Eye of the Hurricane

April 25, 2011

Blackhawks force Game 7

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Michael Frolik beats Cory Schneider on a penalty shot in the third period

The 2010 Bruins were up 3-0 in last year’s conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers.  Then

the nightmare: four unanswered Flyers’ wins for the Philadelphia team that ultimately found itself in the Stanley Cup finals.

The team the Flyers lost to?  The Chicago Blackhawks, who found themselves in the same predicament as the Flyers in their opening series against the top-seeded team in the West, and the points leading team in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks.

After Sunday’s dramatic overtime win in Chicago, the Blackhawks and Canucks will return to Vancouver on Tuesday night for a surprise game seven.

Corey Crawford had 32 saves for the Blackhawks

Sunday’s hero was Ben Smith, the 22-year old rookie who attended Boston College.  Smith’s overtime

winner was his third goal of the playoffs and sealed the Blackhawks 4-3 victory.

Roberto Luongo did not start game six due to struggling in the last few games, but replaced Cory Schneider in the third period and did not allow a goal until 15 minutes into the overtime period.

Chicago’s Michael Frolik tied the game at three in the third period on a penalty shot.  The Blackhawks only registered three shots in the third period.

Play was physical in Sunday's game

The overtime period was played at a frantic pace, with Vancouver taking 12 shots and Chicago shooting 11 times–more than their totals from any individual period in regulation.

Daniel Sedin had his fifth goal of the series, but his effort has not been enough to seal the series for the West’s top team.

Will the Blackhawks be the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after being down 0-3?  We’ll find out tomorrow night at 10pm on Versus.


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