OK, maybe I’m jumping the gun just a touch, but it certainly looks good for Chicago heading into Philadelphia for Game 3. A few things to chew on about the first two games that make it look like Chicago may be on their way to breaking the game’s longest Stanley Cup drought:
- The Blackhawks are up 2-0 even though their top line has STILL been kept entirely off the scoreboard. That’s a problem if they get moving in the next couple games.
- Leighton has looked decidedly ordinary in the early going, with a truly horrible performance in game one followed by a better game two performance, with the exception of a couple (the second one in particular) REALLY badly timed goals.
- The Blackhawks have won seven consecutive games on the road during this playoff run, and Philadelphia has not been nearly as strong at home. They’ll likely perform better, but it may not be enough to handle a top line that has shaken the nerves of the Cup Final and gotten rolling.
I’ll be back tomorrow in full force, though a little disappointed to be leaving Boston. It’s been a great town, and I look forward to coming back again soon!