Game 2 of the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals proved to be a big one for the Blackhawks against the Vancouver Canucks. It re-airs tonight on NBC Sports Chicago at 7 p.m. central.
The Hawks needed to shift the momentum in the series after the Canucks led 1-0 following a 5-1 victory in Game 1 over Chicago.
The Blackhawks trailed 2-0 just 5:02 into Game 2 off goals from Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelsson.
Then, they were down 2-1 off a goal from Brent Seabrook later in the first. The score stuck until the third period.
Patrick Sharp got on the board with a shorthanded goal at 6:49 of the final frame. Then, Kris Versteeg scored his first playoff goal of 2010 at 18:30, followed by a marker from Patrick Kane 42 seconds later for the 4-2 final score.
Antti Niemi finished the game with 24 saves and Roberto Luongo made 30 stops.
Early in the 2010 series with Vancouver was when Chicago fans really took notice of how forward Dave Bolland got in top players like the Sedin twins’ heads and limited their productivity in big games.
Bolland talked about his role, which was always most noticeable against Vancouver, on the upcoming “Blackhawks Talk” podcast that will be released on Friday.
“It was just always a great time and a great task and I knew I always had to be ready going up against the top players like the Sedin twins and the Joe Thornton’s, a few other players I always lined up against,” Bolland said. “It was great to get to have a role like that and to make sure that, ‘Hey, if I’m not ready for this game, we could be [losing] pretty quick here because there’s some good players to go up against and I knew I had to be ready and I had to go out there and do my job against these top guys.”
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