Detroit Red Wings has been waved off after referee Stephen Walkom blew the play dead because of a penalty call behind the play.

While Walkom was waving his arms to stop play, Niklas Hjalmarsson fired in a slap shot with 1:47 left in regulation Wednesday night.

Chicago forward Brandon Saad and Detroit defenceman Kyle Quincey got tied up in front of the Red Wings bench, and they were given minor penalties.

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The sellout crowd of 22,103 booed loudly when the goal was disallowed. The teams headed to overtime tied 1-1.

Walkom is in his second stint as an on-ice NHL referee after he served as the NHL’s director of officiating from 2005-09.