By Brad Vandenberk
What does it take to run a marathon? Agility, speed, determination and the heart to want to finish the race. That’s what we have witnessed in this series between the Ducks and Hawks. Game 4 saw another game head past an additional overtime period with tired faces and legs, but still believing that this series is up for grabs. Even though the Hawks gave up a 2 goal lead in 37 seconds, they still found a way to beat Andersen to tie the series at 2. Game five started with the Ducks taking a 3 goal lead only to see the Hawks tie it a 4 late in the third period on the back of Jonathan Toews. Just 45 seconds into the overtime period, Matt Belesky buries a rebound and the Hawks head back to Chicago down 3-2 in the series.
Corey Crawford let in a few quick Duck goals but righted the ship to get his team to overtime. Frederick Andersen let in a multiple softies, which shows he is beatable. The Ducks inserted Tomas Fleischmann into the lineup relieving Emerson Etem off the roster. This gave Coach Bruce Boudreau a different look with his line pairings, and it paid off. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Anaheim, Andersen, Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Cam Fowler, Corey Crawford, Ducks, Frederik, Game 5, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Matt Beleskey, Patrick Maroon, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Kesler, Sami Vatanen, Teuvo Teravainen
Posted in Game highlights, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Video
Tagged Anaheim, Antoine Vermette, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook, Corey Perry, Ducks, Emerson Etem, Game 4, Game highlights, Jakob Silfverberg, Jonathan Toews, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Kesler
By Brad Gardner
Ray Emery earned another start in net with the Anaheim Ducks in town and helped the Blackhawks beat his former team by a score of 4-1. Emery’s shutout bid was spoiled by Teemu Selanne with less than two minutes to play in the game, but the veteran goalie turned in another strong start for Chicago in collecting his fourth consecutive win in as many starts.
Emery’s cause was aided by the effort of the skaters in front of him. For all the ink the ‘Hawks top players have earned so far this season, it was Jamal Mayers and the fourth line that opened the scoring for Chicago at the 6:37 mark of the first.
Andrew Brunette won the puck on the forecheck against Francois Beauchemin and passed it to an open Mayers behind the net. Jonas Hiller was slow to cover his post and Mayers was able to flip the puck off the goalie and into the net.
Chicago extended the lead quickly at the start of the second after pressure from Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp gave the ‘Hawks possession in the Duck zone. Sharp picked up a loose puck and fed Hossa driving in all alone on Hiller. Hossa powered the backhander through the legs of Hiller just over a minute into the second period to put the Blackhawks up by a pair of goals. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Ben Smith, Cam Fowler, Dave Bolland, Jamal Mayers, John Scott, Jonas Hiller, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Matt Beleskey, Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Sheldon Brookbank, Teemu Selanne