Well I’m sure it’s not the result Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere wanted in Game 7 but the Chicago Blackhawks finished off the Red Wings by winning 2-1 Wednesday in Chicago. The game was a very close and competitive one, especially in the 3rd period. The two teams competed back and forth with quality scoring chances in the 3rd. However, the Blackhawks scored with under two minutes left in the 3rd but it was called off due to one of the referees (Stephen Walkom) blowing his whistle. The game proceeded to go into overtime and Chicago’s Brent Seabrook ended the series with a wrist shot that deflected off of Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall stick and pass the glove of Detroit’s Jimmy Howard. Here is some player and coach reactions from last night’s thriller:
“You go back to after Game 4,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Their approach and the belief in the room, and each other, was there. It was a strong season and we had to find a way. I think winning here in Game 5 got us excited again and got the momentum back.
“The last two games were tightly fought and amazing games.”
“I don’t know if I saw it go in to be honest,” Seabrook said. “I just heard the horn going and the boys jumping out. It was a pretty exhausting game, but I think I was more tired during the celebration with guys jumping and pushing me in the face and dragging me down.
“It’s exciting. You don’t get to do that too many times.”
Here is some of the Red Wings reactions:
“I thought our guys played hard and really competed,” Babcock said. “I’ve said life is about maximizing what you got and I thought our group did that.”
“Right now it’s just empty,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I thought we played a pretty good game, stuck with it, worked really hard. To go out like that is a tough way.”
Said forward Daniel Cleary: “We had three chances to close them out, just didn’t get it done.”
In the end, I feel the future looks pretty bright for the Red Wings: Here’s what Babcock had to say about that:
“I’d like to see a healthy (Danny) DeKeyser, a healthy (Darren) Helm if he’s playing again, and we could be a way better team,” Babcock said. “We need to be better if we want to be in this position consistently and not just by working, but by being good enough to be in this position. We have some work to do to as a group this summer.”
I feel like this team did overachieve a little bit in the playoffs but they also should have been able to close the Blackhawks out with three opportunities to do it. But as the old saying goes, there is always next year.
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