Stanley Cup Game 3: Flyers 4 Hawks 3

Evan WinkofskyContributor IJune 2, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 02:  Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores a goal against Antti Niemi #31 of the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime to win the game 4-3 in Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Winners

Claude Giroux - Scored the game winner for the Flyers 6 minutes into OT. Giroux deflected a Matt Carle pass right through Niemi to get Philadelphia back into the series.

Patrick Kane - Finally after two games the Hawks first line produced.  Kaner looked like he has all season long skating around defenders and controlling the puck.

The Losers

The Hawk's inability to clear the zone.  Some key mistakes from big time defenders allowed the Flyers to control the zone and keep the pressure on Niemi.

Jonathan Toews - at one point during the playoffs looked like a shoe-in for the Conn Smythe Trophy is still without a Stanley Cup Goal. At least captain serious got on the scoreboard in Game 3 with an assist, his only point so far in the series. 

The Difference

Antti Niemi - 28 Saves. He kept the Hawks in the game.  His individual performance was one of the only reasons the game even made it to overtime.

Philadelphia's energy in the 3rd period. They controlled the puck, kept it in the Hawks defensive zone and barraged Niemi with shots.

Ville Leino - It only took the Flyers 20 seconds to respond after Patrick Kane's 3rd period goal that gave the Hawks the lead. Leino's 6th of the playoffs gave all the momentum right back to Philadelphia.

The Momentum

Flyers - They wanted this game more than the Hawks and outworked them once again in the 3rd period. Game 4 is in Philadelphia and the Flyers have a chance to send it back to Chicago an even series.