2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Blackhawks Face Familiar Challenge

June 3rd, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
After falling to the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks will look back at a Game Three in which both teams were as sloppy as they were lucky, and as physical as they were precise.

The good for Chicago is that Patrick Kane appears to have found his game.

Before Game Three, I discussed the similarities between the Olympic tournament and the beginning of the Finals for Kane , and he responded just as we predicted with a big game last night. Kane had an assist on Duncan Keith's goal (while skating with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp), and then scored a pretty goal on a nice lead pass from Jonathan Toews, that led to a breakaway try early in the third.

Antti Niemi was good in net, but not great in Game Three. The deal-breaker came just 20 seconds after Kane gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead in the third period. Philly's Ville Leino, who played a spectacular game, put back a rebound that tied the game at 3-3. The Flyers dominated the third period from then on, outshooting the Blackhawks 15-4 in the frame.

Leino and Danny Briere continue to make life miserable for the Blackh ...

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