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Goalies, defense under fire through two wild periods, score tied 5-5

May 29, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

Well, if casual fans enjoy goal scoring frenzies, then this game is simply a buffet of goodness. Jacques Lemaire might want to look away from the screen, though.

Flyers 5, Blackhawks 5

End of second period

Michael Leighton looked nervous early and played that way all game. He ended up getting the boot in the second period in the first game Brian Boucher returned as his backup, although at least in this case no one was injured. Instead Leighton just played like something was ailing him, allowing 5 goals on only 20 shots. Antti Niemi’s night hasn’t been much better, although he’s still in net for Chicago after giving up 5 goals on 26.

Danny Briere’s had an excellent 1 goal and 3 assists while Troy Brouwer put up an impressive 2 goals and 1 assist.

This is not a game for fans of tight checking, defensive hockey. Philadelphia is generally outplayed Chicago for long stretches – particularly in the first period – generating 4 powerplay opportunities to a stunning zero for the Blackhawks. Neither team will put this on their personal highlight reels, though.

It’s 5-5 going into the third and really … anything can happen. Maybe the teams will flip the script and produce some playoff-quality defense? Nah, that might be a little too crazy.

  1. Francis - May 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Wow! What a crazy game. I loved every minute of it. I think one of the big questions what which goalie would break down first. turned out to be both of them, and it worked out great for the fans, with 11 goals. Loved every minute of it. It reminded me of the Ottawa vs Buffalo in 06 second round. just goal after goal.

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