Blackhawks Sweep RedWings: 3-2 Shootout Victory
Madeleine Stroth on Fri, 2013-04-12 23:19
Blackhawks Sweep RedWings: 3-2Shootout Victory
CHI v DET- Game Recap
Blackhawks fans and RedWings fans alike will surely miss these high energy and heated rivalry battles on the ice next season when Detroit makes its official move to the Eastern Conference per the NHL realignment.
Friday night marked the 4th and final time the two Original Six teams would face off this season and as division rivals headed into the final days of the playoff race. Detroit holding 8th in the WC with only a 2pt lead over the Phoenix Coyotes was prepared to head onto the United Center ice with one mission: Win.
The Chicago Blackhawks we equally poised to keep that from happening, in a division clinching high energy matchup they sealed with a 3-2 shootout victory.
It was an electrifying game from the first puck drop, with both teams playing a fast and physical game, the Blackhawks were sent to 2 early power play opportunities. Chicago ended the period 0-2 on the PP and Detroit 0-3 for their special team efforts.
Patrick Sharp, recently recovered, had a few great opportunities in front of the Detroit net, but It was Viktor Stalberg who finally knocked one in past Jimmy Howard to put the Blackhawks on the board 1-0 with assists from Bickell and Keith.
Johan Franzen answered back by notching the PPG equalizer on the board for Detroit with 4 minutes to go, but the RedWings weren't done with the 2nd period yet. Cory Emmerton brought Detroit ahead 2-1, taking advantage of a puck scramble in front of the Chicago net.
Franzen's power play goal was the first allowed PPG by the Blackhawks since March 16th at Dallas.
Stalberg had one great breakaway opportunity and rung one off the pipes before the Hawks sent themselves to the PK to end the second for too many men on the ice.
The third gave Blackhawks and RedWings fans everything they expect in a rivalry this historic, high intensity play where every move, every shift, every run was a scoring opportunity. It was finally Jonathan Toews who brought the Hawks back into it with less than 3 minutes to play in regulation.
Five fantastic minutes of overtime hockey later that reminded everyone watching what makes this rivalry so great and we were heading to the shootout.
Hossa had the answer to Zetterberg's goal and Saad whipped in the second round goal to position the win before Crawford sealed it up with a save to Franzen's final attempt.
One point was all the Chicago Blackhawks needed to clinch the Central Division, but they went for 2 in their 3-2 victory over the RedWings to sweep the Detroit series.
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