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Hawks Hot on Home Ice

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews  spoke a few words of encouragement to his team. Short and sweet, he told them to, “Seize the moment.”  I think his teammates listened because the Hawks came out flying, dominated the puck and displayed the great intensity and physicality that allowed them to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers with a final score of 7-4 in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Hawks Brent Seabrook, Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg all scored in the first period. Philly decided to pull goaltender Michael Leighton and replace him with Brian Boucher at the top of the second. 

32 seconds into the second period, Flyer Scott Hartnell slipped one past Hawks goalie Antti Niemi to make it 3-1. Less than three minutes later Hawks Patrick Kane sinks another puck past Boucher off of an Andrew Ladd assist making it 4-1. Not two minutes later Flyer Kimmo Timonen makes it 4-2. Hawks Dustin Byfuglien crumpled Flyer Chris Pronger with a hard hit that landed him right into the boards. The exciting second period almost ends but not before Hawks Dustin Byfuglien makes another great play and scores a goal set up by teammate Duncan Keith.

Flyers James van Riemsdyk  managed to get another one past Niemi 6 minutes into the third. The last 4 minutes of the period proved fatal for Flyers as Hawks Patrick Sharp  makes it 6-3 although soon followed by a Flyer goal from Simon Gagne. Sealing the deal , an empty netter from Big Buff giving him 2 goals and 2 assists.

So, what went right for the Hawks? Could it possibly be the comfort of home ice? Better calls by the refs? Was it the decision of Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville to split up his top line? Or was game 4 a big fat wake up call for the Hawks? I like to think all of the above factors contributed to a successful game 5 for the Hawks. But this series is not over yet and both teams want Lord Stanley. If the Hawks can kill more penalties, get more shots on goal and continue to dominate the puck they can be victorious. 

The dynamics will continue for at least one more game.

  1. TommySausage
    June 8, 2010 at 2:00 am

    I wonder about If we lived in another city IF you would still love the HAwks as Much as we do?

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