Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Goals gone wild! 'Hawks win 6-5

Tomas Kopecky threads a shot past the Flyers’ Jeff Carter (17) and Brian Boucher in the third period for the winning goal.

Associated Press

Tomas Kopecky threads a shot past the Flyers’ Jeff Carter (17) and Brian Boucher in the third period for the winning goal.

CHICAGO — From the first faceoff, the Stanley Cup opener between the Blackhawks and Flyers was like a track meet on ice.

Fast-paced, up and down, the game was played at breakneck speed. Two teams trying to get off to a quick start traded goals for the first two periods. It was almost a question of which one would score last in this meeting of franchises that have experienced long title droughts.

On this night it was the Blackhawks.

Tomas Kopecky, who had been a scratch the previous five playoff games and was in the lineup because of an injury to wing Andrew Ladd, scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Blackhawks beat the Flyers 6-5 on Saturday night.

"(The Flyers) came out strong. They were playing really physical," said Chicago forward Kris Versteeg, who had a goal and an assist. "We had to match them, and once we did that, I think we did well."

Kopecky scored from the left side with a sharp-angled shot that beat backup goalie Brian Boucher at 8:25 of the third. Flyers captain Mike Richards responded by slamming his stick across the crossbar, shattering it in half.

The Flyers failed to hold three one-goal leads.

"You lose the first game of the Stanley Cup finals and it's hard to sit here and thumb through the positives right now," coach Peter Laviolette said.

Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell had a goal and two assists apiece for the Flyers.

Chicago's Troy Brouwer scored two goals, the second putting the Blackhawks ahead 5-4 in the second period and prompting the Flyers to replace starter Michael Leighton with Boucher. Boucher had missed seven straight playoff games with injuries to both knees after leaving Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston.

Perhaps the oddest statistic of the game: The Flyers played the whole thing without being penalized. Chicago was called for four penalties — three in the first period leading to one Flyers goal and a shorthanded one for itself from Dave Bolland — for a total of eight minutes.

Brouwer's second goal, on a pass from Marian Hossa, who reversed himself behind the net, came from the left circle with 4:42 left in the second, sending ex-Blackhawks goalie Leighton to the bench.

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 Boucher. He had a 1.45 goals-against average and save percentage of .948. He was pulled after giving up his fifth goal on 20 shots.

Blackhawks 2 3 1 6
Flyers 3 2 0 5
Blackhawks lead series 1-0
Blackhawks 2 3 1 6
Flyers 3 2 0 5
Blackhawks lead series 1-0

First Period1, Philadelphia, Leino 5 (Briere, Pronger), 6:38. 2, Chicago, Brouwer 3 (Hossa, Sopel), 7:46. 3, Chicago, Bolland 6, 11:50 (sh). 4, Philadelphia, Hartnell 4 (Briere, Pronger), 16:37 (pp). 5, Philadelphia, Briere 10 (Leino, Hartnell), 19:33. PenaltiesEager, Chi (cross-checking), 3:26; Kane, Chi (slashing), 9:58; Campbell, Chi (high-sticking), 15:51.

Second Period6, Chicago, Sharp 8 (Brouwer, Hjalmarsson), 1:11. 7, Philadelphia, Betts 1 (Asham, Powe), 7:20. 8, Chicago, Versteeg 5 (Kopecky, Keith), 9:31. 9, Chicago, Brouwer 4 (Hossa, Hjalmarsson), 15:18. 10, Philadelphia, Asham 4 (Briere, Hartnell), 18:49. PenaltiesBurish, Chi (boarding), 4:49.

Third Period11, Chicago, Kopecky 4 (Versteeg, Bolland), 8:25. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 17-9-6—32. Chicago 9-15-8—32. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 1 of 4; Chicago 0 of 0. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Leighton (20 shots-15 saves), Boucher 6-5-0 (15:18 second, 12-11). Chicago, Niemi 13-4-0 (32-27). A22,312 (19,717).

Fast facts

Goal explosion

The Blackhawks and Flyers combined to score five goals in each of the first two periods.

• That's the most goals scored in the first period of Game 1 of a Cup final since 1982 (Islanders and Canucks, also five).

• The last time five goals were scored in the first period of any Cup final game was 2006's Game 5 (Oilers and Hurricanes).

• The 11 total goals are the most in a Cup final game since Pittsburgh beat Chicago 6-5 in 1992's Game 4 to complete a sweep.

Goals gone wild! 'Hawks win 6-5 05/29/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 30, 2010 12:25am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Twice the talent: IMG football expands to two teams this fall


    BRADENTON — When IMG Academy fielded its first varsity football team in 2013, there were 78 players on the roster. Since then, the roster has nearly doubled. With no junior varsity it was difficult for some to find playing time, and players do not come to IMG to sit the bench.

    The solution? Start another …

    Tre'von Riggins is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive lineman who transferred from Lakewood High to IMG Academy in Bradenton.
  2. Rays power way to 5-1 win over Orioles on eve of crucial road trip

    The Heater

    St. PETERSBURG — The Rays didn't get many hits in the early going Wednesday, but they got a couple that went a long way and that was enough to beat the Orioles, 5-1.

    Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) hugs catcher Jesus Sucre (45) after Souza's solo home run in the seventh inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  3. 'That's not me': Jaguars' Dante Fowler apologizes for arrest


    Former Lakewood High and Gators star Dante Fowler, now a defensive end with the Jacksonville Jaguars, spoke Wednesday for the first time since his arrest in St. Petersburg last week, apologizing to his team and fans.

    Dante Fowler faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and criminal mischief from his arrest, and entered a written plea of "not guilty" on Tuesday.
  4. Bucs' Josh Huff has DUI citation dismissed, attorney says


    Bucs receiver Josh Huff continues to resolve the legal issues that cost him a job with the Eagles last year, as the DUI citation against him was dismissed Tuesday, according to his attorney.

    Bucs receiver Josh Huff makes a first-down catch against the Saints, one of three games he played in for Tampa Bay last season.
  5. HomeTeam 100: Players 21-30


    TAMPA - Jesuit linebacker Anthony Nelson will help lead the Tigers into the 2017 season. Taken 5-17-17 by Scott Purks