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Niemi, Blackhawks Beat Flyers to Take 2-0 Lead
CHICAGO (AP) -- Marian Hossa and Ben Eager scored 28 seconds apart late in the second period, Antti Niemi had 33 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday night for a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.

After a wild scoring display when Chicago won the opener 6-5, Game 2 featured tightened-up defenses with goalies Niemi and Michael Leighton of the Flyers stepping up.

Then the Blackhawks struck quickly, not once but twice, to send the United Center into a frenzy.

The Flyers, who are in the finals because of their ability to come from behind as they did in erasing a 3-0 deficit against Boston, got right back in the game when Simon Gagne scored as a power play was about to elapse at 5:20 of the final period.

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