Things were going splendidly for the Detroit Red Wings through forty minutes.
They were outshooting Chicago 28-20, Pavel Datsyuk's line was crushing the Jonathan Toews line in puck possession, and Corey Crawford had allowed a debilitating softy to give them a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission. The Wings were a period away from punching their ticket to the Western Conference finals.
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But then the Blackhawks came storming out in the third. Ten minutes later, Chicago led this game, 4-2. Twenty minutes later, they'd won it, 4-3.
The issue, in a nutshell: Detroit gave Chicago far too much space in front of Jimmy Howard in the final frame. On the game-tying goal, Michal Handzus had enough time in the goalmouth to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (and meticulously distribute the peanut butter to all four corners equally, at that) before scoring. On Bryan Bickell's go-ahead goal, Brendan Smith had all the presence of Casper the Friendly Ghost.
And on Michael Frolik's 4-2 goal, which was originally insurance but wound up being the winner, Frolik was literally the only skater on the ice. After being awarded a rare playoff penalty shot, the Blackhawks' winger made the most of the opportunity, beating Jimmy Howard with an absolute beauty: