The Blackhawks ended their season with one of the most exciting and dramatic series ever. It's hard to complain when the Hawks came back, down 3-0 and took the series to game seven. And this was the team that needed another team to even get them in the playoffs. Corey Crawford better walk out of the locker room tonight with the championship belt over his shoulder for the rest of the summer.
Just when it looked like the Hawks would lose game seven by one point, Jonathan Toews happened. The way the series was going it shouldn't have been a surprise. Anything could happen.
In the first, Kesler fed the puck to Burrows to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead for the next three periods. The Canucks controlled the start of the game with energy and determination. Kesler was hit with a shot to the visor. I have a feeling he won't ever play without it again. The Blackhawks eventually settled down and put pressure on the Canucks with lots of shots. Toews led the scoring opportunities for his team, but couldn't seem to finish. The period ended with a nice kill by the Hawks.
The second turned into the Corey Crawford show. The puck went in the net for the Hawks, after the whistle. Quick whistle. Can't let one whistle define your game, though. Did anyone else see the replay of Bolland's head in the ass of a Canucks player and then he pulled his head out and his helmet fell off? It was random and hilarious. The Hawks received their first power play and yikes. However, there was one player who was great on the power player: Crawford. The Canucks completely dominated at the end and were firing shots at Crawford for over a minute. But nothing was getting past him.
Burrows took a penalty shot, after he was taken down by Keith on a breakaway. No goal. He was denied by Crawford. Vancouver fans started to chant, "Crawford!" They really need to learn the appropriate time to chant the other goalie's name. Smith had a close opportunity with Kruger by his side. And make that another huge save for Crawford. Three right after one another. The third was coming to a close and it seemed like the Hawks were done when Keith went to the box. Then...
Jonathan Toews. Jonathan Toews. JONATHAN TOEWS!
There couldn't have been a better time for the Captain to get his goal. Insane. Completely crazy. I guess if you're going to go out, go out with a bang!
Overtime: Burrows scored and the Canucks won 2-1. The outcome wasn't what we wanted, but still an awesome game to watch. We were treated to some of the best playoff hockey games.
Another great season for the Blackhawks! Gotta be proud of the boys! It's going to take all summer for my heart to go back to it's normal rate.
See more photos from the game here: Chicago Tribune.