May 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second overtime in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
I’m not going to lie I’m the first to blast Michal Handzus especially during the last two Stanley Cup playoff runs by the Blackhawks. Handzus is the biggest Joel Quenneville Security blanket on the roster and in most times the most frustrating player on the Blackhawks to watch especially when he isn’t winning faceoffs and the PK is struggling. There is one thing that Handzus is good for sure, and that is he doesn’t score often but when Handzus scores it’s huge. Here is a quick look back at some huge Zus goals.
Game #6 Joe Louis Arena Hawks trail in series 3-2 and trail 2-1 early in the third period
Handzus after getting the puck loose on the boards sets up shop in front of Jimmy Howard, Niklas Hjalmarsson on a good pinch finds Zus all alone when Brendan Smith gets caught day dreaming, and Zus ties the game up in third period and the Hawks were on their way to a road win in Detroit as part of their 3-1 series comeback.
Game #4- Boston Stanley Cup Finals Hawks Trail in Series 2-1
Handzus was back in his normal spot on the Penalty Kill when Brandon Saad strips Tyler Seguin and flies down the ice. Two things stick out after last night about this goal. 1. Handzus wins a foot race, and two look who gets the primary assist on another great set up!!
Game #5– Chicago Hawks Trail Series 3-2 Double Overtime
Handzus is in the middle of the ice whenPatrick Kane
sends it to Saad who puts on the brakes and finds a wide open #26 with Kane clearing the net as he skates by with his defender. Handzus makes a nifty move and roofs it for the game winner.
As you can see the Hawks have trailed in every series that Handzus has made a huge momentum changing goal, and hopefully this one is the turning point in the series against LA. What did you think of the Handzus goal? Did you wake everyone up in the House like I did?
Everytime you count out Handzus he has a moment of greatness and thankfully he found it once more last night!!!
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