News, notes, and observations from Game 2:
The rarity of scoring two short-handed, game-tying goals in one postseason – both in the third period no less -- wasn’t lost on the Chicago Blackhawks. They did it in Game 5 against Nashville and again in Game 2 against Vancouver.
Patrick Sharp explained what he saw.
“We had a good drive to the net by Kris [Versteeg] and the defenseman kind of went with him,” Sharp said. “I was looking to shoot the whole way and thought I could get around [Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo] and put it in the open net.”
Versteeg on his game winner: “That’s something you grow up your whole life dreaming about,” he said. “It feels pretty good but it’s something we have to build off of.”
Duncan Keith said after getting down 2-0 in Game 1, the Blackhawks didn’t respond well, but learned from that experience and were ready when it happened again in Game 2.
“I thought we were better prepared mentally for this game and I think that helped in not panicking and staying with it,” he said.
Brent Seabrook’s stat line was pretty impressive: a goal, two assists, eight hits, and a plus-four rating.
Coach Joel Quenneville kept his lineup changes quiet until game time. All healthy bodies other than Colin Fraser warmed up. Ben Eager and Burish saw their first action in the series while Bryan Bickell and Jordan Hendry sat out.
If you can believe it, several Hawks and even Quenneville attributed the poor start to being too “hyped-up” as one player put it. They said they wanted to respond to Game 1 so badly, it took them out of their game.
The Hawks are 19-14 all-time in playoff series when splitting the first two games.