He’s not the one you’d expect to be scoring the goals for the Blackhawks when regulation isn’t enough, but he’s the one that’s been doing it. Tonight’s series-tying goal was his second time these playoffs playing the role of the hero, and no one is happier than Brent Seabrook that the Blackhawks came out on top once again.
Jun 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during the overtime period in game four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports
It was certainly nice to score the first one.
Someone had to step up in Game Seven overtime and complete the comeback, and right the wrong done by Stephen Walkom when he called back Niklas Hjalmarsson‘s perfectly fine go-ahead goal. Seabrook took advantage of a great check by Dave Bolland, and jumped up into the rush and fired a low slap-shot that beat Jimmy Howard just over the pad, and ended the Detroit Red Wings’ season. Seabrook became just the fourth defenseman to score in Game Seven overtime, joining Bobby Orr with his signature goal.
As time wore on, and the Blackhawks won more games, they find themselves on the biggest stage in hockey: the Stanley Cup Final. The Boston Bruins had a huge chance to take control of the series, and now they find themselves all tied up with the series heading back on the road. They lost a golden opportunity on Wednesday night, and who was the hero this time? None other than good ol’ Number Seven. He picked up a fortunate bounce on the blue-line, out-stepped a fore-checker, and wired home the eleventh goal of the game, and the only one the Blackhawks needed.
Here’s the goal:
Now the Blackhawks find themselves in a great position thanks to an unlikely hero.
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