Blackhawks win their first elimination game, 5-4 in 2OT

Handzus goal in 2OT

Defence schmefence.

Mike Brophy of the @cbc said it the best.

Thank goodness he did, and thank goodness it holds truth.

The only thing he did not say was hopefully it will continue.

Please bring more and more of this wild and crazy offence. Hopefully it continues as we are 3-4 days away from knowing who will compete for Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail.

Nothing makes me cringe more than hearing all of this nonsense about defence winning championships. It is true, but it is boring.

Don’t care about defence anymore, just want to see offence. Also want to see one of these games keep the nation up until 4 in the morning to find out who wins it. Haven’t had anything like that in a long time. Loved the scores the past two nights though, 7-4 including an empty-net goal, and 5-4 last night in double overtime.

Here it is:

It was the oldest guy on the ice, Michal Handzus. Handzus has been all over Chicago’s lines all season long as the Blackhawks searched for a second-line centre behind captain Jonathan Toews. His biggest value right now is on the penalty kill, but it was his offence that kept alive Chicago’s title defence.
This is what fans pay money to see. Nobody wants to see those 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 final scores. This isn’t soccer, this is hockey, the real sport. The sport where real men pretend to not be hurt, rather than crybabies pretending they are hurt (in pretty much every other sport but mostly in soccer.

David Shaw of the Blackhawks took a nasty hit late in last night’s game, yet he picked himself up within a couple of minutes and actually skated away from his trainer. Who is this kid? I want him on my team.

Game 6 goes Friday night in Los Angeles.

Montreal and New York combined for 11 goals Tuesday night with theCanadiens staying alive with a 7-4 victory. The trend continued in the first period of Game 5 of the Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks series with a five-goal opening period.

The host Blackhawks took a quick 2-0 lead, but the never-say-die Kings came back and made it a game.

After a sluggish performance through the first four games of the Western Conference final, Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks set up three goals in the first period and then assisted on the game-winning goal. Kane had his best game of the third round and will be one to keep an eye on in Game 6.

He finished with four assists.
The other night in Montreal, Rene Bourque broke out with a hat trick performance against New York.


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