Eleven total goals were scored in the game one battle of the Stanley Cup finals between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Black Hawks. A wild game that saw five lead changes and a 5-5 tie going into the final session.
The Black Hawks Tomas Kopecky would break the 5-5 tie at the 8:25 mark of the third period that would hold up to be the game winner as the Black Hawks took down game one and a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series. Monday night 5/31 the table is set for game two.
The Black Hawks would get goal scoring from five different skaters with Troy Brouwer leading the way with two goals scored. Unbelievably none of the Black Hawks first liners scored. The Black Hawks other goal scorers were Dave Bolland, Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kopecky. Kopecky was originally slated a healthy scratch the last five games and only got the nod to play because of a shoulder injury sustained to Andrew Ladd. Talk about an unlikely hero, but that's what it takes to win playoff hockey games.
In a poorly played defensive game by the Black Hawks the Philadelphia Flyers were able to run and gun with the more talented Hawks as their secondary scoring on both squads got the job done.
The Flyers got goal scoring from Ville Leino, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, Blair Betts and Arron Asham. Well at a look at game one of the series it looked like the Flyers were the better team and took the loss. That just shows how good this Black Hawk team really is. They didn't play their best game and still took the win. The Flyers will need to get scoring from their top line to beat this team as they didn't get any goals from that unit in game one. As the Black Hawks did get the job done with out their top line getting involved.
The Flyers pulled Michael Leighton after he let in goal number five, but they will go back to him in game two. Great opening battle for Hockey's biggest prize!
See the Crazy footage of this game here: http://www.puckvideo.com