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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

We never really stopped believing in ourselves. We were hearing a lot of things about our team in the regular season. Seems like we put things back together at the right time and we're back in the finals with this group. We know what we have in this room, we believe in each other, we believe in the organization and it really matter what other people say.

— Patrick Sharp after Blackhawks clinched Western Conference title with Game 7 win vs. Ducks