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Hossa Ends Goal Scoring Slump

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

He hadn’t scored a goal since Game 3 of the conference semifinals against the Canucks, and it was his first goal in the Stanley Cup final since he scored for the Penguins in Game 6 of 2008.

Yeah, it felt pretty good to get that one.

“A relief, definitely,” Hossa said of the goal that led to Chicago’s 2-1 win. “I was looking for some ugly goal like that to get the offense going.”

And to him, it had to be the prettiest ugly goal he’ll ever score. It’s one thing to join a Stanley Cup-contending team and try to hitch a ride to a championship. It’s quite another to carry it. Right now, that’s what Hossa is doing.

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Chicago Heads To Philadelphia Up 2-0

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Now the Flyers will have last change and have to find a way to get Richards and Carter on the score sheet.

Even though Kane and Toews have been kept quiet on the Chicago side, I think in order for Philadelphia to make this a series, their top line has to start scoring.

We will find out Wednesday night.

added 11:26pm, from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Two games in and the Flyers are surrounded by more questions that wins. Goalie Michael Leighton was better than he was in Game 1, but he was far from perfect. They’re down two games largely because he can be beaten high, especially to the glove, while his counterpart in the Chicago net continues to make money saves. But the other question surrounding the Flyers is the insertion of agitator Daniel Carcillo. He was supposed to give them a more physical presence. Instead, he seemed more yappy than anything. He took an unsportsmanlike penalty. He was more distraction that addition. He didn’t really hurt, but he didn’t help either.

It may simply be that Hossa simply wants the Stanley Cup more than anybody.

After two years of being on the losing end of the Stanley Cup — in 2008 with Pittsburgh and 2009 with Detroit — Hossa signed with the Blackhawks this season.

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Early Hit Of The Night

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Too bad Dan Carcillo hit his own teammate, Jeff Carter.

Watch the CBC feed of the hit.

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Open Post- Game 2 SCF Philadelphia at Chicago

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Game starts just after 8:00pm ET on NBC, CBC and RDS.

Another high scoring game or will we actually see some defense played?

In case you are wondering, a few Stanley Cup Final records that may be in reach…

MOST GOALS, BOTH TEAMS, ONE SERIES
56 – Montreal Canadiens (33), Chicago BlackHawks (23) in 1973. Montreal won series 4-2.
51 – New York Islanders (26), Philadelphia Flyers (25) in 1980. NY Islanders won series 4-2.

MOST GOALS, ONE TEAM, ONE SERIES
33 – Montreal Canadiens in 1973. Montreal won series 4-2, outscoring Chicago 33-23.
28 – Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991. Pittsburgh won series 4-2, outscoring Minnesota 28-16.

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Flames Sign Christopher Breen

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Christopher Breen of the Peterborough Petes from the Ontario Hockey League.

Breen, a native of Uxbridge, Ontario has played in 249 regular season games and 15 playoff games over five OHL seasons. At the conclusion of Peterborough’s 2009-10 season, Breen played one game for the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) registering one assist and four penalty minutes.

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Montreal Fires Six Scouts

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from Patrick Caisse of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

Those who were let go include amateur scouts Denis Morel (Quebec), Dave Mayville (U.S.), Antonin Routa, (Europe) Pelle Eklund (Sweden) and Nikolai Vakourov (Russia), as well as professional scout Gordie Roberts.

The news was confirmed by the Habs’ vice-president for communications, Donald Beauchamp. He noted that the contracts in question were up at the end of June.

Denis Morel, who is also a former NHL referee, confirmed the dismissals in a phone interview with QMI Agency.

“I have to admit I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Morel said. “I loved my work and I was ready to continue for a few more years.

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War Of Words Starting

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When word dribbled out of the Philadelphia Flyers dressing room that agitator Daniel Carcillo would replace James van Reimsdyk for Monday night’s game, a lot of reporters made a beeline for Adam Burish, the Blackhawks’ resident pest and master of the verbal dart. One day earlier, Carcillo indicated there would be retribution for what the Flyers said was a hit from behind Burish made on defenceman Lucas Krajicek that knocked him out of the game.

“We don’t have a history,” Burish said of Carcillo. “Maybe after tonight we will.”

Burish, 27, also made no apologies for what Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette referred to on Monday as “a dangerous hockey hit.” Krajicek is expected to play Monday night as the Flyers try to even the best-of-seven series at one win each.

“I don’t want to see anyone get hurt but this is the finals. Anything goes out there,” Burish said. “I’m not here to make friends.”

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Before Game 2 Starts

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

• If Patrick Kane is going to play along the boards, he cannot be as soft as he was in Game 1.

• The Blackhawks can’t continue to rely on the junior varsity to win this series. To contribute, yes. To win it like Game 1, no.

• After the Flyers went all of Game 1 without getting whistled for a penalty—the Flyers, come on, you can still call Dave Schultz and Moose Dupont for double-minors—the Hawks will get the first three power plays in Game 2.

• The bad United Center ice affects passing more than their skating, which is something the Flyers figured out early when they fired from everywhere on Hawks goalie Antti Niemi, knowing he would serve up rebounds and daring the Hawks to remain calm amid the chaos, which didn’t happen until the third period.

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Report- Carcillo In For Game 2, JVR Out

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from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

In order to have Dan Carcillo’s energy back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers will have to go without James van Riemsdyk’s youth.

Van Riemsdyk will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game, the Daily News has learned.

Van Riemsdyk, 21, has had a quiet playoff run for the Flyers. He has just two goals and two assists in 18 playoff games and has not scored in the last five games. It took until Game 7 of the second round against the Bruins for van Riemsdyk to net his first career playoff goal.

And his point production wasn’t soaring before the playoffs, either.

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Niklas Hjalmarsson

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One nice thing about the Stanley Cup finals is that they give a chance for unsung players who have been playing well in relative anonymity a chance to get into the spotlight.  The best example of that this season is Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson.  Hjalmarsson is a 22 year old Swede in his third year of his NHL career.  In his first two, he shuttled between the AHL and NHL (spending more time in the AHL).  This season he has established himself as a strong defensive presence on the Blackhawks.  Fans have noticed him in the playoffs.  He has seven points and a +7 +/- rating so far in the playoffs.  He is currently third in playoff ice time on the Blackhawks.  He looks like he should have a solid NHL career.  It is nice to see that he is getting some publicity after a solid season.

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