Chicago took advantage of a late-period collapse by Detroit in Game 6, earning a 4-3 win and a chance to win the series in a Game 7 on Wednesday in Chicago.
Detroit got into early penalty trouble, which gave the Blackhawks a chance to jump out front first. They capitalized.
The game seemed to turn when Patrick Eaves scored with minutes left in the first period. Detroit rode that momentum for most of the second, culminating in a go-ahead goal from Joakim Andersson at 10:11.
Everything changed in the third period. Chicago came out with guns blazing, and Michal Handzus tied the game again only 57 seconds in.
Notice that player rushing in from the top right corner? That was Brendan Smith. That wasn't the only bad defensive play he made in the third.
No, his failure to tackle/shove/do anything to knock Bryan Bickell off the puck resulted in a game-winner for the Hawks a few minutes later.
The Hawks then got a penalty shot later in the frame, and Michael Frolik scored to put the game to bed. Well, Damien Brunner made it interesting with a goal in the dying seconds, but the Hawks held on for a 4-3 win. The series shifts back to Chicago for what will be a crazy Game 7.
How much will Datsyuk and Zetterberg play together?
Mike Babcock kept the two on two separate lines, which didn't exactly pay off on the scoresheet. To be fair, the two led the team in shots with ten combined pucks on net. Keeping them on separate lines seems to be the way to go.
Will Toews build on his Game 5 goal?
Toews played another strong game, assisting on two crucial goals as his line with Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa was easily the most dangerous in the game for either team. If he plays the same way in Game 7, the Hawks will be tough to beat.
Can the Chicago penalty kill continue to sparkle?
Just like Game 5, the Wings got three power plays. And just like Game 5, they had no answer for the Chicago penalty kill. The Blackhawks' killers were nothing short of heroic again, and it was the difference that kept them in the game.