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Chicago’s return to Philly brings back memories and heartbreak for all

Jan 5, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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After almost two years, the Chicago Blackhawks are back in Philadelphia. The Hawks haven’t played a game in Philly since Patrick Kane beat Michael Leighton in overtime of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals to win it all for Chicago.  That changes tonight.

Blackhawks players and coaches think fondly of Philadelphia. CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers hears it from captain Jonathan Toews about what it’s like to be back where their biggest accomplishment happened.

“It’s been a long time, but just to be back we’ll have some old stories we can tell,” Toews said. “I’m sure the new guys are sick enough of hearing about all that stuff. We’ll just have a couple more days of it, I guess.”

Joel Quenneville was a bit more pleased with his memories of that night.

“What a moment. What a cigar,” Quenneville said with a laugh.

As for the Flyers, they’re not exactly too excited to relive those moments of failure on home ice all over again as Zach Berman of Philly.com finds out from Danny Briere.

“Every time it comes on, I’ll change the channel or close my eyes,” Briere said. “I don’t think I’m ready to see it yet.”

Making things even stranger is that Leighton, who started and lost Game 6, will also be playing in Philly tomorrow night.  The exception being that he’ll be suiting up for the Flyers’ AHL team against the Hershey Bears outdoors at Citizens Bank Park on the Winter Classic ice sheet.

About the only similarity between the two teams now is that both are at the top of the class of their conferences now and, if things broke right, could see each other in the finals all over again.

  1. xxshookonexx - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Blackhawk fans…..DON’T GO TO GENO’S AFTER THE GAME!! SAVE YOURSELF!!

    • kellyb9 - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      … from crappy cheesesteaks. Go to Jim’s.

  2. phillie4life - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Just don’t wear your blackhawks gear.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Dude, I’m still looking for the puck. I can’t believe that was the game winner.

  4. rarelyshaves - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    so how many little girls are philly fans going to beat up tonight?

    vegas has the over under at 5.5

    those odds are based on “attack per girl”, meaning 4 grown men on one preschooler is still technically one beat down

  5. rexadelphia8 - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Whoever instigates in south Philly is just askin for it, if your dumb, bad things happen. How about u stay in Chicago and eat a dick

  6. cw3214 - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    rexadelphia8 is a moron. This is why everyone hates our city. It doesn’t help that you cant even use you’re properly. A god damn disgrace.

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