2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 2 win over Canucks


In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup team, NBC Sports Chicago is re-airing each of the Blackhawks' 16 postseason wins from the run that ended a 49-year championship drought. You can join the conversation using #HawksRewind on social media.

After being routed 5-1 in Game 1 at home, the Blackhawks bounced back with a 4-2 win over the Canucks in Game 2 to even the series at 1-1 going to Vancouver in the Western Conference semifinals. Here are three things we noticed in the win:

1. A multi-goal comeback to avoid a significant hole

At the top of the broadcast, Pat Foley called Game 2 "virtually" a must-win for the Blackhawks and it was hard to disagree at the time. A loss would have meant heading to Vancouver down 2-0 in the series against a Canucks team that was 30-8-3 at home in the regular season.

And the Blackhawks sure came close to finding themselves in that situation. The Canucks flew out of the gates by scoring the first two goals in the opening 5:02 of the game and at one point were outshooting the Blackhawks 9-1.

Fortunately for the home team, Brent Seabrook scored 2:38 after Vancouver's second goal and it helped calm the nerves on the bench. From there, the Blackhawks took control and scored four unanswered, the second of which was a shorthanded goal by Patrick Sharp that ignited the third-period comeback.

It's crazy to think how close the Blackhawks came from falling into a 2-0 hole.

2. Brent Seabrook was a beast

Seabrook has been a major factor in many key playoff games for the Blackhawks, scoring several big goals throughout his career. But this was one of his most impactful postseason performances.

Seabrook scored a goal, added two assists, registered five shot attempts (two on goal), a game-high eight hits and one blocked shot in 23:38 of ice time. At even strength, he was on the ice for 27 shot attempts for and 15 against, 16 scoring chances for and eight against, five high-danger chances for and three against, and three goals for and zero against, according to Natural Stat Trick.

No. 7 was an absolute force.

3. The line that stayed the same delivers

Head coach Joel Quenneville spruced up the lines in Game 2 after a tough showing in Game 1. But one line he didn't touch was Dave Bolland, Andrew Ladd, and Kris Versteeg. And it paid off.

The trio was on the ice for 7:49 at even strength and recorded 14 shot attempts for to only four against, nine scoring chances for to four against and two goals for to zero against. The three of them were dynamite all game long.

Most notably, Versteeg scored the go-ahead goal with 1:30 left in regulation and it turned out to be the game-winner, with Patrick Kane scoring an empty-net goal to seal the deal. It remains one of the biggest goals Versteeg has scored in his postseason career.

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