Game One 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Precursor To An Exciting Series

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIMay 30, 2010

CHICAGO - MAY 29:  Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with Duncan Keith #2 and Dave Bolland #36 after scoring a goal in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on May 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It was a crazy first game of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Goal after goal was scored. No team had a two goal lead during the game. It was a defenses' nightmare. 

The Chicago Blackhawks took game one 6-5, but it wasn't the strong showing the Hawks had in mind, at least defensively.

Offensively, both teams were great. You score five or six goals in hockey and you expect to win somewhat comfortably, but that wasn't the case Saturday night. Both teams didn't have the chance to feel comfortable.

If you took a lead, so what? The opponent would score minutes later, tying the game. Constantly taking the lead, and then tying was what this game so great to watch. It seemed the team that would win would be the team who scored last, and that's exactly how it played out.

Seeing such a high scoring game, should we've really been surprised? 

No, not really. 

Both the Flyers and the Hawks are explosive offensive teams able to score quickly and whenever they get momentum. It shouldn't be a surprise if most of these games are high-scoring games with each team trading off goals. Because of the depth of the Hawks, they were able to come out with that much needed help from the fourth line. A line that gave them the game-winning goal from centermen Tomas Kopecky. 

Game One showed the Flyers can't be overlooked. They may be underdogs, but they didn't show it last night. They showed they can play with the Hawks and beat them at their own offensive game. If the Flyers can play defense a little better, they would have a legitimate chance on taking down the Hawks. 

But after one the Hawks lead the series 1-0, and, as expected, this series is playing out to be an exciting and tension-filled Stanley Cup Final. Whichever team wins it'll no doubt be fun to watch.