PHILADELPHIA -- Someone put the needle in the Blackhawks' doll before Friday's Game Four. Maybe it stuck
"I thought we were very generous in the first period on what we gave them as far as goals," said 'Hawks coach
For starters, someone give Flyers captain
It was the Flyers' first two-goal lead of the series. Until that point, the teams had been tied or a goal apart for 193:03 of the first 200:46 minutes played.
As Flyers forward
"That goal was just stupid," said Toews. "We shouldn't be giving up a goal like that right after we get a big one. We should be going in there that first intermission thinking we're right where we want to be, just down a goal, not having played our best period. But give up another goal like that is tough to come back from against a team like that."
The two-goal lead held until 6:43 of the third, when the 'Hawks tuned the puck over in center zone again and
"He was standing right there and I figured maybe I could try to hit him on the back," Leino joked. 'No, I missed the shot a little bit there. It was a lucky goal."
All was going well for the home team. Flyers defenseman
It took the Hawks until the final eight minutes to knock the Flyers onto their heels. Within a span of 3:49, Chicago's Dave Bolland scored a five-on-three goal and Brian Campbell cut the lead to 4-3 with 4:10 to play. The first penalty that ultimately produced the Hawks' two-man power-play was actually a misconduct to Hartnell for banging his stick against the sideboards in order to get the officials' attention, a no-no that the league said it would enforce during the finals.
The 'Hawks kept pressing the attack, forcing
"The guys were good in front of me all night," said Leighton. "I felt confident, but I had help."
For the game, the Flyers blocked 28 shots to the 'Hawks' 11.
Finally in the closing minute, with Niemi on the bench, Keith was unable to keep a bouncing puck in the zone, leaving
At times when the 'Hawks play with desperation, as they have for most of the playoffs, they look like the most talented team in the postseason: swift and strong and despite the preeminence of Kane and Toews, not nearly so reliant on one or two players. When they play as though someone is chasing them, they are a tight team, prone to mistakes that even ruin games in which they play very well.
"A couple of mental mistakes and they buried them," said Sopel. "Obviously we don't make those mistakes very often. Give them credit. They capitalized. We have to be smarter."