Chicago-Vancouver: Blackhawks Rebound, Earn Huge Victory To Tie Series

May 3rd, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
This series didn’t figure to be easy, and after a bad first game the Chicago Blackhawks had lots of questions. Fans wanted better play, and answers, after a blow out loss to begin the Western Conference Semifinals.

Game Two  didn’t disappoint.

After five minutes, it looked like it might have been the last chance for Hawks fans to watch their team at the United Center. Antti Niemi allowed two quick goals right out of the gate, and the team again looked flat at the start. But 55 minutes, and many heart attacks later, the Blackhawks and Niemi were skating off with a victory.

Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelsson each scored in the opening five minutes to give the Canucks the early 2-0 lead. The fans at the United Center were depressed, stunned and wondering where the Blackhawks that ended the season with 112 points had gone. Credit the Canucks, who put on a great passing display early and capitalized on some bad penalties from the Hawks.

But the Blackhawks showed a lot of resolve. The series was on the brink of being over in 70 minutes, but the young Hawks wouldn’t be denied.

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