Blackhawks rally to top Wings, force Game 7

Chicago tallied three goals then withstood a Red Wing comeback to force a deciding tilt back in Chicago Wednesday night

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bryan Bickell scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 on Monday night, giving the NHL’s top-seeded team a shot to advance to the Western Conference finals.

The Blackhawks, who trailed the second round series 3-1, began the third down by one and were up by two goals midway through the period after an offensive flurry. They needed the cushion because Damien Brunner scored with 52 seconds left to pull Detroit within one.

The Red Wings pulled their goaltender, but they were unable to score with the extra skater.

Detroit carried a 2-1 lead into the third butMichal Handzus tied it in the opening minute of the final period. Bickell scored about 5 minutes later. Michael Frolik’s backhander on a penalty shot at the 9:43 mark put the Blackhawks ahead 4-2 and silenced the once-raucous crowd.

The Blackhawks will have the fans on their side Wednesday night in Game 7 against seventh-seeded Detroit.

 

Blackhawks whip Wings, stay alive

Chicago 4 Detroit 1

Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored power-play goals in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided elimination with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series.

Shaw added his third career playoff goal in the third as the Blackhawks stopped the Red Wings’ three-game winning streak by creating chaos in front of Jimmy Howard, who had shut down Chicago’s attack while moving Detroit to the brink of the Western Conference finals.

Bryan Bickell scored the first goal of the game and Corey Crawford had 25 stops for Chicago, which managed only two goals during its first three-game losing streak of the season.

 

Your Stanley Cup Update

Three huge games last night. In New York, the Rangers twice rallied to force OT before finally beating the Bruins to force a Game 5 back in Boston

Chris Kreider proudly wore the Broadway Hat in the victorious New York Rangers dressing room as he tried to describe the feeling of saving his team’s season.

Kreider deftly steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

“It is so surreal,” the 22-year-old Kreider said. “It’s not something that can really be explained. It is something that just has to be felt, but it was awesome. I’m just excited to give these guys an opportunity to play another game.

In Detroit, the Red Wings pushed the Chicago Blackhawks to the brink with a 2-0 win

Jimmy Howard kept Jonathan Toews in his misery, making three saves against the struggling star to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Thursday night in Game 4 of the second-round series to put the NHL’s best team during the regular season on the brink of elimination.

When Howard wasn’t using his glove or pads to deny Toews, Detroit’s skaters were rattling him and his teammates with a physical presence that is clearly making them uncomfortable.

“They are getting frustrated,” Howard said. “Our guys are doing a great job in front of the net.”

Chicago’s Corey Crawford did a solid job in his net, but he couldn’t kick his right leg out quick enough to stop Jakub Kindl’s shot on a power play midway through the second period and he was on the bench in favor of an extra skater when Daniel Cleary sealed the victory in the final minute

In LA the defending champion Kings shout out the Sharks to grab a 3-2 lead in that series

Jonathan Quick saved his best save for the final minute, sliding deftly across his crease and snagging Joe Pavelski’s shot from point-blank range to the grateful gasps of the Los Angeles Kings’ sellout crowd.

Quick’s imposing postseason presence only appears to be growing, and the San Jose Sharks are running out of time to figure him out.

Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Kings moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a 3-0 victory in Game 5 on Thursday night.

 

Wings soar past Hawks, lead series 2-1

Detroit 3 Chicago 1

Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the second round series.

Patrick Kane scored 4:35 into the third period to pull Chicago within one. The Blackhawks celebrated as if they tied the game about a minute later, but Andrew Shaw’s goal was waved off because he was in the crease.

Datsyuk’s goal 6:46 into the final period gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.

The seventh-seeded Red Wings have a shot to put the top-seeded Blackhawks on the brink of elimination Thursday night in Game 4.

After getting shelled in Game 1, Detroit looked over matched, but they have rebounded, outscoring Chicago 7-2 over the last two games. Gut check time for Chicago

 

Wings rout Blackhawks, even series -1

Detroit 4 Chicago 1

In case they weren’t aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they’re going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit.

The Red Wings hammered home that message on Saturday.

Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and Detroit beat the Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.

It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1.

“We’ve got a real good club now,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “And we haven’t been good all year. We’ve just gotten better.”

Their confidence got a big jolt after they knocked off the Presidents’ Trophy winners and avoided falling into a deep hole. It was another big win by a team that finished seventh in the conference, only to knock off second-seeded Anaheim in the first round.

Now, they’re even with a team that’s been rolling along all season and is eyeing its second Stanley Cup in four years.

 

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway

Nothing touches the Stanley Cup Playoffs for intensity and drama, Nothing!

Blackhawks whip Wild take 2-0 series lead

Patrick Sharp provided the big finish after Michael Frolik stepped up during a strong start. Corey Crawford was right there when the defense collapsed.

No playoff jitters this time. Instead, an impressive performance for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sharp and Frolik had two goals apiece, Crawford made 26 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild5-2 on Friday night in Game 2 of their first-round series.

“If we’re moving our feet, we’re playing our team game,” Sharp said. “The goals are going to come whenever they come, but if we’re playing Blackhawks hockey, we’ll be better off.”

Patrick Kane added two assists as Chicago peppered Minnesota goalie Josh Harding after an uneven performance in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Bryan Bickelladded an empty-net score to his overtime goal in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory in the playoff opener.

Islanders rally, even series with Penguins

Sidney Crosby did what he always seems to do in big moments, scoring two quick goals in his return from a broken jaw.

He gave the Pittsburgh Penguins an early two-goal lead over the New York Islanders on Friday night. Then the Islanders responded, doing something they hadn’t managed in six years: win a playoff game.

Kyle Okposoprovided his teammates some inspiration with a well-timed fight in the second period, and he capped a compelling New York rally with the winning goal with 7:37 to play. The Islanders’ 4-3 win evened the playoff series at one game each.

Habs to Senators, draw even in East Quarters

After watching Lars Eller taken off the ice on a stretcher the previous night, the Montreal Canadiens, especially goaltender Carey Price, found some extra motivation against the Ottawa Senators.

Price came through with a 29-save performance as the Canadiens pulled out a hard-hitting but mostly clean 3-1 victory Friday night. The win left their best-of-seven series tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Sunday in Ottawa.

“It’s the playoffs. You can’t dwell on the last game,” said Price, who took heat for two goals between his pads in a 4-2 loss to Ottawa in the series opener. “You’ve got to get refocused and get ready for the next one.”

Sharks bite Canucks, take 2-0 series lead

A minute from defeat, the San Jose Sharks dug deep.

Patrick Marleau scored in the final minute of regulation and Raffi Torres won it at 5:31 of overtime, giving the Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of their playoff series Friday night.

Vancouver even missed a shot at an empty net before Marleau forced overtime.

“I think it shows a lot about our team,” said Torres. “We give up the lead, they were playing great. They were coming at us with everything. We showed a lot of determination, a lot of perseverance.”

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to San Jose for games Sunday and Tuesday. San Jose was 17-2-5 at home this season

The Canucks have now lost their last five home playoff games, and their last eight overall. That streak began when Boston bested them in Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. the Canucks were then swept by the Kings in the first round last season

Oh Yes! Greatest Post Season in sports set to face off!

Ain’t nothin’ like the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they are set!

Not certain about when each series starts, but the match-ups are now all set. Here they are, with my picks

Eastern Conference

#1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #8 New York Islanders

Penguins in 5

#2 Montreal Canadiens vs #7 Ottawa Senators

Canadiens in 6

#3 Washington Capitols vs #6 New York Rangers

Caps in 7

#4 Boston Bruins vs #5 Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs in 6

Western Conference

#1 Chicago Blackhawks vs #8 Minnesota Wild

Chicago in 6

#2 Anaheim Mighty Ducks vs #7 Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings in 6

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs #6 San Jose Sharks

Sharks in 7

#4 St. Louis Blues vs #5 LA Kings

Kings in 5