Justice prevails as 'Hawks oust Wings

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

It was a conference playoff finale fitting for two storied Original Six rivals.

The next time the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings meet in a playoff series, it’ll be in the Stanley Cup final.

Wednesday, they gave a sample of what the post-season will be missing until that happens.

Brent Seabrook settled Game 7, 3:35 into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 victory and a 4-3 series win.

The Blackhawks defenceman picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, went up the ice, and snapped a shot that bounced off defenceman Niklas Kronwall and up over Jimmy Howard for the winner.

“I don’t know if I saw it go in to be honest,” Seabrook said. “I just heard the horn going and the boys jumping out. It was a pretty exhausting game, but I think I was more tired during the celebration with guys jumping and pushing me in the face and dragging me down. It’s exciting. You don’t get to do that too many times.”

Patrick Sharp scored for the Blackhawks in regulation, while Henrik Zetterberg countered for the Red Wings in the only game of the series that required overtime.

The Blackhawks thought they had won the game with 1:47 left in the third period when Niklas Hjalmarsson blew a shot past Howard.

However, behind the play, Kyle Quincey and Brandon Saad were involved in a wrestling match at the benches. Referee Stephen Walkom blew the play dead as Hjalmarsson’s shot was sailing into the Red Wings net. The goal was waived off and both players were sent to the box for roughing minors.

“I don’t know why he made that call, but he made it,” said Saad. “But it was his decision to make and we were fortunate we got the win in overtime. Obviously, I wasn’t happy, but it’s really a matter of refocusing between periods and going into overtime to get the win.”


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