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Blackhawks Win Wild One, Lead Stanley Cup Final 1-0

May 30th, 2010 No Comments

Heading into the Stanley Cup Finals I really felt the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks would play a tight checking brand of hockey that would see both teams score few goals. Low and behold the Blackhawks and Flyers scored ten goals in the first two periods en route to a 6-5 game one victory for the Blackhawks. A case of nerves and some bad goaltending from both the Flyers Michael Leighton—who was pulled for Brian Boucher with about four minutes to go in the third period—and the Blackhawks Antti Niemi, who let in his fair share of softies Saturday night. As bad as the goaltending was, both teams had to be disappointed in their star forwards as well. Flyers forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were kept off the scoreboard and were a combined minus four on the night while

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Flyers/Blackhawks—Final Thoughts Before The Stanley Cup Final Begins

May 29th, 2010 No Comments

It’s funny how things work out. Last summer there were a few teams that kept creeping into the experts Stanley Cup champion predictions—the Chicago Blackhawks and, to a lesser degree, the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks and Flyers took very different routes to the Stanley Cup Finals. For the Hawks, their high-powered offense and stingy defense paved the way for their regular season and subsequent playoff success. As for the Flyers, their inclusion in the Stanley Cup Finals came in spite of a coaching change, numerous injuries and with the benefit of hard work, fighting through adversity and a little thing called lady luck. Regardless of the way these team have arrived in the Stanley Cup Finals, it’s safe to say both of these teams deserve to be here. Chicago enters the Stanley Cup Finals as the prohibitive favorites with a

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How Do The Philadelphia Flyers Stack Up Against The Chicago Blackhawks?

May 26th, 2010 3 Comments

The consensus pick in this years Stanley Cup Finals seems to be that the Chicago Blackhawks will make quick work of the Philadelphia Flyers with many prognosticators predicting the Hawks will take the series in five or six games. A quick look at the regular season standings reveals that the Hawks finished 24 points ahead of the Flyers, scored nearly a half a goal more per game and gave up about 0.30 goals more per game than the Hawks did. On special teams, the Flyers owned the superior power play with the Hawks emerging form the regular season with the better penalty kill. The Western Conference is widely believed to be the tougher Conference to play in, which only furthers Chicago’s numbers, which were amongst the very best in the NHL. If we have learned anything this playoff season it’s

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Chris Pronger: Conn Smythe Worthy? Absolutely!

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

It’s always very tough predicting the Conn Smythe Trophy winner before the Stanley Cup Finals are over, yet here I am, about to type out a very bold prediction. That’s right folks, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is going to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player to his team in the playoffs—and here’s why… First off, without question, given their terrific efforts throughout the playoffs there is/are more than one player worthy of the Conn Smythe Trophy. Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews seems to be the odds-on favorite with Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and Hawks goaltender Antti Niemi getting serious consideration as well. On the Flyers side, a case could be made for Captain Mike Richards (who has been tremendous), and, before he got injured, goaltender Brian Boucher was a serious candidate. As much as

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Flyers Getting It Done With Depth/Team Effort

May 23rd, 2010 No Comments

It’s been “real tough” substituting the beaches of the Bahamas for the thrill of the NHL playoffs, that said, somehow, even with the cards stacked heavily against me, I was able to find a television with yesterday’s Philadelphia Flyer/Montreal Canadiens game. Surrounded by Canadiens fans I made it my mission to seek out some Flyers fans. A quick trip to the pool and I had found two willing partners with whom I would chant “Let’s go Flyers” at every opportunity. We sat watching hockey while sipping back the local flavors of pina colada’s and “Kalik” beer—a little different than sucking back a Molson Canadian, but it did supply us with a little “courage” As it turned out we (Flyers fans) didn’t need the booze as a motivated Flyers team supplied us with plenty to cheer and gloat about, en route

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Despite Game Seven Loss To Philadelphia, “It’s All Good” In Boston

May 15th, 2010 No Comments

No doubt about it, the Boston Bruins game seven and subsequent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals loss to the history making Philadelphia Flyers is both a shocker and a major source of depression for Bruins fans. Not only did Bruins fans have to endure losing to one of their most hated rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers, they also allowed the Flyers to make NHL history as the Flyers win over the Bruins will likely go down as the biggest upset win, ever! Up three games to none in the series, the Bruins completely choked, losing four games straight to a Flyers team that was running near empty and had to endure numerous injuries, including losing Brian Boucher in game five. Needless to say, nobody could blame the odd Bruins fan if they woke up in Emergency with their wrists slashed, especially when

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