With the Jonathan Toews(notes) line held in check, the Blackhawks needed help from their depth players and Brouwer responded. He tied the game 1:08 after Ville Leino(notes) scored to open Game 1, and later converted another Marian Hossa(notes) pass to give the Blackhawks a 5-4 lead. Brouwer also picked up the primary helper on Patrick Sharp's(notes) second-period goal that tied the game at 3-3. Chicago won a wild Game 1, 6-5, to take a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Filling in the for the injured Andrew Ladd(notes), Kopecky set up Kris Versteeg's(notes) second-period goal and then later scored the game-winner himself on a nice, patient play against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher(notes).
By far the Flyers' best forward, Briere had a goal and three assists to take over the team lead in playoff scoring. He also had six shots on goal in 21:44 of ice time.
Honorable Mention: Chris Pronger(notes) played a game-high 32:21, had two assists and was a plus-2 on a night that saw him dominate Dustin Byfuglien's(notes) line. ... Marian Hossa had a strong game, with two outstanding assists to set up goals. ... Scott Hartnell(notes) had a goal and two assists for the Flyers. ... Ville Leino, Blair Betts(notes) and Arron Asham(notes) also scored for Philly; Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland(notes) had the other goals for Chicago.
Dishonorable Mention: The Flyers' Mike Richards(notes), Jeff Carter(notes) and Simon Gagne(notes): Zero goals, zero assists and a combined minus-7. The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane(notes) and Dustin Byfuglien: Zero goals, zero points and a minus-9. ... Michael Leighton(notes) had a poor night (5 goals on 20 shots) and was pulled in favor of Brian Boucher. ... Antti Niemi(notes) also had a difficult evening, to the tune of 5 goals on 32 shots. ... The refs appeared to miss the puck hitting the Blackhawks' bench before the game-winning goal.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks; 2. Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers; 3. Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers; 4. Dustin Byfuglien, Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers; 7. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; 8. Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Michael Leighton, Philadelphia Flyers; 10. Dave Bolland, Chicago Blackhawks.