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Pronger At His Best

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Sunday evening, at 35 and long since filled out to 220 pounds, he stood as the Broad Street Bully, a player whose success, or lack of success, against the small and swift Montreal Canadiens could well be the deciding factor in this Eastern Conference final.

This night it was all success.

Pronger made his opening statement instantly, taking down Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri, the leading goal scorer (12) of these Stanley Cup playoffs at the 1:13 mark. His was the first name to go on the scoresheet: two minutes for cross-checking.

“We want to play physical on every play,” he said at the end of this 6-0 destruction of the Montreal offence.

Pronger sent a second signal early in the second, pounding Montreal’s Mathieu Darche to the ice for daring to chase a puck that was bouncing dangerously close to Flyers netminder Michael Leighton

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Open Post- Flyers/Canadiens Game 1 ECF

Versus, CBC and RDS will have the game, just after 7:00pm tonight.

Does any team have an advantage?

It is a pick-em series in my opinion and we may change favorites on a game to game basis.

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Destiny Ahead For Only One Of These Teams

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Enter the Montreal Canadiens, the most storied franchise in ice hockey and a team that has been making its own history this spring. Montreal eliminated Washington and Pittsburgh, the team with the best regular-season record in the NHL and the defending Cup champion, by winning two Game 7s on the road.

“A lot of people could say they’re a team of destiny, as well,” Pronger said.

Less than an hour after completing the Ultimate Comeback, Pronger was already looking to set the tone for his teammates. He is the only player on this team whose name is etched on the Cup. He isn’t about to let the rest of them buy into this Team of Destiny idea.

Destiny isn’t going into the corners and hitting anyone. Destiny isn’t throwing its body in front of any frozen rubber missiles. Destiny isn’t coming back too soon from surgery and playing in pain.

It comes down to this. If these Flyers were capable of winning four lose-and-it’s-over games in a row against Boston, two of them on the road, then they are capable of beating the Canadiens and whichever team comes out of the Western Conference. But to do that means continuing to play exactly as they have been.

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Points From The Eastern Conference Finals

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Tired?: What will these two teams have in the tank for the conference finals? The Habs have played more games this spring than any other team (14) and are 5-0 in elimination games so far. The Flyers are coming off a comeback of historic proportions and are 4-0 in elimination games, all four in succession against the Bruins.

The Canadiens will have been off since Wednesday night, which should give them time to recuperate from their arduous first two rounds. The Flyers? Not so much….

The Pronger factor: Remember back at the Olympics in February when people said Chris Pronger was too old and too slow? He does. He files all that stuff away. And the Flyers defenseman is not looking all that old or slow even though he is 35 years old. Heading into Game 7 against Boston, Pronger led all NHLers in the playoffs, averaging 29:39 in ice time….

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European Goalie Likely To Win The Stanley Cup

from Lucas Aykroyd at IIHF.com,

It’s looking more likely than ever that this year, for just the third time in history, a European goalie will backstop his NHL team to the Stanley Cup. The two previous examples were the Czech Republic’s Dominik Hasek (Detroit, 2002) and Russia’s Nikolai Khabibulin (Tampa Bay, 2004).

In 2010, three of the NHL teams that moved on to the conference finals have European starters. The lone exception is the Philadelphia Flyers, who eliminated the Boston Bruins and their Finnish starter Tuukka Rask on Friday in a stunning rally from a 3-0 series deficit.

Unquestionably, the best individual performance put on by any netminder in the 2010 playoffs has been that of Jaroslav Halak. Slovakia’s Olympic starter shocked the world by helping his eight-seeded Montreal Canadiens knock off the league-leading Washington Capitals in a seven-game first-round series. Halak (2.42 GAA, 93.3 save percentage) then compounded the shock by doing the same against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Round Two.

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Waiting For The Cup

from Paul Hoogkamp of TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks may be in the midst of the longest Stanley Cup drought in the NHL, but it has also been more than a few years since the other three teams in the Conference Finals have enjoyed an up-close look at hockey’s Holy Grail.

The Blackhawks have not won since 1961, a stretch six years longer than that of the playoff-challenged Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Philadelphia Flyers changed the face of hockey and their opponents, using intimidation to win the Cup way back in 1975.

It’s been 17 years since the Montreal Canadiens had a parade down Rue Ste.-Catherine, which is an eternity for the most storied franchise in the league.

And while the San Jose Sharks have yet to win the Cup since joining the NHL in 1991, with recent playoff failures, some feel the organization is overdue to win their first title.

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Stanley Cup Final Prediction

Will we see a repeat of the 1973 Stanley Cup Final when Montreal, coached by Scotty Bowman defeated Chicago 4 games to 2?

I am old school and it is time for an Original Six Final, the first since 1979 when the Canadiens defeated the Rangers.

So, that is my pick for the SCF, what about you?

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2010 Stanley Cup Conference Finals Schedule

National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive national broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. Every playoff game also can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Western Conference

Date Time (ET) #1 San Jose vs. #2 Chicago Network

Sunday, May 16 3:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose NBC, TSN, RDS
Tuesday, May 18 10:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Friday, May 21 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Sunday, May 23 3:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 25 * 9:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 27 * 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 29 * 8:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS

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Kirk Muller- NHL Head Coach Candidate

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

A good post-season always thrusts people into the spotlight, and Montreal’s early-round success is the biggest story so far. They’ve needed the maximum 14 games, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the Canadiens’ brilliant preparation for both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

This isn’t to say Muller is solely responsible, but anyone who watched his 19-year career can see him in the plan. The Canadiens found ways to neutralize and frustrate the league’s three most dangerous offensive players - Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. It’s really an amazing accomplishment, and it’s the kind of thing Muller would do many times in his 1,349-game NHL lifetime.

Clearly, Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin respects his expertise, since Muller gets prime face time during in-game timeouts. However, his greatest asset may be in understanding every possible emotion a player can go through.

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The Montreal Canadiens- (North) America’s Hockey Team?

from Eric Adelson of Yahoo,

The hockey gods are laughing now. They snicker in the still of Pittsburgh, chuckle in the dark corridors of NHL offices in New York and bellow in the wild streets of Montreal. They kept quiet for so long, so long that fans must have wondered whether they departed for good.

Had the sport changed completely, from team-first to star-centered? Were media-blessed stars like Alex Ovechkin(notes) and Sidney Crosby(notes) really able to take over and win on their own? Were the ghosts of the beautifully flawed old barns in Winnipeg and Chicago now chased away by fake noise in McArenas? Was the old NHL – the one so many grew up with – gone?

Mais non.

The Montreal Canadiens have spoken, and spoken loudly, for the truly great aspects of their sport. They are the eighth seed, and the 16th-best team coming into the playoffs, cobbled together by good defense and great goaltending. They do nothing fancy, nothing breathtaking, nothing highlight-ready. Try making a Gatorade commercial out of this: They rush to the net on offense; they rush to the net on defense. That’s pretty much it. The Habs shove. They forecheck. They dump and chase. They clear the zone. Simple. Lovely. Pure. Hockey.

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