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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Melrose applauds ref for penalty shot

By Staff

Michael Frolik capitalized on his penalty shot opportunity against Jimmy Howard.
While Eddie Olczyk said the call to award Michael Frolik a penalty shot Monday was questionable, Barry Melrose praised the referees.

Frolik scored to help the Chicago Blackhawks pull out a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

"I thought it was a penalty shot. I'm one of those guys that believes it's not called enough," Melrose said on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN 1000. "I think it's an easy way out for referees not to call it, last night the slash took away a goal-scoring chance. Frolik had a breakaway, a clear-cut breakaway, the slash on the hands knocked the puck into the corner and took away his goal-scoring chance. That's a penalty shot.

"It doesn't have to be a wicked two-hander that breaks a guy's hand or a wicked slash that breaks a guy's ankle. It has to be something that takes away a scoring chance. That knocked the puck off his stick and into the corner. That was the right call by the referees and a gutsy call by the referees. The easy way out would have been to call as a slash with no penalty shot. But the referees made the right call."