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Watching Game 2 SCF

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

One in four Chicago homes, on average, were tuned into WMAQ-Ch. 5’s broadcast of the Blackhawks’ 2-1 Game 2 Stanley Cup finals victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, according to overnight numbers from Nielsen Media Research.

The 25.1 household rating locally translates to nearly 879,000 area homes, and means a 39 percent share of those with their TVs on were watching throughout as the Hawks grabbed a 2-0 lead at home in the best-of-seven National Hockey League championship series on NBC….

Fast national overnight ratings for Game 2 of the Hawks and Flyers series, covering all 56 metered markets, were to be released later Tuesday. But Monday night’s game, presumably like its outcome, was more popular among viewers in Chicago , the nation’s No. 3 TV market, than Philadelphia, the nation’s No. 4 TV market.

The game drew an 18.5 percent household rating and 28 percent share of the viewing audience in Philadelphia, according to the overnight figures.

more ratings talk…

added 11:53am, via TVbytheNumbers,

NBC’s second game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, just edged ABC’s combination of The Bachelorette and True Beauty to top the adults 18-49 ratings on Tuesday.

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Flyers Missing Two Key Elements

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Goaltending and depth.

It has the Flyers at death’s door, with the series shifting now to the Wachovia Center and the Hawks on a 7-0 run on the road.

“I’m not sure we should be frustrated,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, with hope in his voice. “I don’t think we got outplayed … probably out shot them, out-chanced them a little bit and didn’t get the result we were looking for.”

If you would have told the Flyers they would score five goals in Game 1 and not take a single penalty, Laviolette would have bet the Rocky statue that his team would win. If you told him that through two games, the Hawks first line of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Dustin Byfuglien would combine for a grand total of one assist, he would have been thinking sweep.

Instead, all of those things occurred and the Flyers are going home in a mighty big hole. Down to a team that has now won seven straight playoff games and 10 of its last 11. Chicago is on a 13-2 run since a slow start to Round 1 against Nashville.


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The Tough Canadian

In case you missed Coach’s Corner last night.

Also, Ron MacLean picked his highlight of the night…


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Chicago Can Play Any Type Of Game

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In that first period, Carcillo was on the ice more than Gagne, the Flyers’ best goal scorer; more than surprise-of-the-playoffs Ville Leino , more than Arron Asham . The Flyers managed an absurd three shots on goal. Chicago had nine.

So the intention, clearly, was to make the Blackhawks pay a higher physical toll, especially early. And that might have been effective except that the Blackhawks delivered more punishing hits than the Flyers did. The stat showed 20 first-period hits for Chicago, including a game-high four by the bus called Byfuglien, and 13 for the Flyers….

It turns out the Blackhawks can play the Flyers’ game better than the Flyers can play the Hawks’ game. Game 1, with its scoreboard-taxing 11 combined goals, showed what happens when the Flyers forget to play sound defense. Game 2, scoreless until that stunning half-minute late in the second period, showed what happens when the Flyers forget to play offense.

Playing time returned to normal after that first period and, surprise, the Flyers outplayed the Blackhawks for long stretches. Gagne was on the ice about twice as much in the second period as the first. So was Leino. The Flyers outshot Chicago, 15-13, in the period.


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The Mediocre Cup

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Blame the ice at the United Center if you want. It’s awful, and a muggy, rainy day in the Windy City on Memorial Day didn’t help the conditions.

But the hockey so far has been mediocre at best. A sloppily played Game 1, with 11 goals scored, was followed up by low-scoring but nonetheless sloppily played Game 2.

Maybe the shift to Pennsylvania for Games 3 and 4 will alter the dynamics of what we’ve seen so far. Otherwise, it appears Chicago’s “C” game is going to be enough to beat the Flyers.

The Hawks are getting better goaltending, with Antti Niemi coming up with 33 saves in Game 2, including 16 stops in the third period, and unlikely scoring heroics from non-star players.

read on

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Flyers Have Yet To Play Their Game

Scott Burnside and Pieree LeBrun of ESPN discuss game 2 and questioned the conservative play of the Flyers.

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Hossa Ends Goal Scoring Slump

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

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

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

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…

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.

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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