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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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Hit Of The Night

Dustin Byfuglien drives Chris Pronger into the boards.

Watch the CBC feed.

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Chicago Rolls To A 7-4 Win Over Philadelphia

The Blackhawks are one win away from their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

Will they be able to win it on Philadelphia ice or will the pattern continue with the home team winning which would force a game 7 in Chicago?

added 11:03pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Sometimes, you forget just how young Jonathan Toews is. Just 22, although so focused that his more fun-loving teammates call him Captain Serious.

Still, a certain seriousness of purpose was what was required of the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night to get back on track in these Stanley Cup playoffs, after frittering away two games on the road to the Philadelphia Flyers.

So coach Joel Quenneville split up his No. 1 line - of Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien - for last night’s fifth game and it had the desired effect. The three did far more damage playing apart than they had playing together in the series. The result: a 7-4 victory over the Flyers and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final.

continued and if the past holds true, the story will be updated at least a few times within the next tow hours or so….

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Open Post- Game 5 SCF Philadelphia at Chicago

One team will be facing elimination when game 6 is played on Wednesday, will it be the Flyers or Blackhawks?

My thinking for tonight’s game is Chicago will win 3-2.  They seem to rise to the occasion when doubts start creeping in about their team.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm on NBC, CBC and RDS.

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All Dan Patrick

from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

NBC’s Dan Patrick is hosting the remaining games of this tight 2010 Stanley Cup Final, with Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury joining him on set for Sunday night’s Game 5 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

NHL.com: Your thoughts about being part of the Final? It is your first time hosting the Cup telecast.

DP: “I have handed out the Super Bowl trophy. I have been in this building before for championships, but there were different kinds of nets. The United Center has a great crowd and great atmosphere.

“My mother-in-law is a diehard (New Jersey) Devils fans. So for me to be here at the Stanley Cup Final with Doc Emrick (the regular-season play-by-play man for the Devils), well, that is bigger than any Super Bowl. Hands-down better to her. So I am scoring a lot of points at home.

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Notes Before Game 5 SCF

TEAMS WINNING GAME 5 OF THE STANLEY CUP FINAL WITH SERIES TIED 2-2

In the 20 previous Stanley Cup Final series tied 2-2, the club winning Game 5 has won the Stanley Cup 14 times (70%). The six clubs that successfully overcame a Game 5 loss: the 1950 Detroit Red Wings, 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2001 Colorado Avalanche, 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Year Stanley Cup Champions After Losing Game 5 (tied 2-2)
1950 Detroit Red Wings * (vs. NY Rangers)
1964 Toronto Maple Leafs * (vs. Detroit)
1971 Montreal Canadiens (vs. Chicago)
2001 Colorado Avalanche * (vs. New Jersey)
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning * (vs. Calgary)
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins (vs. Detroit)
* lost Game 5 at home

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Flyers Unbeatable The Deeper The Series Goes

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Let’s say this right at the top. If the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup, it will be because they were a good enough team and true enough champion to fend off the most relentless band of hockey warriors this sport has seen in a long, long time.

The champagne will taste all the sweeter because the Blackhawks will have earned that Cup the hard way.

That said, here’s why the Flyers look and feel like a team on the verge of winning its first championship in 35 years. Here’s why, as the puck drops Sunday night on Game 5 in Chicago, the Flyers deserve the absolute faith and respect of their fans.

Here’s why: Every step of this long, long road, the Flyers have gotten better and stronger and more fiercely determined. The later it gets - in games, in series, in the tournament - the more prepared they are to meet the rising challenge.

In four series now, the Flyers’ record in Games 1 through 3 is 5-7.

In Games 4 and beyond: 9-0, and counting.

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Evening Line

“You know what Toe Blake used to say about the media, don’t you?

“When you’re losing, they can’t help you. And when you’re winning, you don’t need ‘em.”

-Scotty Bowman.  The quote really doesn’t have much to do with the story from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via the National Post, but do read what Cam has to say about the Philly/Chicago series.

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Will Kane Raise His Game?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He’s small but not a timid player, yet he’s playing like it, which may be more of an indication of uncertainty and confusion. He’s controlled the puck but seems content to circle and circle, rather than take the puck to areas where he might be more likely to score, and the Flyers are content to let him circle. He did score a pretty breakaway goal in Game 3, but that’s been it.

Four rounds of physical pounding may have taken their toll on the Buffalo native, but that just makes him the same as everyone else.

The same as everyone else, of course, is what Kane can’t be. He’s got to be special and different, and it’s possible he may not be ready to be that player in a Cup final just yet….

This is a series dominated by Canadian-born players, which leaves Kane almost alone in the American spotlight. But he’s got to want to be there. So far, it doesn’t look like a comfy fit.

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Home Is Where The Wins Are

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It’s a funny thing about home-ice advantage and how it matters in some series more than others. Way back a couple of weeks ago against the San Jose Sharks, home ice wasn’t much of an advantage to the Chicago Blackhawks. In fact, the Blackhawks were playing so much better on the road - seven wins in a row and counting - that they took the unusual step of checking into a local hotel to mimic the effects of the road. The road ruled! Jonathan Toews’ video-game prowess was as much of a talking point as that 13-game scoring streak he piled up to lead the Blackhawks right into the Stanley Cup final.

That was then - and not so long ago either.

Now, in the heart of their series against the Philadelphia Flyers that is tied 2-2 heading into Sunday’s fifth game, home-ice means all to Chicago. Home is where the heart is. Home is sweet. Home is the United Center and its crazy screaming fans, as crazy and as enervated as the 20,000 plus that peopled the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and helped carry the Flyers to two consecutive victories.

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