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On This Date In Blackhawks History- Hawks Sweep The Wings

By Keith Schultz

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks legend Denis Savard during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

On April 13, 1985 the Chicago Blackhawks swept the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs winning Game #3 8-2 at Chicago Stadium.  The Blackhawks out scored the Red Wings 23-8 in the series and let me repeat it was in only 3 games.

The good old 1980’s hockey, the Hawks won the first two games in Detroit by the scores of 9-5 and 6-1 before finishing off the Red Wings with the sweep.  The Hawks were led by Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, and Al Secord in 1985, but it was their Captain Darryl Sutter that led the Blackhawks in goals with 12 throughout the 1985 playoffs.

The Hawks didn’t just stop with the sweep of the Red Wings, they went on to defeat the Minnesota North Stars in the next round of the playoffs for the Norris Division Championship.  They of course would meet their Waterloo against the one team they couldn’t out score in the 1980’s Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers.

The stat lines are so strange to look at from that era with Murray Bannerman going 9-6 in the 1985 playoffs with a 4.77 Goals Against Average

The Hawks were exciting to watch then and now and it’s because they were putting pucks in the net at regularity! And on this date they swept the hated Detroit Red Wing right into their offseason which is always worth a mention!

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