Sports book gambling handicappers saw the Blackhawks take a 2-0 lead at home in the best of seven on line sports gambling series as games 3 and 4 will be played in Philadelphia.
Saturday’s game 1 in Chicago produced plenty of hockey betting thrills and excitement as the Blackhawks prevailed 6-5 in a game that soared over the total of 5.5. The teams were tied 5-5 heading into the third period before Tomas Kopecky scored the game winner at the 8:25 mark of the final frame.
On Monday in game 2 the Blackhawks scored a 2-1 win as the goaltending of Antti Niemi was the difference. Niemi stopped 32 out of 33 Flyers shots including a barrage of shots late in the game to be the sports book gambling difference in the outcome.
“I thought their goaltender played extremely well in the third period,” said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. “We had more than enough looks to tie up that game.”
“I’m not sure we should be frustrated,” Laviolette continued. “I don’t think we got outplayed.”
The Blackhawks entered the Stanley Cup Final as the prohibitive favorite to win the series with those betting on NHL action and need two more wins to clinch their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Chicago heads to Philadelphia with a 7 game road winning streak in the playoffs this year.
The Flyers should not be written off in sports book gambling circles, however, as last year the Detroit Red Wings won the first two games at home in the Stanly Cup Finals only to blow the series to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.
The Blackhawks themselves opened up a 2-0 series lead with the Montreal Canadiens in 1971 only to lose a seven game heart breaker that lives as a painful memory in Chicago to this very day.
The Flyers have also proven to be a team that is dangerous when backed into a corner as they earlier rallied from a 0-3 deficit in this year’s playoffs to beat the Boston Bruins in the next four games to become the first team since 1975 to win a series after falling behind 0-3. Game 3 with the Stanley Cup odds is Wednesday night with a Friday night game 4.