The Blackhawks were able to extend the series to a game 6, but I will tell you why the Redwings will win tonight and pull off the upset that no one predicted.
The Red Wings will be facing off against the Blackhawks tonight in game 6 of this best of seven Western Conference Semifinals series. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:00 (EST) and will be televised on NBCSN.
The Chicago Blackhawks finally have something to celebrate after their 4-1 victory against Detroit in game 5 of this series. Bryan Bickell from Chicago was first able to get the Blackhawks on board late in the 1st period off of a rebound shot by Michal Handzus. Detroid Redwings Dan Cleary was then able to tie it up at one a piece after scoring his second goal of the series midway through the 2nd period. But after a couple 2nd period power play goals from Andrew Shaw and the oh-so-great Jonathan Toews (his first point of the series), Chicago was able to shut the game down. And a 3rd period goal by Shaw sealed the deal.
The win for the Blackhawks on Saturday gave them the chance to extend this series to a game 6 against their hated rivals the Redwings. One thing I don’t understand is how fast people switch their train of thinking to believing the Blackhawks have this series all tied up in a knot. Did we forget Detroit is the one who’s up 3-2 in this series? Did we forget Detroit will be the home team in game 6 of this series? Did we forget Detroit is the number 7th seed and Chicago is the number 1 seed, which means all the pressure is on the Blackhawks to win this series? Did we forget that Detroit is that team you don’t want to be down 3-2 in any series?
Let’s be series here, most of us knew the Blackhawks won’t go down that easy. But just because they won game 5 for their own pride doesn’t mean they have enough of it to take this series from a team that defines heart and passion on the ice. The team that has blessed their city with 22 straight playoff appearances. The team that defined the name hockey town for their city when there is no hockey that is seemed to be played around the area.
So in other words, when preparing for a game 6 at home against the Blackhawks to clinch the series, the Redwings players and their fans are not worried to say the least. Look at it this way; Redwings players are so thoughtful that they wanted to beat their hated rivals in front of their own people. So thank you Detroit, thank you for making it that much better when we beat the “best team we’ve seen in a decade” at home in the western conference semifinals. The final score of game 6 will be 4-2, in favor of Detroit. Expect the Redwings to dominate in front of their home crowd.