May 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalieJonathan Quick
(middle) as defensemanSlava Voynov
(26) and Chicago Blackhawks left wingBrandon Saad
(20) look for the rebound during the second period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
This is not how it was supposed to end on a Sunday Night at the United Center in the Western Conference Finals. For the second time in Corey Crawford‘s career he’s lost a Game #7 playoff game in overtime and this one will hurt for some time.
This was a great series from Game #5-7 but one team had to go home and of course it meant overtime. The Hawks were on the doorstep of a dynasty but now history will look at them as a very good Championship team in the salary cap era because they couldn’t close the deal in the 3rd period of Game #7 and then let the last goal of the series find it’s way behind Crawford.
The Blackhawks hadn’t lost a series since 2012 when they fell to Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes and now face a long hot summer knowing they had history in their hands and let is slip through their fingers.
The Blackhawks gave up a one goal lead in the third period and then lost in overtime which makes the loss leaving a real bad taste in the mouth for this summer.
The Blackhawks will be back and with the talent on their roster should make it back in years to come, but this was supposed to be a historic year until it crashed and burned in the Western Conference Finals.
We will of course have more in the days to come including our game recap tonight, but for now it’s a sad moment because it’s BLACKHAWK DOWN & OUT
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