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The only thing worse than losing in the Stanley Cup finals is losing in the Stanley Cup finals at home.
But that was the scene on June 9, 2010, when Patrick Kane dashed the Flyers' hopes in front of the Philadelphia faithful at Wachovia Center.
Back in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since being swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, the Flyers founds themselves in an early 0-2 hole to Chicago but evened the series with a pair of victories in Philadelphia. Claude Giroux scored the overtime winner in Game 3, while five different Flyers converted in a 5-3 Game 4 triumph.
But the Blackhawks claimed the next two outings, including a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory in Philadelphia, to earn their first Stanley Cup championship in nearly 50 years.
Not only did the contest thwart the Flyers' efforts for their first championship since 1975, but it ended in one of the more anticlimactic manners in which a championship-deciding game can end.
Kane scored on a sharp angle opportunity from just above the left goal line, but he was virtually the only one who knew it. Even his teammates continued to play for several seconds after Kane had shed his gear and made a mad dash for goaltender Antti Niemi. The goal was reviewed and eventually confirmed as the cup-clinching tally.
In the end, Flyers' fans saw the Stanley Cup that evening. Just not in the hands of anyone wearing orange and black.