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Game starts just after 8:00pm ET on NBC, CBC and RDS.
Another high scoring game or will we actually see some defense played?
In case you are wondering, a few Stanley Cup Final records that may be in reach…
MOST GOALS, BOTH TEAMS, ONE SERIES
56 – Montreal Canadiens (33), Chicago BlackHawks (23) in 1973. Montreal won series 4-2.
51 – New York Islanders (26), Philadelphia Flyers (25) in 1980. NY Islanders won series 4-2.
MOST GOALS, ONE TEAM, ONE SERIES
33 – Montreal Canadiens in 1973. Montreal won series 4-2, outscoring Chicago 33-23.
28 – Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991. Pittsburgh won series 4-2, outscoring Minnesota 28-16.
from Patrick Caisse of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
Those who were let go include amateur scouts Denis Morel (Quebec), Dave Mayville (U.S.), Antonin Routa, (Europe) Pelle Eklund (Sweden) and Nikolai Vakourov (Russia), as well as professional scout Gordie Roberts.
The news was confirmed by the Habs’ vice-president for communications, Donald Beauchamp. He noted that the contracts in question were up at the end of June.
Denis Morel, who is also a former NHL referee, confirmed the dismissals in a phone interview with QMI Agency.
“I have to admit I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Morel said. “I loved my work and I was ready to continue for a few more years.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
When word dribbled out of the Philadelphia Flyers dressing room that agitator Daniel Carcillo would replace James van Reimsdyk for Monday night’s game, a lot of reporters made a beeline for Adam Burish, the Blackhawks’ resident pest and master of the verbal dart. One day earlier, Carcillo indicated there would be retribution for what the Flyers said was a hit from behind Burish made on defenceman Lucas Krajicek that knocked him out of the game.
“We don’t have a history,” Burish said of Carcillo. “Maybe after tonight we will.”
Burish, 27, also made no apologies for what Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette referred to on Monday as “a dangerous hockey hit.” Krajicek is expected to play Monday night as the Flyers try to even the best-of-seven series at one win each.
“I don’t want to see anyone get hurt but this is the finals. Anything goes out there,” Burish said. “I’m not here to make friends.”
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,
• If Patrick Kane is going to play along the boards, he cannot be as soft as he was in Game 1.
• The Blackhawks can’t continue to rely on the junior varsity to win this series. To contribute, yes. To win it like Game 1, no.
• After the Flyers went all of Game 1 without getting whistled for a penalty—the Flyers, come on, you can still call Dave Schultz and Moose Dupont for double-minors—the Hawks will get the first three power plays in Game 2.
• The bad United Center ice affects passing more than their skating, which is something the Flyers figured out early when they fired from everywhere on Hawks goalie Antti Niemi, knowing he would serve up rebounds and daring the Hawks to remain calm amid the chaos, which didn’t happen until the third period.
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
In order to have Dan Carcillo’s energy back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers will have to go without James van Riemsdyk’s youth.
Van Riemsdyk will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game, the Daily News has learned.
Van Riemsdyk, 21, has had a quiet playoff run for the Flyers. He has just two goals and two assists in 18 playoff games and has not scored in the last five games. It took until Game 7 of the second round against the Bruins for van Riemsdyk to net his first career playoff goal.
And his point production wasn’t soaring before the playoffs, either.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
This is it for Michael Leighton.
The Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, who finds himself still auditioning for work nine years into his professional career, needs a bounce-back game. Not just to get his team back into the Stanley Cup final, but to ensure his future in the game.
Recently turned 29, he is one of the more unlikely potential Stanley Cup heroes, having bounced around the NHL and the American Hockey League for most of his career. However, after his performance in Game 1, when he allowed five goals on 20 shots, he’s also one step closer to oblivion. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration. The kid has played well enough in this, the Year of the Lousy Goalie, to at least gain the interest of one of the other 29 teams, so I doubt you’ll find him selling pencils on the streets of Philly next winter.
That doesn’t change the fact he desperately needs to rebound. He needs that one career-defining, Bernie Parent-like super solo effort that shuts the door on the Chicago Blackhawks, because you just know the Hawks are going to come guns-a-blazing in Game 2. The Blackhawks will be determined to expose him for what he is - a guy who has never been able to hold down a No. 1 goaltender’s job in this league.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Game 1 mostly provided compelling evidence that pretty much every pre-series story that attempted to suggest the way in which this Flyers-Hawks final would be contested was off base.
Didn’t hear anybody writing or broadcasting that Tomas Kopecky and Troy Brouwer were the Chicago shooters worth watching, or that Toews would need to do a good job checking Daniel Briere or the Philly offence might run wild.
And what about all that chatter about how the very affordable goalies playing for both teams — not including Cristobal Huet, officially on Joel Quenneville’s persona non grata list — was evidence of a new reality in the NHL and how high-profile, high-salaried goalies were no longer necessary to win a Cup?
When it comes to this series, rather than anticipating what is going to happen, we may just have to watch it happen and then try to explain it. There’s a lot of youth on both sides, many players thrust into this sporting petri dish for the first time, and their reactions might not be consistent with how they perform in ordinary circumstances.
We were really quiet on the bus. After you lose a game like that nobody’s too excited. We had a team dinner at the hotel. You just kind of want to get away and it’s tough to enjoy being in the Finals. I think everybody went into their rooms and weren’t feeling too good about the way things went. I know I went back to my room and just sat there with long thoughts. It was just a long night. You replay the game in your mind and you replay all your chances against and chances for, every little situation. When you win you can get over the bad plays a lot easier than when you lose. I was up until about 3 o’clock.
-Danny Briere of the Flyers who is writing a diary at Flyer Files.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
You couldn’t swing a cat Saturday night without hitting a story about all the Canadians playing on the Chicago Blackhawks (12) and Philadelphia Flyers (14) in Game One of the Stanley Cup final. Which is what the media does when there isn’t a Canadian team in the final: imply that you have to have lotsa Canadians to win it all. (Tell that to the Detroit Red Wings.)
What few stories also mentioned is how many Canadian NHL stars now would rather wear Lady Ga Ga’s stilettos than play for most of the franchises north of the border. For a bevy of reasons – media overkill, chronic losing, crummy taxes, travel, lack of palm trees and swimming pools 24/7/365 – it’s getting harder to persuade Canadian unrestricted free agents to stay home when they have the chance to call the shots. Scott Niedermayer popularized the trend by famously spurning Calgary for Anaheim in 2005 because of the lower stress of playing in sunny southern California for the same money.
When players talk to their agents these days, their priorities are 1) financial 2) winning 3) lifestyle 4) media pressure. Currently, the Canadian franchises are battling perception problems on all the above – and that’s with a 95-cent dollar.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
How many times can the Flyers expect to tempt the hockey gods and still emerge victorious? We think the margin for such error is none. If the Flyers fall behind 2-0 in this series, they are done. Not that anyone in the Philadelphia room will go so far as to say so….
In the days leading up to this series, the Blackhawks were established as prohibitive favorites. In Game 2, they will get the opportunity to justify that faith. Meanwhile, the Flyers were a loose bunch Sunday, hooting and hollering, playing soccer in the hallways of the United Center and exuding confidence in dealing with the press after their workouts.
“Every loss is big in the playoffs. I’m not going to lie about that,” said Danny Briere, one of the best Flyers in Game 1 with four points. “But at the same time, coming in, everybody was talking how good the Blackhawks were. And not too many people—I haven’t heard anybody giving us a chance to win this series.
“What I liked is, [Saturday] night, we proved we belong with them. You know, maybe not to all the hockey experts, but in our room, I think we realize we can play and we can stretch the series and definitely come back in it.”
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