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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.
Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6