PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 02: Ville Leino #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates with teammates Matt Carle #25 and Claude Giroux #28 after scoring a goal in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

We Have A Series: Giroux Beats Niemi In Overtime As Flyers Take Game 3, 4-3

Claude Giroux's tally at the 5:59 mark of overtime lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals from Wachovia Center.

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Flyers 4, Blackhawks 3: Game 3 Scoring Chances

The Copper & Blue has been tracking playoff scoring chances for two months, and in this series, they can't believe what they're seeing.  Not only is Philly getting the better of the play, they're doing so by a significant margin.  From Scott Reynolds:

For three consecutive games, the Flyers have outchanced the Blackhawks  by a 4:3 margin or better.  For three consecutive games the Flyers haven't looked out of place.  In fact, for three consecutive games, the Flyers have been the better team everywhere except between the pipes.  And last night, they even managed to win the game!  Patrick Kane's goal to open the third period could have been a dagger to the heart but the goal seemed to instead give the Flyers new life.  After responding with a goal of their own, the Flyers prevented Chicago from generating a single dangerous shot that actually required a save from Michael Leighton.  Ridiculous.  On top of that, they generated a bunch of chances themselves - the puck does need to be somewhere after all - and eventually capitalized by scoring in overtime.  And when that was disallowed, they went out and scored again.  The even strength chances with the score tied now stand at 28-21 in favour of the Flyers through three games.  Every time I look at those numbers, I'm surprised anew.  The Hawks had best get it together if they plan on winning this thing.

 


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VIDEO: Claude Giroux's OT Game-Winner To Lift Flyers Over Hawks In Game 3

In Philly’s 4-3 overtime win over Chicago in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals, Claude Giroux scores perhaps the biggest goal of the Flyers 2009-10 season.

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Giroux's Overtime Score Lifts Flyers To 4-3 Victory, Series Now 2-1 Blackhawks

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Claude Giroux’s tally at the 5:59 mark of overtime lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals from Wachovia Center.

The play began with Danny Briere carrying the puck down the left wing. He stopped below the circle, and dished to the point for Matt Carle. The young defenseman’s slap-pass found Giroux in the slot for a deft deflection that managed to trickle through Blackhawks netminder Antti Niemi and in.

Giroux finished with a goal and two assists for the Flyers, who got back in the series after a pair of one-goal defeats in Chicago to start the best-of- seven set and look to tie things up in Game 4 on Friday.

Scott Hartnell added a goal and one helper while Ville Leino and Briere also tallied and Michael Leighton stopped 24-of-27 shots for the win.

Patrick Kane, Brent Sopel and Duncan Keith tallied for the Blackhawks, who could have taken a near-insurmountable 3-0 series edge with a victory.

Niemi yielded four scores on 32 shots in defeat.

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