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The Blackhawks made history last night for being the first team in NHL history to score tying goals with less than 15 seconds in regulation in consecutive games of one series.
If you missed the game, you missed some seriously assiduous hockey!
Bryan Bickell found the back of Mike Smith’s net with a Powerplay goal in the first period. The Coyotes, whose fans were in white-out mode, were not about to let the Visitors get away with a lead for too long, so they equalized with a Powerplay goal of their own after a questionable call was made against Jonathan Toews. Toews was called for Goalie interference when Mike Smith came out of his crease and initiated contact while Toews was trying to score. Many experts were surprised at such a blatantly obvious bad call.
So it was 1-all and to celebrate the goal, the sound of a Coyote howl was unleashed. I have no problem with the sound of real-life coyotes – it’s cool – but this is no regular howl. If you don’t know, the Coyotes do not have a goal song, but rather an obnoxiously drawn-out, eardrum-raping coyote howl that sounds whenever they score (and maybe I’m imagining but I feel like I heard it at random other needless junctures during the game).
I personally don’t know how this amps anyone up, but after hearing it twice too many times, tough guy Brandon Bollig used his hands in a different way than the Hawks are used to from him. That is, he scored a goal and equalized the game. Worth noting, this is Bollig‘s first NHL goal so big congrats to him for getting it during the Playoffs!
The celebrations were quickly overshadowed when almost directly after the goal, another instance of contact with Goalie Mike Smith was made – this time by rookie Andrew Shaw. Shaw was trying to get at the puck behind the net. Mike Smith was back there and the two collided while simultaneously trying to get a stick on it. Shaw‘s shoulder made contact with Smith‘s face and Smith immediately dove to the ice and made it seem like he was too hurt to continue. He must have taken acting lessons from David Caruso, because he oversold it and the referees did not think twice about ejecting Shaw and giving the Blackhawks a 5 minute penalty for Charging.
Smith did not leave the ice for even a second and he was suddenly fine after the call was made . I do not necessarily think he was pretending to be hurt, but it is my belief that he exaggerated. Shaw is 5’10 and weighs 175 lbs. Smith is 6’4 and 218 lbs. I’m no theater expert but simple math and common sense dictates that Smith deserves some sort of prize for that performance (Shaw will have a hearing with the NHL for misconduct tomorrow).
If that wasn’t enough drama, the game got even more interesting after the Coyotes took the lead, 3-2. The Blackhawks juggled lines and desperately tried to equalize while Goalie Corey Crawford breathed life back into some nearly heart-stopping instances. Just when the texts started pouring in from my friends chirping me that the Blackhawks were done, Patrick Sharp scored with a mere 5.5 seconds left.
You have to see it to believe it:
Unreal. This skin-of-their-teeth goal tied the game at 3′s and gave the Hawks a chance to claim victory in OT. Bryan Bickell, answered the call of duty and capitalized on the Coyotes’ tired Defense which gave the Blackhawks the well-deserved win. Final score: CHI 4, PHX 3 (OT).
After that kind of craziness, it was obvious that some Blackhawks trends would emerge in the Twitter-sphere (albeit, alongside the fascinating trend about the collective frustration of Jonas fans).
And don’t ask me for bet consultations just yet but….
Anyway, the next game will be in Chi-town on Tuesday so we’ll get a nice break from the insidious howling and be reunited with the more sonically-friendly Chelsea Dagger-style goal celebrations soon.
Game time is 8p CT/9p ET.
In the meantime, let your hearts re-regulate a proper beating pattern after last night, rest your voices, get your good luck charms ready, and as always keep the faith. Game 3 is going to be wild!
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