When the Blackhawks came back to beat Detroit in an already historic 7-game series last season after being down 3-1, I remember thinking, "This team can do anything." The way the Hawks came back from being down against a very hungry St. Louis team 2-0 reinforced that sentiment.
It was a great start for the Blackhawks Sunday afternoon as Bryan Bickell scored the first goal of the game, but things began to look incredibly less promising soon after. Not only did the Blues answer back, but the Blackhawks began to rack up the penalties. At one point fairly early in the game, the Blackhawks had 10 minutes of penalties to the Blues' 0.
The Hawks were able to weather the storm with more time well spent on the PK. Michal Handzus shined brightly again making many solid plays and shot blocks while the team was shorthanded.
Jonathan Toews scored early in the 3rd on the PP giving the Blackhawks the 2-1 lead. Patrick Sharp scored on a breakaway soon after which opened the flood gates. Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith also scored, helping the Blackhawks eliminate the Blues in devastating fashion, 5-1.
Keith had one of the best games of his career, tallying 1 goal and 3 assists. Corey Crawford played another fantastic game in net making 35 saves. Crawford finished the series with a .935 save percentage.
The Blackhawks will wait to see if they face the Minnesota Wild or Colorado Avalanche in round 2. The Avalance lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 in Minnesota on Monday.
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