Western Conference Semifinals: Games 6 and 7 vs. Detroit
/ Chicago Blackhawks
After staving off elimination for two straight games, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a Game 7 overtime thriller on May 29, 2013, completing their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Blackhawks will go on to face the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, in the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Marian Hossa celebrates after notching a power-play goal less than five minutes into the first period in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 27, 2013, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Facing elimination for the second consecutive game, the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-3 to tie the series and force a Game 7.
Jacob Kindl and Daniel Cleary of the Detroit Red Wings challenge Jonathan Toews in front of the Detroit net on May 27. Toews recorded his second multi-point game of the playoffs during Game 6, assisting on Marian Hossa's powerplay score and a third-period goal by Bryan Bickell.
Bryan Bickell reacts after scoring in the third period to break a tie with Detroit and put the Blackhawks up 3-2. The winger finished the series with his postseason goal total at five, tied with Marian Hossa for second on the team. Patrick Sharp leads all Blackhawks with seven goals in the playoffs, and Hossa and Sharp lead the team in points with 11 each.
Marian Hossa collides with Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey in Game 6.
Michael Frolik whips the puck past Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard on a penalty shot in the third period. With the goal, Frolik became the only player in NHL history to score two career penalty shots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Click here to watch a video of the goal.
Michael Frolik leaps off the ice to celebrate his goal with the team. Click here for a comparison of Frolik's two posteason penalty shot conversions — the first of which came against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 — as well as a rundown of Jonathan Toews's Game 6 face-off performance. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Jonathan Toews takes the ice for warmups at the United Center on May 29, 2013, before Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Detroit.
Andrew Shaw delivers a hit on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Every Blackhawk but Patrick Kane and the goalies recorded a hit during Game 7, with Bryan Bickell and Brent Seabrook leading the team with five and six respectively.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville reacts to a play on the ice during Game 7.
Patrick Sharp reacts after capitalizing on a cross-ice pass from Marian Hossa to give Chicago a 1-0 early lead in the second period of Game 7. Click here to watch the goal.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook rejoice after Hjalmarsson rifled a puck past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard late in the third period, which would have broken a 1-1 tie in the do-or-die game. The goal was disallowed, however, because referee Stephen Walkom had already whistled the play dead to call coincidental roughing penalties on Brandon Saad and Detroit's Kyle Quincey.
A fan reacts after the referees waved off Hjalmarsson's goal.
Brent Seabrook celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to topple the Detroit Red Wings and take the Blackhawks to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was Seabrook's first goal and second point of the postseason.
The United Center erupts into cheers.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings line up at center ice for the traditional handshake line after the game.
Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw celebrate the nail-biting Game 7 victory.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville addresses the players in the locker room after the game. To watch a video of his remarks, as well as other behind-the-scenes Game 7 footage from Blackhawks TV, click here.
Brandon Saad and Brandon Bollig congratulate Brent Seabrook as he returns to the locker room after the game. Brent Seabrook was awarded the championship belt for being the team's top player by the previous belt winner, Bryan Bickell. Click here for the list of this season's belt winners.
Joel Quenneville addresses the media after the Game 7 victory. "The last two games were tightly fought and amazing games," Quenneville said. "Give Detroit credit. It was a tough series, a great series. We were on the ropes for a long time ... so we're very excited about where we're at today."
Photos by Bill Smith, Chase Agnello-Dean and Mackenzie McCluer, unless otherwise noted.