The Stat Line of the Night – 6/9/10 – Chicago Blackhawks
Here in Chicago last night, fireworks were crackling, car horns were honking and I think I even heard some banging on pots and pans. It was long overdue. The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961 with a thrilling overtime victory in Philadelphia, beating the Flyers 4-3.
Both teams played at a frenetic pace, flying up and down the ice with non-stop action. Several Hawks played amazing hockey and contributed to the win.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was left wide open and gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead when his shot from inside the blue line was deflected in past goalie Michael Leighton by Andrew Ladd for the goal. Hjalmarsson also gave up his body to block four shots. He had the game of his career.
Big Dustin Byfuglien scored another goal and crushed several Flyers with huge hits. Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Toews had an assist, 3 blocks and won 16 faceoffs. And Patrick Kane had the game-winning goal and 2 assists. It was definitely a team effort and the Cup is coming to Chicago.
The Chicago Blackhawks have The Stat Line of the Night for 6/9/10.