Michael Leighton after allowing Marian Hossa's G2 goal
Michael Leighton, on his duff, after allowing Marian Hossa’s G2 goal (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

No surprise that the Chicago Blackhawks won the initial two games of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. No surprise that Antti Niemi has had a big hand in both victories, especially last night’s Game Two. No surprise that Chicago’s fans almost blew the roof off United Center. But, 120 minutes into the series, there are three things that I just do not understand. 

1. Why would Flyers’ head coach Peter Laviolette have come back with Michael Leighton in goal? It makes no sense. In Game One, Leighton provided absolutely no spark, no lift, no inspiration to his team. He was out of position way too often. Laviolette had Brian Boucher right there. You remember Boucher? He’s the guy who wiped the New Jersey Devils off  the first-round map and sent the Flyers soaring to their current heights. Then, after he comes back with Leighton in G2, we watch Ben Eager score the game-winning goal over a falling and way-too-deep-in-his-net Leighton. Last night, Leighton seemed to spend the entire game on his butt. If Laviolette does not start Boucher in G3, he deserves to lose this series. (more…)

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Flyers’ first goal in off Nik Hjalmarsson’s face – bizarre! (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Last night, following Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, Philadelphia Flyers’ netminder Brian Boucher made the understatement of the entire NHL season. Boucher mumbled, “It was a crazy game.” Oh, it was a lot more than that, Brian! For hockey fans, it was incredibly exciting! For head coaches Joel Quenneville and Peter Laviolette, it was a nightmare! Eleven goals on sixty-four shots. Defence was never even a small part of the equation for either team. It was possibly the most bizarre contest in the Stanley Cup Final in 37 years. (more…)

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Very soon, the Blackhawks will be able to add “2010″ to the bottom of this banner

Sorry Flyers’ fans, but the Chicago Blackhawks are about to win their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Oh, it won’t necessarily be a walk in the park. The Flyers are an emotional squad and, if that continues, they’ll be a handful for Chicago. But the Hawks will win the series in five games – if they are able to do these five things. (more…)

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