Blackhawks. Red Wings. Game 7. The city of Chicago was beside itself with excitement Wednesday, which means there were two possible outcomes: Either Blackhawks Nation would be in hockey heaven, or suffer sports hell on Earth. Here's how the showdown unfolded, with those mood swings in mind.
Heavenly: Andrew Shaw goes after Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, smacking him with his stick and igniting a shoving match near the Detroit bench. Think these guys really want this game?
Hellish: The first dumb penalty of the game goes to … Duncan Keith, who gets sent off for tripping. Not a good risk, Duncs, considering the Wings were in no danger of scoring. #useyourhead
Heavenly: The Hawks' Viktor Stalberg and the Wings' Dan Cleary exchange glove sizes after a whistle near the end of the period. You don't talk bad about a hockey player's momma!
Heavenly: Shaw spins behind the goal for a stuff attempt, but Wings goalie Jimmy Howard shuts the door at the far post. Love how aggressive this "little" guy is. Good things have to be around the corner.
Score: Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 0
Heavenly: GOAL! Patrick Sharp finishes off a three-on-one break with his seventh goal of the playoffs. Howard has no chance, and the Wings might feel that way right now, too.
Hellish: Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson takes a shot to the jaw and is shaken up. Fortunately, he doesn't miss a shift. Yep, he's a hockey player all right.
Heavenly: Wings forward Cory Emmerton has Crawford dead to rights just a few feet from the goal. But the Hawks netminder makes a terrific stop, and fans can breathe again.
Hellish: Patrick Kane has a wide open net on a pass from Toews, but a sliding Kronwall negates the chance. How many bullets—er, pucks—can the Red Wings dodge?
Score: Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 0
Hellish: Bleep. Zetterberg buries one in a wide-open net. Game tied. This ain’t gonna be easy after all.
Heavenly: Sharp comes oh-so-close to breaking the tie, splitting the defense before Howard denies him. Must. Cash. In.
Hellish: Zetterberg holds the puck in the Hawks’ zone for what seems like an eternity. Ya gotta make him pay for that. #bickellsmash
Hellish: You’ve got to be kidding. The Hawks have a Niklas Hjalmarsson goal wiped out by a pair of coinciding penalties, and we’ve got overtime. Great. (Note sarcasm here.)
Score: Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1
Heavenly: GOAL! Brent Seabrook ends it with a wrist shot past Howard. Bring on the L.A. Kings!
Final score: Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1
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