Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Wings 2
April, 7, 2012
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com
DETROIT -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.
How it happened: Corey Crawford stopped all three shooters in the shootout while Patrick Kane scored the lone goal on a highlight-reel move. The Hawks scored once in the first period and another in the second to slowly take control of the game. First Viktor Stalberg completed his breakout season with his 22nd goal on a rebound of a Patrick Sharp shot. Then, in the second period, Andrew Shaw finished a scoring play after a great feed by Sharp from behind the Wings net. Detroit finally got on the board with a Johan Franzen goal from a poor angle in the third period. The puck squeaked by Corey Crawford for his 29th goal of the year. The Wings tied it in dramatic fashion with goalie Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra attacker when Tomas Holmstrom went between his legs in the crease and found Pavel Datsyuk for a tap-in with just 47 seconds remaining in regulation.
What it means: The Hawks clinched the No. 6 seed once the game went to overtime. The Hawks were 47 seconds away from earning the No. 5 seed and playing the Nashville Predators in the opening round of the playoffs. Now they’ll have to wait until the completion of other games out west before knowing who they will play. It can still be one of three teams, the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings or the San Jose Sharks. The Hawks went an entire year without a posting a shutout for the first time since the 1988-89 season. They complete the 2011-2012 regular season with a 45-26-11 record.
What’s next: The Hawks will take Sunday off and then begin preparations for the Stanley Cup playoffs with practice days early in the week before heading out on the road for the first two games of their series to begin Wednesday or Thursday.