Hawks even series force game 7
First and for most please go check out the sweet penalty shot by Michael Frolik and if I wasn't already buying his jersey I might have gotten a Ben Smith jersey.
Now to the epic game 6 that happened Sunday night at the Madhouse on Madison.
PAGING TOEWS & KANE. PAGING TOEWS AND KANE. More of that later.
Starting in goal for the Vancouver Canucks is Roberto......oh wait no it isn't. Cory Schneider. The backup is getting the start for the Canucks in a game 6 after losing 2 straight allowing Chicago back in the series. Don't worry we get to see Roberto later.
Early on and actually most of the game it looked like the first 3 games of the series where Vancouver dominated the puck. However after the first the Hawks only trailed 2-1 after goals by Daniel Sedin & Alex Burrows (who had a hand in all 3 Vancouver goals). Bryan Bickell got his second goal of the series to put the Hawks on the board.
The second period was more like the last 2 games for Chicago with Dave Bolland making an impact tying the game with Patrick Kane assisting. However the Blackhawks continue to struggle on the powerplay going 0-4 for the game includng 0-3 in the second which also saw a 5 on 3 powerplay. There were only 17 seconds between penalties so they almost had a full 2 minutes of 5 on 3 which saw another timeout from Coach Q but again nothing. This is the second time in this series Chicago has had a 5 on 3 where Coach Q also called a timeout and they walked away empty handed. Seriously where did the Hawks powerplay go?
The last 15 minutes of the third period might as well have been overtime. After each team scored a goal in the first 3 minutes everyone started to get the feelings that next goal would win the game. By the way Frolik scored his penalty shot in the third. The penalty shot goal also was the end of Schneider and the beginning of Roberto. Seriously playing 2 goalies in 3 straight games is not a good way to try and win games.
So after 60 minutes it remanded tied and it even took almost all of the OT for this game to be decided. With only 4 minutes and 30 seconds left in overtime Ben Smith got a rebound of a Marian Hossa shot and tapped the game winner past Roberto. For Smith it was his third goal of the series and they seem to all come on rebounds or redirected shots.
Enter game 7 which will be Tuesday night in Vancouver. How will the Canucks fans react to their team who once lead this series 3-0? They were booing their former captain and current goalie Roberto during game 5? I think game 7 could be decided quickly if the Hawks get up early but if it is a tight game like this past game then I really don't feel they have a chance unless Toews steps up. Remember how unbelievable he was playing in February and March including that 8 game win streak? So far in this series he is a -5 with 3 assists and no goals.
Puck drops at 9:00 PM central time in Vancouver for game 7. Let's hope this nice run the Hawks have had doesn't end on Tuesday night.