By virtue of their road dominance, the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Finals in the 2010 NHL Playoffs after dispatching of the Vancouver Canucks in six games, 4-2.
Behind two quick goals scored in a 36-second window by Troy Brouwer and Kris Verteeg, the Blackhawks got by the Canucks in a 5-1 rout on Vancouver’s home ice.
“Starting on the road might be a good thing,” Brouwer said in a post-game interview “We have confidence on the road. We play a good tight road game and try not to give up too many opportunities.”
At the end of the second period David Bolland was able to get one in the net which gave Chicago momentum heading into the game’s final period.
Propelled by that momentum, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien added the fourth and fifth goals of the night for the Blackhawks in the third period to put the game out of reach.
“Bolland’s goal at the end of the second was the most important goal of the game,” said Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who extended his point streak to nine games with an assist on Kane’s goal. “It gave us that distance and confidence we could hold a lead going into the third period.”
In the net for Chicago, Antti Miemi stopped 29 shots for Chicago, as the second-seed in the conference move forward to take on the San Joe Sharks for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks’ impressive performances on the road these playoffs have been a cornerstone to their conference finals appearance.
“We like the way we play on the road but we’re disappointed in the way we play at home,” remarked Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. “It’s confusing everybody around the league in the playoffs but at the same time we’ve got a little momentum.”
On the other side of the ice, Canuck goalie Robert Luongo made 30 stops for Vancouver, but was unable to keep the relentless Chicago attack at bay.
“It’s disappointing to be out again against these guys,” Luongo said in a post-game interview. “I don t really have any answers. We just didn’t get the job done at home which is really surprising.”
With the win, oddsmakers on Online Sportsbooks have installed the Blackhawks with odds at 7/4 to win the 2010 Stanley Cup, equivalent to the odds of their opponent in the conference finals in San Jose.