|Posted on May 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM|
Brent Seabrook picked the perfect time to pot this first goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. I don't usually like to pick favorites, but I'm so glad Seabrook was able to rip a wrister past Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard Wednesday night to advance the Chicago Blackhawks to the Western Conference final where they will face last years Stanley Cup champion, the Los Angeles Kings.
If the script did not end this way tonight, this would've easily been one of the most controversial Game 7's in history of the NHL.
“Seabrook's goal also mitigated a potential controversy after what looked like the go-ahead goal by Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson with 1:49 left in regulation was negated when referee Stephen Walkom called matching roughing minors away from the play on Detroit's Kyle Quincey and Chicago's Brandon Saad.” nhl.com
This is an extremely rare call and it would've been deeply disappointing for the entire hockey world, had this call altered the outcome to favor the Detroit Red Wings. it would have looked fixed; a bad things for Wings fans too. Instead, Brent Seabrook goes down in history as the first Chicago Blackhawks player to score a Game 7 overtime winner.
Although I'm mad about the ref's recent actions, nothing should be taken away from the Detroit Red Wings they played a heck of a series. pushing the Chicago Blackhawks to the brink of elimination. Up 3-1 in the best-of-seven showdown Detroit will be disappointed with the result. However, many fans, called the Red Wings the surprise of the season. Considering they're going through a changing of the guard. All in all, it was a job well done.
"We forgot about all that," Seabrook said of the disallowed goal. "We came into the overtime, it was a new game. It was 0-0. The team that scores the first goal wins. We were excited, we were looking forward to getting the overtime started, and we felt fresh for it, so it was good."
For the Blackhawks, managing to cap such a miraculous comeback only proves that their entire miracle season was not a fluke.
Winning the series, in this style, only emphasizes the Chicago Blackhawks as top dog to win it all. In a final four that features the previous four Stanley Cup champions.
This was the 49th time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history a team had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7, and the 25th time the rallying team completed the comeback.
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on advancing to the 2013 Western Conference final.
[Source: HockeyFanLand.com] / [Photo: Scott Strazzante]
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