Well it was a bit of a mess towards the end of the game, referee-wise, but all that mattered in the end was that the Blackhawks’ post-season journey did not end tonight on home ice.
Patrick Sharp Scored twice to help his team demolish the Vancouver Cauncks in a critical Game 4. The first period was no indicator of what was to come. At the end of 20, it could have been anybody’s game, really. The Blackhawks drew first blood with Bryan Bickell’s wristshot, but eventually was answered on a Vancouver power play by Sami Salo.
But from the end of the first to the beginning of the second, something sparked the Blackhawks’ offence. 4 goals were shot past Roberto Luongo, with 5-minute intervals in between. Needless to say, Luongo was sent to the bench for the start of the third, and was replaced by Cory Schneider.
The backup goalie didn’t fare any better in the last period of the game. Patrick Sharp owned the third with his two goals, with assists from the entire Blackhawks’ first line. The Canucks’ Daniel Sedin did manage to sneak one by Corey Crawford with less than 5 minutes left to play, but it was too little, too late. The Blackhawks managed to stave off elimination, at least for now.
If the defending Stanley Cup champs build off of the momentum of this huge win, it could mean a big comeback for the team that is down 3-1 in the series. Just the other day, it was all gloom and doom for the Blackhawks and their fans. But hey, it’s the playoffs. A miracle on ice is bound to happen somewhere down the way.
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Written by Anna Santiago
26-year old sports writer from Calgary, Alberta. A hockey and basketball lover above all.