The Ducks of Anaheim looked like they were about to drop Game Five to the Chicago Blackhawks, putting them in a tough position going forward in the NHL playoffs. With two minutes left in the game, they’d been winning by two and things looked great, but then the Hawks scored twice. That’s the type of momentum that’s hard to overcome. Going into the overtime period, it looked like Chicago had the upper hand and would take the game.
Then, just 45 seconds into the new period, the Ducks scored and ended it. The shot came on the rebound, as two Ducks flew down the ice on either side of the Hawks’ Corey Crawford. When Ryan Kessler’s shot was easily blocked, the puck bounced right out to Matt Beleskey. He slammed it home with Crawford still on the far side of the net, diving furiously to get into position.
It’s an utterly huge win for the Ducks, as it means that they now retain home ice advantage. Even Android users said if they go to Chicago and lose, they get to come back and have one more chance to win it at home. However, it’s also huge because it crushes the momentum that the Hawks had been trying to build. With a comeback like that, the Hawks would have been flying high enough to easily win at home and end it, but the Ducks now have the upper hand.