Red Wings Eliminated by Blackhawks in Overtime of Game Seven

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 1-0 heading into the third period on Wednesday but couldn't stop the Chicago Blackhawks, dropping Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the teams in overtime.

Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win at 3:35 of the extra period. After Dave Bolland crushed Gustav Nyquist into the boards in the neutral zone he worked the puck to Seabrook to gain the Detroit zone and step into the high slot. Seabrook snapped a shot that deflected off defenseman Niklas Kronwall and fluttered past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

Chicago thought they had taken a lead with 1:49 remaining in regulation when Niklas Hjalmarsson snapped a similar shot past Howard but the play occurred as referee Stephen Walkom called coincidental roughing minors on Kyle Quincey and Brandon Saad, negating the apparent goal.

After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks got on the board at 1:08 of the second. As the Red Wings got caught on a line change, Hjalmarsson sprung Michal Hanzus, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on a three-on-one. Sharp sent it to Handzus who worked it on to Hossa and back to Sharp to put past the sprawling Howard for a 1-0 lead.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up just 26 seconds into the third. Gustav Nyquist faked a shot from the left faceoff circle on a quick rush and drew the Chicago defense to him before passing across to Zetterberg all alone for a wrister past Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford.

With the loss, the Red Wings failed to finish off the Blackhawks after taking a 3-1 series lead.

No power play goals were scored on the night. Chicago had four chances with the extra attacker to Detroit's two.

Howard made 33 saves on 35 shots against. Crawford stopped 26 of 27 chances.

Notes: Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula left the game early in the first period after an apparent slew-foot by Chicago's Andrew Shaw during a scrum in front of the Red Wings' bench.

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Going to sit back, nurse a glass of wine, and let the drama unfold....GO WINGS!

Posted by OldBroad on 5/29/2013 at 7:55 PM


Wings giving me hope again. I think I hate this.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/29/2013 at 10:10 PM


Sorry to see the Wings' season end...the team gave us more than we expected and as much as we deserve, probably. I think Jimmy Howard emerged as a clutch goalie...youth was served...the vets showed heart and courage and leadership. And they didn't go quietly or meekly. I, personally, have no favorites among the remaining teams in the playoffs, but least favorite would have to be the Pens, followed (now) by the Hawks who proved themselves to be whiners, so for my money, I'd like to see a Bruins/Kings final. A plague on all their houses...?

Posted by OldBroad on 5/30/2013 at 7:44 AM


A plague on all their houses...?

Yeah, screw em all, I root for meteor.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/30/2013 at 11:47 PM


Anybody watching the conference finals, besides me? At risk of jinxing either Bruins or Kings, I hope they prevail in their efforts going forward (this after last night's thrilling 2OT B's win) if only to spare us the whinefest that a Pens-Hawks final would be! The only good thing about seeing the Hawks play the Pens would be that ONE of them would LOSE!

Posted by OldBroad on 6/6/2013 at 12:59 PM

Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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