From the NHL:
2010 STANLEY CUP FINAL POST-GAME NOTES – GAME 2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 1 AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 2 – MAY 31, 2010
HOME CLUBS WITH 2-0 SERIES LEAD IN STANLEY CUP FINAL
The all-time record of home clubs sweeping Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is 31-2 (.939). In 1971, Chicago won the first two games at home but lost to Montreal in seven games. In 2009, Detroit won the first two games at home but lost to Pittsburgh in seven games.
EAGER BURNS FORMER CLUB WITH GAME-WINNING GOAL
Blackhawks forward Ben Eager picked an opportune time to tally his first goal of the 2010 playoffs, notching the game-winning goal at 17:37 of the second period. Eager had not scored in 13 playoff games entering Game 2 and had a 15-game goal drought when adding regular-season play. His last goal came Apr. 7 vs. St. Louis.
Eager has tallied two career NHL playoff goals in 33 games and both have been game-winners. His first playoff goal/game-winner came for the Blackhawks in a 6-3 win at Vancouver on May 2, 2009.
Drafted in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002, Eager was traded to Philadelphia in February 2004 and made his NHL debut with the Flyers in 2005-06. He made 111 regular-season and two playoff appearances for the Flyers until his trade to Chicago for D Jim Vandermeer in December 2007.
HOSSA BREAKS STANLEY CUP FINAL GOAL DROUGHT
Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa opened the scoring at 17:09 of the second period, breaking a streak of eight consecutive Stanley Cup Final games without a goal. Hossa did not score in all seven games of the 2009 Final as a member of the Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh and in Game 1 Saturday. His last Stanley Cup Final goal had come as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the 2008 Final, a 3-2 loss to Detroit in the series-clinching game.
Hossa’s point total through the first two games of this series (1-2-3) matches his Final series total in 2009 with Detroit (0-3-3 in seven games).
Hossa also ended an eight-game goal drought in the 2010 postseason; he had not scored since Game 3 against Vancouver in the Western Conference Semifinal series on May 5.
BLACKHAWKS CONTINUE ROLL
The Blackhawks won their seventh consecutive game and improved to 10-1 in their past 11 games. After dropping a 5-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks to open their Western Conference Semifinal the Blackhawks have gone 4-1 against Vancouver, 4-0 against San Jose and 2-0 against Philadelphia.
Chicago improved to 8-1 in the 2010 playoffs when they score first, 9-1 when leading after two periods and 5-1 when outshot by their opponent (Phi 33, Chi 26).
AFTERNOON UPDATE, 12:23 P.M.: First, Happy Anniversary. As Michael Obernauer’s terric story in the Daily News today notes, 10 years ago today the Rangers named Glen Sather president/GM for life.
Found an interesting story on NHL.com … which by the way is doing a terrific job of covering the finals. It’s a story about the 2007 draft lottery in which Chicago won the ping-pong ball toss over Philadelphia.