We’ve endured some heartbreaking games in this semifinals series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. But for all the no-goal calls, penalty shots and questionable shenanigans, we’ve also witnessed an amazing comeback by the Blackhawks, one we haven’t seen in two years. The ride has been a nail biter, but Blackhawks fans wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Monday’s game was a comeback in itself. After being down by a goal, the Blackhawks clawed their way not only to a tie thanks to Michal Handzus but to a rebound goal from Bryan Bickell and a penalty shot goal from Michael Frolik. That penalty shot made history, because Frolik is the only player in the league to have two of those in the playoffs. In general, the game gave fans a collective heart attack and a massive case of a sore throat from screaming all in one night.
Now, it’s come down to one last game. If the Blackhawks want to win, they need to keep up what they’ve been doing and not let their foot off the gas pedal. They need to remember exactly what they did on the power play that gave them three consecutive goals and do that again. They need to stay disciplined and not lose their cool. Most importantly, they need to shut down Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. It’s been extremely effective to this point, so stick with what they know.
Tonight is it. After this game, the Blackhawks will either move on to face the Los Angeles Kings or pack up for the summer. Let’s hope it’s the former and not the latter.