After Vegas’ Max Pacioretty slashed the Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat in the closing moments of Game 4, the contest ended on a slightly sour note.
The NHL quickly fined Pacioretty $2,500, and the Chicago Blackhawks walked away with the win.
The key now had to be forcing a Game 6.
However, if Chicago came out and played as they did for much of Game 4, then there was a slim chance of that happening. They were simply giving up too many chances, and relying on Corey Crawford to bail them out.
He did, but it can’t last forever. The team in front of him needed to be better. They weren’t. They played hard and battled until the end. They had three games that were determined by a single goal.
Chicago was in it every step of the way. They didn’t pull it off though, and Vegas proceeds to the next round.
There was a lot of build-up to the NHL’s return, and it feels like it’s over too quickly now.
Ultimately, Chicago would come up short in this contest, and that means the end of the season for Toews and company.