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Hawks hope first-goal history holds up

Wednesday, 06.09.2010 / 9:26 PM / 2010 Stanley Cup Final - Blackhawks vs. Flyers

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Hawks hope first-goal history holds up
The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping their first-goal history holds up in Game 6 of the Final. If it does, they'll be going home with their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

Dustin Byfuglien scored a power-play goal at 16:49 of the first period to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. It marked the third time in this series that Chicago has scored first -- the Blackhawks won the first two, 2-1 in Game 2 and 7-4 in Game 5.

Overall, the Hawks scored first for the 11th time in the playoffs. They are 9-1 in those games and have won the last nine. Philadelphia is only 5-6 this spring when allowing the game's first goal.

The Flyers tied the game on Scott Hartnell's power-play goal in the final minute of the period, avoiding one jinx -- the Hawks are 6-0 in this year's playoffs when leading after one period. Both teams are 5-2 this spring in games that were tied after 20 minutes.
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