So I guess the Flyers can score. Who knew? My honest take from game 1 is that both teams played sloppy defense with rough goaltending and a lot of mistakes... but it was fun to watch. The Blackhawks turned it on and played a great third period. One-zip, three to go.
The Toews line was held in check all day, but Bolland's line held the Flyers top line in check as well. Dave Bolland, up to this point, is possibly the Hawks playoff MVP. He won't win any awards for it.... Toews will probably get that if they win the Cup, but he's been fantastic at keeping the top scorer down. Throw in a couple of short handers, and I gotta give Dave all the credit in the world.
Bill McCreary called 4 penalties, all against Chicago. I'm not complaining, even though that is the first time a team has had no penalties in a SCF game since 1954. But, the Hawks in this postseason are 2 - 0 in games where they have 0 power plays. And, goals scored in those 4 power plays? 1 for Chicago, 1 for Philadelphia. Who needs the refs on your side anyway?
The Byfuglien vs Pronger battle that NBC was talking about didn't turn out too great for the Hawks, but I'll say this, Pronger was busy most of the time with Buff, so that the rest of the Hawk lines were more productive. I mean, who would've guesed that with no power plays, and no goals from Toews, Buff and Kane that they would score 6 goals. Not me.
I was excited to see the real Blackhawks show up in that third period. It may not have been as exciting for the casual fan, but that is how they have made it this far. Swarming defense, not allowing a ton of shots, rush the other net when you can, and good goaltending from Antti Niemi.
Game 2 precap : Okay, the other day I was goofing around, but today, I'll be serious. I don't believe either team's top line will be held scoreless today. They won't keep Toews off the board. He will have two points... not sure if he buries one in the net with 1 assist, or assists on two... also Richards will score 1 for Philly. Much tighter game played by both teams with a final score of 4 - 2 Blackhawks, including 1 empty netter.