Before the start of this game the Chicago Blackhawks were down 3-0 in their series against the Vancouver Canucks. All Blackhawks could think about before the start of this game was, let’s take this period by period and game by game. We have seen this very situation the Blackhawks are in, when the Philadelphia Flyers came back from the 3-0 deficit in last year’s playoffs. Lastly get the first goal of the game, to get that edge of momentum. Well the Blackhawks did indeed do that tonight, with Brian Bickell scoring 1:43 into the first period. But yet again, the Canuck’s score on the power play on a Sami Salo shot, at 4:46 into the first period. The Blackhawks gathered themselves together in the 1st intermission and started the 2nd period with two huge goals by their defenseman. First one was by Brian Campbell and the second goal was by Duncan Keith. The hawks continued to pummel Roberto Luongo with pucks and ended up score 3 more goals on him (Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp). The Blackhawks finished off the 3rd period with Sharp scoring his second power play goal of the game. My unsung hero for the Blackhawks is obviously Bolland, as he has been out of the line up for the last 17 games and his first game back puts up 1 goal, 3 assist, a +4 and 3 SOG. This game was Corey Crawford’s 1st career playoff win.
Now the questions for the Blackhawks after this game is will Brent Seabrook start in game #5 on Thursday in Vancouver?
Now I do have to be honest, after watching a couple minutes here and there of the first period. I really did not start watch this game until the start of the 3rd period and after see the 5-1 score, I thought it was not worth watching. But it was an entertaining physical game for the rest of the way, a lot of huge hits penalties and cheap shots. Oh ya, and my favorite part of the game, John Scott’s and Raffi Torres’s get toss out of the game for standing at the faceoff dot and talking to each other. In the stands there was another incident, as fans were chirping at Mike Gillis and the announcer was saying that Mike Gillis was giving a little back too.