Blackhawks One Point Away From Postseason

Detroit- We all were hoping that it wouldn’t come down to the last two games against the Red Wings but this is our reality we must deal with.  The Blackhawks have dealt with half of it, Chicago went into Detroit Friday and took care of business, getting the win 4-2 and getting them selves one point away.

The Blackhawks dominated the first period, 27 seconds in Patrick Sharp lifted the stick of Pavil Datsuyk to steal the puck away.  Then he fed Brent Seabrook with a centering pass which he put past Jimmy Howard, taking Chicago to a very early lead.

Not much later as the announcers are talking about Joel Quenneville and his want for turnovers, Patrick Kane pokes the puck away from the Wings to Chicago new comer Ben Smith who gets the puck and his first NHL goal sinking a wrist shot glove side past Howard.

“You could tell in the locker room we were ready and we wanted it,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “We were all set to play for each other and get the job done.”

Chicago wasn’t done putting the hurt on Detroit in the first, Michael Frolik and Patrick Kane get a pass to Brian Campbell who makes a real nice move faking out the Wings net minder and making his backhand shot taking the lead to 3-0.The Blackhawks scored three times in 9 minutes of the first period.

“We came out and gave a great effort. All four lines were generating a lot of chances,” Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews said. “You get a lead that early, you can sometimes think they’re going to throw in the towel. But they’re not that kind of team. We did a good job to stay with it.”

Detroit did make an effort to get back into the game but not before Marion Hossa added another goal to his resume.  Brian Campbell made a long lead pass right to Hossa who went one on one with Howard and with a flick of his wrist adds a power play goal to the tally making it 4-0.

“We got down 4-0. I don’t know if we ever got playing,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

The Red Wings did get two back, one from Drew Miller getting a goal before the end of the second.  And the other from Tomas Holmstrom who got some help from Chicago player Niklas Hjalmarsson.  That was it for both teams bringing the final score to 4-2.

Corey Crawford faced 28 Detroit shots and fended off 26 of those.    Chicago has one game left, again the Red Wings will face off but this time in Chicago on Sunday.  If the Blackhawks can win that game they will be the last team to make the post season in the Western conference.  If Chicago looses and Dallas wins, Sunday will be the last time the team plays until next season.