So anybody who picked Flyers in 4 or 5, or Chicago in 4 or 5, is out of the inaugural Boneheads Stanley Cup Finals Extravaganza Contest (and picnic) No. 1.
You can identify yourselves if you’re out or in, if you choose to do so.
I’m off for a lacrosse triple-header.
Here are some post-Game 4 notes from the NHL:
2010 STANLEY CUP FINAL POST-GAME NOTES – GAME 4
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 5 – JUNE 4, 2010
FLYERS WIN 7TH STRAIGHT AT WACHOVIA, IMPROVE HOME PLAYOFF MARK TO 9-1
The Flyers ran their home winning streak at Wachovia Center to seven games and improved their League-best home record in the 2010 playoffs to 9-1. They went 2-0 against New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, 2-1 vs. Boston in the Conference Semifinal, 3-0 vs. Montreal in the Conference Final and are 2-0 against Chicago in the Stanley Cup Final.
In six home starts, Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton is 6-0 with two shutouts, a 1.48 goals-against average and .949 save percentage, stopping 169 of 178 shots.
HIGHEST SCORING FINAL SERIES SINCE 1981
There have been 29 goals scored in this series (Philadelphia 15, Chicago 14), the most through the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final since 1981 when the New York Islanders and Minnesota North Stars combined for 36 in the first four games of the Isles’ five-game series win.
HOME CLUBS 4-0 IN STANLEY CUP FINAL
Home clubs are 4-0 in the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive season. In 2009, the home teams won the first six games before the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7. In the 20 years prior to 2009, the home team won the first four games just once, in 2003 (New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks).
PRONGER LEADS ALL PLAYERS IN PLUS-MINUS
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger did not record any points in Game 4 but was on the ice for all five Flyer goals and finished the game with a +4 rating, six hits and three blocked shots in 27:51 of ice time. It marked the third time this series that Pronger has registered a +2 rating or better. He was +2 in Game 1 (6-5 loss) and +2 in Game 3 (4-3 OT win).
BLACKHAWKS LOSE CONSECUTIVE GAMES FOR FIRST TIME IN 2010 PLAYOFFS
The Blackhawks have lost consecutive games for the first time in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They had been 4-0 and outscored their opponents 14-3 following a loss entering Game 4 of the Final.
FLYERS’ POWER-PLAY STRIKES AGAIN
The Flyers scored their fifth power-play goal of the series on Mike Richards’ unassisted tally at 4:35 of the first period. They have scored at least one goal with the man advantage in each of the four Stanley Cup Final games and are 5 for 16 (31.3%).
Highest Power-Play Percentage in Final Since 1988
Team Year PPG PPA PCT
Edmonton Oilers 1988 8 25 32.0
Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 4 14 28.6
Calgary Flames 2004 6 24 25.0
Pittsburgh Penguins 1992 4 16 25.0
Colorado Avalanche 1996 4 16 25.0
FLYERS POST RECORD ATTENDANCE
The attendance at Game 4 was 20,304, the largest hockey crowd ever at the Wachovia Center and the largest crowd in the state of Pennsylvania to see an NHL game. The Flyers also surpassed the 1-million mark in attendance for just the second time in franchise history. During the regular season, 800,966 fans attended 41 home games (an average of 19,536 per game), while 199,406 fans have attended 10 home games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, bringing the total to 1,000,372.
Ed. Note: That Pa. record will be broken next Jan.1 when Sidney Crosby (featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins) plays Alex Ovechkin.