The Stat Line Of The Night – 05/11/09 – Patrick Kane
Blackhawks Eliminate Canucks As Playoffs Continue To Thrill
Total Pro Sports – With all the attention focused on the series between Alex Ovechkin’s Capitals and Sidney Crosby’s Penguins, the other three series remaining in the NHL playoffs continue to impress in a similar manner.
The Boston Bruins will look to come from 3-1 down to force a seventh game tonight when they play game six against the Hurricanes in Carolina. Meanwhile the Detroit Red Wings will hope to close out the pesky Ducks tonight in their sixth game at Anaheim. These two series may be dubbed by some as the worst in this round, which says a heck of a lot about the other two series taking place.
Last night, those who turned in to watch the other two series were treated to some of the best hockey they have ever witnessed. To begin with the Penguins and Capitals, this series has seen five of the six games thus far decided by one goal, and three games ending in overtime. Last night was one of those overtimes, and the game also included 5 lead changes and a late goal by Sidney Crosby that sent the game into the extra frame, where the Caps would eventually prevail 5-4 on a David Steckel tip-in goal . Ovechkin and Malkin were also no slouches in this one, each notching three assists.
We have now all been blessed with a game seven it what many are calling one of the best playoff series ever. But if there ever was a challenger to the Pens vs Caps battle this season, the Blackhawks and Canucks might have been just that.
In a series where all the Blackhawks victories have been comeback efforts, none was more impressive than last night’s. Down 4-3 and 5-4 in the third period, the Blackhawks were able to overcome both deficits with the help of young guns Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, leading the club to a 7-5 victory, and a trip to the Western Conference finals. Kane was especially remarkable, scoring a hat-trick to seal the fate of the Canucks. Vancouver’s departure means the end of Canada’s hopes of seeing the Stanley Cup come travel north of the boarder.
With two game 6s set to go tonight, and one game 7 ready go tomorrow, with the possibility of some others on Thursday, round 2 of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs has been one of the best in recent memory. We can only hope that it continues for two more rounds.
As for those Blackhawk kids, it appears Jonathan Toews has matured a lot since his junior days. Watch how well he controls his language in post-game on-ice interviews compared to the past.
Here’s the final buzzer, handshakes and Toews interview from last night.
And here is Toews following Canada’s gold medal win at 2007 World Junior Hockey Championships.