Chicago Blackhawks-Vancouver Canucks: Blackhawks Fail To Close the Deal

May 9th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
It took Pat Foley two periods too long to mention something on the air on Sunday night.

The play-by-play man for Chicago Blackhawks television waited until the middle of the third period to mention that Roberto Luongo had only one postseason shutout in his career.

Less than two minutes later, Jonathan Toews (finally) got the Blackhawks on the board, but it was too little too late. After Alex Burrows added an empty net goal in the closing moments, the Hawks lost an at-home close-out opportunity 4-1 to the Canucks on Mother’s Day.

Antti Niemi was very average in the game, allowing three goals on only 23 shots (.870 save percentage). Two of the Vancouver goals were scored by Kevin Bieksa, who scored only three goals in the entire regular season.

Bieksa has spent most of the series initiating contact with Blackhawks players in the corners and after the whistle, but was clearly the most effective player on the ice Sunday night. He added an assist to his two goals and was credited with four blocked shots and two hits.

Luongo was, in sharp contrast to Niemi, fantastic in Game Five. The roles were dramatically reversed from ...

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