Blackhawks Edge Ducks in Playoff Epic
Not quite a Certs commercial, but Game 2 of the NHL's Western Conference final was virtually two games in one.
However, since ties don't exist in the Stanley Cup playoffs, there's no possibility of both being right.
Marathon battles are part of Cup lore, for which the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks did proud. It took the better part of a third overtime before Marcus Kruger decided it by swatting home a Brent Seabrook heater with only 3:46 remaining.
Give the dude credit. There's not much baseball in Sweden, but he handled that low-&-in like Kris Bryant.
Double bummer. That was cool.
But a puck cannot be intentionally directed into the net by any part of a player's body. Otherwise, Jon Lester could learn to skate and make another fortune.
Meanwhile, whatever was left of the night probably saw the Ducks' tossing and turning over missed chances. Granted, both Corey Crawford and Frederik Andersen were awesome in net, but Anaheim had the edge in clear-cut chances, especially after clawing back after an early two-goal deficit.
The question now will be whether or not this was a Pyrrhic victory for the Blackhawks.
Cultural clumsiness aside, a quest for the Cup creates a big-time adrenaline rush, so it remains to be seen if fellow Swede Johnny Oduya and stalwart Canadians Seabrook and Duncan Keith will remain at peak performance if they've gotta chase around the likes of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in a Game 7.
Got that right. Turn it up to 11. This series is already there.