The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 5 on Saturday evening to stay alive in their second round series. The series heads back to Detroit for a crucial Game 6 on Monday night.
The Blackhawks would come out flying in the first period but they would not punch it in early. After an early penalty kill, the Hawks would finally get on the board. After a Patrick Kane shot was saved by Jimmy Howard, the puck kicked out into the slot where Bryan Bickell was waiting and slammed home a rebound at 14:08. The Hawks had several other good chances but would not light the lamp again in the period as they took a 1-0 lead and 12-11 advantage in shots into the locker room.
The game would get chippy in the second period as there were two four on fours in the first eight minutes. Jonathan Toews had a chance and was denied as was Pavel Datsyuk who hit the post. But the Red Wings would tie the game when off of a Henrik Zetterberg shot, Daniel Cleary threw a shot from a bad angle that deflected off of Corey Crawford’s skate and into the net. In fairness, Crawford had no shot at stopping the puck at 9:37. The Red Wings would take a penalty when Drew Miller hooked Toews at 11:39. After 13 consecutive failed power plays the Hawks would finally break through. There was plenty of passing north and south. After several saves by Howard on Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith would unleash a shot from the point. It was redirected by Andrew Shaw who was in front of the net and past Howard at 13:08. Not too long after the Blackhawks would find themselves on the power play again. This time it was the captain’s time to shine. Toews finally scored his first goal in the postseason as he fired a wrist shot twelve seconds into the power play off of the shoulder of Jimmy Howard at 15:47. The Hawks would have to kill off part of a late Dave Bolland penalty at the end of the period.
Entering the third period, the Hawks had a two goal lead and they protected it by killing off the Bolland penalty. The Hawks weren’t done yet however. After a Viktor Stalberg shot missed the net Shaw was behind the net and wrapped it around into an empty net as Howard and the defense were slow to get back to the net at 6:58. The Hawks would cruise on home as they piled up a massive 17-4 edge in shots in the final period which gave them a final advantage of 45-26 in shots.
What it means
The Red Wings still lead the series 3-2 as the series heads to Detroit for Game 6. The Blackhawks were 2 for 3 on the power play and are now 3 for 15 on the power play in the series. So far in the series every game has been decided for 2 or more goals and the losing team has scored one goal or less.
3 stars of the game
3. Jonathan Toews- Toews finally broke through in the tenth game of the playoffs. He scored his first goal of the postseason and on the power play no less. Toews had one goal and played a team high 31 shifts.
2. Duncan Keith- The Hawks had a quarterback on the power play as both assists by Keith were on the power play. He has chewed up tons of minutes and did so again tonight as he was on the ice for 23:48. Keith also had four shots on goal and blocked two shots.
1. Andrew Shaw- The star of the night was Shaw and it was what he did on the power play. He scored the game winner by parking in front of the crease in the face of Howard and deflected the shot by Keith. Shaw had two goals, four shots on goal and delivered three hits.