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Blackhawks look ahead to Red Wings after tough loss to Kings

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The Blackhawks were looking forward to Friday's anticipated matchup against the Red Wings, but there were still questions about the two goals the Los Angeles Kings scored in their victory Wednesday night.

Coach Joel Quenneville caused a stir after the loss when he called out referees Ghislain Hebert and Tom Kowal for not calling infractions on both their goals.

"I thought both their goals should've been whistled down," Quenneville said. "Both goals should have been called something. [There were] infractions on both their goals. Clearly, the refereeing was tough to watch."

Quenneville thought Kyle Clifford interfered with goalie Corey Crawford on the Kings' first goal, and replays showed that Justin Williams slew-footed defenseman Nick Leddy right before they made it 2-0.

On Thursday, Crawford and Leddy talked about the situations.

"He just came in and took a whack," said Crawford, recalling the first goal. "He used his leg to kind of kick my arm out a little bit so I couldn't come back the other way. But whatever, there's nothing you can do about it now.

"It shouldn't go either way. Goalie interference is goalie interference. I guess it depends on their opinion and what they see from whatever angle he is at. I don't know where he was on the ice at the time. Whatever. It's gone now. You can't do anything about it now."

Crawford did try to speak to the referees after the goal.

"I tried to say something, but it's kind of hard," Crawford said. "I don't remember the last time a ref turned a goal around just because you argued right after. Obviously, I was a little frustrated at the time."

All Leddy remembers is being down on the ice in front of Crawford.

"It all happened so fast and I was down," Leddy said. "I tried protecting myself because the shot was coming so I just covered up a little bit. But it was already on his stick and it went in."

Did he feel Williams take out his leg?

"I don't know what it really felt like," Leddy said. "I didn't know what happened to be honest. ... I was mad, but they already called it a goal, so I couldn't really do much about it anyways."

Quenneville also was over the loss to the Kings

"It's over; it's done with," Quenneville said. "I said what I had to say. I think I was little excited after the game. It's a new day and I'm moving on."

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