One of the things that's so great about hockey is how quickly a game can change. When goals are so valuable, a game can flip on its head in a matter of seconds.
That happened in Game 5 on Wednesday night between the Blackhawks and Kings. In an uncharacteristically offensive first period, the Blackhawks were up 3-1 and looking to built even further onto their lead.
On a rush up ice, Jonathan Toews fired a shot from a good angle that nearly beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, however he got the pad and glove over just in time for the big stop. You would have had to wonder if that goal would have been the end of the night for Quick already and if the Kings would have been out of it but he made the save.
Not only that, but the Kings took the rebound and turned it into an odd-man rush going the other direction. An attempted shot was blocked out front but went right to Anze Kopitar, who fed his winger and the playoffs' leading scorer Marian Gaborik, who finished at the side of the net.
Just like that a game went from what looked like a 4-1 score to a 3-2 game with a lot of time left. Momentum is not something that transfers from game to game but within games? Well plays like this show how it can swing like a pendulum.