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The Babcock/Bowman Relationship

from Cory Wolfe of the Leader-Post,

“I know about his family and he knows about my family,” said Babcock, the Saskatoon-raised head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. “You build a relationship over time.”

Their relationship fused into a lifelong friendship two years ago when Bowman’s son Stan faced a second battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Babcock—a longtime supporter of cancer charities—connected the Bowmans with Dr. Lennie Sender, one of the world’s foremost oncologists. Babcock met Sender while coaching the Anaheim Ducks….

And like the Hawks’ fortunes, the friendship between the elder Bowman and Babcock continues to flourish. How tight is their bond? Well, consider that Scotty Bowman cancelled plans to attend next month’s British Open so that he could come to Saskatoon to help Babcock raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan….

Bowman said he’s thrilled to help.

“When you get fortunate—and we’ve had some good bounces on the health side of late—this is at least some way that I can give back,” he said.

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Scotty Bowman Plays With The Lines

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

On the flight back from Philadelphia, after losing two games and all their Stanley Cup final momentum at the Wachovia Center, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had the idea to hand out pieces of paper to advisor Scotty Bowman, general manager Stan Bowman, to his assistant coaches.

“He said, ‘put down some lines,’” said Scotty Bowman, who sat next to Quenneville on the flight.

“It was fun to do,” said the 76-year-old, who is perhaps the greatest all-time strategist in the game when it came to mixing and matching players, sensing who was in full flight on a given night, which combination of skill, speed and grit would present the greatest challenge to the opponent.

Bowman, remarkably, is involved in his 16th Stanley Cup final and has been a part of 11 Cup winners in different capacities (nine as the coach), so it would only figure that he might have a thing or two to contribute to the ’Hawks’ cause.

In making his suggestions, Bowman started with a basic premise: Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger - through the first four games - was dominating the ’Hawks top line of captain Jonathan Toews and wingers Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Kane. They needed to be broken apart so Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette would be forced to choose against which of the three he would want to play Pronger, leaving the other two more room, perhaps.

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Goal Scorers Better Than Goaltenders

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...Instead of applauding the shooters, however, the netminders are being portrayed as lacking in talent.

After all, defence good, offence bad, right?

Well, there’s nothing wrong with a Cup final that goes against form and expectations and delivers a product that might be different from the fare usually offered up by the NHL at this time of year.

Fans in both cities seem to like it fine, as do television viewers in Canada and a good number of them in the United States.

Lots of goals, lots of hitting. And you know, you never see anyone walk out of a building in disgust when a goal is scored or a big hit delivered, do you?

And where are the fights, by the way? None of ’em, yet the buildings are jammed and the TV numbers either excellent or encouraging.

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Evening Line

I don’t think the Flyers are done yet. I don’t know whether they can win a game at the United Center, but I think there’s enough will in the Philadelphia locker room to give us one more game to contemplate before we have a new Stanley Cup champion. Look for Briere to score the winner for the Flyers despite having had his face mangled by an errant Duncan Keith stick in Game 5.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN.  More from Scott and Pieree LeBrun of ESPN.

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Watching Game 5 On NBC

NEW YORK – June 7, 2010—Last night’s Stanley Cup Final posted the best overnight rating for a non-overtime Game 5 in eight years. The game generated a 4.0 overnight rating and 7 share, the best for a non-OT Game 5 since 2002 (4.5 on ABC, Carolina-Detroit). 

Game 5 featured Chicago defeating Philadelphia, 7-4, with the largest winning margin of the series. The 4.0 overnight is up 54 percent vs. last year’s Game 5 (2.6) between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby. In 2008, Detroit and Pittsburgh played a three-overtime Game 5, which generated a 4.3 overnight rating.

Best Non-OT Game 5s Since 2002
2010 Chi-Phi 4.0
2003 Ana-NJ 3.5
2006 Car-Edm 2.9
2009 Det-Pit 2.6
2007 Ana-Ott 2.4

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Morning Line

For the first time in the final, perhaps even in the playoffs, the opposition had the common sense to target the Flyers defence. Philadelphia has elected to go mainly with four defencemen in the final, so wouldn’t you think the opposition would target them at every opportunity – pound them into the ground?

Yet New Jersey, Boston and Montreal, in the first three rounds, and Chicago through the first four games of the final, let them off the hook.

Chicago’s best chance of winning the Cup rests in its ability to physically wear down the Flyers top four on defence.

-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.  More hockey notes from Mr. Brophy.

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Pronger Ready To Forget Game 5

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“I’m day-to-day with hurt feelings,” Pronger said sarcastically when asked about the rough ride he received from the Hawks and their fans Sunday night.

How quickly will he be able to put one of the worst nights of his career in the rear-view mirror?

“Real quickly; it’s already gone,” Pronger said. “I don’t remember anything.”

Actually, Pronger remembers how much fun Byfuglien seemed to be having during his breakout performance Sunday night. It clearly did not sit well with Pronger, who much preferred the frustrated and ineffective Byfuglien from earlier in the series.

“I guess he is well-rested,” Pronger said, bringing into focus that Byfuglien had been harassed into submission in the first four games.

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Chicago Finds Their ‘A’ Game

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We play like that every night, it’s going to be tough to beat us,” Patrick Kane said.

The transformation from Wachovia Center underperformers to United Center conquerors was no small feat. The Blackhawks had a laundry list of necessary improvements to make to avoid seeing this series slip away from them. Sunday night, Chicago checked off all of them:

Special teams? Check. For the first time in the series, Chicago won the special-teams battle, reversing an ugly trend that had it headed for disaster. The Hawks scored a pair of power-play markers while shutting down what had been a red-hot Flyers power play that had been humming at a ridiculous 31 percent rate (Philly was 0-for-3 in Game 5).

“We knew our power play was going to get going; we have the guys to do it,” said Hawks forward Kris Versteeg, who assisted on Brent Seabrook’s power-play tally that opened the scoring in the first period. “We ended up doing it tonight, and it feels good and it gives us confidence going forward.”

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Flyers Don’t Play Their Game

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The math always comes out the same. If the Flyers were going to win the Stanley Cup, they were always going to have to win at least one game in the red-lit crucible that is the United Center.

After two losses here, that seemed very possible. After this one, a 7-4 ambush in Game 5 Sunday night, a Flyers win here is much tougher to imagine.


“Maybe we got a little cocky and thought we just had to throw our sticks on the ice,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said. “They capitalized on pretty much every one of their chances.”

The Stanley Cup itself will be in the Wachovia Center on Wednesday night for Game 6. The Flyers’ mission is to keep the big silver beast in its case. Win one at home and it all comes down to Game 7 Friday night.

Here. In Chicago.

Here in Chicago, where the Flyers have twice gotten caught up in freewheeling, high-scoring games of the kind they simply can’t afford to play against the Blackhawks. Here in Chicago, where twice in three games Peter Laviolette has been forced to pull his starting goaltender.

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Coach QuennevIlle After Game 5

Transcript of media Q & A…

Q.  Coach, you made a significant line change tonight.  How important was that to the victory?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  I thought we had good energy right from the outset.  Great pace.  Had speed on all the lines.  I think there was some balance as far as offensive ability, reliability defensively.  Kept that pace from start to finish.

      And I think it was a good start, and I think we kept going and we made it a little interesting, more than we would have liked, but I like the speed in our game.

      Q.  Coach, was that your best first period of the postseason so far?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  For sure, for me.  And I thought that was the pace that we have been looking for this whole series.  Had something to build off of for sure.

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