Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win in overtime over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the United Center on Wednesday.
How it happened: Not much more could have been asked from a Game 7 between Original Six rivals. The game was only decided when the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning goal 3:35 into overtime. Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp put his team up first when he, Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa put on a passing display, which ended with Sharp scoring at 1:08 of the second period. The Red Wings tied the game when Gustav Nyquist connected with Henrik Zetterberg for a goal 26 seconds into the third period. Both goaltenders were on their game. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 26 saves, and Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard had 33 stops. The Blackhawks had a goal by Niklas Hjamarsson waived off at 18:13 of the third period when an official called coincidental penalties on the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad and the Red Wings' Kyle Quincey behind the play.
Player of the game: Crawford saw the Blackhawks' season flash by his eyes after allowing a soft goal in the second period of Game 6. Since then, he's been nearly unbeatable.
What it means: The Blackhawks rallied all the way back from a 3-1 hole to eliminate the Red Wings. It was the first time the Blackhawks have ever overcome a 3-1 deficit. The Blackhawks advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2010. For the Red Wings, they had three chances to close out the series and failed to do so. They haven't reached the conference finals since 2009.
What's next: The Blackhawks will host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conferences finals on Saturday.