Blackhawks decisively win game 5 to extend series
The Detroit Red Wings had a chance to knock the Chicago Blackhawks out of the playoffs tonight, but the Blackhawks weren't about to have that happen on home ice.
Playing some of their best hockey all year, with crisp passing and solid net-front presence, Bryan Bickell opened the scoring late in the first, knocking in a rebound by Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.
Daniel Cleary would even up the score 1-1 about halfway through the second, off a Corey Crawford rebound.
However, the big story of the night is that the Blackhawks scored not once but twice on the power play tonight: the first by Andrew Shaw (Drew Miller penalty) and then team captain Jonathan Toews got his first of the post season on the next powerplay (Justin Abdelkader penalty), both in the second period.
To finish out the scoring, Andrew Shaw would get his second of the night 6:58 into the third, for a final score of 4-1.
The Blackhawks commanded the pace of the game, with solid passes, takeaways, and plenty of pressure in Detroit's end. They looked very different than the past three games.
Chicago outshot Detroit 45-26, plus another 21 attempts blocked/missed shots.
Corey Crawford improves to .938 sv% and 1.66 GAA for the post season. Whatever the Blackhawks issues have been in the playoffs to this point, it has definitely had nothing to do with the guy between the pipes.
Game 6 will be Monday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. CDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT at Detroit. Catch the game on NBCSN in the US; CBC and RDS2 in Canada. Radio: 97.9 FM (WGN phone app available).