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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.

more

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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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Chicago May Split Kane And Toews

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Toward the end of Game 4, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville moved Kane off the top line with Toews and Dustin Byfuglien and replaced him with Andrew Ladd. Kane moved to the second unit, taking Ladd’s place on a line with David Bolland and Kris Versteeg.

Most indications point to the Hawks starting Game 5 with the same configurations with which they ended Game 4.

“I thought there was more pressure in their zone,” said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. “Whether it’s a difference of them being concerned with a couple of different lines, that might be something we’ll be looking at. I thought it was a little more effective in the third period.”

The Blackhawks are clearly getting tired of hearing about how dominant Pronger has been in the final, but they’re not ducking from acknowledging what he has done.

“He’s one of the best of all-time, I guess you can say,” said Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp.

read on

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Blackhawks Have Changed Since The Start Of The Playoffs

from Scott Morrison of CBC,

When this Stanley Cup final began we wondered whether this was the excellent Philadelphia Flyers team many envisioned at the start of the playoffs, or just a good team that had three perfect playoff match ups.

I think we know the answer now. It’s probably a bit of both.

Indeed, the team that has left us wondering has been the Chicago Blackhawks, who have shown little or no resemblance, at least on a consistent basis in this series, to the team that was very good in getting by Nashville, Vancouver and San Jose en route to the final.

In this series, so far, the Blackhawks’ big guns have been remarkably quiet. Jonathan Toews only has a point, Patrick Kane has produced little and was minus-4 in Game 4, and Dustin Byfuglien has been physically quieted for extended periods by big Chris Pronger.

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Playing With Pain

from John Kass of the Chicago Tribune,

“I don’t think the spectators, if they’ve never played hockey themselves, truly understand the mentality of the hockey players, how they disregard pain and their own doctor’s orders,” said Dr. Antonio Ramos when I met him in his office in the Pilsen neighborhood.

Ramos, now 85 and retired, was a surgeon at the now-defunct Henrotin Hospital, the unofficial Blackhawks trauma center. That led to his hobby, stitching up Blackhawks as one of several team doctors in the old days.

“There was Tony Esposito, the goalie, getting a stick inside his mouth that ripped it up, with incredible trauma, and going back to play,” said Ramos.

read on

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Report- Blue Jackets Offer Coaching Job To Guy Boucher

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have extended an offer to Guy Boucher to become their next coach, The Dispatch has learned via NHL sources.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson would not comment, but NHL sources said Boucher was pondering an offer this weekend with an agreement to get back with Howson by early next week.

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Bruins Extend Seidenberg

via a Boston Bruins tweet,

The B’s have signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year contract extension.

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Morning Line

When teams battle to a tie through 60 minutes of regulation and another five in overtime, what’s wrong with awarding one point to each team? It’s far better, for example, than awarding one point to a team that loses in overtime or in a shootout.

What I’m saying is that the NHL should go back to the rule it happily lived with for decades. Play 5-on-5 in overtime. Keep the overtime to a five-minute limit. The team scoring a goal gets two points, the losers zero.

In a few words: when you lose, you lose.

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.  More from Mr. Fisher on this topic.

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Rooting For The Flyers In Northwest Ontario

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The storefronts along downtown streets in Kenora, Ont., have been adorned in orange with signs urging on the Flyers. The mayor and one of his councillors have been photographed wearing Flyer jerseys. The councillor happily stated a local sporting goods store had received a new shipment of Flyer ball caps, six dozen in all, and that they were in hot demand for the big event – Friday night’s gathering at the Recreation Centre arena, where fans watched the Flyers host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.

“We had to get a projector flown in from Winnipeg to show the game on a 15-foot-by-20-foot screen,” councillor Chris Van Walleghem said. “Everyone’s cheering for the Flyers.”

More to the point, everyone in Kenora and neighbouring Dryden is cheering for Philadelphia captain Mike Richards and that notorious puck-stealing defenceman Chris Pronger. In a Stanley Cup showdown that boasts a wealth of Northwestern Ontario-trained talent, from Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (Thunder Bay) and Duncan Keith (Fort Frances) to the Flyers’ Claude Giroux (Hearst), Richards and Pronger are the marquee masters and the reason why Kenora is awash in Flyers’ fever.

read on

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