Chicago Blackhawks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Six

Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Quoted passages are from the NHL press release.


Yayyy, two Game 7s in the West, how fun. Anyone have a Sharks/Red Wings Conference Final on their bracket? Nobody? Bueller?

Game 7

The Blackhawks were facing a 2-1 deficit heading into the third period when they quickly turned things around in the first minute with a Michal Handzus goal. Brian Bickell followed it up not long after, and then…well, I think you know what happened to put Detroit away.

The penalty shot

Ohhh, the penalty shot. This segment got long, so it became it’s own post that you can read here. I can’t believe they made that call. Here’s the vid, for those who haven’t seen it.

Well that’s pretty cool

Michael Frolik scored on the first penalty shot of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the first successful penalty shot for any team in the postseason since Frolik scored in Game 6 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Canucks. The last time a penalty-shot goal stood as the game-winner in a playoff game was on April 24, 2002, when Shawn Bates scored in the Islanders’ Game 4 victory over the Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Elias)

That makes Frolik the only player in NHL history with two post-season penalty shot goals.

And finally on that play…

Michael Frolik’s penalty-shot goal in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals tied Game 6 in the third period before the Blackhawks eventually won in overtime – that was the only previous series in which Chicago forced a Game 7 after trailing 3-1.

Drought over

The Blackhawks scored their first road powerplay goal of the post-season, getting to 1-for-16.

Tough time to slump

The Red Wings are -10 in third period goal differential in the playoffs (20-10).

A rarity

Last night’s loss makes the Red Wings 26-1-2 when scoring three or more goals.


Chicago is the 49th team in NHL history to force a Game 7 in a series in which it trailed 3-1. Of those teams, 24 have gone on to win Game 7 (.500). The Blackhawks only have forced one other Game 7 in franchise history after trailing a series 3-1 – they did so in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, which they eventually lost to the Canucks. (Elias)

And of course, the only way to play it if you’re coaching Detroit

Loose Pucks

* The Blackhawks won for the first time this postseason when trailing entering the third period (1-3). They had four such victories during the regular season (4-5-1)

* The Red Wings lost for the first time during the playoffs when leading after 40 minutes (5-1). They had three such defeats during the regular season (18-2-1)

* Chicago forward Bryan Bickell scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and has five goals this postseason. He had four career playoff tallies prior to this year

* Detroit forward Joakim Andersson scored his first career playoff goal to give the Red Wings their only lead of the game

* Detroit forward Damien Brunner scored his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs with 51.7 seconds remaining in regulation

* Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates attended Game 6 in Detroit.

Tonight’s Action

San Jose @ Los Angeles, Game 7, series tied 3-3, 9:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS