Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hawks win game 6 to take 1st round; will play Canucks in round 2

Post-game handshakes, Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators
April 26, 2010

Oh, thank you, Blackhawks. Thank you for winning Game 6. It is about the only time in my life I have been ecstatic to not get to use my tickets - in this case, Wednesday's Game 7 tickets. 

After the Hawks scored first, the opening 20 minutes turned into a ping-pong first period where both teams traded goals, and both goalies - despite acrobatic flailing across the ice - seemed to have a hard time stopping the puck, the Blackhawks were up 4-3. The best - and worse - thing I can say about the second period was "nobody scored". 

The Predators pushed hard in the third period, but the Hawks held their own. When Nashville's goalie, Pekka Rinne, was pulled with about a minute left to go, the Preds pushed their extra man advantage, but the Hawks cleared their zone, and John Madden ran away with the puck and tossed it into the goal to make it 5-3 with 7.8 seconds left on the clock.

It wasn't a pretty game. The first period was a mess; and the second and third were hard and physical. Both teams were looking tired as the third period rolled on. But in the end, the Hawks held out, and took home the win.

It's almost two hours later and I am still giddy with glee, and perhaps more strongly - incredible relief after that game.

The Blackhawks will now go on to play the Vancouver Canucks, who they beat in last year's semifinal round, so you can be sure those will be some very exciting games.

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