The Chicago Blackhawks won game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, but did so in wild fashion. The game saw 11 goals, including five in both the first and second period’s. The win for the Blackhawks moved them just three games away from winning their first Lord Stanley title in 35 years.
The first period saw Ville Leino score his fifth goal of the postseason just 6:38 into the game. Danny Briere and Chris Pronger assisted on the goal. The Blackhawks scored the next two goals, with one coming in the shorthanded fashion. First, Troy Brouwer scored his third goal in the postseason, and four minutes later Dave Bolland scored his 6th, which came shorthanded for Chicago. Philadelphia showed a ton of resolve scoring the final two goals of the period: Scott Hartnell on the power play and Danny Briere’s 10th.
The 22,000+ fans got an exciting second period as well. Patrick Sharp tied the game just 1:11 into the second period. It was his 8th goal of the postseason. Philadelphia answered with their fourth goal of the game at the 7:20 mark, as Blair Betts scored his first of the postseason. The Blackhawks once again tied the game, this time Kris Versteeg’s 5th. Troy Brouwer scored his second of the game 6 minutes later to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. Marian Hossa and Niklas Hjalmarsson helped with the assist. The Flyers tied the game with 1:11 to go in the period when Arron Asham got a pass from Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell.
The lone goal of the third period proved to be the game winner. Tomas Kopecky shot one passed the Philadelphia goaltender at the 8:25 mark from Kris Versteeg and Dave Bolland. Starting goaltender Michael Leighton was pulled after 35 minutes, and allowing 5 goals. Back-up Brian Boucher saved 11 out of 12 shots, but allowed the game winner to take the loss. Both teams finished the game with 32 shots on goal.
The 11 goals scored tied for the most scored in a game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The six goals allowed by Philadelphia were the most they have yielded in the 2010 postseason. The two teams will get back together Monday Night for game two of the best of seven series.