Posted by: cedarsurf | May 30, 2010

Empty Net First Star

Bit of a stinker in the first game of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. As a member of the goaltending bretheren I am reluctant to criticize the goalies but…The empty net for the Flyers at the end of the game stopped more shots then either goalie as it recorded the first shut out of the Stanley Cup.
One has to feel bad for Flyers goalie Michael Leighton who stepped up from the back up position to take oover for Brian Boucher early in the series and really helped carry the Flyers to the playoffs.Leighton had been brilliant since taking over in the second round. He entered the game with a 6-1 record, including three shutouts, after replacing an injured Boucher in the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins. Leighton entered with a 1.45 goals-against average and save percentage of .948. He was pulled after giving up his fifth goal in just 20 shots. Sports Crap says that he has earned the right to start the next game for the Flyers but I would be surprised to see him there. Tough Call.
As far as Niemi goes in the Black Hawks goal he was shakey -but full marks to HNIC commentator and former goalie Kelly Hrudey, who said that the Black Hawks should keep him in net for the third. Hrudey pointed out that Niemi is a fighter and indeed in the third he played a very solid period.
Hopefully game two will look more like an NHL Stanley Cup Final as opposed to an NHL All-Star Game .
Beside the last time the Black Hawks were in Lord Stanley’s Final they won 7-5 against the black Hawks and two pretty good golies named Dryden and Esposito were between the pipes.

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