Blackhawks win 7-2 over the Canucks.
Vancouver leads the series 3-1.
You know that rush ofÂ adrenalineÂ people get when put in dire situations? That’s what happened to the Blackhawks tonight. After losing Brent Seabrook, to what one must gather is a concussion, after a questionable hit by Raffi Torres in game 3, which resulted in no suspension, things were looking down right bleak. Enter stage left, Dave Bolland.
Between being pissed off about what happened to Seabrook and getting number one pest, Bolland, back it was like a shot of straight adrenaline in the arm. Brian Bickell scored easily the prettiest Blackhawks playoff goal using some slick moves to make Kevin Bieksa look silly, especially after commenting on John Scott’s skating ability. Like they had been doing all series, the Canucks responded after a strange double deflection as the shot looked like it was going wide only to go off Brian Campbell and in, leaving Corey Crawford no chance.
What was different in this game from the past three? This team didn’t stop coming at the Canucks, they dictated the physical play, they made the Canucks run around in their own zone and most of all they kept scoring and weren’t satisfied. And for as great as Roberto Luongo had been, this game was a flashback to the past two playoff years,Â frustrationsÂ and all.
Just the power play failed as it has much of the year, Campbell and Duncan Keith responded by scoring at even strength just 17 seconds apart. There was no Canuck response this time, just Dave Bolland making sure the Canucks didn’t miss him too much by posting a four point night.
Michael Frolik also clearly found his bromance playing easily his best game as a Blackhawk on a line with Bolland and showing off some beautiful moves of his own on a breakaway in to push the score to 5-1. Add into two power play (yes power play) goals from Patrick Sharp and boom touchdown Blackhawks!
Sadly Luongo didn’t stick around for the touchdown so instead of a return of 7uongo we only got Luon60, which apparently Marty Turco made sure to tell him as Turco apparently provided some commentary for Luongo left the ice. So it was up to Cory Schneider to give up the extra point.
The Blackhawks won and they did so in a dominating fashion. Even the star players that had largely beenÂ absent madeÂ appearancesÂ on theÂ score sheet. Â If this was the last game at the UC, they gave it all they had and they didn’t go quietly in front of their fans.
They made a statement and with authority, the Blackhawks may be down but they aren’t out yet.
Nice of the Blackhawks to get the win and seven goals for the injured #7 Brent Seabrook on the day before his birthday. Not too shabby of a present they got him extending the season and all.
Captain Force of Nature watch: One assists and a +1. He also wonÂ 11-20 (55%) of his faceoffs, 18 which of were against Ryan Kesler.
Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: +1 and he had a goal with a fantastic goal celebration!
Post-game quotes from @drosennhl:
Toews on being motivated after the Torres-Seabrook incident: “You’re not going to lay down and let that team take four games in a row from you, especially when they pull stunts like that.”
Toews: “We want to play for guys like Seabs. In a way that was kind of our way of showing a little payback.”
Toews: “If we get a couple of things to go our way, get a couple goal lead on that team and they turn into a different team.”
Brian Campbell: “We’re trying to come back from a big deficit like Philadelphia did last year. We’ll see how it goes.”
Bonus quote via @ESPNChiHawks:
From John Scott on Kevin Bieksa: “Bieksa what a joke was talking how I was going to get beat wide and first shift Bickell frickin beats him. He needs skating lessons.”