Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 33

The Chicago Blackhawks were hoping for the split at 'the Joe' as the NHL's Western Conference Final continued in Detroit...and they definitley stepped things up from their game one performance.

Here's the recap:

(Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 2 - 1OT)

-How's this for secondary scoring: "Jiri Hudler to Valtteri Filppula, to Mikael Samuelsson...HE SCORES!!!!!" Not bad, and that comes after Dan Cleary scored his sixth of the playoffs and fourth in his last three games!

What a game for both sides - maybe the most entertaining game of this year's playoffs, so far. Final shots were 39-38 for Chicago...talk about a busy night for the netminders! Chicago really pushed the pace early on and again in the third period in the lead-up to the game-tying goal by Jonathan Toews, but the Red Wings pushed back and came out on top.

The 'Hawks were hoping for a better effort from their leaders, and captain Toews answered the call with both Chicago goals. Patrick Kane finished the night with three shots on goal (after being held shotless in game one), but was held off the scoresheet once again.

It all came down to a Brian Campbell giveaway in overtime that sent the Wings in on a three-on-one, with the tic-tac-toe finished off by Mikael Samuelsson, who has goals in three straight games.

The way I see it though, you can never really call a series either way until you see both teams on home ice. Friday's game three will be HUGE for both clubs, but it'll be especially important for the Blackhawks, who are now down 2-0 in the series.

Also - if you were listening to either of the first two games on 630 CHED, you'll agree that the 'He Scores!' by Ken Kal from the Red Wings Hockey Network is probably just as entertaining (and way more high-pitched) than any of the goals scored so far this series.

Thursday night:

*Carolina @ Pittsburgh - 5:30pm (Series: 1-0 PIT)

Let Kerrzy read it to you here:

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