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Blackhawks make their mothers proud

By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi

7:05 PM CDT, May 11, 2014

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Moms are the best. They're always there when you need them, especially when it comes to advice. Of course, that requires that you actually pay attention. There were moments in Sunday's Game 5 between the Blackhawks and Minnesota when the message was getting through—and others when you weren't so sure.

FIRST PERIOD

You should know better.

Come on, Brent Seabrook. You saw how the Wild broke your team’s back with a late power-play goal in Game 4, and still you go and take a silly tripping penalty at center ice 29 seconds into the game. You should be ashamed of yourself, regardless of the fact that your teammates bailed you out.

If at first you don't succeed ...

Erik Haula took a page out of Patrick Kane's book. The Wild forward weaved and darted through the Hawks defense and put a shot on goal that Corey Crawford saved. But did that stop him? Oh no. He smacked his second attempt over the Hawks goaltender to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Somewhere, Haula’s mom is beaming with pride.

If wishes were horses …

The Blackhawks power play could keep hoping and praying it would put one in the back of the net with the man advantage, but it doesn’t happen all by itself. As Clayton Stoner headed to the box for hooking, they had not scored a power-play goal since Game 1. They needed something to ignite the offense, seeing as they had not led since Game 2. The were still waiting ...

Score: Minnesota 1, Blackhawks 0

 

SECOND PERIOD

I knew you could do it!

Aaaaand now we can stop talking trash about how lousy the Hawks power play has been. Bryan Bickell snapped the drought with maybe the ugliest deflection the world of hockey fans have ever seen, tying the game at 1. (No, Mrs. Bickell, we’re not calling your son ugly. Please don't come slap us in the face.)

Over my dead body.

Cody McCormick tried to position himself in font of Crawford so the Wild could find him with a pass. That's when Sheldon Brookbank wrestled the Minnesota center to the ice, right on top of a helpless Crawford. When the officials finally untangled the mess—and it took a few seconds to do so—tempers still had not settled. Say what you will about Brookbank, he won't tolerate junk in his goalie's kitchen.

Always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.

Or in Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's case, in case you mess yourself because of the relentless Hawks offense. Chicago fired 15 shots in the second period after managing only six in the first. Byrzgalov even almost let one in from center ice. Quit embarrassing yourself, man.

Score: Blackhawks 1, Minnesota 1

 

THIRD PERIOD

I didn't ask who put it there, I said pick it up!

You don’t have to tell Jonathan Toews twice. The Hawks captain pounced on a Marian Hossa rebound on the doorstep and stuffed it home to give his team a 2-1 lead early in the third period. What do you expect from the guy who has all the traits of a goody-goody oldest child? All great qualities, in this case.

You're not going out dressed like that.

All those people working for you, Mayor Emanuel, and not one of them could tell you jean shirts went out of style in the '80s? At least he left the Zubaz pants at home. Even if we were going to let him forget this (and we're not) his family surely won't.

I'm so proud of you

Moms always know just what to say to make you feel better. The gloomy skies were swirling the Hawks after losing two straight to the Wild in this series. But taking a 3-2 series lead back to Minnesota for Game 6 is like Mom's chicken soup and a blanket on a cold day. Mmmmmmmm.

Score: Blackhawks 2, Minnesota 1

 

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