Game Time: 5:00 PST
Broad Street Hockey (Flyers) vs Second City Hockey (Blackhawks)
This is one of the best Finals I have seen in a long time. I like it better than the 2 Detroit vs Pittsburgh series over the past 2 years. IMO it has all of the required elements that make me love hockey. Skill, speed, physicality, war....
The heat is now on the Hawks to win at home. Gone is the talk that the Flyers were doomed against these guys. The heat is also on Captain Toews to produce through all the adversity. You almost have to think that the winner of tonight's game takes the series. The home team has won every game. If Chicago can take this one they become huge faves to finish it in 6 or 7 regardless. Home ice advantage is now so important.
A few notes:
-Matthew Dirt from Second City Hocky wonders with Chicago getting the last changes tonight will coach Q actually split up Kane and Toews? Scott Morrison has just tweeted that Q will split them up.
-Some crazy cool stats about the Flyers from Broad Street Hockey: The Flyers are 9-0 in games 4-7 in these playoffs, Chris Pronger needs 1 point to tie a Flyers' playoff record for most points by a defenceman, and Daniel Briere needs 3 points to tie Brian Propp's old record for points by a Flyer in the post season.
-Hawks and many people still complaining about what Chris Prongers gets away with in terms in trips, slashes and cross checks.
-Andrew Ladd is nursing a sore shoulder but may still play tonight.