3rd-seeded ’14-’15 Blackhawks Defeat 4th-seeded ’60-’61 Black Hawks in Six Games to Clinch First UNP Appearance

(Photo via Fansided.com)

(Photo via Fansided.com)

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On the back of two goals from Jonathan Toews, the 3rd-seeded ’14-’15 Blackhawks took Game 1 by a final of 3-1. Defenseman Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook both tallied two assists. The 4th-seeded ’60-’61 Black Hawks then won Game 2 by a score of 4-3 with goaltender Glenn Hall making 50 saves to lead them to the win. Stan Mikita and Bill Hay both posted multi-point games to lead offensively. Toews then began the scoring in Game 3 at the 12:20 mark of the third period. Then, two and a half minutes later, Bobby Hull tied the game for the ’60-’61 Black Hawks at one. However, with exactly three minutes left, Patrick Kane broke the tie and scored the eventual game-winner to give the ’14-’15 Blackhawks a 2-1 series lead. The ’60-’61 Black Hawks held a 2-1 lead after two periods in Game 4.

Toews tied it in the third period for the ’14-’15 Blackhawks and then just 34 seconds later, Marian Hossa gave them a 3-2 lead. In the final seconds, with their goaltender pulled, Hull scored to tie the game for the ’60-’61 Black Hawks and force overtime. They then won it in the second overtime with Hay scoring at the 13:45 mark of the second overtime. The ’14-’15 Blackhawks won Game 5 by a score of 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead as Patrick Sharp‘s two goals led the way. Sharp then got the ’14-’15 Blackhawks off to a hot start in Game 6 with two goals in the first period. They would end the series with a 4-1 win. Goaltender Corey Crawford played a big role in the final two games of the series as he allowed just one goal in both games and totaled 54 saves.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’60-’61 Black Hawks 0 0 1 1
’14-’15 Blackhawks 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 CHI – 3   ’60-’61 CBH – 1   (1-0   ’14-’15 CHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Jonathan Toews (’14-’15 CHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   4 S

2nd Star: D – Duncan Keith (’14-’15 CHI) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   3 S

3rd Star: D – Brent Seabrook (’14-’15 CHI) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   7 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’60-’61 Black Hawks 1 1 2 4
’14-’15 Blackhawks 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’60-’61 CBH – 4   ’14-’15 CHI – 3   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Glenn Hall (’60-’61 CBH) – W   3.00 GAA   .943 SV% (50 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Stan Mikita (’60-’61 CBH) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   -1   4 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Ron Murphy (’60-’61 CBH) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Blackhawks 0 0 2 2
’60-’61 Black Hawks 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 CHI – 2   ’60-’61 CBH – 1   (2-1   ’14-’15 CHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Jonathan Toews (’14-’15 CHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: G – Glenn Hall (’60-’61 CBH) – L   2.00 GAA   .944 SV% (34 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Corey Crawford (’14-’15 CHI) – W   1.00 GAA   .966 SV% (28 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Blackhawks 1 0 2 0 3
’60-’61 Black Hawks 1 1 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’60-’61 CBH – 4   ’14-’15 CHI – 3   (OT)   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Glenn Hall (’60-’61 CBH) – W   3.00 GAA   .955 SV% (63 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Stan Mikita (’60-’61 CBH) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   5 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: D – Moose Vasko (’60-’61 CBH) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   1 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’60-’61 Black Hawks 0 0 1 1
’14-’15 Blackhawks 0 1 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 CHI – 3   ’60-’61 CBH – 1   (3-2   ’14-’15 CHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Patrick Sharp (’14-’15 CHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   6 S

2nd Star: G – Glenn Hall (’60-’61 CBH) – L   3.00 GAA   .939 SV% (46 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Marian Hossa (’14-’15 CHI) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   4 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Blackhawks 2 0 2 4
’60-’61 Black Hawks 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 CHI – 4   ’60-’61 CBH – 1   (4-2   ’14-’15 CHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Patrick Sharp (’14-’15 CHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   5 S

2nd Star: G – Corey Crawford (’14-’15 CHI) – W   1.00 GAA   .968 SV% (30 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Brandon Saad (’14-’15 CHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   3 S

The ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks are the 43rd team to qualify for the upcoming 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff. It will be their first trip to the tournament and they are the 22nd team that will make their UNP debut. Up next is the 2015 Edmonton Oilers Qualifying Tournament!

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