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At the 19:06 mark of the third period with the Chicago Blackhawks clinging to a 2-1 lead in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, Dave Bolland(notes) was whistled for a tripping call that put the San Jose Sharks on a huge power play.

As you can see from this screen shot, it was Bolland (No. 36 in white) whose stick got caught up between the legs of Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi(notes):

The problem: The officials mistook Blackhawks jersey No. 32 with Bolland's 36 and ended up putting Kris Versteeg(notes) in the penalty box. Even NBC's graphics guy got the call right:

It wasn't until 10 seconds left in the game that Pierre McGuire of the NBC broadcast picked up on the error, describing it as "bizarro world."

The gaffe was an advantage for Chicago as Bolland, one of its top penalty killers, was on the ice for the Sharks' power play. Right after the faceoff, Bolland forced the puck out of the Blackhawks' zone and almost found himself with a scoring opportunity on an empty San Jose net. Once the Sharks re-entered the Chicago zone, Bolland was at it again, this time getting a piece of a Joe Pavelski(notes) one-timer from the point, which trickled right in front of Antti Niemi's(notes) crease and into the corner. Bolland finished the game with 3:01 of ice-time-killing penalties and was on the ice for all five infractions that were called against Chicago.

The Blackhawks would hang on for the 2-1 victory and take Game 1 on goals from Patrick Sharp(notes) and Dustin Byfuglien(notes), who scored the game-winner with 6:45 remaining in the game.

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