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Chicago Blackhawks retake lead in the Stanley Cup Finals

By Colleen Boyle

In a very pressing game five, both teams looked to take a 3-2 lead in the cup finals. At home ice, the Chicago Blackhawks put together an impressive and offensive minded win.

After losing two straight on the road to Philadelphia, the Chicago team pulled itself back together as seen often in the regular season when suffering disappointing losses. In Philadelphia, the Blackhawks failed to play like a team would in the Stanley Cup Finals, making turnovers and taking bad penalties.

In the first period of Game 5, Brent Seabrook (power play goal), Dave Bolland, and Kris Versteeg score to take an early 3-0 lead. After the first intermission, Goaltender Michael Leighton takes a spot on the bench and Brian Boucher remains in goal for Philadelphia through the end of game five.

The second period sees two goals from Philadelphia, with Chicago adding two of their own to end the second with a 5-2 lead. The third period was engulfed in tension as the Flyers try to fight back a three goal deficit.

Flyers leftwing van Riemsdyk scores to bring the score to 5-3, but Patrick Kane gives a good feed to Patrick Sharp, and the score becomes 6-3. Simon Gagne scores next but Byfuglien gets an empty netter to wrap up the score sheet and give the Blackhawks a final 7-4 victory in game five.

Chicago rookie goaltender Antti Niemi made 23 saves and allowed four even strength goals. One of the most effective special teams was the Chicago penalty kill. Chicago took three penalties, and in six minutes of penalty kill, only three shots made it to Niemi.

Defenseman Duncan Keith leads the team in ice time with 27:11 in game five and recorded an assist giving him 16 points in the 2010 playoffs. Another effective key element in game five was Dustin Byfuglien. Without a point in the first four game and a minus three rating, Byfuglien came through in game five with two goals and two assists—including the game winning goal.

Game five had a great pace with a lot of offensive presence similar to game one but with Chicago being able to keep a two or three goal lead through most of the game but never letting down the defensive guard.

If the Chicago team wants to continue their momentum into game six, the best way to do that is to continue to shut down defenseman Chris Pronger. Pronger went from being a plus four in game four to a minus five with one shot on goal in game five.

Coach Joel Quenneville has finally found the line ups that equal success and will probably continue those lines for game six. Game six is in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Two full days of waiting that will feel like 49 years.


  1. I can feel it, I really can lets bring this thing home.

  2. blackhawks win in philly and take home cup
    waiting for them a tick or tate parade oh yea go hawks