Key facts, figures from Game 2 of the Final
Monday, 05.31.2010 / 11:59 PM / News
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final was nothing like Game 1 except for the result -- another Chicago victory.
Here are a few of the pertinent numbers from the Blackhawks' 2-1 victory over Philadelphia in Game 2 of the Final at the United Center Monday night.
0 – Goals scored in the first period on only 12 shots on goal. It was a marked contrast from Game 1, when the Flyers and Hawks combined to score five times and take 26 shots on goal, and the second period, when the teams teamed up for 28 shots.
1 – Stanley Cup Final games refereed by Kelly Sutherland, who worked Game 2 with Stephen Walkom. Sutherland is the only one of the eight officials working the Final who has not worked at least one previously.
2 – Goals scored by the Blackhawks in the second period of Game 2, giving them five in the middle period in the first two games of the series. Philadelphia had allowed just seven second-period goals in 17 games through the first three rounds.
3 – Years since a game in the Final was scoreless through two periods. The last one was Game 2 in 2007, when Anaheim and Ottawa were tied 0-0 through 40 minutes. The game remained scoreless until Samuel Pahlsson scored with 5:44 remaining in regulation to give the Ducks a 1-0 win.
4 – Losses by Philadelphia in the four games in which the Flyers have trailed after two periods this spring. In contrast, they are 10-0 when taking a lead into the final 20 minutes.
5 – Consecutive power plays for the Flyers in the series before the Hawks were awarded one. Philadelphia received all four power plays in Game 1 and the first one in Game 2 before Chicago got one when Blair Betts was called for cross-checking at 14:18 of the first period.
5 – Consecutive years in which the team hosting Games 1 and 2 in the Final has won both games. The last time the teams changed cities for Games 3 and 4 after splitting the first two games was 2004, when the Flames and Lightning split the first two games at Tampa Bay.
6 – Playoff losses by the Flyers in as many meetings with Chicago. Philadelphia trails this series 2-0 and was swept by the Hawks in the 1971 quarterfinals, the only other postseason meeting between the teams.
7 – Consecutive victories in this year's playoffs by the Blackhawks, who haven't lost since dropping Game 5 to Vancouver in the conference semifinals. The Hawks set the franchise record of 10 consecutive playoff wins in 1992, the last time they went to the Final.
9 – Times in this year's playoffs that the Blackhawks have scored first. The Hawks are 8-1 in those games. The Flyers have split the 10 games in which they've allowed the first goal.
10 – Games won by the Blackhawks this spring in as many tries when the margin of victory is one or two goals. Chicago 5-0 in one-goal games, 5-0 in two-goal games – but just 4-4 in games decided by three or more goals.
14 – Wins by Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi, the most in one playoff year by any goaltender in Blackhawks history. Niemi has started and gotten the decision in all 18 of Chicago's playoff games this spring.
14:35 – Time between shots for the Flyers. Daniel Carcillo took Philadelphia's third shot of the game at 6:24 of the first period, and the Flyers didn't get another one until Kimmo Timonen tested Antti Niemi 59 seconds into the second.
15 – Faceoffs won by Philadelphia's Mike Richards and Chicago's Jonathan Toews. Richards was 15-10 on draws, while Toews went 15-9. Overall, the Blackhawks went 37-34 on 71 faceoffs.
23 – Years since the Flyers have won a game in the Stanley Cup Final. The Flyers took Games 5 and 6 against Edmonton in 1987, but lost Game 7 and haven't won since. That includes a sweep by Detroit in 1997 and two losses to Chicago this year.
27:52 – Ice time for Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger, who again led both teams. His Game 2 total was down nearly 3 ½ minutes from his 32:21 total in Game 1. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith led the Hawks again with 27:02. Ben Eager, who had the winning goal, had the least ice time of any player on either team – just 4:03 on 10 shifts.
28 – Seconds between Chicago's first and second goals. Marian Hossa broke a scoreless tie at 17:09 of the second period, and Ben Eager beat Michael Leighton less than a half-minute later for a 2-0 lead.
30 – Shots by the Flyers in the final two periods. Philadelphia managed only three shots on goal in the first period, but had 15 in each of the last two. They got just one of their 33 shots past Niemi.
34 – Number of times in the Stanley Cup Final that a team has won the first two games in a best-of-seven series. The team going up 2-0 has won 31 of the first 33 – but one of the two teams that didn't was the 1971 Blackhawks, who beat Montreal in the first two games but lost the series in seven games.
72 – Total hits in the game, with Philadelphia credited with 37 and Chicago with 35. Braydon Coburn led the Flyers with five; Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook topped all players with seven.
Author: John Kreiser | NHL.com Columnist