Stanley Cup Finals 2010: It’s a Three Game Series Now, Who Will Blink First?

June 6th, 2010 by Cory Ducey Leave a reply »
The Orange Crush at the Wachovia Center was just what the doctor ordered for the Philadelphia Flyers as they weet into Game Four down a game.  We now have a new series.

I have repeated this constantly but it needs repeating as it seems to be the theme of these Stanley Cup Finals; lucky bounces.

There are bounces aplenty in this series and both teams have benefited from them and it looks like the Flyers got more this time around.

While Philadelphia Goaltender Micheal Leighton seems to be stuggling on the stat sheet, the numbers themselves do not tell the story.  Most of the goals that Leighton has allowed were off deflections and bounces that boggle the mind.  Chicago's Antti Niemi also had some goals allowed that were certainly considered lucky, but Leighton got more of them.

To get up-to-date, let's look at Game Four.

The scoring was opened up on a sloppy turnover by Blackhawk Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson behind the Chicago net.  Flyers Captain Mike Richards stole the puck and backhanded a 5-hole shot.

Friday night was not Hjalmarsson's night as he was in the right place, but made the wron ...

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