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Devils Narrow Coaching Search

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Michel Therrien and John MacLean appear to be the favorites for the Devils’ coaching job, and Craig MacTavish and Mike Keenan are no longer in the running.

Therrien, the former Canadiens and Penguins coach, is the likely choice if general manager Lou Lamoriello goes outside the organization. MacLean, the coach of the Devils’ AHL Lowell affiliate, is the promote-from-within candidate. Other possible candidates have included Ken Hitchcock, Kirk Muller and AHL coach Guy Boucher.


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Question For The Next Two Days- Who Starts In Goal For The Flyers?

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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Eighty-two games in the regular season. Twenty-two games in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And now, for the Flyers, one final game of goaltender roulette.

On a night when the Chicago Blackhawks asserted themselves in a way that neither team had been able to accomplish to this point, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette finds himself in the position of having to make a huge decision as his team now faces elimination.

Who is the goaltender, Michael Leighton or Brian Boucher?


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Pronger Ready To Forget Game 5

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“I’m day-to-day with hurt feelings,” Pronger said sarcastically when asked about the rough ride he received from the Hawks and their fans Sunday night.

How quickly will he be able to put one of the worst nights of his career in the rear-view mirror?

“Real quickly; it’s already gone,” Pronger said. “I don’t remember anything.”

Actually, Pronger remembers how much fun Byfuglien seemed to be having during his breakout performance Sunday night. It clearly did not sit well with Pronger, who much preferred the frustrated and ineffective Byfuglien from earlier in the series.

“I guess he is well-rested,” Pronger said, bringing into focus that Byfuglien had been harassed into submission in the first four games.


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Chicago Finds Their ‘A’ Game

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We play like that every night, it’s going to be tough to beat us,” Patrick Kane said.

The transformation from Wachovia Center underperformers to United Center conquerors was no small feat. The Blackhawks had a laundry list of necessary improvements to make to avoid seeing this series slip away from them. Sunday night, Chicago checked off all of them:

Special teams? Check. For the first time in the series, Chicago won the special-teams battle, reversing an ugly trend that had it headed for disaster. The Hawks scored a pair of power-play markers while shutting down what had been a red-hot Flyers power play that had been humming at a ridiculous 31 percent rate (Philly was 0-for-3 in Game 5).

“We knew our power play was going to get going; we have the guys to do it,” said Hawks forward Kris Versteeg, who assisted on Brent Seabrook’s power-play tally that opened the scoring in the first period. “We ended up doing it tonight, and it feels good and it gives us confidence going forward.”

read on

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Flyers Don’t Play Their Game

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The math always comes out the same. If the Flyers were going to win the Stanley Cup, they were always going to have to win at least one game in the red-lit crucible that is the United Center.

After two losses here, that seemed very possible. After this one, a 7-4 ambush in Game 5 Sunday night, a Flyers win here is much tougher to imagine.

“Maybe we got a little cocky and thought we just had to throw our sticks on the ice,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said. “They capitalized on pretty much every one of their chances.”

The Stanley Cup itself will be in the Wachovia Center on Wednesday night for Game 6. The Flyers’ mission is to keep the big silver beast in its case. Win one at home and it all comes down to Game 7 Friday night.

Here. In Chicago.

Here in Chicago, where the Flyers have twice gotten caught up in freewheeling, high-scoring games of the kind they simply can’t afford to play against the Blackhawks. Here in Chicago, where twice in three games Peter Laviolette has been forced to pull his starting goaltender.


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Peter Laviolette After Game 5

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Transcript of media Q & A…

Q.  Peter, Ville Leino said in there the problem in the first period, he said, wasn’t that we weren’t ready, we were over ready.  We were just so nervous out there.  How did you see it?

      COACH LAVIOLETTE:  It was clearly something.  I guess if it was nerves, it was nerves.  But we got outworked pretty good.  We got out battled.  They were quicker to loose pucks.  Quicker on the forecheck.  I thought we were okay.

      We survived probably the first six or seven minutes and they didn’t score.  I thought that was the worst of it.  Then things settled down for quite some time.  Then they capitalized on some opportunities.

      Q.  Peter, were you disappointed in not seeing a call there at the end on the high stick on Danny?

      COACH LAVIOLETTE:  Yeah, I was.  It’s a penalty, possibly a major.

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Coach QuennevIlle After Game 5

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Transcript of media Q & A…

Q.  Coach, you made a significant line change tonight.  How important was that to the victory?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  I thought we had good energy right from the outset.  Great pace.  Had speed on all the lines.  I think there was some balance as far as offensive ability, reliability defensively.  Kept that pace from start to finish.

      And I think it was a good start, and I think we kept going and we made it a little interesting, more than we would have liked, but I like the speed in our game.

      Q.  Coach, was that your best first period of the postseason so far?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  For sure, for me.  And I thought that was the pace that we have been looking for this whole series.  Had something to build off of for sure.

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Hit Of The Night

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Dustin Byfuglien drives Chris Pronger into the boards.

Watch the CBC feed.

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Chicago Rolls To A 7-4 Win Over Philadelphia

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The Blackhawks are one win away from their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

Will they be able to win it on Philadelphia ice or will the pattern continue with the home team winning which would force a game 7 in Chicago?

added 11:03pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Sometimes, you forget just how young Jonathan Toews is. Just 22, although so focused that his more fun-loving teammates call him Captain Serious.

Still, a certain seriousness of purpose was what was required of the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night to get back on track in these Stanley Cup playoffs, after frittering away two games on the road to the Philadelphia Flyers.

So coach Joel Quenneville split up his No. 1 line - of Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien - for last night’s fifth game and it had the desired effect. The three did far more damage playing apart than they had playing together in the series. The result: a 7-4 victory over the Flyers and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final.

continued and if the past holds true, the story will be updated at least a few times within the next tow hours or so….

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Open Post- Game 5 SCF Philadelphia at Chicago

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One team will be facing elimination when game 6 is played on Wednesday, will it be the Flyers or Blackhawks?

My thinking for tonight’s game is Chicago will win 3-2.  They seem to rise to the occasion when doubts start creeping in about their team.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm on NBC, CBC and RDS.

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