Blackhawks win Stanley Cup in Phillyby Eric Schwartz
Somehow, someway the puck that left Patrick Kane’s stick from an impossible angle ended up in the back of the net.
And as a result the Flyers season is over.
Kane scored early in overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win and its first Stanley Cup in 49 years on Wednesday. It was a soft goal by Michael Leighton to be sure, but how Kane found the net is still a mystery to me. This came after the Flyers’ Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to force overtime. The line of Hartnell, Daniel Briere and Ville Leino were once again the best unit on the ice for the Flyers, even if it was in a losing cause.
There is plenty to talk about this game and this series. There’s also plenty to discuss about the future of the team and what it needs to do to get two more playoff wins next season.
But for tonight and Thursday, there is only pain. The pain of knowing another year came and went and there will be no Stanley Cup in Philly. Not even the magical run the Flyers had to get to this point can ease that pain right now.
Over the next few days we will review the Flyers up and down regular season, the craziness of the playoffs and what the fans think should happen in the offseason. But before we can do that we must first heal.
It was a great season Flyers – just not quite great enough.