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Open Post- Game 2 SCF Philadelphia at Chicago

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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…

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.

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.

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Flames Sign Christopher Breen

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Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Christopher Breen of the Peterborough Petes from the Ontario Hockey League.

Breen, a native of Uxbridge, Ontario has played in 249 regular season games and 15 playoff games over five OHL seasons. At the conclusion of Peterborough’s 2009-10 season, Breen played one game for the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) registering one assist and four penalty minutes.

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Montreal Fires Six Scouts

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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.

read on

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War Of Words Starting

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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.”

read on

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Before Game 2 Starts

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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.


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Report- Carcillo In For Game 2, JVR Out

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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.


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Niklas Hjalmarsson

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One nice thing about the Stanley Cup finals is that they give a chance for unsung players who have been playing well in relative anonymity a chance to get into the spotlight.  The best example of that this season is Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson.  Hjalmarsson is a 22 year old Swede in his third year of his NHL career.  In his first two, he shuttled between the AHL and NHL (spending more time in the AHL).  This season he has established himself as a strong defensive presence on the Blackhawks.  Fans have noticed him in the playoffs.  He has seven points and a +7 +/- rating so far in the playoffs.  He is currently third in playoff ice time on the Blackhawks.  He looks like he should have a solid NHL career.  It is nice to see that he is getting some publicity after a solid season.

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Even More Pressure For Leighton

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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.


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Who Knows What Game 2 Will Bring

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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.

read on

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R & D Points

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Not every GM was aware commissioner Gary Bettman was going to unveil his plan to hold a research and development camp in August under the guidance of new VP of hockey and business development Brendan Shanahan. The agenda hasn’t been finalized, in part so GMs can brainstorm ideas this week and forward suggestions to Shanahan for consideration. No-touch icing will almost certainly get a look, as will the continuing merit of the trapezoid rule that limits where a goaltender can handle the puck. All in all, putting together an R&D initiative is a thoroughly worthwhile undertaking. Long overdue, too.

read on for some blind-sided head-shot talk…

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