CHICAGO – The Philadelphia Flyers were out-Flyered by an ex-Flyer in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Beaten by a former Broad Street Bully known more for his hard hits and punching prowess than his lamp-lighting ability, it would almost be embarrassing if it wasn’t so devastating.
Ben Eager(notes), a 230-pound fourth-line winger who led the Chicago Blackhawks with five fighting majors in the regular season, got a rare turn on the top unit with Jonathan Toews(notes) and Dustin Byfuglien(notes) on Monday night and made it count. Coach Joel Quenneville threw the big winger over the boards with the big-money boys on the first shift following Marian Hossa's(notes) game-opening goal late in the second period. Twenty-eight seconds later, Eager put the 'Hawks up 2-0 in a contest they would hold on to win 2-1.
The home crowd was still buzzing about Hossa's third goal of the playoffs when Eager scored his first, taking a pass from Byfuglien in the neutral zone, roaring down the right wing and,Read More »from Eager picks opportune time to thwart Flyers