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from Matt Schiffman of ESPN Page 2,
When it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks, Bob Gertenrich has seen it all.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Philadelphia Flyers will mark Gertenrich’s 2,022nd consecutive Hawks home game. He’s been a season ticket holder for 44 years, yet he’s never seen his team hoist the Stanley Cup.
But Gertenrich believes that’s about to change.
“I think they could handle Philly,” Gertenrich said.
And if the Blackhawks do win their first Stanley Cup since 1961, Gertenrich will be cheering from his seat in section 333 of the United Center.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
“They have a lot of skilled players; they’re really good offensively, and they move the puck well,” said Leino, who played in the Stanley Cup Finals with the Red Wings last season. “That’s a really good team, and we just have to play our own game.”
But he sees weaknesses the Flyers can exploit when the teams meet in the Cup Finals starting Saturday in Chicago.
The Blackhawks are the NHL’s youngest team with an average age of 26.2. The Flyers - with thirtysomethings Simon Gagne, Blair Betts, Arron Asham , Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen, Chris Pronger, and Ian Laperriere - have a lot more experience.
“I think they all turn the puck over if they try to make too many plays,” Leino said of the Blackhawks. “We have to be hard on their key guys and get them a little frustrated [because] they can get a little emotional. We just have to have the solid effort we’ve had the last two games.”
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
Courting of Marian Hossa began in Dale Tallon’s Montreal hotel room at last June’s draft. It was there that the Tallon, then general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, met seriously with agent Ritch Winter for the first time. It was there he let Winter know just how interested he was in signing Hossa.
It was an unusual arrangement. Hossa wouldn’t become a free agent until July 1, but his one-year deal with Detroit had come with a gentlemen’s agreement: He could negotiate with other teams if a longer-term deal with the Red Wings fell through.
Hossa’s instruction to Winter was simple: Find me a winner. Doing so, however, was a little more complicated.
Who wins and get ready fans for the on-ice action.
Read about it in my NHL.com blog today.
From a 1991 Dodge Spirit to the Blackhawk Mobile.
The last Stanley Cup Final appearance for the Blackhawks was in 1992 and a now famous singer was only 11 years old and sang the National Anthem at Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
thanks to a tweet from the NHL for the pointer
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For the third year in a row, the NHL has struck it rich.
First it was Detroit versus Pittsburgh, Motown’s finest against Sid the Kid. The next year, there was the Rust Belt rematch and a seven-game classic.
Now comes a collision in the Stanley Cup final between two of America’s most passionate and historic sports cities.
Somebody in the Bettman administration must be saying their prayers at night.
The Windy City and the City of Brotherly Love, head-to-head, a matchup that Major League Baseball, the NBA or the NFL would embrace any time.
NEW YORK (May 24, 2010) – NBC Sports’ coverage of yesterday’s decisive Game 4 between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks, earned a 2.0 overnight rating and a 5 share, a 33 percent increase over last year (Detroit/Chicago, 1.5/4), as Chicago advanced to its first Stanley Cup Final in 18 years by completing a sweep of San Jose. Hockey-mad Chicago delivered a 14.1/32.
Saturday’s Philadelphia Flyers/Montreal Canadiens Game 4 earned a healthy 1.6/4 (no comparison in 2009). The Philadelphia market delivered a 12.0/27. Both games won every half hour against competition from the other networks.
Top Five NHL Markets on Sunday:
1. Chicago - 14.1
T2. San Jose - 4.4
T2. Buffalo - 4.4
4. Philadelphia - 2.7
5. Detroit - 2.1
I’m glad [the turnaround has] arrived. When you have lean years, and if you’re drafting properly, eventually it will come around for you.
“I think Dale Tallon put a lot of piece of the puzzle in place, and now Stan Bowman has picked up from there.”
-former Chicago Coach Mike Keenan. More from Keenan at ESPN Chicago.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
For the first time in 18 years, the Hawks will play for a championship named after Lord Stanley.
And they should win it for the first time in almost half a century.
‘‘Last year we were in [the Western Conference finals], but I don’t know if we knew we were going to win that round,’’ Hawks winger Patrick Kane said. ‘‘We didn’t have the confidence.
‘‘This year, it’s almost like we feel that we shouldn’t lose a game, to be honest with you. It’s not cocky. That’s just our attitude. We just feel like we have such a good team.’‘
They should because they do. They likely will play Philadelphia, which has a 3-1 series lead over Montreal in the Eastern Conference finals. As hot as the Flyers are, they are not the team the Hawks are.
Anyone who saw the Hawks take apart the Sharks on Sunday took in an impressive amalgam of talent and grit.
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