Chicago, folks. After a 49 year old drought the Chicago Blackhawks exceeded expectations and won their fourth Stanley Cup with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks beat the Flyers in six games and showed that they could repeat and even make a dynasty with this young team. ">The Stanley Cup is back in Chicago, folks. After a 49 year old drought the Chicago Blackhawks exceeded expectations and won their fourth Stanley Cup with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks beat the Flyers in six games and showed that they could repeat and even make a dynasty with this young team.
One cool thing is that the Blackhawks did beat the Flyers for the first time in the Wachovia Center since Clinton was president. The atmosphere in Philadelphia was something that was a problem for the Blackhawks during the series, but in game 6 the Blackhawks fought past that and finally beat the Flyers on the road.
The game itself is as exciting as the Blackhawks winning it all. Game 6 proved to be one of the best Stanley Cup games in recent years. The game had back and forth scoring until the end of the game. The Blackhawks had Dustin Byfuglien score in the first period to start the game off, but just a few minutes later Scott Hartnell scored to put the Flyers up on the board.
With all the momentum in favor of the Flyers, the Flyers didn't disappoint with Danny Briere scoring right at the 12 minute mark in the second period. After the Briere goal the Blackhawks were energized and less than two minutes after that Patrick Sharp scored for the 'Hawks. After Sharp's goal, the Blackhawks were completely dominating the game by first having Andrew Ladd score in the second period and then in the third the Blackhawks were dominating the game and looking to close the game out for good.
With things looking bad for the Flyers, Ville Leino and Briere both helped out Scott Hartnell to score his second goal of the game with about 4 minutes left in the game. With no goals scored at all in the closing minutes of the game, everyone knew that Game 6 must be decided in overtime.
At the start of overtime the Flyers completely dominated the start of the period with a few chances to score including one on a breakaway in which Antti Niemi saved a great shot on. After a few minutes Patrick Kane took a great shot from the outside and it luckily went right through goalie Michael Leighton. The only person quite sure of the goal was Patrick Kane and right when his arms went up, the city of Chicago started celebrating it's first championship since the Chicago White Sox in 2005.
At the end of the game I was thinking, as a Blackhawks fan, who really deserved to be the hero of the game. There are a few obvious choices, Dustin Byfuglien for his great play, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd for their goals, and obviously Patrick Kane for his amazing play in overtime and the two assist he had during the game.
One guy though who really deserved the player of the game was Antti Niemi. Niemi was sharp on every possesion and even though he did give up three goals, he still was the reason the Blackhawks even made it to overtime and made it to the Kane possession. In the last minute of the game the Flyers had open chances, but Niemi dove and tried his hardest to stop the puck from going in. Also, when the Blackhawks defense was struggling in overtime, Niemi had to stop every shot from going in.