Blackhawks Lose In Tragic Overtime

Get the razors out Blackhawks its time to cut those beards.

The run for the Stanley Cup is over in Chicago as the Blackhawks loose in overtime to the Canucks in game 7 of the first round 2-1.

“Just coming up a little bit short, it’s pretty shocking and disappointing,” said Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews after the overtime loss.

It was a one goal game for most of the night, Vancoucer came right out and put up the lone goal two minutes into the first period.  Alex Burrows got a great feed from Ryan Kesler setting him up with the first goal of the game.

The real story of the night is the way Blackhawk’s rookie goalie Corey Crawford played against No.1 Vancouver.  He faced 38 shots and fended of 36, even though he ended the match as the loosing net-minder he was the third star of the game and once the main reason the Blackhawks even had a chance.

“It was one of the greatest goaltending performances in a clutch situation you’re ever going to see,” Blackhawk’s coach Joel Quenneville said. “He gave us a chance.”

Crawford made some of the biggest saves of the series Tuesday, he stopped a penalty shot and made a couple big saves that kept rebounding back to the Canucks, the rush was finaly whistled dead as Crawford made a save laying on his belly getting his glove on the puck.

“He was a warrior out there,” Toews said. “He battled as hard as anybody. Everyone wants to talk about Luongo all the time and the superstars, but for a rookie goaltender he was amazing and I can’t say enough about him.”

The Blackhawks were shut out for 58 minutes before getting a miraculous short handed goal from Capt. Serious (Toews).  Toews got a great goal from a rebound off of Roberto Luongo, Toews made the shot from his knees getting the puck to go through Luongo’s legs netting the game tying goal with less than two minutes to play in regulation.

“That’s why he won the Conn Smythe, the MVP of the Olympics,” Luongo said. “It was a massive play by him short-handed and that’s why he’s the leader of that team.”

That goal led to the game going into an extra period, the Blackhawks had a great chance to move on in the playoffs starting overtime with a power play, they could not get anything going or past Luongo.

At the five minute mark the Canucks were putting some pressure on in the Blackhawks end.  Chicago’s Chris Campoli attempted to clear the puck out of Blackhawk’s zone, this turned into the last ice time Chicago will see til next year.  Campoli’s clear was grabbed by Alex Burrows, skating full speed he got a high shot past Crawford ending game seven 2-1 and the season for the Blackhawks.

“It was just kind of a bouncing puck and (Burrows) grabbed it at full speed and came into the slot – teed one up,” said Crawford. “I don’t think he got his best shot off, it was kind of a change up or hit our guy’s stick. It was kind of a weird one.”

The Vancouver Canucks will move onto the second round to play the Nashville Predators.  The Blackhawks will have some time off to regroup after a heartbreaking conclusion to their season.  They will resume practice and preseason in September.

Blackhawks loose a heartbreaking game Tuesday 2-1 in overtime to the No.1 Vancouver Canucks.  It was a tough fight for Chicago getting the ending they were not hoping for.  “It’s tough to lose that one, we had a lot of momentum going into OT,” Crawford said.  “I don’t think anyone would have believed we’d climb back into a Game 7 — and it could have just as easily gone our way. It was a great battle by our team, other than that, I don’t know what to say.”