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Goal keeping has set both the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks apart from their opponents in this year’s Conference Finals of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In the Eastern Conference Finals the Philadelphia Flyers goal keeper, Michael Leighton, continued his streak of perfection by shutting out the Montreal Canadiens. Leighton came up with 30 saves as the Flyers won 3-0. Leighton has not allowed a goal in over eight periods now and the back-to-back shutouts are the first for a Philadelphia goalie in twenty-five years, which is also the last time they won the Stanley Cup.

The victory gives the Flyers six straight wins, but now they have to head to Montreal on Thursday and battle the Canadiens, away from the Philadelphia fanatics for the first time in the series.

In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks took a second game in a row from the Sharks in San Jose behind the goal keeping of Antti Niemi.

Niemi made 25 saves in Tuesday night’s game, including an onslaught of shots from San Jose in the first ten minutes of the game, to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series. Niemi denied every player on the Sharks, with the exception of Patrick Marleau, who scored two goals in the loss.

Chicago’s 4-2 victory brings them to within two wins of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, somewhere they haven’t been since 1992.

For the Sharks and their fans, it seems the curse has still got the best of them. If the past is anything to consider then it is not looking good for the San Jose Sharks, as they have lost every playoff series that they have been down two games to none.

The Blackhawks will look to continue the sweep in Chicago on Friday night.

via Yahoo