The next score was by far my favorite! Richard Panik made a beautiful pass to Jonathan Toews, who in turn rushed the net and tipped it to none other than Trevor van Riemsdyk for the goal. Trevor van Riemsyk people! Jumping into the play. What a great performance by all! This was also TVR’s first point of the playoffs. Oh, and by the way, that tally tied things up at 3-3.
On a side note, I am completely willing to eat my words when I said Andrew Shaw was a better option than Panik on the top line. Even though he didn’t start there, Panik played most of the game on the first line. After all, you gotta go with the hot hand. Another example of Q making the right adjustments. Panik looked great out there for this one. He earned the secondary assist on TVR’s goal, as well as drawing a timely penalty in the third period that eventually led to a power play goal.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The Chicago Blackhawks fourth score turned out to be the game winning goal. Dale Weise found himself out on a shift with Panarin and Anisimov. A beautiful pass by Panarin from behind the net allowed Weise to tally his first goal of these playoffs. Yep, that’s right. That makes Weise the fourth player to get his first point of the series in last night’s game.
Hey, here’s an idea. Since the Hawks are on a roll at this point, why not take advantage of another power play opportunity? OK! Andrew Shaw had to join the party after being suspended for Game 5. He was at the right place at the right time to put away a shot in front of the net off a pass from Kane. This made the score 5-3.
And then the icing on the cake was an empty net goal by Hossa at the end of the game.
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