Saturday, May 25, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Red Wings 1
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series at the United Center on Saturday.
How it happened: The Blackhawks’ offense finally got going again. After scoring just two goals in the previous three games, the Blackhawks went off for four goals in Saturday’s win. Bryan Bickell put them on the board first when he cleaned up a rebound off a Patrick Kane shot in the first period. The Red Wings tied the game when Daniel Cleary scored off a rebound at 9:37 in the second period. The Blackhawks answered with back-to-back power-play goals later in the period. The first was scored when Andrew Shaw was standing in front of net and deflected in a shot by Duncan Keith at 13:08. Less than three minutes later, Jonathan Toews scored from the right circle on another power play. Shaw added another goal in the third period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 24 of 25 shots. The Blackhawks outshot the Red Wings 45-25.
Player of the game: Shaw scored multiple goals in a game for the first time all season and for just the second time in his career. He has three goals in these playoffs.
What it means: The Blackhawks kept their season alive for at least one more game, narrowing the Red Wings’ series advantage to 3-2. The Red Wings are still in a favorable position, especially with the series returning to Detroit for Game 6. The Blackhawks’ power play had been horrid throughout the playoffs and looked out of sync again on its first opportunity on Saturday. It was just the fifth time all season the Blackhawks scored multiple power-play goals.
What’s next: The series returns to Detroit for Game 6 at 7 p.m. on Monday. If necessary, Game 7 would be in Chicago on Wednesday.