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Bike Attack

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

FOX 29 reported a notice brewing on Facebook and Twitter today about Flyers fans preparing for a flash mob this afternoon in Center City to attack the Blackhawks’ bus as it leaves for the Wachovia Center.

The group allegedly plans to arrive at the Four Seasons, at Logan Square on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, to cause havoc. A group of bikers – though it was not clear whether bicyclists or motorcyclers would take part – are to follow Chicago’s bus on its route to South Philadelphia.

The Flyers will not comment on the issue, other than to say that the Blackhawks’ bus will have a full police escort to the arena.

Similarly, the Philadelphia Police have acknowledged the threat but will not comment on specific deterrents, as per department policy. They are prepared to take action.

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Others Hope To Follow Kane’s Path

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

This was Patrick Kane’s life exactly three years ago: Top prospect for the 2007 entry draft, attending a game in the Stanley Cup final, going on television with Don Cherry, and otherwise absorbing what life at the top looks like as an NHL player.

The difference, on Friday, was that Kane was on the other side of the fence, suiting up for the Chicago Blackhawks, only two victories away from celebrating a championship of his own, as the NHL paraded the leading contenders for the 2010 entry draft through the dressing rooms of the two Cup contenders.

Nowadays, the transition from top prospect to significant contributor can happen quickly. Kane is living proof that a player with high-end skill doesn’t need a lot of time in the development stream, and that a team that lands a player of his level can turn things around quickly.

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Notes Before Game 4 SCF

One-Goal Games: Each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final has been decided by one goal for just the fourth time in the expansion era (since 1968). In the three previous series, the games marked the start of sweeps (Detroit over Washington in 1998, Montreal over Philadelphia in 1976, Montreal over St. Louis in 1968).

In the 70 Stanley Cup Final series since the best-of-seven format was implemented in 1939, the first four games have been decided by one goal just twice: 1968 (Montreal over St. Louis in four games) and 1951 (Toronto over Montreal in five games, all decided in overtime).

Too Close for Comfort: The teams have been tied or separated by one goal 96% of the time (178:16 of 185:59).

Lead Changes and Comebacks: Eight leads have been erased, which in each case lasted fewer than eight minutes (1:08, 4:47, 1:38, 2:11 and 3:31 in Game 1; 7:51, 7:57 and 0:20 in Game 3). There have been five lead changes (three in Game 1, two in Game 3).

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Sitting With The Philadelphia Fans

from Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune, .

..when tickets in the seventh row behind the net fell in my lap, I jumped. Since I had no real work responsibilities, I thought I’d see if the Flyer’d up, orange-clad crowd could support the stereotype. It sure did.

Here are a few of the printable lowlights of human behavior exhibited in and around Section 120 at the packed Wachovia Center on Wednesday:

• A harmless-looking, seemingly sober, middle-aged man in a Patrick Kane sweater was tugged back into his seat after he stood briefly to protest a penalty that wasn’t called. It is proper etiquette in all hockey arenas to remain seated — unless there’s pugilism involved — while the puck is in play. It wasn’t. The Kane fan stood with his arms extended for a couple of seconds after a whistle before he was pulled on by the angry woman behind him.

A woman, perhaps described best by comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay, as 220 unattractive pounds, but with a neatly trimmed beard. If you’re considering opening a Lane Bryant store, this is as good a place as any.

It was acceptable to use “mother” as an adjective whenever a Blackhawk or an official did something objectionable.

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Morning Line

“Chicago has a good young team with a lot of talent and leadership, but keeping it together, they’re in trouble there.  They have too much talent. There’s no way they can keep it all unless the wise guys meet them in a back alley somewhere and convince them it’s in their best interests to stay.”

-Jeremy Roenick on the Blackhawks and their salary cap issues.  More on Chicago from Dan McGrath at the New York Times.

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A Tired Pair Of Captains

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Tonight is the 110th hockey game of Mike Richards’ season and the tank appears to be running on empty.

He won’t come out and say that he’s running out of gas and his coach, Peter Laviolette, won’t hear of it, but others around the Philadelphia Flyers are whispering that if they want to win the Stanley Cup, they may well have to do without much contribution from their captain and first-line centre.

And he isn’t alone.

Tonight is Jonathan Toews 103rd hockey game. Through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he was the most dominant player on any team. He still leads the playoffs in scoring, but it’s not because of anything he has done through three games of the final.

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Not Following The Blackhawks

from Rex W. Huppke of the Chicago Tribune,

Ezell Walker stood on the sidewalk outside his well-kept West Side two-flat — a short half-mile from the United Center, currently the hub of the hockey universe — and spoke for a part of the city largely immune to Blackhawks fever.

“Let’s put it this way,” he said, a wide grin spreading across his face. “You’re not going to see many African-Americans walking around wearing a Patrick Kane jersey.”...

I bet if you went into one of the schools around here, most of the kids wouldn’t even know what’s going on with the Blackhawks,” said Fred Jones, pastoral associate at St. Malachy Catholic Church, about three blocks west of the United Center. “It may be that it’s just always been considered a white man’s sport.”

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Ex-Wings Impressive In The Final

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

The smartest team in hockey wasn’t smart enough, this time around, to beat the salary cap.

And the fallout, for the Detroit Red Wings, was most likely what killed their 2009-10 season. Mikael Samuelsson escaped to Vancouver, where he scored 30 goals and eight more in the playoffs. Marian Hossa and his under-appreciated 200-foot game left for Chicago. Waterbug Jiri Hudler bolted to Moscow Dynamo of the KHL . . . and then, there’s the pair of Detroit bit players who have figured prominently in the boxscores of two of the three games in this Stanley Cup final.

How much better, and deeper, would the Wings have been had they not lost Game 1 hero Tomas Kopecky to Chicago through free agency, or traded Ville Leino, whose third-period goal forced ovetime in Game 3, to Philadelphia in February for the proverbial bag of pucks?

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Watching Game 3 SCF On Versus

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 3, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, garnered a 3.1 national HH rating and averaged 3.6 million viewers for last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 3 telecast.  The game made VERSUS the most-watched cable network in the country among total viewers, all key male demos and among Adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. 

It was the most-watched Final game on cable since 2002 and the highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever in network history, surpassing the net’s previous high set by Game 4 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final (2.8 HH rating and 3.448 million viewers).  The game peaked at a 4.3 HH rating and 5.051 million viewers between 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET. 

Locally, VERSUS garnered a 17.7 HH rating and averaged 1.099 million viewers in Chicago and a 17.4 HH rating and 801,000 viewers in Philadelphia, making VERSUS the top-rated network overall-among both broadcast and cable-in both markets.  The local market ratings were the best ever for a Blackhawks or Flyers game on cable in both cities. 

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Two Finnish Players Stand Out

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There always has been this connection between the now budding and surprising stars, Antti Niemi and Ville Leino, but it wasn’t supposed to be about playing for championships.

They were just hoping to get an opportunity to play.

Leino was confident enough in his own abilities to figure he was going to make something of himself with the Detroit Red Wings. But he’ll be honest and tell you: “I wasn’t sure about Antti. I thought he was pretty good, but it’s a lot harder for goalies. There’s only so many jobs.”

Turns out he was wrong and he was wrong.

Leino didn’t factor much with the Red Wings, who tried to turn him into something he wasn’t and Niemi is a very good reason why the Chicago Blackhawks are this close to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.

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