Chicago Blackhawks netminder
Yet, the veteran netminder made two critical quality saves to open the second period to keep the score 2-0. From there, the Blackhawks offense got untracked, unleashing a 13-5 shot barrage and counting three goals to secure a 3-2 forty-minute lead on their way to a 6-3 (
Actually, the Blackhawks began to carry the play back in the first shortly after falling behind 2-0. But until the second, it didn't garner much in the way of chances. The Canucks defended well and looked in complete control after the first.
Instead, the Blackhawks competed harder down low in the offensive zone and saw
That's five straight goals -- after potting three-straight in the third period in Game One before succumbing late. In other words, this Blackhawks attack is potent, can score in bunches and doesn't lack confidence. They've scored three goals in five different periods already in this postseason. That is simply a staggering stat and serves as a testament to what they are capable of. The specter of Luongo looming large? Forget about it. The boys from the Windy City can wind it up offensively at any time.
Now they head home with the minimum desired split. They have balance and belief on offense. While Kane was at his crafty best, Boland, Burrish and
While trailing, though, Quenneville broke the trio up and put one guy on each of his other lines. Brouwer really stood out doing the heavy lifting along the boards with Kane and Toews -- who played his best game since Game Four of the first round -- with Bolland and Burish adding offensive punch elsewhere as well. Lost in all of the forwards' fine work was the fact that defenseman
The streaks of import, however, are the ones that Khabibulin put behind him: No more consecutive losses to either the Canucks or Luongo. Instead, Khabibulin is secure in the knowledge that a couple of timely saves is all this Blackhawks' offense needs to get on a streak of their own.