Ice hockey: Blackhawks score two goals in 28 seconds to gain 2-0 series lead in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
scored Chicago's first goal at the 17:09 mark of the second period on slap shot deep in the Blackhawk's defensive zone. Left-wingers and provided assists on the goal.
scored the game-winner at the 17:37 mark of the second period on a feed from . Eager scored his goal on a wrist shot from 38 feet.
Philadelphia's lone goal came in the third period, whenscored at the 5:20 mark. Centers and provides assists on the goal.
Unlike the first game, this one was marked by impressive defensive efforts from both sides. Chicago goalkeeper made 32 saves, earning the Player-of-the-Game honor from the National Hockey League. His counterpart, who was pulled in Game 1 after giving up five goals, collected 24 saves.
"It's unbelievable feeling how the people react," Niemi said after the game, according to the Associated Press. "Defense was the key."
Flyers coachalso acknowledged Niemi, who collected 14 of his 32 saves in the third period.
"I thought their goaltender played extremely well in the third period. We had more than enough looks to tie up that game," Laviolette said, according to the Associated Press.
After a fairly clean game on Saturday, Game 2 had a decided edge, which resulted in ten penalties. Neither team capitalized on their power play opportunities. At the 17:27 mark of the first period, three players were sent off: Chicago's Game 1 herofor roughing, with Philadelphia's Richards and going to the box of elbowing and unsportsmanlike conduct, respectively.
Chicago and Philadelphia continue the best-of-seven series on Wednesday night at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. The Stanley Cup will determine the 2009–10 National Hockey League champion after the top 16 teams earned the right to compete in the postseason. The NHL has 30 teams in the United States and Canada and attracts many international players.
- Dan Rosen. "Flyers at Blackhawks - 05/31/2010 - NHL.com - Recap" — , May 31, 2010
- "Flyers at Blackhawks - 05/31/2010 - NHL.com - Game Boxscore" — , May 31, 2010
- Associated Press. "Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Recap - May 31, 2010 - NHL - Hockey - SI.com" — , May 31, 2010