Chicago Blackhawks (1st Seed) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7th Seed)
Game 1 Thursday 5/15/13 Detroit-1 at Chicago-4
Game One between the top seeded Chicago Blackhawks and the seventh seeded Detroit Red Wings took place in Chicago on Thursday 5/15. The Wings had not beaten the Blackhawks during the regular season and that trend continued in this game. The Hawks opened the scoring with a powerplay goal scored by Marion Hossa, his fourth of the playoffs Jonathon Toews and Patrick Sharp at 9:03 of the first period. Detroit tied the score 1:54 later on a goal by Damien Brunner, his third of the post season, assisted by Gustav Nyquist and Jonathon Ericsson. The Wings outshot the Hawks 7-6, while Chicago was 1-1 on the powerplay and Detroit was 0-2 with the man advantage in the period. The second period was scoreless with Detroit getting one powerplay chance and Chicago, two. The Blackhawks outshot Detroit 17-5 in the period as Chicago took control of play in the period. The third period saw the Hawks score three goals, the first, scored by Johnny Oduya assisted by Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp 8:02 into the period. The second goal was scored by Marcus Kruger, his second of the post season, assisted by Daniel Carcillo and Nick Leddy making the score 3-1 Hawks. The score stayed that way until the Red Wings pulled goalie Jimmy Howard for an extra attacker. Patrick Sharp scored into the empty net, his sixth of the playoffs, assisted by Niklas Hjalmarsson at 19:11 to give the Blackhawks the 4-1 victory and the early 1-0 series lead.
Game 2 Saturday 5/18/13 Detroit-4 at Chicago-1
Game Two, again being played in Chicago saw the Hawks trying to seize a two game lead in the best of seven series. The Wings were victorious to tie the series at one game apiece. The first period saw Chicago score first on a goal by Patrick Kane, his first of the playoffs, assisted by Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp. The period ended with Chicago up 1-0, the Red Wings outshot the Blackhawks 12-8. Detroit was 0-2 on the powerplay while Chicago did not get a powerplay opportunity. The second period saw the Wings score two goals. The first, scored by Damien Brunner, his fourth of the playoffs, assisted by Jakub Kindl and Joakim Andersson. The second goal scored by Brendan Smith, his second of the post season, assisted by Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary. The period ended with Detroit ahead 2-1. The Wings outshot the Hawks 8-5while each team was 0-1 on the powerplay. The third period featured two more Detroit goals, the first scored by Johan Franzen, his fourth of the playoffs, assisted by Jonathon Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall. The second goal was scored by Valtteri Filppula, his second of the playoffs, assisted by Henrik Zetterberg. Detroit outshot Chicago 10-7 for a three period total of 30 for Detroit and 20 for the Hawks. For the second period in a row Chicago did not get a powerplay but Detroit was 0-2 with the man advantage. Chicago still has not given up a powerplay goal this season
Game 3 Monday 5/20/13 Chicago-1 at Detroit-3
Game 3 was played in a sold out Joe Louis Arena and with the series tied saw each team trying to earn a 2-1 series lead. Detroit was able to prevail with a 3-1 score and take that 2-1 lead with game 4 in Detroit as well. The first period was scoreless and featured three Detroit powerplays where Chicago was able to continue their penalty kill perfection. Chicago outshot the Wings in the period 15-9. The second period saw the Wings score two goals, the first scored by Gustav Nyquist, his second of the playoffs, assisted by Damien Brunner and Joakim Andersson at 7:49. The second goal was scored 31 seconds later by Drew Miller, his first of the post season, assisted by Patrick Eaves and Corey Emmerton. The only two penalties of the period were assessed to Brendan Smith but Detroit was able to kill both off. Detroit outshot the Hawks 14-8 for the period. The third period saw the teams exchange goals. The first goal was scored by Patrick Kane, his second of the playoffs, assisted by Duncan Keith at 4:35 of the third bring the Hawks within one goal. Detroit re-established their two goal lead on a goal by Pavel Datsyuk, his third of the playoffs, assisted by Johan Franzen and Brendan Smith. The Wings had four powerplays in the period but were unable to convert as Chicago remained perfect in shorthanded situations. Game 4 is in Detroit on Thursday
Game 4 Thursday 5/23/13 Chicago-0 at Detroit-2
Game four in this best of seven series saw the Blackhawks trying to tie the series at two games apiece. The Red Wings were looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead, before the series shift back to Chicago for Game Five. The first period was scoreless with Chicago getting the only powerplay, which they were unable to convert. The Hawks outshot the Wings 14-10 in the period. The second period saw the Wings get on the scoreboard on a powerplay goal scored by Jakub Kindl, his first of the post season, assisted by Carlo Coliaicovo and Johan Franzen. This was the first powerplay Chicago had given up in eight games. Detroit was 1-3 with the man advantage while Chicago was 0-1. The third period saw the Blackhawks pressing hard to tie the score by Jimmy Howard was up to the task stopping every shot he faced. When Chicago pulled Corey Crawford for the extra attacker, Detroit was able to capitalize on the empty net with Dan Cleary scoring assisted by Valtteri Filppula with 39 seconds left in the game. After the goal the focus shifted to securing the shutout for Howard, the Wings did, giving Howard his second career post season shutout and his first of these playoffs. With the victory Detroit has a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series as the series shifts back to Chicago for game 5
Game 5 Saturday 5/25/13 Detroit-1 at Chicago-4
Game 5 played at the United Center on Saturday saw the Red Wings trying to end the series and upset the #1 seeded Blackhawks. Chicago, on the other hand were playing for their playoff lives. Chicago outclassed the Wings to earn a 4-1 victory and force a game six in Detroit Monday 5/27. The first period saw the Hawks score first on a goal by Bryan Bickell, his fourth of the playoffs, assisted by Patrick Kane and Michal Handzus at the 14:08 mark. That was the only goal of the period. Chicago outshot Detroit12-11 and each team was 0-1 on the powerplay. The second period had Detroit scoring once and Chicago getting two goals. The Wings tied the game at the 9:37 mark of the period on a goal by Dan Cleary, his fourth of the post season, assisted by Henrik Zetterberg. Chicago regained the lead 3:31 later on a powerplay goal by Andrew Shaw, his second of the playoffs, assisted by Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Chicago added another powerplay goal 2:39 later when Jonathon Toews scored his first of the playoffs, assisted by Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith. The period ended with Chicago leading 3-1, they outshot the Wings 16-11 in the period and were 2-3 with the man advantage while Detroit was 0-2. The third period saw the Hawks increase their lead on a goal by Andrew Shaw, his second of the game and third of the playoffs, assisted by Victor Stalberg and Brandon Saad. The victory for Chicago allowed them to stay alive in the series, now trailing the Wings3-2 in the best of seven series, with game six in Detroit.
Game 6 Monday 5/27/13 Chicago-4 at Detroit-3
Game six played Monday 5/27 at a sold out Joe Louis Arena saw the Red Wings again trying to close out the series with a victory and Chicago playing to force a Game 7 in Chicago. The first period had the teams trading goals, the first, scored by Chicago on a backhand shot by Marian Hossa, his fifth of the post season, assisted by Jonathon Toews and Duncan Keith at the 3:53 mark. Detroit tied the score with 1:09 left in the period on a goal by Patrick Eaves, his first of the playoffs, assisted by Drew Miller and Brendan Smith. Each team had ten shots in the period and both were 0-1 on the powerplay. The second period saw the Wings take the lead on a goal by Joakim Andersson, his first of the season, assisted by Jakub Kindl at 10:11 of the period. Detroit outshot the Hawks 18-10 in the period, while Chicago was 0-2 and Detroit0-1 on the powerplay. The third period was the difference maker in this game with Chicago scoring three goals. The first goal, scored by Michal Handzus, his first of the playoffs, assisted by Niklas Hjalmarsson was just 51 seconds into the period. The second goal was scored by Bryan Bickell, his fifth of the season, assisted by Jonathon Toews and Marian Hossa. The third goal was a controversial goal, on a breakaway after a blocked shot, Michael Frolik was being chased by Carlo Colaiacovo, Colaiacovo gave Frolik a sleight tap on the gloves with his stick and the Ref called a penalty shot. Frolik scored on a backhand shot just over Jimmy Howard’s left pad. It was Frolik’s third goal of the post season. Detroit closed the gap at the 19:08 mark on a goal by Damien Brunner, his fifth of the playoffs, assisted by Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary but were unable to tie the game even after pulling Howard for an extra attacker. The win by Chicago sets up a pivotal Game 7 in Chicago Wednesday 5/29. If Detroit loses they will be only the ninth team in NHL history to blow a 3-1 lead in a best of seven series.
Game 7 Wednesday 5/29/13 Detroit-1 at Chicago-2 (OT)
Game seven was played in the United Center Wednesday night in front of 22,103 screaming fans. The Chicago fans were hoping to see the Hawks completed a historic comeback and Detroit fans were hoping to see their underdog team advance to the Conference finals against the LA Kings. There was no scoring in the first period, a tight checking period where players found little room to maneuver Chicago outshot Detroit 13-11 and neither team scored on the powerplay, with Chicago getting two chances and Detroit one. The second period saw Chicago take the lead on a goal by Patrick Sharp, his seventh of the playoffs, assisted by Marian Hossa and Michel Handzus, just 1:08 into the period. The rest of the period went by without a goal being scored as Chicago had 11 shots on Jimmy Howard and Detroit sent six at Corey Crawford. The third period saw the Wings tie it up as the carried the play in the Chicago end. The goal, scored by Henrik Zetterberg, his fourth of the playoffs, assisted by Gustav Nyquist and Dan Cleary. The period ended with the score tied as each team had nine shots on goal. Detroit was 0-1 and Chicago 0-2 on the powerplay in the period. The overtime period did not last long with Brent Seabrook scoring 3:35 into the period, his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik. The goal sent the Chicago faithful into waves of frenzy as their team became only the ninth team in NHL history to comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to win in game seven. As the Red Wings and the Blackhawks shook hands, a tradition only followed by the NHL, the Hawks were planning to face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. Detroit on the other hand were left wondering how a collapse of this magnitude could have happened to a team with the history of Detroit.
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