Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook scored the first goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday night, and if history means anything, that's a good omen for the Hawks.
Seabrook's power-play goal at 12:17 of the opening period marked the 10th time in this year's playoffs that the Hawks have gotten the game's first goal. They are 8-1 in the first nine and have won the last eight -- Chicago's only loss when scoring first this spring came in its first playoff game, when the Hawks got the opening goal but surrendered four in the third period of a 4-1 loss to Nashville.
The Hawks won the only game in this series in which they scored first -- Chicago took a 2-0 lead in the second period of Game 2 and hung on for a 2-1 victory.
The Flyers allowed the game's first goal for the 11th time this spring. Philadelphia is 5-5 in the first 10 games, as opposed to 9-2 when it gets the opening goal.
You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.
— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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