2013 Western Conference semis: Blackhawks bid Red Wings farewell
Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. A historic (if lockout-shortened) regular season is in jeopardy of meaning nothing. Toews sits in the penalty box after three minor penalties in a short period of time. Seabrook skates over after the third and gets in his ear.
Da Windy City
This set the scene for an incredible comeback from down 3-1 in this series. Chicago had scored two goals total across Games 2-4. They responded to that with four tallies in a must-win Game 5.
Game 6 was at Joe Louis Arena. The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 entering the third period when they staged a comeback within a comeback. Michal Handzus potted a goal less than a minute in. Hjalmarsson added a strike not long after.
Then, Frolik pulled another patented penalty shot success story, beating Jimmy Howard halfway through the frame. The Blackhawks would hang on from there, setting up the final in-conference game between the teams as a winner-take-all for a conference final spot.
Game 7 at the United Center was a frenzied affair in the stands, and an intense one on the ice. Sharp scored in the second period for Chicago, Henrik Zetterberg in the third for Detroit. And then, the final couple minutes of regulation.
Hjalmarsson had a point shot find its way past Howard, only to see an official waving it off. Why? That official, Stephen Walkom, decided to retroactively tag Kyle Quincey and Brandon Saad for roughing penalties away from the play, even though Quincey was simply shoving Saad into his bench.
No problem. After a massive neutral-zone hit by Bolland, Seabrook carried the puck into the Detroit zone and fluttered a puck on net. Howard simply couldn’t catch it, and the Blackhawks had their rivalry triumph/comeback.