Well, it was a helluva game, but unfortunately, the Redwings were able to score in overtime and send the Blackhawks back to Chicago winless. Osgood and Khabibulin were both spectacular in their respective nets as this game was a real goalie duel. The Bulin Wall stopped 35 of 38 shots and Osgood was just a little better, snuffing out 37 of 39 Blackhawk shots. Johnny Toews, the young captain, scored both Chicago goals and Rafalski and Cleary scored Detroit's regulation goals. Mikael Samuelsson delivered the heartbreaker a few minutes into overtime.
I guess the only comfort to take away is that the Hawks really showed that they can hang with the big boys in this one. Both teams looked fantastic and this is what playoff hockey is all about. I would have preferred the final to have gone the other way, but I have no complaints with the effort. The Hawks will have their work cut out for them in Chicago, so hopefully they can continue the strong play they showed today and take both games at home. I'd like to see the kids win at least a couple in front of the home crowd.