The playoffs tend to bring out the best in players, separating those who deserve to be called champions and those who aren't quite ready to hold that title. Champions never show signs of giving up regardless of the given circumstances, and this very fact was on display in Chicago on Sunday night. The last time the Blackhawks were in their home area, the United Center, they saw themselves down three games to zero. This three game hole wasn't just your ordinary three game hole, it was against the best team in the NHL and the Western Conference's top overall seed, the Vancouver Canucks. The Blackhawks came out hungry and put up seven goals in game four, sparked by the return of "the Rat" Dave Bolland. Chicago seemed to be playing with more emotion as well, reacting from the absence of blue-liner Brent Seabrook at the hands of Vancouver's Raffi Torres. All this put aside, Chicago still had a lot of work to do.
And that work has almost been completed, as Chicago and Vancouver find themselves playing for the right to advance in the NHL playoffs in a do-or-die game seven in Vancouver. Chicago went on to win game five in Vancouver by a score of 5-0 and game six in Chicago by the score of 4-3 in overtime. Chicago looks to continue its current hot streak into the Rogers Center and shock the hockey world.
It wasn't too long ago we saw this happen before. Just last playoff season saw the Philadelphia Flyers climb out of a 3-0 deficit to the Boston Bruins to take that series in seven en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers magical run was ended by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games, but it may be Chicago's turn in this season's playoffs to stun a favored foe.
Here are five reasons why the Chicago Blackhawks will continue their win streak and beat Vancouver on Tuesday night.