Blackhawks force game 7 with 4-3 win in Detroit
The Blackhawks got off to a solid start in game six, the kind that won them game five. Marian Hossa got a power play goal just 3:53 into the first to give them a leg up. Chicago was controlling the puck, pressuring the Red Wings, and outshooting Detroit.
Patrick Eaves tied it up by putting the Red Wings on the board with just 1:09 left in the first.
Chicago let the Red Wings dictate the pace of the game in the second. Detroit drew even on shots on goal, then by the end of the period, were outshooting the Blackhawks 28-20. The Red Wings also owned the faceoff dot through two, at 65%.
In Saturday's game, it was said that by the time the Blackhawks were up 3-1, Detroit began looking like they were just thinking ahead to game six, instead of keeping their heads in the game. The same could be said for Chicago in the second - but in their case, a loss would mean there would be no game seven and their season would be over.
Chicago returned to pressuring the play in the third, and was repeatedly rewarded. Michal Handzus was left alone in front of the net and had all the time and space possible to shovel in a goal that would tie the game at 0:53 into the third. Bryan Bickell gave Chicago the lead just over five minutes later. Michael Frolik was hooked on a breakaway, awarded a penalty shot, and converted at 9:43 in the third to make it 4-2 for the Blackhawks.
Henrik Zetterberg went to the box for tripping with 1:23 remaining; Marian Hossa would follow 22 seconds later for the same call. Damien Brunner pulled Detroit to within one, making it 4-3 with 51.7 seconds left in the game.
However, the Blackhawks would not be denied a game seven, and despite Detroit pulling Jimmy Howard for a player advantage, they shut down the Red Wings.
Corey Crawford made 35 saves for a .921 sv% for the game. Detroit outshot Chicago 38-28, and dominated the faceoff dot at 61% for the game.
Game seven with be at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, May 29th, at 7:00 p.m. CDT. It will be broadcast on NBCSN in the States and CBC and RDS in Canada.
Three stars: 1) Bryan Bickell - CHI; 2) Marian Hossa - CHI; 3) Joakim Andersson - DET