The Chicago Blackhawks have taken a step closer to playing for Lord Stanley as they took game one of the National Hockey League Western Conference Finals by a score of 2-1.
The Blackhawks pulled out a Game Seven overtime win in Round Two of the NHL Playoffs after being down 3-1 to the Detroit Redwings. Most teams don’t overcome that kind of a deficit. According to the Chicago Tribune, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews believes that feat definitely helped them.
“Looking back, I think it is a good thing for our team to have gone through what we just went through, to kind of be pushed to the end, for a moment feel like that was it,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “So just goes to show, any situation we may come into in this next series, we’ll welcome the challenge.”
That was definitely helped the Blackhawks as this situation came up in game one and is the very reason why they are one step closer to Lord Stanley.
According to ESPN, the story of the first period wasn’t the fact that the Kings had two shots. It was the fact that the Kings’s Jonathan Quick stopped all 17 of the Blackhawks shots. Instead the Kings took a 1-0 lead as forward Justin Williams scored to put them ahead.
This is where the comeback in round two comes into play as instead of getting down the Blackhawks kept pounding away at quick.
That finally paid off as 12:29 into the second Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp tied up the game. Then about four minutes later Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa scored what would eventually prove to be the game winner. Hossa obviously is happy with the win, but knows they still have to be better.
“It’s always great when you win the first game, especially back-to-back, to give you a little momentum,” Hossa said. “I felt like we did lots of good things today. We know we have to be better Sunday and keep doing those things.”
Not only does the win bring the Blackhawks one step closer to Lord Stanley, it also gave them four straight wins and improved their home playoff record this year to 7-1.
The two teams play again tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. That is note worth, because the Kings had to fly pretty far to get to Chicago. That means Chicago had more rest and has a clear advantage in game two.