Looking back at Game 2 and ahead to Wednesday night's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks at the Wachovia Center.

Team Clutch

Call them the Chicago Clutchhawks.

Including the first two Finals escapes against the Flyers, Chicago has won 10 straight playoff games in which it was tied or separated by one goal during the third period.

"No matter what situation we're in, we're not going to get overwhelmed," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said.

Stirring the pot

Flyers left winger/agitator Dan Carcillo, who took an ill-advised early penalty Monday but recovered and played well is his Finals debut, has become Public Enemy No. 1 in Chicago.

Wrote the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh: "Out of the Flyers-turned-fighter-pilots emphasis emerged another villain for Chicago to hate. His name is Dan Carcillo. Or, as you will know him by the end of the week, Dan #!#$!#$$ Carcillo. Think of Bill Laimbeer on skates or the most annoying in-law or neighbor you know."

Stars dimmed

In the first two Finals games, four of the teams' most dependable scorers have been ineffective.

For the Flyers, Mike Richards (minus-3) and Jeff Carter (minus-3) have combined for no goals, two assists and a minus-6 rating.

Chicago's Toews (minus-2) and Patrick Kane (minus-3) have zero points and are a combined minus-5.

Home cooking

As the series shifts from the "Madhouse on Madison Street" to the Wachovia Center, the Flyers will be trying to end a long drought Wednesday. They have lost seven straight Finals games since J.J. Daigneault's late goal gave them a 3-2 win over Edmonton in Game 6 in 1987.

The last time they had a series lead in the Finals was in 1985, when they won Game 1 against Edmonton, 4-1.

The Flyers are 7-1 at home in this year's playoffs.

"The Blackhawks did a nice job of defending home ice," Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said, "and now we have to do the same."

That won't be easy. Chicago is 7-1 on the road in this year's playoffs. The Hawks have won seven straight away games, and with a win Wednesday would set an NHL record for consecutive road playoff victories.

Comedic actors' favorite team

Actor John Cusack, a Blackhawks fan from nearby Evanston, attended Chicago's tense, 2-1 win over the Flyers in Game 2 on Monday.

He tweeted a photo of Flyers goalie Michael Leighton and wrote: "He rattled!!!"

Cusack wore a Blackhawks jersey with his name on the back.


Meanwhile, Hawks heavyweight Dustin Byfuglien and a female companion dined at a posh Chicago restaurant the night before Game 2. The guy sitting at the table next to them picked up the tab: Actor Vince Vaughn.

- Sam Carchidi