For the first game of this Stanley Cup Finals, last night's match was decided by more than one goal as the Flyers took down the Blackhawks 5-3. As the old saying goes, it's not a series until someone loses on home ice, so it'll be interesting to see how things pan out back at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday.
I'm thinking the Flyers may have a bit of a mental edge of the Blackhawks right now. That's not to say that Chicago is playing with a sense of fear, but they are playing against a team that fought back from a 3-0 hole against the Bruins to take the series. I feel as if the sheer sense of knowing that is enough to make them want to stay on their toes in G5.
Fact is, the Flyers more or less put last night's game away in the first. They came out ready to play, Chicago's defense didn't, and the score was 3-1 Philly after the first. Of course, you can't rule anything out in hockey, as I'm sure we all know firsthand from Max's "shhh" game last season, so there were still 40 minutes left to play before the final horn. But by that time, Philly had tagged on two more goals to seal the deal 5-3. Keeping with the series theme, all eight goals were scored by eight different goal scorers.
The best of seven series is now down to a best of three. We're set to watch at least a six-game series at this point.
Here's to an exciting finish.