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Stanley Cup Finals: Game Five Ends in Byfuglien Style, Hawks One Win Away

Cory Ducey@@duceycoAnalyst IIIJune 7, 2010

CHICAGO - JUNE 06:  Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 in Game Five of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 6, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Game Five was a replay of Game One in terms of the play of both teams.  While the amount of goals were 11, just like Game one, it was the Blackhawks that won in a comfortable 7-4 final score

Brent Seabrook opened the scoring with the Hawks' first five-on-four power play goal but it was yet again, one of those lucky bounces.

The puck was passed to the front by Kris Versteeg which got to Seabrook and he ripped one that went off a Flyers' inside right lower leg to redirect into a spot that Micheal Leighton did not expect it to be.  Hawks up 1-0.

Dave Bolland scored the Hawks' second goal as it bounced off the end boards and before Leighton can react, Bolland tipped it off Leighton's right skate and in.  Hawks up 2-0.

Versteeg scored the third goal of the game and he wristed it in to put the Hawks up 3-0. he took the puck from coast to coast virtually untouched.

After 20 minutes, it was all Blackhawks as they may have gotten two goals off some lucky bounces, it was a result of the young squad's relentless attacking playing from the first face off.  That plus they were hitting everything that wore White, Orange and Black with the exception of the referees.

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In the second period, Brian Boucher was put in net in hopes to rekindles some fire.  It didn't take long.

Just 32 seconds into the period, Leino shot it close range on Antti Niemi and it just trickled past him only it sat on the blue paint.  Scott Hartnell was charging in at the time and he put it in to make the score 3-1, Hawks.

Not long after that, Patrick Kane recaptured the three goal lead as Ladd alertly passed the puck to Kane who put it past Boucher's right side.  4-1, Hawks.

The Flyers were pressuring the Blackhawks at the net and Brian Campbell made a blind backhand clearing attempt only for the puck to find Mikko Timonen at the slot who buried it to bring the game back to within two goals, 4-2 Hawks.

Chicago had an argument that Hartnell had been in the crease and Niemi's stick was caught under Hartnell's right armpit preventing him from making a play at the puck.  The call stood.

We may see a review on Scott Hartnell as he elbowed Tomas Kopecky in the back of the head while trying to finish a check.  This could be a blind side hit which may result in supplemental discipline according to the new rule on blind side hits.

Seabrook closed his hand on the puck while standing in the blue paint but it was not called as such as the referees considered it a closing the hand on the puck call.  On the replay, it was clear that he was in the crease.  The call should have resulted in a penalty shot.

The power play for the Blackhawks were clicking for the first time in this series as Byfuglien got his first goal of the series and another game winning goal to put the Hawks up 5-2.

While the second period was better for the Flyers, the Blackhawks were keeping up as both teams scored two goals and Chicago maintained their three goal lead.  the Flyers were playing more physical, but the Blackhawks maintained their game from the beginning to prevent further damage.

The Blackhawks came out with a purpose tonight.  The hitting, the cycling of the puck and making the Flyers skate all over the place was forcing the Flyers to play the Chicago game.  This proved to be fatal for Philadelphia.

In the final frame, James Van Riemsdyk received a juicy rebound to his stick and he immediately ripped it past Niemi's right side to put the game at 5-3, Hawks.

Flyers' nation let out a collective gasp as Daniel Briere was down and skating to the bench and back to the locker room in obvious pain.  He was quickly back in the game with some patching up done under his right eye.

Patrick Sharp was part of a three on two and he got a nice pass from Kane to make the score 6-3.

The Flyers refuse to give up so easily.  Ville Leino passed the puck to a wide open Simon Gagne, who potted the puck in an equally wide open net to Niemi's left side.  6-4, Hawks.

With the goalie pulled, the Flyers were trying to get this game closer.  The extra attacker wasn't enough.

The puck was cleared to Byfuglien, who shot it from beyond the center line and it went in the empty net to put the nail in the coffin.  This ended a stellar night for Byfuglien as his is now two goals, three assists, and a plus/minus even in the series as a result of tonight's obvious effort he put in.

That, and recording nine hits, he easily earned the first star of the game.

The game win puts the Chicago Blackhawks back on top in the series up three games to two and are one win away from getting their 4th Stanley Cup.  The last time they hoisted Lord Stanley's Mug was in 1961 and the young guns are so close they can taste the champagne.

The Flyers get a shot at forcing a Game Seven and trying to make the Blackhawks blink and home but, up to this point, it was the home team that has won all their games and home.

Going home or not, the Flyers need to apply the same type of game they played in parts of the final 2 periods and make sure that a first period performance, such as tonight's, do not rear it's ugly head again for the the rest of the series.  If they can take it that far.

Otherwise, they will be shaking the hands of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions and not the other way around.

This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean "


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