Flyers will face Blackhawks in Stanley Cup Finals

Greeting from the beaches of Florida. Well, for me it’s really from “poolside”…the Divine Mrs. R is more of a beach-goer.Rawhide_Vacation_510

Anywhoo…given that I am “technically” away on vacation, I’ll keep this short and sweet.

The Flyers ended Montreal’s wild playoff ride by downing the Canadian’s 4-2 Monday night and winning the series 4 games to 1. They will now face the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks, who did away with the San Jose Sharks in a four-game sweep.

With the win, Michael Leighton is now 6-1 in the playoffs since taking over for Brian Boucher and has a .948 SV% and 1.45 GAA with 3 shutouts. Chicago’s Antti Niemi is 12-4 with a .921 SV%, 2.33 GAA and 2 SO.

Jonathan Toews leads all skaters in postseason with 26 overall points, (7 goals and 19 assists), while Philadelphia’s Mike Richards has 6 goals and 15 assists for 21 points. In third is Patrick Kane and his 7 goals and 13 assists for 20 overall points.

Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri’s 13 goals are still the most scored by anyone in the playoffs so far.

Who wins the Stanley Cup Finals?

  • Chicago Blackhawks (63%, 89 Votes)
  • Philadelphia Flyers (37%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 141

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The two faced off once during the regular season with the Flyers taking a 3-2 decision in Philadelphia on March 13.

In making it to the SCF, Philly has now made it three years out of three that a team participating in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day has then gone on to advance to the Finals. In 2008, Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo and then lost to the Red Wings in the Finals. In 2009 it was Detroit downing Chicago on January 1, then losing to Pittsburgh in the SCF.

Last New Years as you’ll recall…Philly lost to the Bruins 2-1 in overtime in the game played at Fenway Park.

So the big question is…”who do you pick to skate the Cup”?

When the playoffs began, I picked Chicago to lose to Washington in the Finals. But I will now take the Hawks to win it all in six tough, phisical hard-fought, fun-to-watch games over Philly.

169 comments Add your comment

HockeyCrazy

May 24th, 2010
11:15 pm

Let’s not forget that former Thrasher Marian Hossa was with the losing Penguins in 2008 and then the losing Red Wings last season … we won’t even discuss the Olympics (where he was snake-bit yet again) … but now that he is with Chicago? Are the odds for or against him to finally win something, or is he the unluckiest man in hockey?
I pick the Flyers in 6. I could be wrong, but I feel the jinx is not over yet.

Brendan

May 24th, 2010
11:19 pm

WBF, answering conceptually, no Marleau is not the answer here. The reality of our situation is … we need to try out a “depth strategy.” Our ownership just doesn’t have the working capital, nor the inclination, nor the ability to understand the DYNAMICS of running an NHL team filled with star players. They tried. And failed miserably. Savard, Kaberle, Hossa, Kovalchuk … none would re-sign here. Filling the Thrashers with high-end draft picks will only work … if they can re-sign those draft picks BEYOND their RFA years. Which thus far, they haven’t done. The first five (5) first round draft selections are already gone. (Stefan, Heatley, Kovalchuk, Lehtonen, Coburn, and even Bourret, from 2005, is gone.) And who knows how long Boris Valabik will be around, before he’s packaged in some deal. The opportunity to re-sign Bryan Little beyond his RFA years is one of the upcoming tasks of this franchise. Will they succeed? Well, answering for myself, I doubt they’ll ink Little beyond his remaining RFA years. An 8-year/$32 million contract probably is ‘jumping the gun’ at this point. That kind of contract is ‘high risk, high reward.’ You OVERPAY him now, to UNDERPAY him later. But if Little falls flat, Alanta’s still on the hook for that money, and a contract they can’t unload. But, at least it would show some commitment towards their draft picks. On July 1, 2010, Zach Bogosian would be eligible for a PROACTIVE RFA contract. Once again, I wouldn’t hold my breathe for that kind of move, under this ownership, even if it does have a new occupant in Don Waddell’s old office, with a name plate that reads, “General Manager.”

What’s Marleau gonna make out on the open market. I’m thinking $7 to $8 million. GM’s get stupid in pursuit of UFA’s. For that same $8 million, maybe you could land three Tier II guys, each capable of scoring 16-18 goals-a-year? To me, the biggest things Dudley must do are as follows.

1) Develop a philosophy for the TEAM IDENTITY. We’ve never had one before. And stick to it!!!

2) Hire a coach who will run that philosophy. You do that by interviewing many, many applicants and running ‘what if’ scenarios past them. The coach that most closely resembles your philosophy about how you want the team to be run … is who you select for the job. Don’t hire Barry Melrose, then fire him 16 games into the season, since he won’t play Evander Kane 20 minutes a game. Because Barry Melrose’s approach to coaching is … “players EARN ice time. They don’t get it because of how high they went in a draft.” ?Me entienen?

3) Develop a budget, earmarking money for the trade deadline, to TWEAK, not OVERHAUL the roster at the deadline.

4) Educate the ownership. Okay, maybe that should have been # 1. :mrgreen: If Dudley doesn’t have some very FRANK discussions with Bruce Levenson and Michael Gearon, Jr., things won’t improve. Waddell was a ’status quo, don’t rock the boat’ kinda guy, who’d do anything to keep his job. In my opinion, that approach did fundamental damage to the franchise, as the ownership sorely needed to be instructed how an NHL franchise needs to be run. Dudley, I believe, will do that. I think he’ll sit Gearon, Jr. down … and explain to him how players think, and why they won’t re-sign here, in this market, until certain things change. In the minds and notions of the Spirit, LLC “you simply throw money at a player.” Exhibit A: Marc Savard. Exhibit B: Marian Hossa, 5-years/$35 million, turned down. Exhibit C: Brian Campbell, 7-years/$56.8 million, turned down. Exhibit D: Ilya Kovalchuk, 12-years/$101 million, turned down.

Dudley has many, many things to do. If I had to bet a paycheck on who his coach will be, I’d say Torchetti, in Chicago. Luckily, I don’t bet. Though, this year, I’m 9-5 … through 14 series! Yeah!! The most important thing a GM ever does … is hire a coach. So, I hope Dudley knows what he’s doing.

TopShelfTony

May 24th, 2010
11:26 pm

By all the usual yardsticks, CHI should win the Cup.

They have four solid lines to roll, a mobile shot-blocking defence, a solid goalie who has played every playoff game, and home ice advantage.

Leighton is everyone’s great waiver-wire to Cup final story.

Hell, the Flyers are the last game shootout playoff qualifiers who are in the final.

They’ve had more players seriously injured just before the playoffs or IN the playoffs who have come back to play than I’ve had hot breakfasts! (OK, I’m a coffee and another coffee for breakfast man and my wife says coffee isn’t breakfast but never mind that.)

So the Hawks SHOULD win it, and it SHOULD be in 5 or 6 games.

But oh how I’d love to see the Flyers do it.

If they can get the Hawks to engage physically, if they can get them rattled and off their game…maybe, just maybe…they can do it in 6 or 7.

Don’t think a team so heavily favored as the Hawks are against the Flyers can lose? Remember Jersey vs Detroit? Can’t remember what year that was, but it was a sweep.

Tim Pilgram

May 24th, 2010
11:57 pm

love it Bill!!
Finally after weeks of waiting and anticipation we have the Stanley Cup Finals!! I honestly can’t believe the Flyers are in contending for the cup, unbelievable. Back in mid-April no one would have said they’d be here. The thing is, I say they’re contending because the Blackhawks will be hoisting Lord Stanley!! Here’s the proof with a prediction: http://www.lionsdenu.com/2010-stanley-cup-final-chicago-blackhawks-vs-philadelphia-flyers-preview-prediction-with-blackhawks-ice-girls-gallery/
Oh’ lol, and there is a nice gallery of the Chicago Ice Girls there too… man I wish we had ice girls in Canada haa… I wouldn’t mind the Stanley Cup back either but the Blackhawks and their fans deserve it. 49 years is a LONGG time. Congrats Chi-town!

Brendan

May 25th, 2010
12:10 am

TopShelfTony, it was 1995. And great post, by the way. I, like you, will be rooting for the Flyers. Man, what a Cinderella story. From a save by Boucher on Jokinen in Game 82’s shootout, to knocking off Jersey in five, to overcoming a 3-0 series deficit versus Boston, to now … eliminating the team (Montreal) that put Crosby, Malkin, Staal, and Ovechkin, Semin and Green into the World Championships instead of the Stanley Cup Finals.

I know Montreal fans are hurting right now. But really, they were an 8th seed. They overachieved. They should feel very proud, instead of disappointed. It usually takes 2 weeks to feel that way.

Rawhide, Philly vs. Chicago is one of the TYPES of series I really enjoy. It’s one of those, ’somebody has to win’ series that I love so much. Last Flyer Cup was 1975, 36 seasons ago. They are overdue. The Flyers have lost their last five trips to the Finals, in 1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, and 1997. It would sure suck to lose a sixth in-a-row. But, they have to be in it to win it.

For Chicago, it’s well known that they are officially on the clock, at 1961. Maple Leaf fans are getting nervous. If Chicago wins, Toronto OFFICIALLY goes on the clock at 1967. Leaf fans will be rooting for Philly, I believe. Chicago has a bit of losing history, themselves. Since 1961, the Blackhawks have lost the Finals in 1962, 1965, 1971, 1973, and 1992. By golly, that’s five straight losses. Say it with me, “it would sure suck to lose a sixth in-a-row.”

Like I said, ’somebody has to win.’ My favorite kind of series. By the way, I am taking the Blackhawks in six spirited games. I’ll be happy, truthfully, no matter who wins. I respect Chicago. They brought in the Bowmans. The results are unmistakeable, and not unforeseen. New Ownership installed better management, who hired better coaches and better scouts. The Blackhawks drafted well and made impressive UFA signings, to build this Stanley Cup winner. Ten years ago, could Chicago have attacted a Marian Hossa? A Martin Havlat? A Brian Campbell? Could they have gotten players the caliber of Toews, Kane, and Duncan Keith to simultaneously re-sign? That’s the proof that Chicago, as a franchise, turned the corner. Remember something folks, Chicago sucked just as bad as Atlanta has, for most of the time that the Thrashers have been in the league. This is just Chicago’s fourth (4th) .500 or better season in their last 10. This is just their 3rd playoff appearance in the past decade. They deserve credit for what they’ve done. They ended Detroit’s seemingly endless run of division titles. They returned to the CF. They knocked off Vancouver, yet again. And they disposed of a team that has been the # 1 seed out West for the past two seasons running. Good. Great. Amazing. Fabulous. What’s it all mean? It means Chicago wins the Cup.

I’m 9-5. I’ve already hit my numbers this year. I average 8.5 wins and 6.5 losses in the playoffs. Yes, very pedestrian results. If the Flyers win, I’ll be 9-6, and above my average. If the Blackhawks win, I’ll be 10-5. And just once in my life, I’d like to defeat my playoff picking hero, Red Light. I don’t know how long God will let me live. I might make it to 102 years old, or this could be my last year. But I’ll die happy if I defeated Red Light, even just this once. :) At least I could say, “I beat him one year.”

Against the coin flips, I am 3-3-7. That’s right, folks. Assigning “heads” to the higher seed and “tails” to the lower seed, then fliping the coin … has resulted in a “tie.” I haven’t flipped the coins to determine the Stanley Cup Champions just yet. But I am nervous that the coin will pick Philadelphia. For it does, and they win, I will have LOST to coin flips in my playoff picks for the 2nd straight year. “Maggie, The Monkey” retired. But I wonder if she’d be 9-5 right now?

Hockey expert

May 25th, 2010
6:02 am

Flyers in 6….Do not need a novel to explain it either.

World Be Free

May 25th, 2010
7:53 am

I am going with Chicago in 6, maybe 7. I just think the Hawks have too much for Philly, especially if Niemi can maintain his excellent goaltending. Chicago is an excellent defensive team.

Brendan, as usual, you have layed out your plan in detail and I agree with what you have stated. I am banking alot on Dudley to make the difference here that Waddell could not make during his tenture. There’s a number of GMs that have to deal with self-imposed caps that are less than the league max salary cap, so Dudley and Waddell before him are not alone. It is what you do with the $$$ that’s the difference-case in point//Nashville. Set the budget and go from there. We would all like to believe that this is Dudley’s team now. If this is the case and I am saying IF, then we know he will put his best foot forward. Viv’s column gave us a history of what Dudley has done for the last 40+ years and how he has WORKED his way to his current position. He is not the most outgoing and dynamic individual, he has succeeded through substance.

Dudley has to make Atlanta a desireable destination for current players and future recruits. If he can’t do that, with the support of management (and fans), the hockey is dead in Atlanta. Let’s not kid ourselves folks. And Duds has pointed out recently that Chicago WAS NOT a prefered destination for players until only recently. Players didn’t want to go there because Old Man Wirtz didn’t care about winning. Sounds familiar?

Marleau-I like his talent and quiet determination. I too believe he will get $7-8 Mil on the open market, probably not what we can swing especially if he is not going to be the team leader. But he is a game-changer.

we need a top defenseman. Take Kubina’s money, add a bit and go out and get Volchenkov; he’s back on the radar, rumored to Washington, but I don’t see the Caps having the $$$ to get him. He is a relatvely young top 4 defenseman that can play minutes-get him.

Spud Webb

May 25th, 2010
7:54 am

Un believable. Jeff Carter was a GOD last night. I really cannot believe that Philly is in the finals. I was the one who after game 2 in teh boston series that was saying that team was cooked. They had no fight, no spunk, NOTHING. Now, they’re playing everyshift as if its their last. I like it, hard not to root for them, even their empty netter last night was all HEART.
lol, I also was shocked that carcillo was sitting, two games in a row. I know some on this blog don’t like Dan Carcillo, but I would LOVE to have him as a thrasher!!!!!!!!
Deep team. They’ll need every bit of heart vs the hawks.
You guys see Laperriere (is that it??) for philly taking puck after puck, this after his bruised brain a month ago??? Those idiot philly fans were giving him ovation after ovation. WOW….

Spud Webb

May 25th, 2010
7:55 am

I’ll pass on Marleau, like him, but he’s not that answer here and not for the money he’s gonna command.

DWTOO

May 25th, 2010
8:00 am

At least downtown Montreal is now safe. No danger from rioting Habs fans.

You have to admire the courage of Ian Lapierre for coming back so soon after taking that shot to the face/head. However, I have to question his good sense. I wonder what Lapierre will look like when he’s in his 50’s and 60’s? You just can’t continue to take shots to the head without consequence. Did anyone see the 60 Minutes segement on head injuries in football with John Mackey? Mackey was one of the toughest guys on the field and now at age 67 he can’t communicate or even feed himself. He sits and convulses – his wife essentially has a child to take care of. All for a little glory.

rob

May 25th, 2010
8:15 am

I think the Hawks have too much speed for the Bums to stop. Gonna be interesting to see them try though, but watching the CF games I think it’s clear the Hawks seem to be on a roll. Philly gets props for making it here with all of the adversity they have faced, ESPECIALLY in net, but I think that will be their downfall.
As for the last blog, I agree with Brendan. We can’t afford ONE person who can change things here. Several above average types, but no one TRUE superstar. We need to continue to build a CORE group first. How about getting Ponikarovsky (sp) and letting Colby slink back there? Maybe the Hawks bite on our second 1st round for Versteeg (sp)? I liked Volchenkov (sp) better than Kubina for about the same money we talked about before. If we are gonna roll with the same goaltending as last year I think those would be good upgrades. Volchenkov looks like a shotblocking machine which would DEFINITELY help us out back there. I am sure Max will most likely be back, and if he can stay focused…good for us. I read a few times about a prospect we have over in Europe I believe that may be an impact next year, though can’t remember his name right now. See what the guys can do next year with just a few tweaks before going looking for a serious star. Just my thought.

glovesave29

May 25th, 2010
8:16 am

Montreal lacked size up front and Philly exploited that. The Flyers will not be able to do the same. Chicago in 6.

Mrs. Zoomo

May 25th, 2010
8:17 am

I want the Flyers to win because I want Marian “I only play on teams who have a chance to win the Cup” Hossa to be denyed once again

rob

May 25th, 2010
8:21 am

WBF,
LOL good ideas. I was interrupted while writing or they both would have posted about the same time.

rob

May 25th, 2010
8:26 am

Mrs. Z,
If it was anyone OTHER than the Bums, and I mean ANYONE, I would also be rooting with you. It was all I could do to want them to beat Ilya, but I can’t do it with Lord Stanley in the balance.

World Be Free

May 25th, 2010
8:41 am

I have hated the Flyers for 40 years, but I have alotta respect for them today. We’ve talked about Lapariere and his courage, the guy is nuts but he’s always been a team player. He’s been fighting like Dudley for years. You wonder what his body will be like at 60, with all the hits and pucks he’s taken (and dished out).

Repeat my post from last night-thanks to Bill McCreary for being the best referee of our generation-happy trails dude.

J-man

May 25th, 2010
8:59 am

The Flyers are evil personified and Mike Richards is as dirty as they come. Add to that a fan base that rivals only New York for bad behavior and it’s easy for me to root for the Black Hawks.

DWTOO

May 25th, 2010
9:09 am

Cheering for the “Hossa Hat Trick” – three losing finals teams in a row.

Red Light

May 25th, 2010
9:29 am

So, I see everyone is drinking the Laparierre Kool-Aid this morning? This kind of stuff happens every year in the NHL playoffs, it’s not a new concept and that is what makes the game what it is.

1955
Gordie Howe was so seriously injured in an on-ice incident in Game 1 of the Finals versus the Leafs that his parents were summoned from their home in Saskatchewan.

1964
After breaking his ankle blocking a shot with 10 minutes left in the 3rd, Bobby Baun refused to go to the hospital, took painkillers and played in the overtime session. He scored the game-winning goal to force Game 7, which he also played and didn’t miss a shift.

1966
Roger Crozier helped the Red Wings a 2-0 lead in the finals against the Habs series but suffered a leg injury, forcing him to miss game three. Crozier hobbled back into the crease for games 4, 5 and 6, and played valiantly despite the obvious pain and discomfort.

2008
Sergei Zubov returned from a hernia injury that had kept him out since January.

2010
Keith loses seven teeth and logged a team-high 29:02 minutes in Game 4. Belanger loses 7 or 8 teeth, has dental work between periods and comes back to play. Gagne, Betts, Carter and Laperierre all returned from injury earlier than expected. It wasn’t just Ian.

Red Light

May 25th, 2010
9:30 am

Maybe we’re watching a team of destiny, the Flyers, who have done everything it takes to advance thus far, but I think it wise to keep in mind just how bad the Eastern Conference was, not only in the regular season but in the playoffs as well. Beating New Jersey, Boston and Montreal is a nice achievement, but Chicago had the tougher road and they dominated after trailing the Preds 2 games to one.

The difference in this series, in my mind, will come down to the overuse of two 35-year-old defensemen, Pronger and Timonen, who simply won’t be as effective against Chicago’s combination of speed and size. The Flyers have five dangerous forwards- Richards, Gagne, Briere, Giroux and Carter. The Blackhawks have seven. The Flyers have four solid defenseman, the Blackhawks have five or six. If Leighton tweaks an injury, their back-up is Johan Backlund with one career NHL game under his belt. The Hawks have Huet with 129 career NHL wins. Niemi and Leighton have been special each facing about 30 shots per game.

Niemi has allowed just eight goals in his last five games, the Hawks have won their last seven games on the road, and five overall, they finished 24 points ahead of Philly during the regular season, they only have one European defenseman and just three European skaters.

If Philly wins, I’ll be shocked for the fourth consecutive series involving them. I hate ‘em. Screw ‘em. At the conclusion of the series, the Leafs will be on the clock. Brendan knocks me out because I’m a paltry 8-6 this year. But, I can see the Flyers winning Game One, Game Four and possibly Game 6. I’ll take the Hawks in 7 but I wouldn’t be shocked if they sweep or win in five either.

TableHockey

May 25th, 2010
9:30 am

Flyers have given me hope for the Thrasher’s. To go from sneaking into the play-offs to winning a series after being down 0-3 to the SCF is impressive. But I still think Chicago will take it all in 5. Hossa will finally lift the cup.

In other hockey news the early word out of Tampa is that Yzerman is their new GM. Interesting…

Midfield

May 25th, 2010
9:36 am

Peter Laviolett sure did show them. I’d be a travesty if he’s not named the coach of the year. But from the couch I lie on, it will take more than a miracle for any team to beat Chicago. I haven’t seen the team as talented since Detroit with the full Russian 5 intact. Nashville and Barry Trotz sure look like quite a hockey bunch now, don’t they?

Smoothie

May 25th, 2010
9:38 am

WBF / Brendan / Tony / Tim et al — I would love to sign a player the caliber of Volchenkov as his style of play and ability to block shots and tie up bodies for loose pucks is as good as any. However, I see a couple of problems with that strategy:

1) his agent is that asshat Jay Grossman and there’s no way in hell he allows his client to accept an offer from ATL unless it exceeds any other offer by 5 – 10 %
2) Kubina may be willing to take less money than MV, not much less, but an extra year, say 4 years instead of 3, on the contract may make the difference and keep us from breaking the bank
3) Bogosian was drafted to be our future # 1. While he may still need a year or two to develop to his full potential, can we really afford to have Zach relegated to 3rd pairing minutes or are we going to force one of Toby, Oduya or Hainsey to play 3rd pair with the bonus of PP time?

Let’s assume the minutes played distribution is something like this:

1) 24 mins
2) 22 mins
3) 20 mins
4) 20 mins
5) 19 mins
6) 15 mins (I’m assuming the 6th spot is going to be a rotation of young players, most likely, Kulda, Valabik and perhaps Vishnevskiy)

Who do you want to see get those minutes in each of those slots? Out of the following options, who do you assign to your Top 5 D slots?

a) Kubina
b) Bogosian
c) Other (UFA)
d) Enstrom
e) Hainsey
f) Oduya
g) Schubert (I know, just throwin’ it out there!)

What say you? I mean what say y’all?

World Be Free

May 25th, 2010
9:55 am

Two seasons in a row that the team that makes the finals from the Eastern Conference replaced their head coach during the season. Lav’s time out call down 3 – 0 in game 7 of the Boston series was the call of the playoffs so far.

Smoothie-I’ll get back to you on your post-food for thought. I did not know Gross-bag was Volchenkov’s snake.

Red Light

May 25th, 2010
9:59 am

No way Smoothie. Oduya won’t ever get “F” minutes. He’s at least B or C because he’s steady and doesn’t make glaring mistakes too often.

Going back to HookyBob’s post, I’ll say that players and coaches will come and go, but it’s management’s philosophy that is crucial to long-term success of any franchise, hockey or otherwise. So, my pecking order is…

1) Management
2) General manager and scouting staff
3) Coach
4) Players

Smoothie

May 25th, 2010
10:01 am

R/L – I agree with you on Oduya, but I only listed them in random order. That wasn’t my analysis, just the order in which they popped into my head. I’m looking for feedback at this point.

Tom Lysiak

May 25th, 2010
10:16 am

Amazing thing to me about Duncan Keith is he was in the dressing room less than five minutes getting novocaine. He missed seven minutes of ice time. But, he did say two of the seven were false teeth, so it was no big deal……craziness.

Chicago in five.

R. Stroz

May 25th, 2010
10:33 am

A couple of years back, Waddell said, the Thrashers are a couple of years ahead of the Flyers in rebuilding.

The thing is, I don’t remember the Thrashers reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.

DWTOO

May 25th, 2010
10:34 am

R/L – Actually after that shot to the noggin and the resulting brain bruise I’ve had said – “I’d like to enjoy my life after 55 and be able to remember my wife’s name. I’ll be cheering for you guys”. Think he’s crossed the line between bravery and stupidity.

Joe Friday

May 25th, 2010
10:45 am

“thanks to Bill McCreary for being the best referee of our generation-happy trails dude.”

I did not know he was retiring. Best ref in the game, by a mile. The game will suffer with his loss, kudos to McCreary.

Finals is a no-brainer, Bill. My favorite team has always been Philthy, I bleed orange and black. Leighton is a wall, solid players like Pronger and Carcillo who play hockey clean and hard, the way it’s supposed to be. Classiest fans in the game, a real credit to the league. Phlyers in 5.

Game 1 Sat. nite at TJs? Red Light? Bueller?

glovesave29

May 25th, 2010
11:01 am

Pronger only “plays the game right” if that can be defined as constantly jamming people in the lower back repeatedly with his stick.

Old Time Hockey

May 25th, 2010
11:10 am

Can’t wait to see Pronger and Byfuglien banging in the corners!

Bobby Baun was hurt blocking a Gordie Howe shot. Refused x-rays and scored the overtime winner to force game 7. Still refused x-rays and doctors treatment. Played game 7 (which the Leafs won), then had his ankle x-rayed to reveal severe ankle break.

These are the famous stories..there are probably hundreds of stories that no one knows about.

With the availability of performance enhancing mouthguards (they really do work!), it’s just downright ignorant for players to not wear something. Macho is one thing, but my team would be required to wear one.

Joe Friday

May 25th, 2010
11:11 am

“Pronger only “plays the game right” if that can be defined as constantly jamming people in the lower back repeatedly with his stick.”

Come on, don’t be a hater. Great guy, classy player, shocked he’s never won the Lady Byng.

Alan R.

May 25th, 2010
11:16 am

I did not know he was retiring.

He’s not. He’s signed on for one more season, at the request of the NHL.

rob

May 25th, 2010
11:19 am

“Carcillo” and “play clean and hard” is indeed contrary to each other. I can’t believe that post didn’t get stuck in pergatory!! :) And after our Kane blew past Pronger for a goal earlier this season, I sat back cursing, waiting for the lumber from Pronger to hit Kane somewhere season-ending later in the game. Still shocked it didn’t happen.

LAC

May 25th, 2010
11:29 am

Well let’s see… Your Atlanta Thrashers played 5 games against these two this past season and of a possible 10 points got 9. So Who Knows !!!!

Once again a FORMER Atlanta Thrasher will have their name on The Stanley Cup and we continue to sit with the Worst owners in pro sports and Still have waddell calling the shots, despite what “changes” took place !

glovesave29

May 25th, 2010
11:30 am

May be a great guy – I was surprised when I met Rob Ray, Claude Lemiuex and Dave “The Hammer” Schultz at the All Star game party at TJ’s a few years back. All were jerks on the ice, but nice as hell off of it.

STL is my hometown, so I have a bit of a soft spot for the Blues. Didn’t like Pronger then, either. He’s just a dirty player.

Hockey expert

May 25th, 2010
11:38 am

No hossa on the cup….hahahaha….he is a bad luck LOSER !!!!! the goalie from chicago, whats his name, nimoy???? is going to crack under pressure. Flyers in 6.

Spud Webb

May 25th, 2010
11:48 am

Glovesave, I was there at TJ’s for that. Shultz let me put one of his stanley cup championship rings on. I was buying Gillies shots, got a great couple of photos of that, dude can drink it up.
Ray, he was flipping awesome. Knocking the beers back with me!! Top 5 day in my life for sure. I got a ton of photos with those guys.

Joe Friday

May 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

““Carcillo” and “play clean and hard” is indeed contrary to each other.”

Come on now, misunderstood man. Another Lady Byng candidate, shocked he wasn’t nominated as well. Classiest team in the league, fans included. Orange Crush!

Lee

May 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

WHOOT WHOOT GO ‘HAWKS!

Smitty

May 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

WBF, I am surprised at you.. McCreary was a ref in the foot in the crease goal in game six.

rob

May 25th, 2010
12:16 pm

JF,
I am hoping that by your support of the Orange Crush, you are actually hoping they lose because publicly you are supporting them!! LMAO

And as for McCreary….enough said. They might as well wear orange too!!

World Be Free

May 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

Red Light-we know it wasn’t just Ian. But he had 2 pretty horrific injuries this season. On the first one, when he took a puck square to the face, he got stitched up and tried to come back on the ice when his own teammates tried to hold him back. His second major injury included a “bruised brain”. He’s a Philly Flyer, like Carter and the others that came back early from injury to contribute.

World Be Free

May 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

Smitty, I discounted that cause Dallas was going to win anyhow.

Joe Friday

May 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

“I am hoping that by your support of the Orange Crush, you are actually hoping they lose because publicly you are supporting them!!”

Shhh, the hockey gods are listening.

Go Orange.

World Be Free

May 25th, 2010
12:28 pm

Alan R-thanks for the update om McCreary. Last I heard he was hanging them up, I did not realize he signed for one more farewell tour. Not suprised the league asked him, with all the vet refs hanging them up.

Joe Friday-I am not a Flyer fan, but Pronger has made a big differnece in your team this year. I always cheer for Briere, so he continues to make Darcy Regier and Sabres management look like the clowns that they are. I think CHI is going to win, but I am sure going to enjoy this series. Should be fun.

rob

May 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

WBF,
The sacrilege you speak of Stars winning anyway!!!! This will take some time to figure out, that one hurts! Maybe someone just used your name and posted that LOL

rob

May 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

JF,
I’d do it too, but fear I would be sick just thinking about it. Your dedication is ummm, disturbing :) haha

GaVaHokie

May 25th, 2010
1:11 pm

Tablehockey… yep… it’s official. Steve Yzerman the new GM of Tampa.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=322598