Chicago Blackhawks Win Game of Nerves

May 30th, 2010 by Jeff Hicks Leave a reply »
Athletes will admit that when it comes to the big stage of their sport, nerves and being nervous are natural and will happen. But will they lead to 11 goals between two defensive-heavy teams?

It did Saturday night in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks took the early 1-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the series in what was a fun, yet disappointing game for both teams. Here are my points of interest after finally getting my heart from beating out of my chest.

Both teams came out playing nervous, but with zeal. It was clear Philadelphia came out to show the Blackhawks they meant business, and for most of the game, outplayed them.

I believe it is safe to say that the 6-5 outburst will be the biggest scoring game of the series.


Tough break for Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. In his return to Chicago, he gave up five goals on 20 shots, and got yanked in favor of returning net minder Brian Boucher. Don't be surprised if Boucher gets the nod game two, and possibly the rest of the series.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville stuck with his goaltender, Antti Niemi, and it paid off in the ...

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