Blackhawks Lose Tough Battle On Road, Still Hold 2-1 Lead Over Flyers
Despite a fast-paced, puck possession style game, the Chicago Blackhawks finally lost on the road to the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime.
The Flyers got their first chance to play at home, and the atmosphere did not disappoint at the Wachovia Center.
Claude Giroux scored to end the Hawks' seven game road winning streak. Despite the outcome, the Hawks matched the intensity of the Flyers.
Here are a few points from game three, and how they might play a role in game four Friday.
The game style may have been in Chicago's favor, but Philadelphia played it and stuck with it.
Philly clearly outplayed Chicago for long stretches of time, and overall throughout the game. The return to home ice never hurts this intangible either.
Expect the same in game four, but also expect to see some new shades from Chicago.
They have seen what the Flyers offer at home, and will probably adjust accordingly.
Philly continues to skate strong, but can they do it and prevent a loss at home?
Refs Are Flyers Fans
You cannot tell me any different.
Another half dozen missed calls by McCreary and his group of bums.
If they knew how to blow their whistle and not blow the game, who knows how much different the game would have been.
The Hawks have played well despite the poor officiating, but at this point, the zebras might as well put on Flyer jerseys and get it over with,
It is not going to change, so I will just keep on complaining after every game.
Sorry, I am allowed to be a fan every now and then.
Niemi Could Not Say No
But he did play well in a loss.
His save percentage will not reflect it, but he kept the game close again.
Guess how many times he has lost after a bad start in the playoffs. The number is zero. We may be saying it is a 3-1 series after Friday.
Top Lines Contribute
Philly and Chicago both had contributions from their top lines, a good sign for the scoring portion of the game.
Even though it is good to see guys like Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews get on the score sheet, they have won without them doing so.
Regardless, the more the merrier.
Arguably the heart and soul of the Flyers, Pronger performed his magic once again, playing his physical brand of hockey and getting away with murder. Great for the Flyers, bad for the Blackhawks.
Key point of the game—Pronger showed he was tired.
His legs are not what they were back when he was with St. Louis, but he has been logging gobs of minutes.
Most of those minutes are against the top lines, too. The series is at about the halfway point, so it will be interesting to see how the every other day scheduling for the next two games effects his stamina.
If he loses some gas, the Flyers may lose some edge without their leader.
This will be the setting once again for game four.
If Chicago comes out flat in even the slightest, this crew will take over the game.
The series will head back to Chicago, it is up to the Blackhawks to either go home tied or come back with the chance to raise the cup at home.