Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blackhawks 2010-2011 season in review, in pictures - part 2



The Hawks started the season on the road, then came back to Chicago for a home-heavy schedule. Corey Crawford recorded two back-to-back shut outs for Chicago on January 9th and 12th, including this game against the New York Islanders. 




Patrick Kane was also at one of the high points of his season after returning from injury - here, he snipes in a shot against NYI.

(side note, this was my first-ever NHL game where I got to sit on the glass!)




The second shutout was January 12th vs the Avalanche, who had already beaten Chicago three times during the season.




Jonathan Toews recorded his 100th NHL goal in a 6-3 win against the Nashville Predators on January 16th




The Blackhawks had just one season matchup against the team they'd bested in last year's Stanley Cup Final: the Philadelphia Flyers came to town on January 23rd. Rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was in net for the Flyers, and PHL posted a 4-1 win against the Hawks.




The Wild came to town for a game on February 16th; and Chicago closed out the season series 3-1 with a 3-1 win.




Road whites made a rare appearance at home in the February 18th game against the Blue Jackets. Columbus won, 4-3; the last loss before an 8-game win streak.




During their road game at St. Louis on February 21, the Blackhawks game out of the first in an 0-2 hole. They then romped their way through a 4-goal second period, including chasing the goalie from the net, and ended up winning 5-3.




Joey the Junior Reporter made appearances at a few games along the way...




The February 27th shoot out win vs the Phoenix Coyotes was one of two SO wins in an 8-game win streak




Pregame light and sound presentations




Patrick Kane also scored his 100th NHL goal - his coming in the March 14th decisive win over the Sharks, the only time the Blackhawks beat San Jose this season.




Good effort from the Blackhawks, but they still lost 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on March 26th. Hard to resent a loss to Ray Emery this year, though; but the Hawks badly needed points during the final stretch of the season.




Finding Tommy Hawk at the April 3rd home game vs Tampa Bay was like a copy of "Where's Waldo?". The Lightning shut out Chicago, making it the fourth and final time of the regular season that Chicago did not score.




Chicago closed out their final home season game the way they had opened it: with a disappointing loss to arch-rivals Detroit.

As far as anybody knew, the season was over. As it was Fan Appreciation Day, after the game, the players gave the game-worn jerseys off their backs to lucky chosen fans.

And then the players and their fans all went home to wait ... for the 11th-hour salvation which came in the form of a Minnesota Wild win over the Dallas Stars.




Despite increasingly stronger effort by the Blackhawks, the Canucks took the first three games of the 1st round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, including the first game at the United Center (game 3).




After going down 0-3 to the Canucks, Chicago roared back with a 7-2 win at home to declare they weren't left for dead, not quite yet.

The Blackhawks returned to Vancouver and proceeded to shut out the Canucks 5-0, forcing a game six back at the United Center. It was one of the most thrilling playoff games in recent memory all across the league: a team bidding to be one of the few teams ever to force a game 7 after being down 0-3 in a series.




Waiting for the anthem, game 6




Chicago pulled out the win on a goal by Ben Smith in overtime.

Most thrilling hockey game I've ever seen live. Beats even game 4 of the Sharks sweep last year for me!




To quote NHL commercials, "History has been made."






Corey Crawford put on a goaltending performance that would only be topped by his own work in the next game a couple nights later. And although the Blackhawks would go on to lose game 7 in Vancouver, the season could not have ended on a more thrilling finale at home.





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