Since Joel Quenneville took over as Blackhawks coach five games into the 2008-09 season, they have arguably been the NHL's best team. Five times in the Quenneville era the Blackhawks have won a series after trailing. This is the second time (third if you count trailing 1-0 and 2-0 against St. Louis) that they have trailed in a playoff series this year. With their backs against the wall the Hawks have been nearly unbeatable. Since 2009 they have a 16-6 record when trailing in a series.
They have only lost three of those series. Coming back against the Kings will be difficult, but the Blackhawks have done it before.
Also working in their favor is that L.A. has lost three in a row multiple times this season, including twice in the postseason. They lost the first three games of their opening round series against San Jose before staging an epic comeback. In the second round the Kings won the first two and last two games of their series against Anaheim, but lost the middle three.
Here is a look back at the Blackhawks games when trailing in a series during the Quenneville era.
Second Round, vs. Vancouver 2009, Game 2
After losing the opener at home, the Blackhawks got a must needed 6-3 victory. Trailing 2-0 after one period, Patrick Sharp scored twice in three minutes halfway through the second to tie the game. Dave Bolland scored three minutes after Sharp's second goal to put the Hawks ahead and they never looked back as they evened the series.
Second Round vs. Vancouver 2009, Game 4
They Hawks fell behind for the second time in the series after losing game three at Vancouver. They needed a Martin Havlat goal with 2:44 left in the third to tie the game. Andrew Ladd scored 2:52 into overtime to even the series heading back to the United Center. The Hawks won the next two games to advance to their first conference finals since 1995.
Western Conference Final Vs. Detroit 2009, Game 2
Detroit broke open a tie game with three unanswered goals in the third period to capture game one at Joe Louis Arena 5-2. The Blackhawks fought back in game two behind to Jonathan Toews goals to force overtime.
Michael Samuelson scored 5:44 into overtime. The game winner came after a three-on-one rush after a Brian Campbell turnover.
Western Conference Final vs. Detroit 2009, Game 3
The Blackhawks survived after the Red Wings came back from a 3-0 deficit. Patrick Sharp scored 1:52 into overtime and Christobal Huet made six saves after replacing an injured Nickolai Khabibulin in the third period to get the Blackhawks back in the series. Sharp's game winner was his second of the game.
Western Conference Final vs. Detroit 2009, Game 4
Detroit dominated from start to finish with Marian Hossa and Henrik Zeterberg scoring twice to pace the Wings to a 6-1 victory. Huet was awful giving up five goals on 26 shots. He was pulled with six minutes left in the second period. With Khabibulin hurt, Corey Crawford made his first postseason appearance. The future Stanley Cup winning goalie made six saves on seven shots.
Western Conference Final vs. Detroit 2009, Game 5
For the third time in five games, the Blackhawks and Red Wings went into overtime. Detroit was without stars Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Patrick Kane's third period goal tied the game and Deron Helm scored 3:58 into overtime to advance Detroit to the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight year.
First Round vs. Nashville 2010, Game 2
After losing game one 4-1 at home, the Blackhawks came back behind an Antti Niemi 23 save shutout. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist in victory.
First Round vs. Nashville 2010, Game 4
Game three was a repeat of game one with a 4-1 loss in the first game of the series at Nashville. Niemi stopped all 33 Nashville shots for his second shutout of the series. Patrick Sharp had two goals wrapped around a Jonathon Toews second period goal for the 3-0 shutout.
First Round vs. Vancouver 2011, Game 4
Facing elimination at home, the Blackhawks dBominated in a 7-2 victory. Patrick Sharp's two third period goals paced the scoring as the Hawks ran away in the last two periods. They exploded for four goals in the second to break open a 1-1 tie after one. Dave Bolland returned after missing 17 games with a concussion to record four points in the win.
The game turned ugly in the third period. The Canucks finished the game with 37 penalty minutes and Vancouver 59.
First Round vs. Vancouver 2011, Game 5
The Blackhawks dominated for the second game in a row winning 5-0. Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith each scored twice and Corey Crawford recorded his first playoff shutout. Keith finished with four points on the night.
First Round vs. Vancouver 2011, Game 6
Back home after two dominant performances, the Blackhawks needed a Ben Smith overtime goal to force a game seven. The Canucks blew a one goal lead three times in regulation. Michael Frolik scored on a penalty shot with 2:31 left in regulation to tie it. Crawford made 32 saves to force an improbable game seven.
First Round vs. Vancouver 2011, Game 7
After trailing three games to none, the Blackhawks were on the verge of a historic comeback. Jonathon Toews scored a short handed goal with 1:56 left in the third period to send the game to overtime. Alexandre Burrows scored his second goal of the game 5:22 into overtime for the Canucks to avoid a collapse.
First Round vs. Phoenix, 2012 Game 2
The Blackhawks bounced back after losing game one in overtime. Brian Bickell opened and closed the scoring by tallying an overtime goal of his own. Bollig and Sharp had the other goals of the night for the Blackhawks. They evened the series heading back to the United Center.
First Round vs. Phoenix, 2012 Game 4
The Blackhawks came back from 2-0 when Michael Frolik scored with 1:26 left in the third to tie the game. Phoenix opened the scoring with goals 44 seconds apart in the third period, before the Hawks came back. A Mikkel Boedker goal 2:15 into overtime won the game for the Coyotes. It was the fourth consecutive overtime game in the series and the third won by Phoenix 3-2. They scored three goals in each of the first four games.
First Round vs. Phoenix, 2012 Game 5
Facing elimination in Phoenix, Jonathon Toews scored 2:44 into overtime to send the series back to the United Center. Crawford stopped 18 of 19 shots in the victory.
First Round vs. Phoenix, 2012 Game 6
The Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the second straight season. They lost despite out shooting Phoenix 39-20. Coyote goalie Mike Smith was the difference in the series. Game six was the first not to go to overtime.
Smith had 229 saves in the series for a .950 save percentage and gave up only 12 goals.
The Coyotes broke open a close game in the third period with three goals, two late in a less than two minute span to ice the game. It was Phoenix's first series victory since moving from Winnipeg in 1996.
Western Conference Final 2013, Game 4
The Blackhawks went down two games to one after winning the opener at the United Center. The Red Wings put the Blackhawks on the verge of elimination with a 2-0 victory in game four. During their game winning streak in the series, the Wings allowed only two goals to the Blackhawks.
Jakob Kindl scored a second period goal and Dan Cleary added an empty net in a 2-0 triumph. Jimmy Howard stopped all 28 blackhawk shots, while Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26. The game is well known for Brent Seabrook consoling Jonathon Toews who was having arguably the worst game of his career. Toews had three minors called on him in the second period.
Western Conference Final 2013, Game 5
Returning to the United Center for game 5, the Blackhawks found their offense. Andrew Shaw scored twice and Bickell and Toews added goals in a 4-1 victory. Shaw's goals were tallied around a Toews equalizer after Cleary tied it in the second period.
Western Conference Final 2013, Game 6
The Blackhawks got some unlikely help to force a game seven at home. Michal Handzus tied the game 51 seconds into the third period at two and Michael Frolik scored on a penalty shot nearly nine minutes later to push the Blackhawks lead to two goals. Frolik's penalty shot goal made him the first player in NHL history to have two penalty shot goals in the playoffs.
The Hawks held on after a late Red Wing goal for a 4-3 victory.
Western Conference Final Game 7
The Blackhawks appeared to take the lead late in the third period with a Niklas Hjalmarsson goal. The go ahead tally was disallowed after the whistle was blown with a skirmish behind the play. That could've killed momentum, but the Hawks preserved in overtime. Brent Seabrook scored 3:35 into overtime after Dave Bolland forced a turnover.
The series win after trailing three games to one was the first in franchise history.
Stanley Cup Final 2013 Game 4
The Bruins carried a two games to one lead after a 2-0 victory in game three. The low scoring game three was not a foreshadow for game four. A five goal second period was followed by a three goal third period.
For the second time in the 2013 post season, Seabrook ended it in overtime. The goal shifted the momentum in the series and knotted it at two games apiece. The Blackhawks would go on to capture the next two games and win their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.
First Round vs. St. Louis 2014, Game 2,
The Blackhawks gave up a game tying goal late in regulation for the second straight game and fell in overtime for the second straight game. Vladimir Teresenko's goal with seven seconds left in regulation tied it and Barrett Jackman won it in overtime.
First Round vs. St. Louis 2014, Game 3
After two heartbreaking defeats in St. Louis, the Blackhawks returned home for game three. A Jonathon Toews first period goal was backed by Markus Kruger empty net for a 2-0 victory.
First Round vs. St. Louis 2014, Game 4
The Blackhawks needed a late goal from Brian Bickell in regulation and Mr. OT Patrick Kane scored the game winner as the Blackhawks evened the series. They won the next two games to advance to the second round.
Western Conference Final 2014, Game 4
The Blachawks defense collapsed for the third game in a row. Seeking to even the series, they allowed five goals in a 5-2 loss. After a 3-1 victory in game one, the Kings scored 15 goals in games 2-4.
The loss put the Blackhawks in a 3-1 hole for the second year in a row. Some consolation is that the Kings have three game losing streaks in each of the first two rounds this year.
Back at the United Center, they need to use the crowd to generate energy which will in turn hopefully spark their offense. They also need to improve their anemic power play and get to the front of the net.
Western Conference Final 2014, Game 5
Facing elimination, Q's boys came up big again in a huge game. Quenneville switched the lines and defensive pairings around and it worked. The newly formed line of Andrew Shaw, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad combined for nine points and a cumulative plus ten.
After taking a 3-1 first period lead, the Kings scored late in the first and two more in the second to take a 4-3 lead heading to the third. Ben Smith's goal early in the third tied the game. It took double overtime for the second straight year in game five. Last year's Kane and Toews' two on one eliminated the Kings. Michael Handzus' goal two and half minutes into the second ot sent the series back to Los Angeles.
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