With 149 teams’ names already engraved on the Stanley Cup, both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks want to be the 150th. Both have a good shot at that goal.
Each team is red hot coming out of a successful series, both teams’ goalies are playing aggressively, but who has the upper hand in the final best of seven hockey championship?
“If the Flyers keep their hustle and never-say-die attitude, they will win,” said Penn Manor History teacher, Joe Herman.
Joseph Jackson, a Penn Manor Sophomore disagrees.
“The Blackhawks, they are a real grind-out team that does what it takes to win,” said Jackson.
The Flyers’ goal-scoring star, Jeff Carter, returned in their previous series against the Montreal Canadiens who will hopefully offer a rise of play in the Flyers’ offense.
Also, with a total of three shutouts in the Flyers’ last series, Michael Leighton has been playing great and will give a spark to the Flyers’ momentum.
The Blackhawks have an edge with their stars, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, and Captain Jonathan Toews. All have racked up the points in the postseason this year and are great assets to their respective team.
Antti Niemi, the Blackhawk’s goalie, has been a momentum stopper throughout the postseason and is helping his team in a big way by shutting down some of the most aggressive offensive attacks.
Flyers’ fans hope their team isn’t one of the ones.
By Simon Zimmerman