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BIG MOMENTS SECOND ROUND: Blackhawks

Friday, 05.15.2009 / 4:59 PM / Conference Finals: Detroit vs. Chicago

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In their first postseason appearance since 2002, the young Blackhawks have far exceeded expectations. After battling through a tough Calgary team in the opening round, Chicago managed a thrilling series win over the Vancouver Canucks, including a wild victory in the clinching Game 6, earning their first berth in the conference finals since 1995.

As we have been doing throughout the playoffs, NHL.com is tracking the Big Moments from every game with you, the fan, voting for your favorites. Below are the Big Moments you voted for in all of the Hawks' wins in their victory over the Canucks in the conference semifinals.

Thanks to all who voted -- and enjoy the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs!


Game 2: CHICAGO 6, VANCOUVER 3 | Video | Photos

Bolland shorthanded breakaway goal (37.80 % of vote)

After surrendering two goals and letting their lead slip away, the Canucks were looking to regain momentum while on the power play, but the Blackhawks had other thoughts.

While shorthanded, Duncan Keith flipped the puck down ice from his own zone. Out of nowhere, Dave Bolland grabbed it out of mid-air at the Vancouver blue line. Bolland walked in all alone on Roberto Luongo and faked backhand, deked to his forehand and slid the puck under Luongo's arm and into the back of the net.

Bolland's goal with 3:10 left in the second period gave the Blackhawks their first lead of the series, a lead they would never look back on in Game 2.


Game 4: CHICAGO 2, VANCOUVER 1 (OT) | Video | Photos

Havlat's tying goal (46.11 % of vote)

With another brilliant performance by Roberto Luongo leading the way, Vancouver was moments away from taking a 3-1 series lead back to GM Place for a potential series-clincher Saturday night. But as the Hawks and Canucks scrambled for the puck along the boards in the Vancouver zone, Martin Havlat came up with the rubber and wheeled in between the faceoff circles, where he would wrist a shot past Luongo with 2:44 left.

Havlat's goal woke up a quiet United Center and forced overtime in the Hawks' eventual Game 4 win.


Game 5: CHICAGO 4, VANCOUVER 2 | Video | Photos

Kane dishes, Bolland delivers (43.01 % of vote)

With the game tied and time winding down, Chicago had control of the puck in Vancouver's zone during a power play. Ryan Johnson took a backhander that looked lik a sure clear. But Patrick Kane snatched the puck out of the air at the blue line and came up with the puck again on a rebound seconds later.

Kane moved into the right circle and threw a perfect seam pass to Dave Bolland, who was waiting near the left dot. Bolland snapped the puck over Roberto Luongo for the go-ahead goal with 5:05 to go for the game-winner in the Hawks' 4-2 win in Game 5, giving them a chance to wrap up the series at home on Monday night.


GAME 6: CHICAGO 7, VANCOUVER 5 | Video | Photos

Flurry of goals turns tide (49.16 % of vote)

After the teams traded goals early in the third, Daniel Sedin gave Vancouver a 5-4 lead with a wrister from the left circle on the power-play at 12:15 of the final period, silencing the United Center. But only 45 seconds later, Patrick Kane would tie the game by sliding the puck past Roberto Luongo on a wraparound, reigniting the crowd.

Not to be outdone, Jonathan Toews made his own noise just 49 seconds after that, firing a shot from the right side of the Vancouver net that deflected in off Alex Edler, giving the Hawks a 6-5 lead 94 seconds after they had fallen behind for a second time in the final 20 minutes.

Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff