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Before Game 2 Starts

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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Who Knows What Game 2 Will Bring

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Game 1 mostly provided compelling evidence that pretty much every pre-series story that attempted to suggest the way in which this Flyers-Hawks final would be contested was off base.

Didn’t hear anybody writing or broadcasting that Tomas Kopecky and Troy Brouwer were the Chicago shooters worth watching, or that Toews would need to do a good job checking Daniel Briere or the Philly offence might run wild.

And what about all that chatter about how the very affordable goalies playing for both teams — not including Cristobal Huet, officially on Joel Quenneville’s persona non grata list — was evidence of a new reality in the NHL and how high-profile, high-salaried goalies were no longer necessary to win a Cup?

When it comes to this series, rather than anticipating what is going to happen, we may just have to watch it happen and then try to explain it. There’s a lot of youth on both sides, many players thrust into this sporting petri dish for the first time, and their reactions might not be consistent with how they perform in ordinary circumstances.

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Flyers Can’t Go Down 0-2

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

How many times can the Flyers expect to tempt the hockey gods and still emerge victorious? We think the margin for such error is none. If the Flyers fall behind 2-0 in this series, they are done. Not that anyone in the Philadelphia room will go so far as to say so….

In the days leading up to this series, the Blackhawks were established as prohibitive favorites. In Game 2, they will get the opportunity to justify that faith. Meanwhile, the Flyers were a loose bunch Sunday, hooting and hollering, playing soccer in the hallways of the United Center and exuding confidence in dealing with the press after their workouts.

“Every loss is big in the playoffs. I’m not going to lie about that,” said Danny Briere, one of the best Flyers in Game 1 with four points. “But at the same time, coming in, everybody was talking how good the Blackhawks were. And not too many people—I haven’t heard anybody giving us a chance to win this series.

“What I liked is, [Saturday] night, we proved we belong with them. You know, maybe not to all the hockey experts, but in our room, I think we realize we can play and we can stretch the series and definitely come back in it.”

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A Crazy Game 1

from Scott Niedermayer at the Fabulous Forum,

A crazy game, without a doubt. Very entertaining and great to watch.

Pretty surprising when both teams suffer similar breakdowns that kept the game close. Most of the time when one team makes mistakes, the game gets out of hand. But it seemed to me both were guilty of the same type of mistakes. Both goalies probably would have liked to have a couple goals back, too. It’s not often this happens to both teams in the same game.

If you play enough games, eventually weird stuff does happen. I thought there were a few reasons why the game went that way.

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Watching SCF Game 1

NEW YORK – May 30, 2010—Last night’s Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 is the best since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox). NBC also won the night finishing No. 1 in primetime (1.7, A18-49).

The game—broadcast by NBC Sports on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend—also saw a 12-percent increase over last year’s Game 1 (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, 2.5 on NBC), which was also on a Saturday night but not played during Memorial Day Weekend and was between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

The 2.8 overnight rating also ranks as the highest overnight rating for a Game 1 played on a Saturday in 13 years (since 1997 Detroit- Philadelphia, 5.1 on Fox).
Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed with a 13.2 rating and 25 share.

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OK To Disagree

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

When I write something like I did the other day about the logo of the Chicago Blackhawks and how some might consider it racially insensitive, it’s not to preach or convince anyone.

It’s just an opinion. You can agree or disagree. I certainly didn’t attack anyone who might love the Blackhawks Indian head logo, and in fact I went out of my way that the original intent of Frederic McLaughlin, while it had nothing to do with honoring aboriginals (he was honoring his military comrades from World War I), wasn’t about insulting aboriginals, either….

f you’re looking for a columnist or blogger who just wants to find which way the wind is blowing before writing, you’re looking in the wrong place.

more and if you missed the original story from Damien regarding the Blackhawks logo, you can start here...

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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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