First and foremost, anybody who had Blackhawks in 4 or Flyers in 4 or 5 is already out of the Boneheads Stanley Cup Finals Extravaganza (and picnic) Contest No. 1.
Anybody fessing up to being out of the contest?
Game 3 notes from the NHL:
2010 STANLEY CUP FINAL POST-GAME NOTES – GAME 3
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 4 (OT) – JUNE 2, 2010
EARLY STANLEY CUP FINAL HAS FAMILIAR PATTERN SINCE 2006
Home clubs have won the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final for the fifth consecutive season. Facing a ‘must-win’ in Game 3 after dropping the first two games on the road, the 2006 Edmonton Oilers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, the 2007 Ottawa Senators topped the Anaheim Ducks and the 2008 and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings.
FLYERS RECORD THEIR FIRST OT WIN IN STANLEY CUP FINAL SINCE 1974
The Flyers registered their first overtime victory in the Stanley Cup Final since 1974, when Bobby Clarke’s goal defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 2 at Boston Garden. They had lost their past four appearances (one in 1987 vs. Edmonton, two in 1980 vs. NY Islanders and one in 1975 vs. Buffalo).
The Blackhawks skated in their first overtime in a Stanley Cup Final since 1971, a victory over Montreal in Game 1, and suffered their first OT loss in the Final since 1944—a series-clinching loss to Montreal in Game 4. Overall, the Blackhawks moved to 5-2 in Stanley Cup Final overtime.
FLYERS’ GIROUX BOUNCES BACK IN GAME 3
After going scoreless and posting a -3 rating over the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, Flyers forward Claude Giroux earned First Star honors tonight after scoring the overtime winner, adding two assists and posting a +2 rating.
Giroux, 22, increased his playoff points total to 20 (nine goals, 11 assists) in 20 games, vaulting from 10th place to fifth in the League playoff scoring race.
Giroux tallied the first overtime goal of his NHL career—including the regular season and playoffs.
FLYERS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT AT WACHOVIA, IMPROVE HOME PLAYOFF MARK TO 8-1
The Flyers ran their home winning streak at Wachovia Center to six games and improved their League-best home record in the 2010 playoffs to 8-1. They went 2-0 against New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, 2-1 vs. Boston in the Conference Semifinal and 3-0 vs. Montreal in the Conference Final.
In five home starts, Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton is 5-0 with two shutouts, a 1.18 goals-against average and .958 save percentage, stopping 137 of 143 shots.
FLYERS DOMINATE THIRD PERIOD FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME
The Flyers outshot the Blackhawks 15-4 in the third period, matching their advantage in Game 2.
BLACKHAWKS’ WINNING STREAKS SNAPPED
Tonight’s loss snapped a pair of lengthy Blackhawks’ win streaks. They entered Game 3 having won their past seven road games, tying an NHL playoff record, and their past seven games overall.
FLYERS SNAP POSTSEASON WINLESS STREAKS
The Flyers posted their first postseason victory against the Blackhawks tonight. Chicago had won all six games entering Game 3—a four-game sweep in the 1971 quarterfinals and Games 1 and 2 of this series.
The Flyers also broke a seven-game losing streak in the Stanley Cup Final. The streak included Game 7 in 1987 (to Edmonton), four consecutive losses in 1997 (to Detroit) and Games 1 and 2 this year.
OVERTIME IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL SINCE 1990
The home club posted a victory for just the fifth time in the past 20 overtime games in the Stanley Cup Final since 1990:
2010 Chicago 3 at Philadelphia 4 (Game 3, Claude Giroux)
2008 Pittsburgh 4 at Detroit 3 (Game 5, Petr Sykora)
2006 Edmonton 4 at Carolina 3 (Game 5, Fernando Pisani)
2004 Tampa Bay 3 at Calgary 2 (Game 6, Martin St. Louis)
Calgary 3 at Tampa Bay 2 (Game 5, Oleg Saprykin)
2003 New Jersey 2 at Anaheim 3 (Game 3, Ruslan Salei)
New Jersey 0 at Anaheim 1 (Game 4, Steve Thomas)
2002 Carolina 3 at Detroit 2 (Game 1, Ron Francis)
Detroit 3 at Carolina 2 (Game 3, Igor Larionov)
2000 Dallas 1 at New Jersey 0 (Game 5, Mike Modano)
New Jersey 2 at Dallas 1 (Game 6, Jason Arnott)
1999 Buffalo 3 at Dallas 2 (Game 1, Jason Woolley)
Dallas 2 at Buffalo 1 (Game 6, Brett Hull)
1998 Washington 4 at Detroit 5 (Game 2, Kris Draper)
1996 Colorado 1 at Florida 0 (Game 4, Uwe Krupp)
1994 Vancouver 3 at NY Rangers 2 (Game 1, Greg Adams)
1993 Los Angeles 2 at Montreal 3 (Game 2, Eric Desjardins)
Montreal 4 at Los Angeles 3 (Game 3, John LeClair)
Montreal 3 at Los Angeles 2 (Game 4, John LeClair)
1990 Edmonton 3 at Boston 2 (Game 1, Petr Klima)