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2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Why The Flyers Will Start Michael Leighton

June 8th, 2010 No Comments

Let’s face it folks, as good as Philadelphia Flyers netminder Michael Leighton has been thus far in the playoffs (second overall in save percentage, .918, first overall in goals against average, 2.34 and first overall in shutouts with three) Leighton has not been very crisp against the Chicago Blackhawks. Upon further review, Leighton has been very good in Philadelphia at the Wachovia center where he has a record of 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, giving up just five goals on 61 shots. That said, given Leighton’s game five performance, in which he allowed three goals on 13 shots in 20 minutes of play, nobody could blame Flyers head coach Peter Laviollette if he chose to go with veteran netminder Brian Boucher instead of the suddenly struggling Leighton. Lest Flyers fans forget, Boucher struggled mightily at Home against the Boston

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2010 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks Humble Philadelphia Flyers in 7-4 Win

June 7th, 2010 No Comments

Heading into game five of the Stanley Cup Final, there was a lot of chatter about whether or not Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville would switch up his lines. Well, as the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers got set to take the first draw of the game there was evidence that change was here as Jonathan Toews took the draw with Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky at his side. Breaking up the Hawks top line of Toews, Patrick Kane, and Dustin Byfuglien (a line which came into the game with a plus/minus rating of minus -12) was all but a necessity, as this threesome has had no luck all series long. The Philadelphia Flyers came out rather flat to start game five, with the Blackhawks dictating the play down low and creating scoring chances—essentially, the Hawks looked like the Flyers

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“Relentless” Flyers Frustrate Blackhawks En Route To Game Four Win

June 5th, 2010 No Comments

Throughout these playoffs the Philadelphia Flyers have made the impossible, well, possible. Friday night was no exception as the Flyers handed the Chicago Blackhawks their second straight road loss, taking game four by a final tally of 5-3. For the most part the Flyers dominated the Hawks in every facet of the game; that is until the third period when, with the benefit of a five-on-three power play, the Hawks got back into the game, narrowing a 4-1 deficit to 4-2 on their first power play goal of the entire series. The Hawks managed to score another goal just under four minutes later when Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell shot the puck through a ton of traffic, a shot that eventually eluded Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton—who, despite giving up three goals, was excellent on the night. From a Flyers perspective the

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Blackhawks Down!!! Flyers Win Game Three Overtime Thriller!

June 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Heading into game three of the Stanley Cup Final there were two streaks at risk—the Chicago Blackhawks seven game unbeaten streak on the road and the Flyers 7-1 record at home during the playoffs. In games one and two the Chicago Blackhawk crowd rocked the arena—reaching decibel ratings over 110-115 on the scale. In Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center was rocking on Wednesday night, as a solid pro-Flyers crowd, decked out in Orange t-shirts, were as boisterous as they come to start game three. The Flyers responded with some solid forechecking and great pressure in the Hawks zone. Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger “rocked” Hawks forward Jonathan Toews at 15:55 of the first period (who made the poor decision to try to run Pronger). Toews ended up on his “Butt”, which was actually rather humorous as Pronger barely budged on the play,

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Stanley Cup 2010: Is Jonathan Toews Still the Conn Smythe Trophy Favorite?

June 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Despite his overall stellar performance throughout the 2008-09 playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby took a lot of heat last summer for his lack of results in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Given his lack of point production against Detroit in the finals—scoring just one goal in seven games, finishing with just three points in the series—Crosby was passed over for the Conn Smythe Trophy in favor of teammate Evgeni Malkin. This, despite Crosby leading all NHL players with 15 goals and finishing second overall in points with 31. Malkin, who finished with 14 goals (second overall) and 36 points (first overall) in last year’s playoffs, took home the coveted Conn Smythe trophy because of his superior performance in the Cup Final—there was a lot of weight attached to the Finals, many believe the defining

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Ritter’s Rant: News And Notes From Around The NHL

June 1st, 2010 No Comments

Don Cherry Stops Traffic: There is no easy way to ask this, so I’ll just throw it out there…How many taxi cabs did Don Cherry have to dismantle before he had enough yellow and black checkers for the suit he wore Saturday night? Let’s be honest, it was God awful, maybe one of the worst jackets Cherry has ever worn. Briere Centre Of Attention: If I am Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette I am keeping Danny Briere at centre—he’s been awesome there, not so much on the wing. Fickle Fans: Hockey fans are pretty fickle these days. Day-in, day-out, hockey fans are begging for more offense, game one of the Stanley Cup Finals produces a total of eleven goals and the consensus is that the game wasn’t entertaining. Huh? Blackhawks D is Down: Note to all Chicago Blackhawk defensemen—shoot

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