Western Conference Semifinals: Games 4 and 5 vs. Detroit
/ Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 25, 2013, after falling within one game of elimination with a 2-0 Game 4 loss on May 23 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. With the series record at 3-2 in favor of Detroit, the Blackhawks must now win twice to advance to the next round of playoffs.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville oversees a morning skate at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on May 23, 2013, before Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.
Patrick Sharp drives the puck around the net during Game 4 with Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings close behind. The Blackhawks lost to the Red Wings, 2-0, after Detroit's Jakub Kindl scored in the second period and Daniel Cleary added an empty-net goal in the third.
Jonathan Toews collides with Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard after slipping on the ice on May 23.
Bryan Bickell tries to land a punch on Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings as NHL officials grapple to separate them on May 23. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg celebrates after teammate Daniel Cleary scored an empty-net goal on May 23 with less than a minute remaining in regulation. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Denis Savard and sports reporter Peggy Kusinki share a lighthearted moment while taping a pregame show for NBC5 from the 100-level of the United Center on May 25, 2013, before Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Blackhawks and Red Wings line up for the opening draw of Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals at the United Center on May 25. The Blackhawks won 4-1 off of strong performances from its depth players, including Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw.
Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa hop over the boards on May 25. Click here for a rundown of how the lines evolved over the course of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Corey Crawford makes a glove save on May 25. In both Game 4 and Game 5 of the Semifinals against Detroit, Crawford turned away exactly 25 of 26 shots for a .962 save percentage.
Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews celebrate after Shaw scored his first of two goals on May 25, bringing the score to 2-1 Chicago.
Jonathan Toews rejoices after netting his first goal of the playoffs. Toews had three points going into the contest — all assists from Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Minnesota and Game 1 of the Semifinals against Detroit.
The team salutes the fans after defeating Detroit to stave off elimination. "You can’t win the series in one period or one shift. You have to just approach every game and try to win it as best you can," Patrick Sharp said after the game. "We’ll enjoy this one tonight, take a deep breath and give it everything we’ve got in Game 6.”
Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith talk to reporters in the locker room after the game on May 25. Head Coach Joel Quenneville reunited the longtime defensive pairing for Game 5. Seabrook posted his first point of the postseason — an assist on an Andrew Shaw tally — while playing 23:20 minutes on ice, the defenseman's highest TOI since Game 1 of the Quarterfinals against Minnesota. Keith recorded his second multi-point outing of the playoffs to bring his postseason point total to nine, tied for third on the team.
Corey Crawford fields post-game questions from the media from his locker on May 25.
Photos by Bill Smith and Chase Agnello-Dean, unless otherwise noted.