Flyers Lose Game Two, But Look Far From Finished

May 31st, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks were badly outplayed in the third period of game two of the Stanley Cup Finals, but in the end, they escaped with a 2-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead.

For the Flyers, they can take solace in the fact that they have now played two highly contested games against the favored Blackhawks—two games that could have gone in the Flyers favor.

Philadelpia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette gave game one “goat” Michael Leighton a vote of confidence by giving him a chance at redemption, starting the tough-luck goaltender in game two. Laviolette was rewarded with a strong effort from Leighton, one which saw him make 24 saves on 26 Chicago shots.

At the other end of the ice, Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi (who was chosen first star of the game) was just a little bit better than Leighton, making 32 saves on 33 Philadelphia shots, including 15 saves in the third period—a couple of which were game savers.

Once again, Chicago did a great job of containing the Flyers best players, as both Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and the red-hot Danny Briere were all kept off the scoresheet in game two.

Similarly, the Flye ...

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