On Wednesday’s during the summer we like to rewind to one of our favorite Blackhawks games from this past season, and to be quite honest the Blackhawks overtime win in St. Louis in the first round of the playoffs had to be one of my favorites of the entire season.
The Blackhawks after playing some uncharacteristic hockey in the first two games of the series including Brent Seabrook‘s hit on David Backes in Game #2 had some to question what was going on with the Hawks.
The Blackhawks dug themselves a 0-2 hole but the Hawks were able to find some magic at the United Center and tie the series up so they headed back to St. Louis for a pivotal Game #5 which had Blackhawks fans nerves at least a little frazzled as the Hawks were trying to march to a repeat.
The Hawks opened the scoring first on a giveaway that Bryan Bickell took to the St. Louis zone than smartly gave the puck to Marian Hossa who did the rest including a shot on goal, a rebound from Ryan Miller, putting the rebound into the back of the net and then finding himself in the net behind Miller. It was a Hossa’s 1st goal of the playoffs and big one for #81.
T.J. Oshie would tie the game in the first period, but he Hawks would again take the lead in the second period. Ben Smith was doing his normal work behind the goal line when he passed it to Patrick Kane who fed Sheldon Brookbank who fired one on net and Smith was there to put a nifty back-hander in the top corner behind Miller for the 2-1 lead.
The Hawks defense let Corey Crawford down early in the third period and gave up a 2 on 1 that Alex Pietrangelo didn’t miss on to tie the game up. This sure did look a lot like the first two games in St. Louis with the Blackhawks coughing up third period leads, but on this night the ending would be a little different.
Most of rest of the third period was won by St. Louis but they never could beat Crawford again and the game headed to overtime. Again in overtime the Blackhawks were a bit on their heels until a shot on goal was cleared almost blindly by Duncan Keith up the middle of the ice and it found it’s way to Jonathan Toews who was all alone and on a breakaway against Miller and well the Captain just doesn’t miss when given this type of opportunity.
Hawks Win Hawks Win you have to love the Pat Foley call and the Hawks of course went home a couple days later and sent the Blues home to watch the rest of the playoffs on the golf course.
One of my favorite games of the year what is your memory from that Toews OT Winner?
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