Blackhawks hold onto home ice

The Chicago Blackhawks held on nicely late in the 3rd period last night, and won 2-1 to now own a 2-0 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers. Last night was not the high scoring affair like the 6-5 first game of the series, but the result was the same: the Blackhawks and their fans left the building with a win and feeling confident as this series shifts to Philly. In this game the goalies showed off a bit more then in game 1 when both goalies were constantly being scored on. Leighton, one of the biggest stories of the last couple rounds, got pulled but came back and played pretty good last night. But Niemi was great, and big at the times when Chicago needed him to be.

Someone has to remind the top lines for each of these teams that they are needed for their respective teams to win. For the 2nd game in a row the Blackhawks got goals from lines other then their top one of Byfuglien, Toews, and Kane were again held in check. But Philly’s top line did not do much more. After being held scoreless in the high-scoring game 1, the Flyers top PP group got a goal in the 3rd but the stars were otherwise silenced by Niemi and the defense again. Which ever team’s top forwards show up for game 3 will have a good chance at taking it. And for the Philadelphia Flyers, losing this next game could be about it for their run. I know they came from the brink against the Bruins, but if you have not noticed the Blackhawks are not the Bruins.

And exciting news on the Fansided front, as a new NHL site will be launched either tonight or tomorrow. I will be part of the team for this site that will cover everything about the NHL. Unlike many of the sites which cover only one team, this will be about everything across the NHL. From the draft, to who’s hot and not, to trades and free agency moves, to who may be the next big up and comer. This site will cover everything. I will keep you all in the loop, especially since I will be part of the team and it looks like my day will be each Saturday.

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