Um…Mr. Sopel. Mr. Brent Sopel? Has anyone seen a defenseman named Sopel? Was it me or did he completely drop coverage?
In case you’e wondering what I’m talking about, game 4 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals took an odd turn half way through the third period. Somehow, the defense blew its coverage so bad that a quick pass to WIDE OPEN Claude Giroux looked like something out of a pee-wee game. Sitting helpless, Antti Niemi had no chance as he and Duncan Keith looked stunned. Have a look at this photo:
It was a very exciting game, although the Flyers clearly played the Chicago Blackhawks shirts off. After a 2-0 start, it seemed like the Blackhawks had no chance to win…then, before you know it, it was 3-0. You know, a 2 goal lead may sound like a lot, but it’s not impossible to overcome. Then, Patrick Sharpie Sharp drilled one past Michael Leighton to add a little excitement to the game.
The problem was, it was already the third period. But, again, there was some excitement in the air so keep your Blackhawks Stanley Cup t-shirts on! Enter our friend Brent Sopel. While I love the guy, it seemed as if he were off his game last night. In less than a minute, the score was back to 4-1. One again, insurmountable.
Oh, by the way, have you seen Gafy’s next commemorative Chicago Blackhawks shirt? Check out this cool shirt design:
It’s literally a picture of Chief Blackhawk wearing the 2010 Stanley Cup trophy on his head. Funny stuff.
Anyway, I digress. Again, you’d think a 4-1 lead would be insurmoutable, but in as much time as it took me to properly spell that word, Chicago came roaring back, and before you knew it, the score was 4-3 with a few minutes left for the Blackhawks to save thier shirts.
If you had the pleasure of watching the game with the Chicago Blackhawks official watching party at the Bottom Lounge, you were gifted with a monster high definition television and surround sound. In other words, holy crap did the puck almost land in the Flyers’ net a few times or not? I mean, talk about a game of inches. There were no fewer than 3 pucks that, on any given night, might have just made it past Leighton. In fact, if he wasn’t wearing such a baggy looking Blackhawks Stanley Cup T-shirt (ok, it’s not a t-shirt, and he’s a Flyer, but it does fit him loosely), the game could have easily reached 4-4.
As luck would have it, though, the Chicago Blackhawks pulled Antti Niemi with roughly 1:30 left in the third. The Hawks crashed the net hard, but a poor pass to the wing ended up out of the zone and stolen by the Philadelphia Flyers. End of story.
So, we are now at a 2-2 game tie in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Like I mentioned yesterday, it’s a battle for the ages. And Gafy has the perfect 2010 Stanley Cup Shirt:
So now it’s back to a 3-game series. The Chicago Blackhawks still have home ice advantage, but who really has the momentum? That’s left to be seen. In the meantime check out these really cool Stanley Cup Shirts:
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Let’s Go Hawks!