Andrew Shaw scored two goals tonight.
CHICAGO- If the Red Wings do wind up eliminating the Blackhawks from the playoffs, they certainly will not go down without a fight. They proved that tonight as the Hawks defeat Detroit at the United Center 4-1.
Andrew Shaw was one of the driving forces for the Hawks tonight as he chipped in with two goals, one in the second period and one in third. He almost had a hat trick late in the third period, but Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made a brilliant save to prevent it.
Speaking of brilliant saves, Corey Crawford stopped 25 of Detroit's 26 shots tonight. After allowing a goal in the first period, Crawford went lights out for the rest of the game.
He finished the game with a .962 save percentage. Most of those saves came when he was faced with Red Wings shooters in one-on-one situations. It was also nice to see Johnathan Toews come out of his slumber.
After Shaw got his second period goal, Toews followed it up a few minutes later with a goal of his own, his first of the series. The Hawks outscored Detroit 2-1 in the second period. The remaining goal from Joel Quenneville's squad tonight came from Bryan Bickell in the first period.
The best part of the night was seeing the Blackhawks push Detroit around on the ice. Most of the physicality came from Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Dave Bolland.
The Hawks defense also held their ground, especially in the penalty killing department. The Wings were o-4 on power plays this evening. The Blackhawks also out shot Detroit 45-26.
The biggest assist came from the 20,000 fans who packed the Madhouse on Madison for tonight's game. Without a shadow of a doubt the Blackhawks gave their fans reason to keep the faith and to continue believing.
Unfortunately, the task only gets harder from here. The Red Wings will have game six on their home ice on Monday night. Joe Louis Arena will be packed to the rafters and the Hawks will need to navigate their way through extremely hostile territory.
If the Blackhawks are to force one final home game, they need to survive the hazards that await come Monday night. The Red Wings will be in a foul mood after tonight's loss and they will certainly use it as motivation.
Game six will once again be do or die for the Blackhawks and it will be their biggest test of the season. For sports anytime you can follow me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82