Great read by Hossa to get open for this breakaway. Though, you can’t just assume that you scored. All he had to do is roof that puck and there’s no way that Bryz can save it. Luckily Johnny was there to tap in the rebound. This is a good example of why its important to make sure you finish the play.
I’ve been saying it since game 4 of the first round. Saad has been creating some great opportunities and he was eventually going to start scoring. Saad had 2 shots and 2 goals yesterday. Sure, one is an empty net goal, but those have a much greater value in the postseason. I have a feeling we will see a few more goals from Saad by the time the playoffs end.
Blackhawks take a 3-1 lead – Bryan Bickell (5) Wrist shot – ASST: Marian Hossa (5), Niklas Hjalmarsson (2)
Hossa had a heck of a game, and once again he was at the forefront of another Blackhawk’s goal. This time he would lead a 2 on 1 with Bryan Bickell, who would get another great scoring chance. Unlike the play earlier that he rang off the crossbar, he rips this one past Bryz.
Blackhawks finish off the Wild 4-1 – EN – Brandon Saad (2) Backhand shot – ASST: Marian Hossa (6), Niklas Hjalmarsson (3)
This play was similar to last year’s game 1 against the wild. If you remember, Oduya banked a pass off the glass to a streaking Bickell who scored to win the game in OT. This time it’s Hossa with a bank pass that Saad picks up and puts home. The Blackhawks did what they needed to do by winning their home games. Now they will need to steal a few on the road.
FINAL SCORE: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 4 – MINNESOTA WILD 1