With Chicago still recovering from the triumph of Tuesday’s 7-2 shellacking of the Vancouver Canucks, the Blackhawks found another way to blow us away, and continued to expose the President’s Trophy-winning Canucks as they rolled to a Game 5 victory on Thursday night.
Game 5 was more of the same, though, as the Blackhawks continued their quest to pull off the unbelievable feat of perhaps knocking off these top-seeded Vancouver Canucks, despite going down 3-0 in the series.
The big difference between Game 3 and Game 4, though, was that the stars came to play and found the net on more than one occasion, exploding for five more goals in the 5-0 win.
Marian Hossa got the scoring started for the Hawks in the first, finding room in the slot and flipping a sharp wrist shot past Roberto Luongo. From there, the Blackhawks would pour it on in the remainder of the first period.
Not 30 seconds after Hossa’s power play goal, Duncan Keith found the net for the third straight game to make it 2-0. But the Hawks weren’t done. Six minutes later, they struck again on the power play, this one coming courtesy of Patrick Kane. And still, the hat went deeper.
Hossa found his second breakaway opportunity and ended Roberto Luongo’s night early in the second period. Less than 90 seconds in, Hossa was all alone and beat Luongo glove side for the second time, sending the Hawks up 4-0 and sending Bobby Lu to the bench.
Hossa would add another point on Chicago’s fifth, and final, goal of the game. Taking a cross-ice pass from Patrick Sharp, Hossa left it to Keith, who fired his shot past Vancouver backup goaltender Corey Schneider to unofficially end this one in the second period.
And then there was Corey Crawford. Lost in the fray of the goal-scoring frenzy from the Hawks, Crawford pitched his first postseason shutout, stopping 36 shots on the night and easily outdueling the “world class” Luongo. It was a sweet reward for a guy who has gotten a raw deal from those in front of him on more than one occasion this season.
With many of the Chicago faithful ready to throw in the towel just days ago, the Blackhawks have brought hope back to the United Center, which promises to be rocking when the Hawks host the ‘Nucks on Sunday, in what could be the equalizer for the series if the Hawks can pull it off.