2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Blackhawks and Flyers: Similar Teams, Different Paths

May 28th, 2010 by Derrick Lightfoot Leave a reply »
When I was making my preseason predictions, I figured I would be edgy. I picked the Blackhawks to meet the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final.

This "edgy" pick was soon revealed to be nothing special as I watched many analysts pick the same final.

Throughout the year Chicago looked like the real deal, as they were in a tight battle with the Sharks for first in the Western Conference. This was not very surprising, as most had picked the Blackhawks to hold off the Red Wings and take the Central Division.

The Flyers were completely different. They started off well, but couldn't string together wins. Injuries to their net minders hindered their performance slightly, but overall the team was not playing well. Emery went down, and Boucher was in. Boucher didn't fair well as the starter, and goaltender Michael Leighton was claimed on waivers.

I won't talk about the Leighton story, nothing against him but if you watched one game in the Flyers-Habs series, you know everything and anything about his road to the Cup Final.

Long story short, Philly squeaked into the playoffs on the last day of the regular season, winning in a shootou ...

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