What’s that old saying about Democrat voters in Chicago…that come election day, they vote early and often. Well, if that is the case then the Chicago Blackhawks showed up for game five with that same attitude, scoring early and often on the Philadelphia Flyers. They built a 3-0 lead in the first period on their way to 7-4 win.
Dustin Byfuglien scored twice for Chicago and added another pair of assists. He now has 10 goals and 15 points during the playoffs this spring.
With the win, they could bring an end to the Stanley Cup Finals…and the entire 2009-10 NHL season…Wednesday night back in the city of brotherly love.
However, Flyers fans…and for that matter, Marian Hossa… will be quick to remind us that a year ago the Detroit Red Wings found themselves in exactly the same position the Hawks are. Following a 5-0 game-five win in Motown, the Big Red Borg looked to close out the series against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, but fell 2-1 in game six. They returned to Detroit three days later where the Penguins finished off the Wings by the same 2-1 score.
But if indeed the Blackhawks do win Wednesday night on the road… something neither they for Philly have been able to do yet in this year’s SCF… then it’s quite possible that fans here in Atlanta can begin the Torchetti Watch. It has been widely rumored that the Blackhawks assistant coach is high on Rich Dudley’s wish list for the head coaching position here in Thrasherville.
Either way, there will be something happening with the Blackhawks in Chicago Friday. It’ll be a series-deciding seventh game…or a parade.
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