#4- 2009: Blackhawks vs. Flames
Nov 20, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames fan is trying to excite the crowd at the last minutes of the game between the Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome. Chicago Blackhawks won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks played their first post-season game in seven seasons in front of a home crowd in Game One, and they got more than they paid for. But just barely. Martin Havlat‘s goal 12 seconds into overtime send the United Center into a frenzy, and brought the raucous noise that the ‘Madhouse On Madison’ is now known league-wide for. Blackhawks’ fans in attendance would tell you that it was one of the greatest moments in recent history at the UC.
In Game Two, the ‘Hawks went down early, butJonathan Toews
made his first two career NHL playoff goals count. The first gave the Blackhawks life in the second period, and after Patrick Sharp tied the game, Toews scored what stood as the game-winner, giving Chicago a 2-0 series lead heading to Calgary.
In Game Three, the Blackhawks put their foot on the gas early with a Sharp goal, but the Flames rallied for four unanswered. Though Hanzal replied with one late in the third, it was too much for Chicago to overcome, and the Flames beat the Blackhawks for the first time this season to get back in the series.
Game Four was a highly offensive affair, at the expense of each team’s goaltender. The Flames and Blackhawks combined for 10 goals on 59 shots, as the Blackhawks’ short comeback was erased by an Eric Nystrom goal early in the third period, which tied the Flames 2-2 in the series, and stood as the game-winner in their 6-4 victory.
After giving up a pair of 4-1 leads to the Flames in the previous two contests, the Blackhawks felt the need to build up a big lead of their own. They did just that, cruising to a 5-1 Game Five victory that included goals from Cam Barker, Andrew Ladd, Seabrook, Kris Versteeg, and Sharp.
With their feet on the Flames’ throats, the Blackhawks gave the Calgary crowd no chance to get into Game Six, with Patrick Kane, Adam Burish, and Bryan Campbell giving the visitors a 3-0 lead before the second period was out. The Flames would get a lone goal from Todd Bertuzzi, but the Blackhawks again cruised to a decisive win, this time, giving the team their first playoff series win in 13 years.
This relatively young Blackhawks team proved they had the skill, and most importantly, maturity to advance in the playoffs. It would be the foundation for the years of success in the future for the organization.