Game 7′s always bring a range of emotions – nervousness, joy, anger, more nervousness. I don’t think I could begin to describe the emotions of Hawks fans during the last six minutes of playing time in this game (two in regulations, three and a half in overtime). But it was a game that went from sure victory, to sure defeat, back to sure victory over that span. In the end, the President’s Trophy winners are still alive.
From the drop of the puck, it was clear this was a game seven as both teams came out flying. The Wings got the first chance on the power play when Duncan Keith took a stupid tripping penalty. Luckily, the Hawks penalty kill was up to the task cause killing penalties is what they do. Although they are also good at killing power plays and got the the chance to kill two of them later in the period. That was the only news of a period that ended pretty even, tied at zero with shots 13-11 Chicago.
A little over a minute into the second period, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Michael Handzus took part in a beautiful passing play on a bad change by the Wings which ended with Sharp burying the puck behind Howard and Chelsea Dagger blaring in the United Center. From that point on, it was more of the same of what we saw in the first period – great chances by both teams evened out by great defense from both sides. The neutral zone was basically non-existent as both teams clogged it to ensure the other didn’t get through.
The third didn’t start well as just twenty-six seconds in, Zetterberg ended up all alone in front of a wide open net and tied the game. The Wings continued to dominate but the Hawks managed to weather the storm till they could get back to even play.
Then with less than two minutes to go, I witnessed one of the worst calls in the history of hockey. I can’t even explain it but for some reason a goal, a perfectly good goal, was called off by a back referee who decided he needed to call random coincidental penalties for something away from the play that shouldn’t even been penalties. The best part? It shouldn’t even have been coincidental – only the Red Wing should’ve gone but even that would’ve been a light, bad call. See for yourself:
And so we headed to overtime. It took three and a half minutes until the puck landed on Brent Seabrook’s stick and he made no mistake in burying it from the slot. I have no idea what Kat would’ve written if she was still with the site, but I’m sure she would’ve posted this video:
And since I’m also a Seabrook fan, I will say that I probably had the same reaction she did when that puck went in the net:
And so the boys miraculously live to see another day and another series. Bring on the Kings!