The Chicago Blackhawks made their playoff resume look even better as they have advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals in spectacular fashion.
They defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-3, in Game 6 after rallying from a 3-1 deficit.
The first period was a wild one as Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling struggled for the first time this series. He allowed three goals even though only 12 shots were taken against him.
The Predators took a 2-0 lead only eight minutes into the game as left wing James Neal scored both of these goals.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp responded with a goal about halfway into the first period, but center Matt Cullen scored the Predators’ third and last goal of the game just 39 seconds later.
This was the final straw for Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, and he pulled Darling from the game and replaced him with Corey Crawford, who struggled with nine goals allowed in the first two games.
Quenneville proved to be savvy once again as Crawford regained his form, and the Blackhawks rallied behind their new goalie with two goals to end the first period and tie the game.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and star Patrick Kane each scored goals, and Kane put the puck in the net with just six seconds left in the first period.
Crawford kept the Blackhawks in the game as he completely shut down the Predators with 13 saves, and the Blackhawks scored the game-winning goal with about four minutes left in the game.
Defenseman Duncan Keith was the hero for the Blackhawks as he completed this incredible comeback.
The Blackhawks will play the winner of the St. Louis Blues-Minnesota Wild series, and Quenneville will have an even tougher goalie decision after Crawford’s amazing bounceback performance.