The Gist on Ice: The Bulin Wall Edition

April 27, 2009 | Comments (0) | by Arcturus

If Nikolai Khabibulin pays for a drink tonight, his teammates are a bunch of pikers. The Bulin Wall was rock solid this evening, delivering 43 saves in 44 chances. He wasn't scored upon until the third period and was absolutely fucking incredible in the second, making several amazing saves as the Flames fired 17 shots at him, 1 more shot than the Hawks had in the whole game. As announcer Eddie Olczyk said, Calgary could have had two pucks on the ice and Habby still wouldn't have allowed a goal in that period. A true bravura performance to secure the Blackhawks' first post-season series win since 1996. While the offense didn't take many shots on Miikka Kiprusoff (16), they made the most of it, scoring twice in the first and once in the second before Dustin Byfuglien put the game away for good with an empty net goal near the end of the third. Congratulations to the Blackhawks and good luck in the second round!