Posted by: kristagolden | April 22, 2012

WCQF: Blackhawks-Coyotes Game 5 wrapup

Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes

2-1 Blackhawks (OT), Coyotes lead the series 3-2

Goals: Gilbert Brule (Phoenix), Nick Leddy and in overtime Jonathan Toews (Chicago)

Goalies: Corey Crawford (18/19, .947); Mike Smith (36/38, .947)

The Good

I didn’t die of a heart attack after this game, so that’s good. But really, five consecutive overtime playoff games? That hasn’t happened since 1951!

The first period was great – we actually kept control of the puck and stayed out of our own zone for once. I wish they’d kept that up.

Corey Crawford did NOT let in a soft goal in overtime. In fact, he did wonderfully in spite of Gilbert Brule’s goal. HA!

Let's play Find The Puck!

Nick Leddy got his first playoff goal with a wicked slap shot that made a certain goalie throw a bit of a temper tantrum:

Go cry in your goalie pads, Mike Smith.

After the game headed to overtime, it was our Cylon captain, Jonathan Toews, that delivered the GWG off the faceoff.

Another good thing is that after tonight, we have Andrew Shaw back from his three-game suspension! Park him in the crease again!

Here, have some happy Crow:

The Bad

Viktor Stalberg, what are you doing? All of the Hawks’ penalties in this game were YOURS. If this were basketball, you would’ve been on the verge of fouling out. You’re lucky you assisted on Tazer’s goal and redeemed yourself. Now go sit in the corner till I say your timeout’s over.

Four penalties for you, pretty Swede. You go to the sin bin, pretty Swede.

Not so much bad as head-scratching was all the line changing before and during the game. In the first period it was Bryan Bickell, Toews and Stalberg on top line and Andrew Brunette, Marcus Kruger and Jimmy Hayes on the fourth line. At one point in the third, I was begging for the old Patrick Kane-Toews-Patrick Sharp line to return.

The Ugly

Nothing really ugly about the game itself aside from the power play. But there was this picture posted on Twitter by CSN’s Blackhawks Talk:

Kaner cut his hair really short. I nearly collapsed from shock. Our friend Bethany was afraid he’d jinxed the game by doing it. No mullet, no curls, just…that.

Some very delusional fans were holding up “Free Raffi” signs at the game. Please sit down and shut up.

Next Game

vs. Phoenix Coyotes

April 23

CNBC

We’re taking it back to the Madhouse! Let’s tie this!

– Krista


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