Overtime Goal Sends Blackhawks to Conference Finals
Chicago could have folded as well when their go-ahead go late in regulation was waved off, but they did not.
Instead, the Blackhawks kept skating and finding a way to get shots on goal against the Red Wings. That persistence paid off when Brent Seabrook’s wrist shot got by the glove of Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard only 3:35 into the first overtime for the game winner. The win clinched the semifinal series for the Blackhawks in game 7 by the score of 2-1.
During the entire regular season, the Blackhawks enjoyed the NHL’s best record and rallied from a deficit in the series of 3-1 to reach the Western Conference finals. Chicago now must face the Los Angeles Kings, the defending champions of the Stanley Cup.
For only the second time in the history of the NHL, the final four teams left in the playoffs have won the last four Stanley Cups. In 2010, Chicago won its last Stanley Cup.
Seabrook was able to grab a loose puck and skate at Howard in front of the net. His shot deflected off the leg of Niklas Kronwall a Red Wing defenseman before sailing off Howard’s glove into the net. It was Seabrook’s first goal of the playoffs.
Chicago had thought it scored the game’s go ahead goal with less than two minutes left in regulation, but Stephen Walkom, the lead referee waved the goal off after calling a pair of penalties while trailing the play.
Chicago will host the Kings in game 1 on Saturday, while in the Eastern Conference finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Boston Bruins in game 1.