Team Lidstrom beat Team Staal 11-10 in the NHL All-Star game. Patrick Sharp, who had a goal and two assists for Team Staal, was selected the game’s MVP by the media and fans, who voted via text message.
Chicago beat Philadelphia 7-4 in Game 5 and the Hawks are one victory away from clinching the team’s first Stanley Cup since 1961.
Right winger Claude Giroux scored 5:59 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over Chicago in Game 3, cutting the Hawks’ series lead to 2-1.
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks begin their battle for the Stanley Cup with tonight’s finals opener at United Center.
The Flyers are back in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 13 years after a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference championship series.
Michael Leighton posted his third shutout in four games as the Flyers pushed the Habs to the brink of elimination from the East finals with a 3-0 victory in the fourth game of the series.
Chicago’s Dustin Byfuglien scored with 7:36 left in OT to lift the Hawks to a 3-2 victory over the Sharks and put his team within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 18 years.
The Habs are a win away from tying the Flyers in the East finals after a 5-1 victory in the third game of the series.
The Hawks rolled to their record-tying seventh straight road victory by beating the Sharks, 4-2, in Game 2 of the Western Conference championship series.
Michael Leighton made 30 saves and recorded his second straight shutout, and Philadelphia defeated Montreal 3-0 to take a 2-0 series lead.