The Blackhawks returned home with a 3-2 lead heading into Game 6. Jonathan Toews scored a breakaway winner to give the Blackhawks the Game 5 victory and a series lead. The Blackhawks were looking to close out the series at home. The Blues meanwhile have seen their 2-0 series lead evaporate losing the last three games in a row. The Blues were hoping to tie the series and send it back to St. Louis for Game 7.
Here is the period recap:
1st period: The first period was dominated by the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks kept the puck in the Blues zone for a good portion of the period. Duncan Keith kept the puck in the Blues zone on several occasions. Bryan Bickell gave the Blackhawks the early lead with a deflection goal. Brent Seabrook put a long shot on net that Bickell put in for the goal. This was Seabrook’s first game back since being suspended for laying out David Backes in Game 2.
Despite dominating the first period, the Blues countered the Blackhawks goal with a goal of their own. TJ Oshie scored late in the first period to knot the game at 1. The first ended with Blackhawks and Blues tied at 1.
2nd period: The second period was dominated by the St. Louis Blues. The Blues outshot the Blackhawks 17-3 in the second period. Marcus Kruger, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, all went to the box in the second period. Hossa’s penalty was a double minor for drawing blood against Alex Steen. Corey Crawford was the best player on the ice in the second period, saving everything the Blues through at him. Despite the Blues outshooting and owning the Blackhawks in the second period, the score remained tied at 1. The Blues did have their first penalty called on them late in the second period. The Blackhawks started the third period on a powerplay.
3rd period: Toews started the scoring off with a huge power play goal! Blackhawks would not wait long for more goals to come. Patrick Sharp got his scoring draught with a breakaway goal on Ryan Miller. The Blackhawks continued their on slaught with a goal from Andrew Shaw to put the Blackhawks up 4-1. Keith would put the icing on the cake as he put in the dagger! The Blackhawks win 5-1!!
Corey Crawford stopped 35 of 36 shots on goal.
The Blackhawks now rest until a winner is decided in the Wild/Avs series.
ONE GOAL: DEFEND!
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