Happy Game Day, Hawks Fans!
On Friday, the Hawks opened the second round at home against a familiar playoff foe in the Minnesota Wild. Before the series started, most folks were convinced that the series would go all seven games, given how strong they played late in the regular season and again in the first round when they sent the St. Louis Blues to an early tee time.
It was tough to say what contributed to the first period blowout in the first game of Round 2, where the Hawks scored on the first shot on goal, then scored a couple more: Hawks finally shaking off whatever they had holding them back, or the Wild getting a slow start and showing that Devan Dubnyk is not the invincible goalie that everyone made him out to be. Then the second period came around, and it was a near 180-degree turn, with the Wild effectively erasing the deficit…until Teuvo Teravainen scored his very first NHL playoff goal (and eventual game-winning goal) late in the period.
The first game usually sets the tone for the series, and the tone seems to be at this point that the series could very well go to seven games. Both teams run hot and cold – even in the same game – and are able to bounce back. If there is one takeaway from the now 7 total playoff games the Hawks have played this year, it’s this: 3-goal leads are practically meaningless, and that works in their favor as much as it does to their detriment. If the Hawks are going to move past the Wild, comfortably, they need to make sure that only works in their favor.
Ladies and gentlemen, Teuvo Teravainen has arrived (NHL)
Wild forward Justin Fontaine sustained injury in Game 1, will miss Game 2 (ESPN)
Toronto journalist gives the Blackhawks an interesting (and accurate) nickname (National Post)
Harry Houdini has nothing on the Hawks (isportsweb.com)
Hawks have the highest GAA of the remaining playoff teams, but still find ways to win (USA Today)
Hawks giving up consecutive goals with Oprah-like generosity – an alarming playoff trend (ESPN)
Wild optimistic they can rebound in Game 2 (NHL)
Elsewhere in the playoffs…
Ovechkin came in like a wrecking ball – but the Rangers still pulled off the win in Game 2 to tie the series (NHL)
Carey Price may be the leading Vezina finalist, but Ben Bishop is showing he’s no slouch either (Tampa Bay Times)
Even after 6-0 drubbing of Flames in Game 1, Ducks know they can’t count out Calgary comeback (Los Angeles Daily News)
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