CHICAGO -- A thrilling Chicago Blackahawks' 4-3 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 deserves further scrutiny:
Great in goal: Corey Crawford was simply amazing while under siege in the third period and overtime. He stopped 22 shots in the pressure-packed final two periods.
“It did seem like every time they had a chance to throw a puck on net they did it,” Crawford said. “I watched a couple of other games in overtime and a lot of goals are scored like that. Just, like a shot from the corner, so I was focused and looking for pucks coming from those areas. Just wanted to make sure I wouldn’t give one up like that.”
Surprise foe: The Hawks didn’t find out that Cory Schneider was starting in goal for Vancouver until warm-ups.
“It didn’t shock us,” Dave Bolland said. “It doesn’t matter who they put in net. We were ready for anything.”
Hossa ready: Marian Hossa only took five shifts in overtime before setting up the game-winning goal. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was rotating five players for a while, so Hossa had fresh legs on the final sequence.
“The puck was between my feet and I tried to get in the best position I could and I saw Hjalmarsson wide open and I passed him the puck,” Hossa said. “And then Ben [Smith] fought for the rebound and got the big goal.”
History on ice?: Jonathan Toews says motivation to make history now enters into the Hawks’ minds.
“We’ve worked this hard,” he said. “We’re not going to pass up this opportunity.”
Michael Frolik's successful third-period penalty shot was the first in Blackhawks postseason history.
Tuesday will be the first Game 7 the Hawks have played under Quenneville.
With a goal and an assist on Sunday, Bolland has 17 points in 15 career playoff games against Vancouver.
The quote: “I thought we played harder, put good pressure on them. I think we threw something like 80 shots at their net tonight. Those are the Stanley Cup champions, and they’re a great hockey team.” – Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault