The Chicago Blackhawks’ season ended with an incredibly hard fought Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues, but the defending Stanley Cup champions didn’t go away without putting at least one final scare into the Blues.
With the Blackhawks trailing 3-2 in the final five minutes of the third period, Andrew Shaw collected a loose puck behind the Blues net and shovelled a pass back to defenseman Brent Seabrook. Blues goaltender Brian Elliott had to look through several bodies in front, so Seabrook unloaded a shot from the blueline with the hope he’d find the back of the net or catch a favorable bounce to set up a scoring chance. He got a bounce, all right, but it wasn’t exactly the one he wanted.
Seabrook’s shot eluded everyone on the way to the net, got past a screened Elliott and came inches from tying the contest. Watch as the puck hits the post, rides the goal line and exits the net after clanking off the opposite post:
Had Searbook tied the game, few would have been surprised as the Blackhawks defenseman has had a penchant for coming up with big goals throughout his career. Of his 85 regular season goals, 17 have been of the game-winning variety, and Seabrook has had a knack for scoring at exactly the right time in the post-season. Three times in the past three seasons, Seabrook has scored an overtime winner for Chicago, and he came within an inch of having yet another big time goal for the Blackhawks.
Richard Panik’s second effort on the loose puck was almost enough to bat the puck home, but St. Louis managed to clear the puck out of harm’s way just before Panik could tap it behind a sprawling Elliott.