The Chicago Blackhawks are doing everything they can to even their series against the St. Louis Blues in game 2 today. However, they might be without one of their best defenseman, as Brent Seabrook destroyed David Backes with this nasty check against the boards late in the 3rd period. The hit is borderline dirty, as Backes struggled mightily to stand after the shot. Seabrook received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct the play.
It briefly gave St. Louis a 5-on-3, and put them on a power play for the remainder of regulation — which the Blues used to tie the game with 6.4 seconds left on a Vladimir Tarasenko goal.
The Blues would go onto to complete the improbable comeback and score in overtime to take the 2-0 series lead.
There’s a pretty sizable probability that Seabrook will be suspended for at least a game for that.
The NHL playoffs are back. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada rang the postseason in with a historical montage set to Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls.”
Enjoy. Its Awesome.
[Thanks to Ty Duffy for the Find]
The NHL Playoffs begin tonight, and an creative (alcoholic) Redditor crafted a drinking game for them. As is typically the case with these things, there’s the chance you’ll be comatose within a couple hours if you follow it to the letter of the law.
Enjoy hockey fans.
“Because its the Cup!”
I have always said that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are one of the greatest sporting events you will ever see, and last night was no exception. With Boston riding the momentum of sweeping the Penguins, the Bruins came out took it to the Blackhawks early in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but Chicago would answer late and we would get one of the longest games in NHL Playoff history.
Things didn’t look too certain for the home team in the third period, when they trailed 3-1 before getting back into the game with goals from Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya. From that point on, the Blackhawks dominated the rest of regulation and nearly put away the game multiple times in regulation.
Once overtime action started, both teams threw the kitchen sink at the opposing goaltender and produced countless scoring chances in the high-flying Game 1. Chicago finished with 63 shots on the night, compared to Boston’s 54.
Zdeno Chara’s shot hits iron in the final seconds of the second overtime. as we head to 3OT for the 8th time in Stanley Cup history
A wrist shot from the point by defenseman Michal Rozsival went flying through Boston’s defense and found its way onto the stick of Dave Bolland, then Shaw’s stick for the redirect to end Game 1 at 4-3 and send the United Center into a late-night/early-morning frenzy.
Game 2 is Saturday night at the United Center.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks has not disappointed. Now in double overtime tied 3-3, we have seen 6 goals scored, some unbelievable saves by two of the best goalies in the league and some of the biggest hits so far in the NHL playoffs. In fact there have been so many big hits that, players are even hitting there own teammates. Such is the case for Boston forwards Milan Lucic and Jaromir Jagr who collided at center ice trying to break out of the defensive zone.
[GIF via CJzero]