The Chicago Blackhawks are one step closer to the Stanley Cup after their dramatic win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. Brent Seabrook’s overtime goal led the Blackhawks to victory after coming out of a 3-1 deficit earlier in the series.
The game was a nail-biter for the team and fans alike. The Blackhawks started off with a lead in the second period, but the Red Wings came back by tying the score at the beginning of the third period. A potential game-winning goal by Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson was disallowed less than two minutes before the end of the third period; a roughing penalty sent the Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad and Red Wings’ Kyle Quincey to the penalty box for the rest of the period.
The pressure was on, but Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews encouraged his teammates at the end of regulation. In overtime, the Wings fought hard, but the Hawks fought back harder to win the series. Just over three minutes into overtime, Seabrook scored the winning goal and sent Blackhawks fans everywhere into a frenzy of excitement.
“That was an emotional game,” Toews said. “The guys poured everything out there. It’s an amazing feeling to win something like that.”
Even after that win, the Chicago Blackhawks have a long road ahead of them to the Stanley Cup. Next up, they will be facing a series against the Los Angeles Kings that kicks of this coming Saturday at the United Center. The Blackhawks took two out of three games against the Kings during the regular season, but everything is up in the air for the postseason. The Kings won the Stanley Cup last year, and they are motivated to win two consecutive years, the first since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. The Blackhawks are first in the league currently, and they want to keep the momentum going after their exciting win against the Red Wings.
“We know we’re only halfway to where we want to go but to win a series like that is huge for our confidence and huge for everyone in this room to believe in what we can do,” Toews said. “That’s a heck of a way to win a series.”
The first game in the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 4 p.m. CST.