Both Chicago and Philadelphia won their respective 2 homes games, and yesterday the series returned to United Center for game five, which the Blackhawks managed to win by 7-4, taking a valuable 3-2 lead that allows them to Wachovia Center for game six hoping to celebrate a possible obtaining of the Stanley Cup in game 6.
Dustin Byfuglien finally showed what he is capable of, coming up with 2 goals and 2 assists. The 257-pound left wing was outstanding at the first 3 rounds of the postseason as he scored 8 goals, but was quite ineffective in the first 4 games against the Flyers, whom applied a tough defense on him, which he was able to beat at game five, coming back to his original shape.
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Patrick Kane, another key player from the Blackhawks who was also underperforming against Philadelphia, also returned to form, scoring one goal and serving one assist, and the secret for their improvement resided in a different playing strategy applied by Chicago’s coach Joel Quenneville based on a split line that also included Jonathan Toews.
Brent Seabrook, Dave Bolland, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp all scored one apiece for Chicago, a team that is looking its first Stanley Cup since 1961, but if they don’t manage to win their following road game, then the series is going to return to United Center with 3 victories for each team, giving the Blackhawks the chance to celebrate their conquering of the title at home with their fans.
James van Riemsdyk, Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne and Kimmo Timonen each one scored for Philadelphia, with Gagne’s goal putting things at 6-4 with only 2:36 left on the clock, but just 30 seconds later Byfuglien managed to scored the seventh and defining goal for Chicago.
Ville Leino, a forwad for the Flyers, recognized that his team did not played well and that they did not made as many plays as they would have liked to. He also pointed out that will try to play more smart and in a tougher way at Chicago in order to avoid a 4-2 that would leave them out of competition.
The Fans of Chicago are happier than ever as they know that their team is just one game away of giving the city a well deserved sporting title, and they trust that goalie Michael Leighton will make things easier for them on game 6.
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