Bad decision results in 2-0 hole for Flyers 

June, 1, 2010

CHICAGO -- Decisions, decisions, decisions. Coaches have to make dozens and dozens of snap decisions throughout any hockey game. Sometimes they go with the percentages. On other occasions, they might go with a gut feel. Those choices can prove to be inconsequential or they can have a major impact -- especially in a high-stakes Stanley Cup finals game.

On Monday night, late in the second period of a scoreless Game 2, the Philadelphia Flyers' Peter Laviolette and Chicago Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville each made a decision that turned the game. In Laviolette's case, it was a turn for the worse. Quenneville's decision -- a hunch play -- proved to be a big reason for the Hawks' 2-1 win.

In an instant, one guy ends up a genius, while the other is left kicking himself. That's the coaching business, right?

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.