Capsule of the NHL Stanley Cup finals series:
PHILADELPHIA: Flyers are fifth team seeded as low as seventh to reach finals. They finished 24 standings points behind the Blackhawks. … Won only meeting this season with Blackhawks 3-2 on Pronger’s goal with 2.1 seconds left on March 13. … Michael Leighton, 6-1 with a 1.45 GAA and .948 save per centage in eight games since taking over for injured regular Brian Boucher, is the fourth goalie to advance to the finals after beginning the season with another team (Carolina). Leighton led the way in the East finals, posting three shutouts in the series. He was drafted by Chicago in 1999 and spent four seasons with the organization. … Claude Giroux had three goals, six points, and plus-7 rating in East finals. … Peter Laviolette, who replaced the fired John Stevens on Dec. 4, is the eighth coach to reach the Stanley Cup finals after taking over during the season. Dan Bylsma did it last season and captured the Cup with Pittsburgh. … The Flyers, who endured a season full of injuries, are healthy following the return of forwards Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne and Ian Laperriere. Laperriere is in the finals for the first time after 1,144 NHL regular-season and playoff games over 16 seasons. … The Flyers are the third consecutive visiting team in the Winter Classic to reach the finals. … Pronger is in finals for third time in five years with third team. Was champion with Anaheim in 2007 after being runner-up in 2006 with Edmonton. … Philadelphia is in championship round for first time since 1997, just three years after having NHL’s worst record. Flyers are 0-5 in finals since winning only Cup titles in 1974 and 1975.
OUTLOOK: Philly momentum carries through one more time. Flyers in 6.