Holding Serve: Hawks 2, Flyers 1
Well, that was more like it. Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals featured everything that game 1 didn't - defense, tight checking, good goaltending, even a Hawks power play. The only thing that didn't change was the result, the Blackhawks beat the Flyers in another one goal game.
You wouldn't know it from watching the broadcast, but the Flyers decided to dress Dan Carcillo for this game. He made an immediate impact, laying out teammate Jeff Carter with a big hit and getting into shouting matches with Adam Burish and several skirmishes with Tomas Kopecky. Wait a minute, that doesn't sound like much of an impact at all. Maybe this Carcillo fellow isn't the impact player we were led to believe he was.
Marian Hossa - Hossa finally snapped his goal scoring drought, putting back a rebound of a Patrick Sharp shot. Oh, and he played his usual excellent two way game.
Antti Niemi - Niemi was a bit shaky in the first two periods, oversliding to the short side as the Flyers shot for the far post. But he made every save exepct for one, kept his head during several scrums, and bailed the Hawks out in the third period when the Flyers poured on the pressure to try and tie the game.
Ben Eager - Eager made the most of his 4 minutes of ice time. He made several big hits and scored the game winning goal. He's no Dan Carcillo, but who is?
Patrick Sharp - Not a bad game from Sharp, although he wasn't as good on the faceoffs tonight. He's featured in this spot mainly because almost everyone played a solid game, and he clanked a wide open shot on an empty net attempt that would have soothed the nerves of Hawks fans everywhere instead of making us sweat out the final 40 seconds.
How about Scott Hartnell, who serves as the groundskeeper at Hogwarts during the offseason?