Blackhawks beat Red Wings with rousing performance
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org May 25, 2013 9:53PM
BLACKHAWKS 4, RED WINGS 1
Detroit 0 1 0 — 1
BLACKHAWKS 1 2 1 — 4
First Period—1, HAWKS, Bickell 4 (Kane, Handzus), 14:08. Penalties—Stalberg, Chi (hooking), 7:20; Colaiacovo, Det (holding), 17:50.
Second Period—2, Detroit, Cleary 4 (Zetterberg), 9:37. 3, HAWKS, Shaw 2 (Keith, Seabrook), 13:08 (pp). 4, HAWKS, Toews 1 (Hossa, Keith), 15:47 (pp). Penalties—Abdelkader, Det (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:14; Bolland, Chi (tripping), 5:14; Kindl, Det (roughing), 8:14; Stalberg, Chi (roughing), 8:14; Miller, Det (hooking), 11:39; Abdelkader, Det (cross-checking), 15:35; Bolland, Chi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:42.
Third Period—5, HAWKS, Shaw 3 (Stalberg, Rozsival), 6:58. Penalties—Frolik, Chi (elbowing), 11:34; Keith, Chi (roughing), 19:33.
Shots on Goal—Detroit 11-11-4—26. HAWKS 12-16-17—45.
Power-play opportunities—Detroit 0 of 4; HAWKS 2 of 3.
Goalies—Detroit, Howard 7-5-0 (45 shots-41 saves). HAWKS, Crawford 6-4-0 (26-25).
A—22,014 (19,717). T—2:31.
Referees—Eric Furlatt, Stephen Walkom. Linesmen—Jean Morin, Jonny Murray.
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:18AM
Bryan Bickell furiously pumped both fists before Patrick Kane leapt into his arms, Yogi Berra style. Andrew Shaw screamed, then raised his arms. Jonathan Toews crouched and fired off a windmill fist-pump before jumping on Marian Hossa. Meanwhile, some 22,000 nail-biting fans at the United Center finally exhaled — their long-held breath coming out as a deafening, rattling roar.
Yes, this one felt like it was a long time coming.
The Blackhawks staved off elimination for another two days, at least, with a cathartic 4-1 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday night — sending this Western Conference semifinal back to Detroit for Monday night’s Game 6, emphatically taking back momentum in the series and justifying all that confident talk that the floodgates were bound to open sooner or later.
“It just goes to show, if you get excited and you have that positive feeling in your locker room and on the bench, hey, anything can happen,” said Toews, who scored his first goal of the playoffs. “So we’ve got that feeling again, and that’s all we need.”
Just about everything that had gone so wrong for the Hawks in three straight losses went right in this one.
A hot start — physical, aggressive, offensive, just like in Games 3 and 4 — actually yielded a goal this time, as Bickell slammed home a Kane rebound (breaking the goal camera in the process) at 14:08 of the first period.
The dreadful power play ended a 12-chance drought with two second-period goals — including Shaw’s net-front tip-in after the Hawks held the zone for the entire duration of the power play. It was the exact kind of setup and score the Hawks have been searching for all season. It also was the first of two goals for Shaw, who only two games ago was part of the problem, taking five penalties in the first two games.
Shaw credited veteran Michal Handzus for sitting down and talking to him about controlling his emotions. “Eat a punch instead of giving one,” Shaw said.
And Toews, the beleaguered, frustrated, perhaps even flustered captain, scored the second power-play goal, finally getting on the board. Toews’ shot — roofed from the corner of the goalmouth — banked off Jimmy Howard’s mask and into the top of the net. Yes, even the much-discussed “puck luck” was on the Hawks’ side in this one, and Toews’ relief was obvious in his giddy celebration in the corner of the rink.
“It’s nice to see that smile on his face, instead of the frown,” Bickell said.
The Hawks felt they played well in Games 3 and 4. The Wings simply played better. Not in Game 5, though.
“They played a hell of a game, from every facet of the game,” said Howard, who stopped 41 of 45 shots. “They were better than us tonight.”
Heck, the Hawks even overcame a questionable disallowed goal, as the whistle blew before Toews stuffed the puck between Howard’s right skate and the post early in the second period. The Red Wings tied it up at 1 just four minutes later on Daniel Cleary’s sharp-angle rebound.
But the Hawks’ power play woke up after that, with the goals by Shaw and Toews coming 2:39 apart — awakening the crowd, extending the series and generating hope among nervous fans and tense players that maybe, just maybe, the Hawks can pull this one out, after all.
“For three games, they had the momentum, where it didn’t matter what we did,” Toews said. “Bounces seemed to go their way, and they found ways to sneak out some of those low-scoring games. I think we maybe cut that off and stole the momentum a little bit, and we want to keep it in the next one.”