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Glamour Sells

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

For the third straight sea son, the NHL has a marquee matchup in the Stanley Cup Final, a battle between brand-name franchises in Chicago and Philadelphia following consecutive battles between Detroit and Pittsburgh.

The difference between this hat trick of big-market confrontations and the three small-market, no-name matchups preceding it—Tampa Bay-Calgary, Carolina-Edmonton and Anaheim-Ottawa—is stark and instructive.

We live in a pro sports society in which glamour, if not glamour alone, sells. The business of sports has moved onto the Page Six of our lives. We’re over the fable of one size fitting all. Sorry, but it’s a big market, marquee franchise world, even if New York and Toronto have proved unnecessary to all the NHL fun this spring.

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Questions After Game 1

Joel Quenneville and Peter Laviolette answered questions from the media after the game tonight.

Q. Coach, what were you guys able to change between the first two periods and the third that changed the way you were able to possess the puck?

        COACH QUENNEVILLE: I thought we had more speed to the game. We had more puck possession, more attack.

        The first period, physically was a little jittery for both teams. More so us, and even in the second I still think we were a little bit more emotional than we normally are. And then all of a sudden we picked up the tempo, and pace that we wanted to set and continue. That’s the standard we want to move on going forward to the next game.

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Flyers Need To Be Better

from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Daily News, T

he Stanley Cup Finals is a difficult road and not the one on which to have the carriage become a pumpkin again. Leighton has been very good, even great at times. Boucher got the job done when he was called upon. But this is a different challenge and – don’t look now – the Flyers have finally run up against a team that can really score.

After the game, the Flyers said the blame should be shared.

“That’s not the reason we lost the game,” Danny Briere said of the goaltending.

Laviolette’s decision was a difficult one. Almost certainly, Leighton is still the starting goaltender and will be back in the nets on Monday night. Getting yanked from the opener of the series can’t do much for a goalie’s confidence, but if he had stayed in there and given up 10 goals that wouldn’t have helped, either.

“Everybody’s got to be better,” Laviolette said.

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Open Post- Game 1 SCF Philadelphia at Chicago

Finally the puck will drop around 8:15pm ET or so and the game can be viewed on NBC, CBC and RDS.

The atmosphere should be electric and the game should be fun to watch.

Your thoughts?

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Will It Be Chicago Or Philadelphia?

 

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Chicago Hopes To Get Over The Losing

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Even in the best of times, the Hawks have led the league in dysfunction. They reached the finals in 1992 under Mike Keenan. If getting swept by the Penguins wasn’t bad enough, a soap opera ensued in the aftermath, with Keenan giving up his coaching duties to become general manager, then either getting fired or quitting in a contract squabble before the next season, depending on whose side of the story you heard. Keenan resurfaced as coach of the Rangers in 1993-94 and won the Stanley Cup—with ex-Hawks Steve Larmer, Stephane Matteau and Ed Olczyk.

The best way for a Hawk to get a ring has been to leave. That’s how Savard, Troy Murray, Chelios, Dominik Hasek, Belfour and Mike Peluso got theirs.

Even the recent resurgence has been littered with awkwardness. The GM who drafted stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and acquired the heart of this year’s team—Dale Tallon—was fired. The coach who helped develop those young stars and made the Hawks relevant again—Savard—was fired.

It’s sad that Bill Wirtz’s death is one of the best things to happen to the Hawks since they last played for the Cup in 1992. Sad, but true. And tacitly acknowledged by those who laud Rocky Wirtz for turning things around after succeeding his father as chairman of the board.

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Goalies In The Spotlight

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There are two Cinderella starting goaltenders in the Stanley Cup final, but only one glass slipper.

Someone is about to be exposed in seven games or less.

The question is: Who? And that someone could just as easily be the unlikely Antti Niemi as much as the less likely Michael Leighton.

There has never been a Stanley Cup matchup like this in goal, with a little-known starter for Chicago, an even lesser-known starter for Philadelphia.

This isn’t Patrick Roy versus Martin Brodeur of 2001. This isn’t Ed Belfour vs. Dominik Hasek of 1999.

The last time Chicago won the Cup, Glenn Hall outdueled Terry Sawchuk. The only time Philadelphia has won the Cup, Bernie Parent was in goal, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Vezina in both years.

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A Great Matchup For TV

from Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Two big cities, known more for grit than for glamour, with long histories of ethnic voting and machine-style politics. Two of a bare handful of U.S. markets where the NHL enjoys strong roots and proud tradition.

“Similar? Oh, my God, they’re almost identical,” Jeremy Roenick, never one to equivocate, said yesterday as he ordered lunch in Pasadena, Calif ., before flying to Chicago. Roenick, who starred for both the Blackhawks and the Flyers during his eventful 18-year NHL career, will analyze the Cup finals for NBC, starting tonight.

“Both cities have ridiculously passionate fans, for one,” said Roenick, who came up with Chicago, where he played from 1988-96. Roenick was a Flyer from 2001-05. “The fans are a little different. I think Philly fans are a little more blue collar, wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve. They’ll let you know what they think of you. Chicago, very, very passionate, but a little more forgiving. Definitely two of the biggest fan bases in the league . . . That’s a great, great scenario for the National Hockey League, and for TV.”

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NHL.com Writers Pick The Stanley Cup Winner

Eight say Chicago, seven pick Philadelphia.

See their picks here.

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Should The Canadian National Anthem Be Played At The Stanley Cup Final?

from CTV Toronto,

A York region hockey fan is hoping to bring some Canadian spirit to the Stanley Cup final.

Sandro Liburdi has started up a petition with hopes of convincing the National Hockey League to play both the Canadian and American national anthem at the games.

The finals will be a best-of-seven games showdown between two U.S. teams – the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers. The series starts Saturday at 9 p.m.

“Although there are two U.S. teams in the final, there are 38 Canadian players and only 24 U.S. and international-born players combined,” he said in a telephone interview with ctvtoronto.ca. He also pointed out that the captains of both teams are Canadian.

“Those Canadian players deserve to hear their anthem.”

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