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Discuss: Toews wins it for Blackhawks in OT, forces Game 6

Apr 22, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT

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Well, of course Game 5 had to go into overtime. The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes wouldn’t have it any other way.

This time around, Chicago procrastinated a bit less to close the Coyotes’ 1-0 lead; Nick Leddy redeemed himself for missing a wide-open net to send it to overtime in five out of five games. There was the sense that the Blackhawks might suffer the most respectable 4-1 series loss in recent memory but Jonathan Toews showed why he’s such a huge difference-maker by winning it 2-1 in OT. Now it’s 3-2 and with the series shifting to the United Center, you can’t blame the Blackhawks for believing they can do it.

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens’ 1951 Stanley Cup finals series is the only other one in NHL playoff history in which all five games went to OT. That one ended in five, though.
  • OK, let’s ask again: are the Coyotes playing with fire by going with the turtle+counter-punch routine? The second period was even (10-10) but every other period featured a serious shot disadvantage. Mike Smith made 36 out of 38 saves but lost. Can they really grind out another win by leaning so much on Smith?
  • The Blackhawks’ power play is a paltry 1-for-17 in this series. Can Chicago win without getting those easy man advantage tallies?
  • How do you feel about Coyotes fans pledging their support for Raffi Torres?
  • Will the ‘Hawks push it to seven games? If so, can they actually complete another big series comeback and actually win it?
  1. fourfeatherfury - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    TAZER’D!

  2. comeonnowguys - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Chicago continues to have a hard time entering the zone on the power play, and it gets amplified when they have to play dump-and-chase.

    Maybe they should pull the goalie.

  3. proudliberal85392 - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    I was at the game. I am a huge Coyotes fan, but give the Hawks credit. It was clear from the start they seemed to want it more. 4 Yotes SOG in the first ain’t gonna win anything.

    • tbeilfuss - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      As a Blackhawks fan, if the hawks wanted it more and played like that, I wonder how good they could be if they acted like they care for more than the last 2 minutes of the game.

  4. saintmac9 - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    I hope the yotes don’t do a 1999 but have faith go yotes

  5. vshehane - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    I usually pull for the Coyotes but I would definitely rather have the Hawks in Nashville for the next round.

    • tbeilfuss - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      As much as I’ll totally admit, as a ‘hawks fan, I don’t want anything to do with the Preds (someone else will have to do the hawks dirty work), I think ALL hockey fans should be pulling for the Hawks and Canucks to pull the comebacks and meet for a 4th consecutive year…….it will once again be EPIC

    • pone27 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      As a Hawks fan, if they advance (please hockey gods) I am ok with Nashville. Its the Blues who I fear.

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