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Blackhawks-Bruins tapes sent to NHL office

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks Coach Mike Keenan asked NHL President John Ziegler Monday to investigate the controversial ending to Chicago's 5-4 loss against the Boston Bruins over the weekend.

Keenan sent a letter to the NHL office with the appropriate tapes from Saturday night's game at Boston Garden.

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The Blackhawks appeared to tie the score 5-5 on a Dirk Graham goal with three seconds left, but the timekeeper said time had expired, and the goal was disallowed by referee Andy vanHellemond. Replays of the goal, with the clock inserted on the screen, clearly show Graham's shot going into the net with three seconds remaining.

The ruling prompted Keenan to go into a rage. He charged timekeeper Larry Stafford, who was across the ice from the Blackhawks bench, and tried to climb over the glass to get to him.

Keenan calmed down by Sunday night's game against Montreal but pledged to use the matter to push for instant replay in hockey.

'The NHL is a laughingstock for this,' he said. 'We don't have to embarrass our sport.'

'This league must come of age. This is the 1990s, and we have the technology for a mistake like this not to happen. It's very simple for the referee to check a video and see the goal going in with the clock inset on the screen.'

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No matter what Ziegler sees on the replay, the score of the game will stand.

Keenan said his objective in pursuing the matter is 'the integrity of the game.'

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