There isn’t much to choose from today in Flyers history, literally just one game ever, and boy was it ever a wild one.
The Flyers opened the scoring with a Ville Leino tally just over six minutes in but the Blackhawks had a quick answer to even things with a Troy Brouwer goal. Dave Bolland’s shorthanded goal four minutes later put the Flyers in their first hole of the series, but goals from Scott Hartnell and Daniel Briere gave them a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes in a high-flying first period that wouldn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Patrick Sharp evened things up just 1:11 into the second, part of three Blackhawks goals in the second around a pair of Flyers goals from grinders Blair Betts and Arron Asham to even the score at 5-5 through two wild periods.
Neither goaltenders —Antti Niemi for Chicago nor Michael Leighton for the Flyers— provided much resistance between the pipes as soft goals were a flavor of the night and a sign of things to come all series long.
But after a hectic first two periods both teams —and goalies— settled down in the third period, though Chicago would be rewarded with a go-ahead goal.
Tomas Kopecky broke the 5-5 tie 8:25 into the third to give the Blackhawks a lead they wouldn’t surrender as Niemi came up with enough saves down the stretch to fend off the Flyers last rally of the night.
As defenseman Chris Pronger quietly lifted up the puck and headed off into the Chicago night, it became a symbol of a lost opportunity for the Flyers —who blew three separate leads in the game— in what was expected to be a closely contested series.
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