The Blackhawks came from behind twice to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on home ice Wednesday night.
Both these teams have clinched playoff spots and are making preparations for their first round matchups. All the scoring occurred in the third period of this game.
Montreal took the lead through a Francis Boullion point shot. But Marian Hossa scored the tying goal with under a minute to go in the final period. Patrick Sharp scored the eventual game winner in overtime. At least, that’s what the score sheet will say.
But the goal should be credited to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj. Budaj attempted to stop the shot by swinging his stick, which ended up deflecting the puck into his own net.
This mistake is certainly not a reflection of how Peter Budaj played all game. Both goaltenders stole the show in the first two periods of this game.
But in the end, it was Crawford who claimed the victory for the Blackhawks. Crawford made 28 saves on the night while Budaj stopped 25 shots.
The Blackhawks were without Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane in this game. So, the fact that they still managed to beat the Canadians is quite impressive in my opinion. It also shows the amount of depth that this team has available.
The Blackhawks have been able to utilize their younger players quite effectively all season long. I believe Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy and Brandon Saad will all be key components to the Blackhawks upcoming playoff campaign.
For the Montreal Canadiens, Budaj must shake off this loss quickly. I’m confident they will bounce back. However, it will be interesting to see if the team can hang on to home ice advantage in their upcoming playoff round against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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