In every game and series there are plenty of numbers.
Here are a few of last night’s numbers
Shots on Goal for the first period Detroit-7 Hawks-6
Shots on Goal for the rest of the game-Hawks-36 Detroit-14
-Sometimes shots on goal is misleading, but in Game 1 the Hawks dominated period 2 without any goals but it set up a huge third period.
Hits Detroit-43 Hawks-24
-This stat can be taken with a grain of salt but here is the difference in Game 1, The Red Wings hits were finishing off checks while the Hawks hits were forechecking winning the puck back hits.
The Hawks are 41 games over .500 with Johnny Oduya in the lineup.
-This stat is mind blowing! Oduya scores the game winner and his nightly terrible turnover came with only a couple minutes left. The Hawks defense may not be the most physical group but their speed and passing have made this group of six one of the best units in the NHL.
The Powerplay was 1-3 in Game 1.
Marian Hossa scored after Patrick Sharp broke up an outlet and Toews got it to Hossa. The Hawks are now 3-16 and its almost amusing when the Hawks go to the powerplay everyone in the United Center cheers while eveyone on Twitter Groans. You don’t have to score everytime you have the man advantage but you can’t kill the momentum which the Hawks were successful at on Wednesday night.
6:04- Daniel Carcillo playing time.
-Not sure what the point of benching of Viktor Stalberg was from Coach Q, but playing Carbomb 6 minutes proves that he really isn’t the answer for the rest of the playoffs.
The Penalty Kill is 20-20 in 2013.
This is the best stat of the playoffs so far. While the game was still in doubt the Blackhawks were down a man 3 times on Wednesday night and they killed off all three. Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik are fourth liners that are rock stars on the penalty kill. Their speed and tenacity have made these two minutes scoreless and not momentum builders for the Wild last series and the Wings in Game 1.
– Crawford now leads the NHL playoffs in Goals against average. After a shaky start when he seemed to be looking behind him after every first period shot was able to settle down (with the help of only 14 shots) and stop every shot he saw the rest of the night.
What is your favorite number from Game 1? What do you think was the turning point of the game?
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