Come Back Kids
The Blackhawks escaped with a victory in game three last night, despite being heavily out-foxed by a defensively cagey Vancouver team. The Hawks trailed 1-0 until Martin Havlat's goal with 2:44 to play in the third period tied the score. Andrew Ladd then scored early in OT to give the Hawks the win. It was only the third time in franchise history that Chicago won a playoff game in which it trailed while being shut out with under three minutes to play in the third period. The Hawks previous two such playoff wins were against Montreal in 1953 and Calgary in 1996. The Blackhawks victory was their fourth come-from-behind win in the 2009 playoffs, the most for any team.
Bet On The Wings
Meanwhile the Red Wings 6-3 victory in Anaheim was their sixth consecutive road win when they trailed 2-1 in a playoff series, dating back to 1998. That equals the longest such streak in NHL playoff history. The Canadiens won six straight road games to even a playoff series at 2-all from 1961 to 1987.