I have to say the result was unexpected, but it was one of the most entertaining games I have ever watched. The intensity, passion and quality of play was astounding. However, the Blackhawks have key areas where they excelled and where they could improve.
1. Speed of play
The whole game the Blackhawks were quicker then the Flyers. Their attacks were based on quick counters and using superior speed to craft brilliant one-timers. They didn't even need the big guy in front of the goalie, as they were constantly winning the face-offs and 50/50 balls.
2. Shot Efficiency
When the Blackhawks got a clean shot at the goalie, they made it count. Truly amazing shots were made on Saturday, from basically on the goal line extended to right over the goalie's shoulder. This fantastic shooting helped overcome the Flyer's stifling defense, and in the end, gave the Blackhawks the win.
Fact: The Blackhawks gave up four power plays while the Flyers gave up none. Regardless of the equity of officiating, it is still not an advantage you want to give the other team. Most of these penalties came from the lazy defense.
2. Lazy defense
There were so many lazy plays. Time and time again, the Blackhawks failed to clear the puck. It not only resulted in penalties, but also shots that were nearly impossible to save, and ultimately, goals. Although the intensity is good and the confidence to outscore anyone is present, the Blackhawks need to step up the coverage and clearances to guarantee the cup.