DETROIT, Mich. – We are issuing and All Points Bulletin to the team that won this year’s Presidents Trophy. Team is described as the Chicago Blackhawks and their leaders have also gone missing leaving the rest of the gang in disarray. Team was last seen on home ice in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals. And the it pretty much how you can describe this series as the Blackhawks are now one game away from being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoff as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Hawks by the score of 2-0 to take a three games to one lead in the series. The two teams will now travel to Chicago where the Hawks will try and stave off elimination on Saturday.
This game was the most uncharacteristic out of the last three losses for the Hawks. First the team all season long has never lost three games in a row. Their offense has only scored 2 goals in these three losses.
Their scoring leaders in the regular season are nonexistent. Captain Jonathan Toews has yet to score a goal in the playoffs but had a big part in tonight’s game which we will get in a bit. Patrick Kane who had those two goals in the last three games was barely a spec on the score sheet tonight. Coach Joel Quenneville tried to revive the power play to no avail as they amazingly actually fired more shots on the penalty kill that on the power play. We can go on but those are the highlights.
Let’s get back to Jonathan Toews. The team had a fairly strong first period outshooting Detroit 14-10. Toews was able to draw two penalties on the Red Wings to start the game but the twelfth-ranked playoff team on the man-advantage could not muster and attack in on Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. But that was almost expected as this is how it has been all season long. The next three penalties were not characteristic of this team or the player that they were all called on. Captain Serious, a nickname for Toews for his demeanor on the ice was called for three penalties within a five and a half minute timeframe. Could it be the officiating or just a frustrated player on the ice who cannot for a dime help his team out.
Well on the second penalty, with just one second left, the Blackhawks finally allowed a power play goal in almost 30 chances for the opposing team. Detroit scored on the 10:03 mark as they moved the Hawks around and Justin Abdelkader screening Corey Crawford. Defenseman Jakub Kindl was able to weave the puck in short-side to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.
Detroit finished the scoring for the night as Daniel Cleary scored on the empty-netter with thirty-nine second left in the game. Chicago outshot Detroit 28-27. Both goalies were stars of the game with Kindl getting one for the game winner.
Three Stars of the Game
Third Star: Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender Corey Crawford with 26 saves allowing one goal
Second Star: Detroit Red Wings Defenseman Jakub Kindl with the game winner
First Star: Detroit Red Wings Goaltender Jimmy Howard again with the shutout win on 28 saves
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings lead series 3-1
Game 1: Detroit Red Wings 1 at Chicago Blackhawks 4, Wednesday, May 16, 7:00pm
Game 2: Detroit Red Wings 4 at Chicago Blackhawks 1, Saturday, May 18, 12:00pm
Game 3: Chicago Blackhawks 1 at Detroit Red Wings 3, Monday, May 20, 6:30pm
Game 4: Chicago Blackhawks 0 at Detroit Red Wings 2, Thursday, May 23, 7:00pm
Game 5: Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, Saturday, May 25, 7:00pm
*Game 6: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings, Monday, May 27, TBD
*Game 7: Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, May 29, TBD
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