If only every game was Game 5 for the Blackhawks

If only every game was Game 5 for the Blackhawks
April 26, 2014, 11:30 am
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CSN Staff

Perhaps the Blackhawks winning Game 5 on Friday night in St. Louis shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise.

After the 3-2 overtime win over the Blues, the Blackhawks are winners of eight straight Game 5s.

"They're clutch," CSN's Pat Boyle said after the game Friday. "It doesn't matter if their down 2-0 in a series, it doesn't matter 1-0 in a game. They find a way. You look at it now, they've won eight straight Game 5s. Since 2010, the first Cup year, they're (9-1) in Game 5s. Their record between Game 4 and Game 7 is ridiculous right now."

Boyle makes a good point.

Let's go back to the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where the first Game 5 the Blackhawks faced was that memorable overtime thriller that saw Marian Hossa score to lift the Hawks over the Predators. The next Game 5 was one of the few losers, a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Canucks, but the next, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Flyers, was another Hawks win.

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In 2011, the Blackhawks were eliminated in the first round by the Canucks, but that series featured another Game 5 win. It was another example of Boyle's point that the Hawks are clutch late in series. After going down 3-0, the Hawks won the next three before losing Game 7.

2012 featured another first-round exit but another Game 5 win against the Coyotes.

And during last season's Stanley Cup run, the Hawks won four Game 5s against the Wild, Red Wings, Kings and Bruins. The win over the Kings was the double-OT Patrick Kane hat-trick extravaganza.

Now the Blackhawks can add another memorable Game 5 to the list with Jonathan Toews overtime game-winner.

If only every game was Game 5.