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Watching Game 6 SCF On NBC

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NEW YORK – June 10, 2010 – Last night’s series-clinching Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers registered a 5.8/10 overnight rating (8:15-11:15 p.m. ET), the best overnight for any Stanley Cup Final game in 36 years (7.6/27, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 6, 1974 on NBC).

The rating peaked for the final 15 minutes of the game (11-11:15 p.m. ET) with an 8.0 rating and 14 share. The 5.8 overnight is up 41 percent vs. last year’s 4.1/7 overnight for Game 6 between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

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Hossa Finally Has The Cup

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from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Following Chicago’s series-clinching 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hossa finally let down the guard he’s had up for nearly three years and admitted he truly was afraid of leaving the ice a loser once again.

“Oh my God,” said Hossa, who was grinning ear-to-ear on the Wachovia Center ice. “When we go to the Finals again, I was so happy to be in the Finals, but at the same time, it was scary. I’m so glad, what a relief. Third time’s the lucky charm. I won it and I got a Stanley Cup and ... what a feeling. This is unbelievable.”

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The Comeback Is Complete

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This is an Original Six franchise that had fallen off the map in its own city; a franchise in the heart of America that lost its soul under the stewardship of Bill Wirtz. The Hawks had been stripped off of WGN television long enough for that old Indian head on their jerseys to become a stranger to two generations of Chicagoans.

Five seasons after they remade the game and its economics during the lockout of 2004-05, Chicago now represents the template for how teams are supposed to built in the new game - and the way they should play the game as well.

Chicago drafted Toews, Kane, Keith, Brent Seabrook, Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Nik Hjalmarsson and Adam Burish. The work was done by deposed general manager Dale Tallon, the new Florida GM who should get a ring for this, surely, in a ceremony held when the Panthers next visit Chicago.

Today the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.

And that old Indian? No wonder he’s smiling again.

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That’s A Wrap

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN with their SCF coverage from Philadelphia.

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Anyone Else Think It Is All About The Money?

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from Russia Today,

There is a high possibility that New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will return to Russian hockey in the summer, the player’s agent told Sport-Express newspaper.

Yury Nikolaev has confirmed the info that Kovalchuk, who has not signed a new contract with his club in the NHL, is now in talks with KHL side SKA Saint Petersburg….

“The $40 million figure has been pulled out of a hat and is clearly overstated. But the information about the length of a contract is correct,” Nikolaev stressed, adding that such exaggerated reports “help them in the negotiations.”

“Ilya has a desire to play in Russia until the Sochi Olympics [in 2014],” he added.

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Almost

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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

In the end, the ice was littered with the sticks and gloves of the celebrating Chicago Blackhawks, but littered also with the Flyers’ dreams. They were entitled to those dreams, too. They had earned them through 8 thrilling weeks of hell. But there they were, those dreams, ready to be swept up with the trash.

And Chris Pronger said, “I don’t think this will set in for a while.”

Thirty-five years. It is hard to believe sometimes that it has been that long since the Flyers hoisted the Stanley Cup. They just pushed us all to the brink with a playoff run that none of us will soon forget. It was thrilling, startling, indelible. But it is over, two games short of the goal.

Outplayed for much of the night but not outefforted - not last night, not for the last 2 months - the Flyers’ dream run ended with a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. After reaching heights that no one predicted, maybe not even them, maybe not even in their hearts, the ending was so shockingly sudden.

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A Team Effort

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from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

“It was storybook with Patrick scoring the game-winner,’’ Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said. “I dedicate this to my father, my grandfather, my uncle and everybody in our family who worked their asses off for so long.’‘

In the city in which a fictional boxer inspired generations of underdogs in a movie telling his story of redemption, another Rocky celebrated a rags-to-riches triumph that only felt too good to be true. Six years after seeing his family’s team ranked the worst organization is professional sports, Wirtz now can boast being an owner of the best hockey team in the land.

From Wirtz to first indeed.

“Everyone has a piece of this, it was much more than just me,’’ Wirtz said as players and coaches congratulated him on the ice.

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Party Time In Chicago

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Big Market Win For The NHL

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Let’s see if the NHL can make something out of this.

The last time a monster Stanley Cup drought was busted, the New York Rangers hoisted the best trophy in sports and the game seemed ready to explode into a new golden era.

Then, the NHL promptly drove into a ditch, first enforcing a season-damaging lockout and then allowing the Dead Puck Era to slow the world’s fastest game to a crawl for a decade.

Today, the league has another champion from a big market, Original Six city that waited almost five decades to witness another championship team.

Surely the NHL won’t drop kick this chance away.

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How Did Roenick Feel About Chicago Winning The Cup?

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Watch the NBC postgame with Dan Patrick, Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury.

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