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.
First and foremost
Brent Seabrook scored the overtime winner to put the Blackhawks past the Red Wings by a score of 2-1, but the story of the day came on blown call by Steven Walkom. The Blackhawks took the lead in regulation with under two minutes to go on a monster shot by Niklas Hjalmarsson, but as the building shook, word came down: no goal.
Walkom had called coincidental minors on a play where Kyle Quincey hit Brandon Saad, and continued with his momentum to piledrive Saad to the ice. Saad grabs on to Quincey, but really, he could’ve decked him six times and I’m still saying that there’s no point in calling coincidentals at that point of the game if that’s indeed what Walkom saw.
What I think happened is that Walkom saw Quincey’s play, wanted to penalize him, didn’t want to “decide the game” by putting Detroit short, called coincidentals, and stole the GWG from Hjalmarsson. Here it is:
The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings three straight times to move on, which is pretty cool. It’s the first time a Blackhawks team has ever won a series after being down 3-1.
I hate myself for using that lazy header. Patrick Sharp tied Crosby and Dupuis for the NHL lead in post-season goals with seven. He was the beneficiary of a great passing play:
Henrik Zetterberg scored the Wings lone goal, which gives him nine points in six career Game 7s. He also DID NOT want to do an interview with Pierre McGuire before overtime.
Solid in the crease
Goaltenders Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks and Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings combined to post a 2.07 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in the series (Crawford, 2.00 GAA and .929 save %; Howard, 2.14 GAA and .937 save %).
* Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville earned his 80th career postseason victory (eighth on the all-time list)
* Chicago improved to 43-38 in the 81 postseason meetings between the clubs
* This series marked the 16th time that Chicago and Detroit had faced each other in the postseason, with Chicago owning a 9-7 advantage
* Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen was in attendance wearing a Blackhawks jersey.
UGGGGGHHHHHH. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first night since playoffs started that there isn’t a single game. If I’m not mistaken – and I’m not – that sucks. It’s starting, you guys. The end of hockey is near. (The third round is great…and makes me sad.)