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Patrick Boylan

I write the Wolves blog for ChicagoNow

PERIOD ONE---
The I hate Braydon Colburn, game four has already started. I'm a few minutes behind, but will be able to catch up.

Eddie Olczyk and Doc Emerick are in fine form tonight. The other night, watching game three, I was impressed that Eddie determined that a goal had happened and was broadly congratulated by Doc for his great eye. Ummm.... Doc, he waited till he could look at the video, particularly from overhead. That doesn't demonstrate a great eye. Let's leave the superlatives in favor of Eddie for when he actually does use his sharp little eyes.

Two penalties against the Blackhawks with only 4:30 passed. The Chicagoans need to get better at the discipline thing because the Flyers are first not giving them chances to score on a man advantage and second because these come back to bite you.

GOAL! And so it happens, right off the face off from the penalty as Richards steals the puck off the face-off from Nicholas Hjalmarsson behind the Hawks goal and back hands it past Niemi on the glove side (Eddie says it goes between the legs, but I don't have all those replay video screens he has. He seems to have been dropping, but didn't stop quickly enough). Power Pay goal at 4:35 for Mike Richards.

I'm seeing the Hawks get physical in the corner as the play resumes. 

You may be wondering why I'd like to see Braydon Colburn's nose smeared across several pieces of plexi-glass. First, of course, it is a huge nose. Second, this is a first round draft pick who never worked out, who never had the right attitude and never TRIED when he was with the Atlanta organization. I'm remembering the disappointment of watching the man skate for several seasons with the Chicago Wolves.

So, I'm demanding the hockey gods repay Colburn for wasting the fans time in Atlanta and Chicago with some real damage. Nothing permanent, just enough to make him look ugly for the rest of the season.

The Hawks are continuing their attack on the Flyers end. These things sometimes can come back to bite you. It depends on whether the D is involved in the attack.

Let's watch and see what happens.

The first power play of the game against the Flyers and the Hawks get a shot pretty much off the face-off.

You may notice the fans in the stand that stand while everyone else is sitting. How damn annoying is that? How lame. These are the fans who want to see themselves on the jumbotron. The guy I'm looking for is on the left side of the rink near the near face-off circle, standing for no discernable reason, wears a baseball hat.

Congratulations duffus. You got the attention of a blogger in Chicago. Now Sit Down And Shut Up.

The power play is struggling a bit. They are getting some shots on goal, which is really what you look for, but Michael Leighton is doing a great job in goal and you have to give the Flyers special teams unit credit as they've done a great job stopping the Hawks special team.

"Will you cut Ladd a bit of slack?" NO! What type of question is that? How does Ladd look out there? Is there anything more useless than an in game interview? Let's do away with these things.

With about 7:30 remaining, the momentum is in the balance as the two teams are struggling in neutral ice. The earlier push of the Hawks seems to have stalled. Doc is noting that there have been no Flyer shots on goal in nine minutes.

Doc is discussing line changes here. As the home team the Flyers have a number of advantages. One is to make the last change of players on the ice. So the Flyers get to see what players the Blackhawks have on the ice and then respond with a final line change.

The other advantage the Flyers have is on the face off, the Hawks put their sticks down first. This is quickly followed by the Flyers stick and the puck. If the linesman doesn't time this right, the motion of the home team stick is often enough to win the faceoff.

Anyway GOAL! The Flyers have scored an even strength goal. Giroux came around the back of the Chicago net and feathered it over to James Van Riemsdyk standing in the left circle. He put a backhand shot on goal, it was wide. It landed on the stick of Niklas Hjalmarsson, who was standing to the left of the net. Hjalmarsson wasn't able to clear it. He rushed, his shot, not noticing the incoming Matt Carle coming in. Carle picked it up and potted it, no one was home. Even strength goal at 14:48.

This is a disappointing first period for the Hawks. What makes it even more disappointing is that the only two shots on goal between those two goals--- well there wasn't one. The Hawks closed them down on SOG, but the Flyers have scored anyway. It will be interesting to se the Shots total at the end of the period. Yikes!

We can hold Niemi responsible for that first goal, he didn't get down fast enough, missed it on the face-off, whatever. 

GOAL. The Hawks finally solve Leighton as the face-off is won by the Flyers. Colburn, that big-nosed egotist, didn't clear the puck out, feeding it to Scott Hartnell who lost it to Dunkin Keith. Keith fed it to Patrick Sharp at the top of the slot. Colburn has another role to play here too, as his stick redirects the puck past Leighton.

That's a big goal, but it is unfortunately matched with just 36 seconds on the clock. The fourth goal of the period starts with a huge hit on Chris Pronger in the Flyer end. Scott Hartnell comes up with the puck, bringing it down to the left boards. There he feeds it back to Kimmo Timonen high in the slot. He made a quick pass to Claude Giroux. Giroux is standing undefended next to the net and again no one is home as he puts it in.

Where the hell is the D? Another issue here was that Niemi was much too far out of the net with a man behind him. That's a bad error. He has been to cocky and we can assign at least two of the Flyers three goals this period to Niemi.

SECOND PERIOD--- 
Another power play to the Flyers. It really looks like a lack of discipline is hurting the Hawks. The Flyers had only eight shots on goal in the first period and as noted in the first period summary, they went ten minutes or so, actually between goals, without any shots on goal. Add to that the three goals and you can compute that there were only five shots on goal in the period that didn't find twine.
They are dangerous. Emerick just noted that there were two short handed shots on goal in this power play, which the Hawks have successfully closed.
It is strange that I'm having a hard time finding a live score feed, with shots on goal and discussion for the NHL game. This is something I can find fairly easily for the AHL.
The stats available for the NHL are far superior to the stats for the AHL, but they are not as easily found I think.
Leighton just refused a shot. His rebound was pretty dead. I've seen this a lot, but there isn't anyone in the area of the net right now. Ben Eager and Dustin Byfuglien are typically putting themselves infront of the net. Grinders like Eager and Byfuglien do well putting themselves at risk in this area. It's a rough area but can pay big rewards as you can see with the stats Byfuglien has generated in this playoff season.
Finally found a live feed to stats on NHL.com. EXCUSE me for not being familiar with the great NHL site.
There are still a few minutes left before the ten minute mark, but once again the Hawks are leading with shots on goal. Certainly mistakes on defense, Niemi's two errors in net, have contributed to the current two goal deficit of the Blackhawks. One thing we can't fault is the offensive power of the Hawks. 
The game is flowing into the ten minute mark of the period. The Flyers are speeding up the game and putting a lot of energy into an assault on Niemi. It will be interesting to compare the SOG at the ten minute mark. I wouldn't be surprised to see the SOG tied or now in the Flyers favor.
The Flyers were unable to even up the SOG, but picked up three SOG, putting the SOG at 7/5 in favor of the Hawks for the period.
SECOND PERIOD--- 
Another power play to the Flyers. It really looks like a lack of discipline is hurting the Hawks. The Flyers had only eight shots on goal in the first period and as noted in the first period summary, they went ten minutes or so, actually between goals, without any shots on goal. Add to that the three goals and you can compute that there were only five shots on goal in the period that didn't find twine.

They are dangerous. Emerick just noted that there were two short handed shots on goal in this power play, which the Hawks have successfully closed.

It is strange that I'm having a hard time finding a live score feed, with shots on goal and discussion for the NHL game. This is something I can find fairly easily for the AHL.

The stats available for the NHL are far superior to the stats for the AHL, but they are not as easily found I think.

Leighton just refused a shot. His rebound was pretty dead. I've seen this a lot, but there isn't anyone in the area of the net right now. Ben Eager and Dustin Byfuglien are typically putting themselves infront of the net. Grinders like Eager and Byfuglien do well putting themselves at risk in this area. It's a rough area but can pay big rewards as you can see with the stats Byfuglien has generated in this playoff season.

Finally found a live feed to stats on NHL.com. EXCUSE me for not being familiar with the great NHL site.

There are still a few minutes left before the ten minute mark, but once again the Hawks are leading with shots on goal. Certainly mistakes on defense, Niemi's two errors in net, have contributed to the current two goal deficit of the Blackhawks. One thing we can't fault is the offensive power of the Hawks. 

The game is flowing into the ten minute mark of the period. The Flyers are speeding up the game and putting a lot of energy into an assault on Niemi. It will be interesting to compare the SOG at the ten minute mark. I wouldn't be surprised to see the SOG tied or now in the Flyers favor.

The Flyers were unable to even up the SOG, but picked up three SOG, putting the SOG at 7/5 in favor of the Hawks for the period.

With about thirty minutes to play, the adjustments need to be made on the Blackhawks. Niemi cannot be as confident, the Flyers have proven they will take advantage of even quick mistakes to score. Beating Michael Leighton will require patience. Possibly putting more bodies in front of the net, particularly on the transition, will have an effect. But this is a game of patience right now for defeating Leighton.

The D has been weak tonight. Clearing the puck, maybe taking more time, slowing down the game as the Flyers are suddenly using unknown speed. I think these are keyes to putting together a win.

Chicago takes another undisciplined penalty. This is not good. A three goal lead in a Stanley Cup game will be tough to overcome. 

This is the second good kill by the Blackhawks. I do not think there was a single shot on goal! 

Niemi just stopped a Mike Richards breakaway shot, He was a good four or five feet out of the crease, cutting the angle, as they say, on Richards. Richards had played a brilliant bit of skating, picking up a turnover in neutral ice to breakaway. There was a second player to his left, making this a t:1 breakaway.

I submit this is one of Richards issues. He is a bit of a hot dog. Either of two moves here would have pretty much put the game out of reach of the Blackhawks. First, he could have fed a back and forth and the second thing he could have done is roll to his right, pulling Niemi out of the angle.

He didn't and his conceit is keeping the game within reach.

More penalties, a 4:4 situation in the closing minute and change of the period.

The Hawks can take advantage of this with their greater speed. But, with the period ended, the score still notes a two goal lead for the Flyers.

THIRD PERIOD---
This isn't looking good. An early goal is required to get the momentum back on to the Chicago side.

The Flyers have had two transitions that they almost used to gain a three goal advantage. Sometimes when a team is behind, as the Hawks are right now, they put too much into trying. You can see there is too much effort at points like this in the game as the opposing team catches them in the transition.

The pressure is staying on the Flyers, but really, in a strategic sense, the Blackhawks are the ones under pressure here. They need to score, hopefully within by the ten minute mark, but certainly before we move past the five minute mark.

That would leave enough time for a tying mark to be made.

The boxscore shows no SOG for the Blackhawks in the first about five minutes. This is against the evidence of my eyes that the Hawks have put good pressure on the Flyers. Emerick is making the point that the Flyers have blocked 21 shots tonight.

He doesn't yet have the similar numbers for the Hawks. 

GOAL! That is probably the game for the Hawks as at 13:17 the Flyers put one in. A turnover is picked up by Danny Briere. He finds Ville Leino in the right circle. He drags it through the slot to the opposite circle and fires off of the back of Kris Versteeg to redirect in.

Another power play in favor of the Flyers. That makes four by my count.

You can say what you will about poor officiating, the Hawks know what is being called and the Hawks are poorly disciplined this game. They need to stop taking penalties. Easy to say, hard to do.

Let's put a fork in the Hawks tonight. They are done. For the first time in this game the SOG total for the period for a ten minute period is favoring the Flyers.

And Scott Hartnell gives the Hawks a man advantage with about nine minutes to play. Really, the Hawks have to score on this.

A 5:3 man advantage as my favorite Flyer gives the Hawks their biggest chance in the game. If the Hawks blow it the momentum will move very strongly in favor of the Flyers.

GOAL. A power play goal as the puck is deflected off the iron. Jonathon Toews takes a face-off, getting it back to Dunkin Keith. Keith drags it along the blue line, finds Patrick Kane in the right circle, they do a pick, with the puck going back to Keith. His shot finds the iron and redirects in. Nice work by the Hawks having people right off to the side of the net too, in case Michael Leighton redirected the shot. PPG on a 5:3 at about 7:59.

It would be nice to prove me wrong as the Hawks have yet another minute of 5:4 to pick up another goal. Nice movement around the net, but the Flyers are clearing the damn puck well too.

The Flyers successfully kill the penalty and Colburn comes out of the box to steal the puck and almost set up a clean break away.

The "Impact player is Leino," who scored the current game winning goal. This is how it's done, you don't care about the story line, you give these facetious awards and write about the people who score the game winning goal. Boring.

 Well, the Flyers have a big momentum here and the pressure is on Chicago. Whey need to score two and they just scored one. GOAL!

I think the oxygen just left the Wachovia Center. A transition goes Campbell to Toews and the puck trickles in. There is a one goal deficit to overcome. At 4:10 remaining.

Dirty goals can win games. And they change stupid little considerations such as naming the current game winning goal holder, in that case Leino, the impact player of the game when the game isn't yet decided.

At about this point, with about four minutes remaining, the staff of the Flyers is walking around the press box collecting the three stars of the game. Meanwhile the press is on deadlines, trying to get the copy ready, not really knowing who is going to win this game.

Here, I'll name my stars of the game, Colburn, Leighton and umm.... Richards. Of course that nomination of Colburn is a cruel joke based on him taking part in one of the Hawks goals.

DAMN~ Richards is so fast! And Colburn actually stops a possible huge goal with just two minutes remaining after he lost his stick. 

Niemi is trying to go to the bench. There is about 90 seconds left to play.

Empty net with 71 seconds remaining. It is always dangerous to have an empty net while the puck is in your own end.

EMPTY NET GOAL and this game is history. Joe Biden leaves with 24.6 seconds remaining. A faceoff is won, but Jeff Carter lifts the stick of Dunkin Keith, steals the puck and then Carter takes off for the Chicago goal.

There is a final power play for the Hawks, but it is meaningless. The final score is 5-3 with the Flyers tying the series 2-2.

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