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Making The Stanley Cup Final

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On some levels, the teams are mirror images of one another.

Toews’s counterpart with the Flyers is Mike Richards, two players whose maturity level belie their relative youth; ’Hawks winger Patrick Kane’s is Jeff Carter, two skilled goal scorers and playmakers. There is accomplished secondary scoring (Daniel Brière, Simon Gagné for the Flyers, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp for the Blackhawks); there are big, imposing physical specimens (Pronger on the Flyers blueline, while the Blackhawks have one of the more unique players in the NHL in Dustin Byfuglien, a 257-pound net-front presence, who has scored four game-winners in these playoffs).

Philly has had a series of remarkable wins these past two months: First, to qualify for the playoffs in a shootout on the final day of the regular season, and second, to eliminate the Boston Bruins in seven games after being down 3-0.

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How The Winning Started In Chicago

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

The Blackhawks playoff success has revitalized the franchise in the Second City. Obviously owner Rocky Wirtz has become a folk hero, with the team going to the final for the first time since 1992. Former GM Dale Tallon has received credit, as has Joel Quenneville and the Bowmans (Stan and Scotty), but for my money John McDonough has to be given his own due for what has happened with the Hawks.

McDonough was Wirtz’s first hire after taking over the team. He came from the Chicago Cubs, a franchise that has done an outstanding job selling the experience of Wrigley Field. McDonough has brought much of that experiential feel to the United Center. He started with mimicking the Cubs by creating a team convention in July. Then he partnered the club with the same radio and TV stations (WGN) as the Cubs, and he welcomed back some of the teams’ alumni.

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Paying To See The SCF

from Noah Love of the National Post,

While there aren’t any Canadian teams represented in the upcoming Stanley Cup final, Canadian hockey fans saddled with tight budgets might just be OK with that.

Tickets prices to the final between the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks, which begins Saturday, are skyrocketing.

FanSnap, the leading live event ticket search engine in the United States, reports that the average ticket price for Games 1 and 2 (and Games 5 and 7 if necessary) is US$993. For Games 3 and 4 (and potentially Game 6) in Philadelphia, tickets run on average at $906.

“It is up dramatically over the last couple of years. In part because they’re great hockey towns, and we’ve also got teams that haven’t been there for awhile, so that definitely plays a part,” says FanSnap spokesman Christian Anderson.

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All The Stanley Cup Final Odds

Thanks to Bodog for supplying the information.

Who will win the 2010 Stanley Cup
Chicago Blackhawks             -275
Philadelphia Flyers               +225

2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Exact Series Result
Chicago Blackhawks 4-0         6/1
Chicago Blackhawks 4-1         3/1
Chicago Blackhawks 4-2         4/1
Chicago Blackhawks 4-3         7/2
Philadelphia Flyers 4-0           25/1
Philadelphia Flyers 4-1           14/1
Philadelphia Flyers 4-2           7/1
Philadelphia Flyers 4-3           7/1

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Chicago Fan Waiting For The Cup

from Matt Schiffman of ESPN Page 2,

When it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks, Bob Gertenrich has seen it all.

Well, almost.

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.

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Ville Leino’s Scouting Report On The Blackhawks

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.”

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Hossa Finds Another Winning Team

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.

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Ready For The Stanley Cup Final

Who wins and get ready fans for the on-ice action.

Read about it in my NHL.com blog today.

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Blackhawk Mobile

From a 1991 Dodge Spirit to the Blackhawk Mobile.

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My How Times Have Changed In Chicago

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

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