Blackhawks one win from hoisting the Stanley Cup

What’s that old saying about Democrat voters in Chicago…that come election day, they vote early and often. Well, if that is the case then the Chicago Blackhawks showed up for game five with that same attitude, scoring early and often on the Philadelphia Flyers. They built a 3-0 lead in the first period on their way to 7-4 win.

Patrick Sharp and the Chicago Blackhawks moved past the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 Sunday night. They will look to close out the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Patrick Sharp and the Chicago Blackhawks moved past the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 Sunday night. They will look to close out the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Dustin Byfuglien scored twice for Chicago and added another pair of assists. He now has 10 goals and 15 points during the playoffs this spring.

With the win, they could bring an end to the Stanley Cup Finals…and the entire 2009-10 NHL season…Wednesday night back in the city of brotherly love.

However, Flyers fans…and for that matter, Marian Hossa… will be quick to remind us that a year ago the Detroit Red Wings found themselves in exactly the same position the Hawks are. Following a 5-0 game-five win in Motown, the Big Red Borg looked to close out the series against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, but fell 2-1 in game six. They returned to Detroit three days later where the Penguins finished off the Wings by the same 2-1 score.

But if indeed the Blackhawks do win Wednesday night on the road… something neither they for Philly have been able to do yet in this year’s SCF… then it’s quite possible that fans here in Atlanta can begin the Torchetti Watch. It has been widely rumored that the Blackhawks assistant coach is high on Rich Dudley’s wish list for the head coaching position here in Thrasherville.

Either way, there will be something happening with the Blackhawks in Chicago Friday. It’ll be a series-deciding seventh game…or a parade.

Reading Assignments

How much is a Kovalchuk worth? Dmitry Chesnokov explores that very question.

Alan Muir provides his list of possible coaching candidates for those teams in the market this summer.

Speaking of coaches, TSN.com is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets have extended an offer to Guy Boucher to be their next bench boss.

Adam Proteau’s good and bad of NHL commisioner Gary Bettman.

137 comments Add your comment

Kyle

June 6th, 2010
11:45 pm

First? Go Flyers!

goose

June 6th, 2010
11:59 pm

Second? Go Hawks

Josh

June 7th, 2010
12:30 am

Third, Go Hawks!

Nate

June 7th, 2010
1:41 am

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
5:38 am

The last game is always the toughest to win the Stanley Cup. So while the Hawks played the best game so far in the series last night, they still have to have a better game in their hockey bags to win the grand prize. Last night’s game changed when the Hawks finally decided to get physical. We talked about it yesterday afternoon, the need for big Buff, Sharp, Brouwer to use their size. Philly has played alotta hockey, especially Pronger and they have to be getting tired. Chicago still needs to tighten up in their defensive zone. And the HAwks need to count their stars that Washington and Pittsburgh didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, cause the Hawks’ defense would have been shredded with both teams.

It will be interesting to see how well last night’s TV rating were between our game and the NBA Finals.

GaVaHokie

June 7th, 2010
7:22 am

Would love to have Torchetti getting the Thrashers moving the puck around like the Blackhawks. Did you see how quickly they moved the puck on that Big Buff PP goal?

HookyBob

June 7th, 2010
7:24 am

WBF & Brendan: Yes,…Pronger had a tough night. I’m thinking however he goes,…so go the Flyers (or, at a minimum, he has to play well if they are to win). I’m also thinking that Chicage mgmt may want Byfuglin to repeat whatever he ate, or did, in the 24 hours prior to last night’s game.

On goaltending,…I didn’t think Leighton played too bad (he saw an aweful lot of rubber in the 1st period). However, on the other end Neimi made a few awesome saves. In my mind, those saves were the difference. Was it Brendan in an earlier blog that said you can’t give up 7 goals and expect to win. Winning one of those comes along about as often as a 100 year flood. Doc mentioned that you had to go back 10 years to the Devils-Stars series to find a winning team that scored 7 goals in the SCF. (How often do 100 year floods come? Seems like it has been about every 5 years recently).

Vote early and often. Did anyone catch Doc’s comment in game 1 when the credit for a Hawks goal was changed between periods? In telling the audience of the change he said it was changed by a vote of the city council.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
7:41 am

Hooky-what’s really interesting about this series is that goaltending, overall has been pretty average. We were all raised on the power of goaltending, how a keeper can change a series or even win a Cup (as in Bernie Parent). But these keepers have had their ups and downs in the series. All of the supposed great goalies of our time, Luongo, Miller and Brodeur are long gone-their equipment has already dried and been put back in the bag. You wonder what would happen in this series is one of these guys got hot, like Halak was for the Habs.

The other thing that sticks out for me is how Philly has domintaed in the Chicago zone below the faceoff dots. Virtually all of Philly’s goals are the result of winning battles down low. Even Timonen’s goal last night was the result of superior Flyer play around the net. Chicago lacks a real physical defenseman that can log alotta minutes.

I think Pronger is just getting tired, he ahs carried a tremendous load in this series. The Hawks took their time getting to him physically, something they should have done in the start of Game 4. We all know the Flyers will not go quietly, Game 6 is going to be a war. Can’t wait.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
8:06 am

Hey Bill, any news on the TV numbers for last night?

glovesave29

June 7th, 2010
8:21 am

HB – the Hawks are now between Leightons ears. He should be finished in this series. The Flyers, if they have any hope of winning the Cup, must start Boucher. A goalies, job is to read the play and prepare and react accordingly. Leighton is preparing for situations before they occur because he is fighting the puck right now. Case in point – goal #2 for the Flyers. The puck, behind the goal line to Leightons right. As a goalie, you learn that if the puck is behind the net – you play on the goal line as to not give the forward anything to bank it off of. You tuck your stick side elbow around the post so that the blade of your stick faces the puck, thus also giving no surface area to try a bank shot. Leighton was cheating out well over a foot to anticipate a shot from the low slot and was facing forward. That’s why he got pulled. He was not asked to leave in shame after that, but quietly replaced between periods – classy move.

Now – of course it is not all on the goalie. There were pretty plays by the Hawks and some fortunate deflections too. Philly is lucky that the are not up against a hot goalie, so all is not lost. Niemi is giving up huge rebounds and the Flyers are taking advantage of it.

I my eye – Chicago worked harder and got the results they deserved. Game 6 will be CHI 6 – PHI 4. The last goal is an empty netter – and now Toronto is on the clock for extreme futility…and that makes me happy. Suffer on Toronto!

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
8:37 am

Toronto on the clock-boy will that drive the Leafs’ fans nuts!
St. Louis and the LA Kings are right behind the Maple Loafs.

Buzzeng

June 7th, 2010
9:24 am

There’s still hope for the “Hossa Hat Trick” – three SC losses on three teams. Go Flyers (yes, I gagged a little when I said that…).

glovesave29

June 7th, 2010
9:28 am

WBF – STL and LA are closer to being contenders than TOR. Like to see the Leafs beat the record of 54 years that the NYR set – and beat it handily!!!

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
9:38 am

Glovesave-do you agree with my comments about the goaltending?

I hope the Leafs do not win the Cup for another 100 years. I am not a Flyers’ fan, but I really respect what they have done in this season. Greater leadership and a coach that’s getting another chance.

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
9:44 am

“The perception of Kovalchuk not playing defense may be colored by his “plus/minus” stats, but good players on bad teams usually have some of the worst “plus/minus” stats because they want to try to score when their team is down by a couple of goals.”

That’s from the article on Kovy’s value. His +/- is hurt by the woeful teams he played on, but 2 way player and Kovalchuk should never appear in the same sentence together, it’s actually shocking that he’s a minus with how many pts he’s scored in his career.

Phlyers have those Blackhawks right where we want them. With two days off to rest now and coming home to the Orange Crush, I expect a big win and return to Chicago Friday, Let’s go, Phlyers!

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
9:46 am

And on Kovy’s value, he will get paid. The idea that he missed out on a large contract when he turned ours down is just silly. He’s the biggest free agent to hit the market and the bidding war will be ridiculous. Didn’t the cap jump up a couple million as well? $9.5m per 10 yr. deal sounds about right.

Flagstaff

June 7th, 2010
10:00 am

Just a brief note: Kovy will likely get a healthy salary, and here’s why: In terms of free agent snipers, there’s him, Marleau, and… Plekanec? Afinogenov? The point is, Marleau had 44 goals and Kovalchuk had 41, and there is a steep drop to Plekanec’s 25-odd goals, and no shortage of teams looking to add power up front.

glovesave29

June 7th, 2010
10:12 am

Goaltending in the finals has been OK at best, WBF. No one is standing on their head right now. Niemi has the better team in front of him, but his rebound control is atrocious. He’s also go to stay back in his net a bit as Philly is crashing the weak side for easy put ins. Truth be told, that is a D issue – to clog the slot and not allow those cross-ice passes…but if his D is not doing that, Niemi needs to change his tactics and play a bit more conservatively.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
10:15 am

I do not know who is going to pony up to Kovy for the big $$$. When he turned down the Thrashers’ $103M, I predcted he would get $.65 on the dollar from his next team. That was if Kovy wanted to play on a winner and get a Stanley Cup. If he’s looking for $$$ and long term security, he’ll probably get $.85 on the dollar compared to what the Thrashers were offering.

Not Blind

June 7th, 2010
10:20 am

I am amazed that Gagne and Briere are getting a free ride from Chicago. You need to be banging the skilled guys more than the other teams physical players. Way too many of the Chicago forwards are spectating in their own end of the ice. Kane’s play in his own end reminds me a lot of Kovalpuke, ie woeful.

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
10:28 am

“I predcted he would get $.65 on the dollar from his next team. That was if Kovy wanted to play on a winner and get a Stanley Cup. If he’s looking for $$$ and long term security, he’ll probably get $.85 on the dollar compared to what the Thrashers were offering.”

Interesting. I completely disagree but am interested in why you’d think the highest profile free agent to hit the market would get less money when the cap has gone up?

I predicted last summer that Kovy will sign with someone else July 2nd and will add now that it’ll be one of the largest, if not the largest contract ever signed. Crosby and Ovy signed with their current teams without a bidding war, there’ll be 10? teams in the mix bidding for Kovy, which is why I think it’ll be a huge contract. Call it the eBay syndrome (ever watch people overbid for iPods, etc. and pay more on eBay than you can go down to Walmart and buy one for?).

glovesave29

June 7th, 2010
10:49 am

JF – I agree with WBF – I see Kovy in the $8 – $8.5M range and here is why – many GM’s have learned what the huge contract does to a team. They do not have the funds available to put the complimentary pieces around that player, and thus the team suffers as a result. The huge contract becomes an albatross. Within a few years, that team ends up shedding quality talent and makes necessary trades without adequate returns based solely on money. It has nothing to do with the quality of play from Kovy.

Just my $0.02….

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
10:52 am

Joe, not surprised you disagree with me, but here’s my thingking. Kovy stated earlier that he wanted to win a Cup. I didn’t see any contending teams that had the cap room or wanted to make such a commitment to player outside their current players. The Hawks have the same issue with Campbell with the money they are paying him and what they have had to pony up to keep their core players. Now supposedly Kovy has shifted to long term security, the kind ATL offered him.

If Kovy was a difference maker, New Jersey would have gone alot farther in the playoffs. I haven’t heard of anyone that is really going to make a push for him, though no team can say much of anything yet because he’s under contract with NJ.

Red Light

June 7th, 2010
10:59 am

Joe Friday: As you said the Flyers have the Hawks right where they want them. The Bullies are 2-0 in this year’s playoffs rebounding from a loss of three goals or more. In the Flyers history, they have lost by three goals or more in a playoff game 49 times, and have a record of 27-22 in the next game, which really isn’t cause to celebrate just yet, considering they were 7-1 prior to the 1979 playoffs.

Anyone else notice that 8 of the top 11 goal scorers in the NHL playoffs are right-handed shooters?

Leino is making just $775k this year and $825k next year before becoming a UFA in 2011-12.

Subtract Laperriere, Pronger and Timonen from the roster, and all others on the Flyers roster are 32 or younger, including 12 regulars under the age of 27, and the Hawks are even younger.

To World Be Free’s point: Anyone care to guess who has the best plus/minus rating of all defensemen in road games during the playoffs? No cheating please!

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
11:01 am

“They do not have the funds available to put the complimentary pieces around that player, and thus the team suffers as a result. The huge contract becomes an albatross.”

Really. Kinda like I hear people around here talk about the Campbell contract being an albatross. Chicago is just getting killed suffering with that one, I see.

WBF, not sure what you’re saying, but I see you’re concerned about the Campbell contract as well. How “bad” is that contract, and the ones they doled out to Keith, Toews, and Kane, if they skate the Cup later this week?

As usual, it’s fun to speculate, but why don’t we take a look back here and see what’s what come July 2nd?

Lee

June 7th, 2010
11:03 am

AWW BABY!!! GO HAWKS! Unfortunatly, with the rowdy crowd, the Flyers with force a game 7….

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
11:05 am

oh, and Let’s go, Phlyers!

glovesave29

June 7th, 2010
11:12 am

Joe – they are managing the contract now…but the Hawks cannot keep the team in tact over the years with a contract like Campbells. They WILL have to jettison talent that they would prefer to keep. It’s inevitable…

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
11:22 am

“They WILL have to jettison talent that they would prefer to keep”

Sure, but if they skate the Cup, I’m sure that given their druthers, they’d do it again and prefer to keep the Cup . . .

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
11:32 am

Joe, we will see what comes on July 1. Some teams have done well with free agency, complimetning their roster with players that fit with the core. It is worth it all if you can carry the Cup.

Can’t believe how bad Bobby Hull looks there days. Stinks getting old.

Red Light

June 7th, 2010
11:46 am

All players who earn less than $1 million per year, complementary players, are even more valuable in today’s NHL than those who make the big money because that’s the only way a team can fit everyone under the cap. That’s why we see so many young players getting an opportunity to play under the age of 21 because of the nature of the entry-level contracts that keep the cap in check. The more teams pay on the top end creates those opportunities for guys like Blair Betts for instance, who will pocket $800,000 and be happy with it.

That’s why professional and amateur scouting is so crucial, more than ever, because you need value players.

The Plus/Minus leader in road games by a defenseman? Brian Campbell!

Rawhide

June 7th, 2010
11:58 am

Hey Bill, any news on the TV numbers for last night?

WBF – Last night’s ratings for the SCF game 5 were very good it seems… 4.689 million viewers. This is escpecially so given it was going head-to-head against the NBA Finals game number 2…just over 10 million viewers.

According to ‘TV By The Numbers’, viewship for this year’s game 5 was up 33% over last year’s game 5.

Midfield

June 7th, 2010
12:09 pm

The viewship is definitely up. From my anecdotal experience, ever since Sydney Crosby departed my TV screen – and it took a few weeks worth of inertia by the Hockey Central to catch up with the fact that the Pens had been REALLY eliminated – I enjoy watching the Cup so much more. And guess what – the quality of this final is definitely better than those of the past few years.

Lee

June 7th, 2010
12:12 pm

I can’t see how basketball is so exciting. Yeah, okay, it’s a good sport, but it’s nothing amazing, and people are like YEAH GO CELTICS!!! FIGHTING IRISH!!! I don’t know….I just don’t think it’s that great…

GaVaHokie

June 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

Rawhide… Actually, by the end of the game, it looks like 6 million tuned in. Look at the 10:30pm breakdown at the bottom of your link.

Dwayne

June 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Why is everone saying go Hawks??? They were eliminated by the Magic, 4 zip…..

jack

June 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Rawhide thanks for the update on viewing and the reading assignments. :)

DWTOO

June 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

WBF – Stinks getting old? Beats the alternative.

As for Kovy – everyone’s right. Depends on what Kovy really wants – if it’s the SC then he’ll have to settle for the 6.5 – 8.0 range. Wants to be the big/only fish in the tank then he can get the 10-11.

rob

June 7th, 2010
1:50 pm

If Kovy gets record money it is bad for the game IMO. Is he a star? sure, is he a goal scorer? sure, do you make him the center of your hockey world? no way! I think he has shown what he has to offer. A shooters touch with zero to add to the team other than that. Don’t see him doing the little things that make a complete player, don’t see him rallying and leading. He is an asset, not a fixture or a building block. 6-7 MIL is my hope, because hockey is not an individual sport, it is a TEAM game. just my opinion, but I’m not the guy who’s gonna throw the money at him so….
LET’S GO HAWKS CRUSH THE BUMS IN PHILLY!!!

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
1:51 pm

Kovy and his next deal are so far off my radar of things right now. Truthfully, I hope Kovy takes his $14-15 million and plays in Russia. He’ll get paid, for sure. The thing I’ve never understood is why Thrasher fans are so hung-up on the money? What flippin’ bit of difference does that make? If Don Waddell and the Spirit had offered $22 million-a-year, Kovy’s answer would still be, “nyet.” It’s not about, nor was it EVER about, the money. It’s entirely about wanting to play for a team that is well-run, that intends to play for Championships. And that’s not Atlanta. Not here. Not now. Not yet.

Chicago, as I’ve said numerous times, was every bit as horrible as the Thrashers were during Atlanta’s rebirth in the NHL. This is only Chicago’s 4th .500 or better season in the past decade, and only their 3rd playoff appearance since Atlanta entered the league in 1999-2000. So? What’s the point? Well, the point is that when old man Wirtz kicked the bucket, policies and ownership changed. Suddenly, free agents the caliber of Havlat, Campbell, and Hossa were attracted to their market. On the very same day, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane’s MEGA YEAR, MEGAMILLON-dollar contracts were announced. I should correct myself. Chicago announced that they’d be winning Cups, in the future. If they don’t win this year, can you say that you DOUBT their chances for another berth in the Cup Finals next year?? I don’t, even with the inevitable loss of certain players that they’d otherwise never jettison, due to the salary cap.

Folks, the Atlanta Thrashers will get their day. It will happen, I believe. But not until Atlanta undergoes what Chicago went through, and what Tampa Bay went through in the early part of this decade, and so forth. It all starts from the top, and the top is ownership. I can only hope Dudley is in charge. And I can only hope the Dudley will educate the ownership and change the ‘minor league’ culture that exists in this dressingroom.

That said, “Go Flyers!” Even though my pick was Chicago. I’ll remind all Blackhawk fans that … you didn’t have to see Detroit this year, so you better win this thing. It was the San Jose Sharks who eliminated the Big Red Borg for you. Chicago’s route to the Finals went through Nashville, Vancouver, and San Jose. I like the Blackhawks. I think it’s darned shame they’ve had to wait 49 years for a Cup, but if the Flyers win … it’ll be that “once in a generation” Cup that we’ll talk about for decades. The 2010 Flyers would be the baseball equivalent of the 1969 “Miracle Mets.”

rob

June 7th, 2010
1:55 pm

Oh and I hope someone got the game puck last night and gave it to Pronger!!!! HAHAHA -6 that is awesome!!!!

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
1:57 pm

I loved Midfield’s comments, about Hockey Central needing a good week to realize that the Penguins were really eliminated. Good stuff.

HookyBob, yes that was me. It’s amazing that seven goals, even if one was an empty-netter, can happen in the Finals. But then again, we do have two rookie goalies in the mix. I don’t think Boucher will start Game Six. I think Laviolette will go with Leighton. Boucher’s probably a bit tired of getting tagged with losses in the Finals, in relief of Leighton. If the Flyers do go with Boucher, I don’t think it’s a horrible move. Both goalies have been more than adequate throughout these past 7 weeks of playoffs.

Midfield

June 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

I saw Chicago player pick up the puck and give it to Niemi yesterday night. For some reason, Pronger had been in the tunnel by then. I think that the Hockey Central should concentrate on precisely this kind of stuff: sand in the Montreal Forum tunnel for visitors, stolen game pucks, refs arguing with coaches and players between periods, etc, etc. Instead, we’re getting a steady does of who’s the better master of the obvious.

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
2:17 pm

Joe Friday, I think what people mean when they talk about Brian Campbell is that … well … for a guy whose cap hit is $7.14 million, he shouldn’t be 5th on your depth chart. But I certainly get your point. Campbell was a big-time free agent, probably the most coveted blueliner to hit the market in 2008, and Chicago got him. However they managed to do it, they got him. If Brian Campbell is 5th on your depth chart, your blueline should be Stanley Cup-ready. And it is. Which is your point, if I read your meaning correctly.

If I read WBF, Hokie, Red Light and others correctly, it’s their position that Chicago will be forced to do one of the following, before Campbell’s contract expires: (1) jettison other players, in order to afford to keep him, or (2) trade him, waive him, rid themselves of his services, due to the cost of his contract. I do agree with that viewpoint. I would think that, eventually, Chicago will move Campbell. Not because they don’t like him, or because he lacks ability, but because of the cap hit parameters of the contract. Chicago overpaid to get him. But that’s what teams committed to winning the Cup, sometimes have to do. With a Cup win in 2010, “mission accomplished.” Such teams need depth on the blueline. Campbell is fantastic depth to have. If Seabrook and Keith are their plan moving forward, great! If they plan on keeping Sopel and Hjalmarsson, that’s their call to make. If they plan on trading Campbell, it does free up money to keep those previously mentioned players. I would think J. Hendry would be the oddman out, in Chicago.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the cap, beyond this current CBA, set to expire in June 2011. Are we headed for another work stoppage? Will the NHLPA and owners agree to an extension? How much will the cap rise between 2011 and 2018? I don’t know. If the growth is substantial, Chicago can keep Campbell, without too much worry. If the cap were to remain between $58 to $65 million for the next six years, then that changes the landscape of what Chicago can do, as it attempts to retain key personnel for the future.

Darren

June 7th, 2010
2:20 pm

I hope Torchetti and Sharp bring much of what they learned this series when Torchetti signs and Chicago has to trade Sharp to us stay under the cap.

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
2:21 pm

“The Plus/Minus leader in road games by a defenseman? Brian Campbell!”

Well, lookie there. Still think Campbell is “barely the 5th best dman on Chicago”, WBF? And please don’t think I’m just picking on you, the Campbell subject is long a thorn in my side . . . when Waddell tried to sign him, I highly advocated it and it still burns me that because of what Waddell had done to our team and reputation, that he wouldn’t sign here. Lots of folks said oh well, he’s not worth the money, but yes he most certainly is and I tell you, he is a key cog in Chicago’s offense. They were hurting big time when Ovy mugged him and they really picked up their play when he got back in the lineup.

“I hope someone got the game puck last night and gave it to Pronger!!!! HAHAHA -6 that is awesome!!!!”

I think it was Eager that went and picked up the puck quick and tried to skate it over to Pronger, that was classic, but a linesman cut him off. I’d have loved to have heard what he was going to say to him “for your mantle, Chris?”

That’s ok, Let’s go, Phlyers, Game 6 is all orange!

Alan R.

June 7th, 2010
2:22 pm

Go Hawks. The sooner this is over, the sooner Dudley can snag Torchetti.

Midfield

June 7th, 2010
2:30 pm

I second Brendan on goaltending. There were a few moments of confusion on both ends, but the pace and chaos around the net sometimes looks impossible to keep up with. This is why I am glued to tv this year. Great, great stuff.

Darren

June 7th, 2010
2:31 pm

In Muir’s article, it floats the possibility of the Lightning thinking of trading Marty St. LePuke…

Would Yzerman consider trading St. LePuke to Atlanta? I’m sure Dudley would love to have him here.

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
2:39 pm

“I think what people mean when they talk about Brian Campbell is that … well … for a guy whose cap hit is $7.14 million, he shouldn’t be 5th on your depth chart.”

Brendan, please don’t suffer under this fallacy that WBF keeps saying. Campbell is not 5th on Chicago’s depth chart, he’s their second best dman after Duncan Keith. He rates 2nd amongst all skaters in this year’s playoffs with a +9 and his 23:39 of ice time in last night’s pivotal game was second only to Keith’s 27:11. Check out his shifts here: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20092010/TH030415.HTM

Don’t get caught up in the minutea of #s that you lose sight of the big picture. Campbell’s 7m per year is chump change if it brings them the Cup.