2011 Western Conference quarters: Blackhawks nearly bounce Canucks
This is the only entry on this list that doesn’t have the Blackhawks ultimately winning. Oh sure, they did a fair amount of winning in this 2011 Western Conference quarterfinal series, but Vancouver ultimately took the series.
However, the Blackhawks gave the President’s Trophy winner all it could handle. And it was pretty incredible, considering the Blackhawks were depleted following a Cup purge and that they lost the series’ first three games.
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The turning point seemed to be noted awful person Raffi Torres headhunting Seabrook during Game 3. Seabrook suffered an injury that would cause him to miss the next three games. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks had motivation.
The Blackhawks handily won Game 4, 7-2, in a contest that saw 80 penalty minutes handed out in the third period alone. They also routed the Canucks in Game 5, 5-0, thanks to two goals apiece from Hossa and Duncan Keith.
With Chicago down 3-2 early in the third period, Michael Frolik drew a penalty shot. He deked Schneider so hard the goalie suffered a groin injury, and Frolik tied the game on the play. Luongo had to draw back in, setting up a delicious moment for Blackhawks fans.
Relative unknown Ben Smith had come out of nowhere earlier in this series to score twice. He would add the winner in overtime of this game, popping the puck over a flailing Luongo to send the Madhouse on Madison into a frenzy.
While the Canucks would close out the series in Game 7, the Blackhawks still didn’t go down easily. Toews scored with less than two minutes to play to force overtime and keep Canucks fans sweating. It was an extremely entertaining series, especially considering how it started.