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  1. Videos: Flyers-Hawks Star Cam highlights

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

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  2. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Live Chat for Game 2 of Flyers-Hawks

    May 31, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    At first I thought that Saturday’s Live Chat had the most readers ever, but it turns out it had the most comments. While that’s not as sexy as sheer reader numbers, what that means is that everyone had a lot to say about that wacky Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. (And maybe ……

  3. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Top stars for Blackhawks, Flyers must improve

    May 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Chicago Blackhawks might have won Game 1 on Saturday, but neither team should be too pleased with their overall efforts. Sure, the Hawks should be happy that their supporting cast contributed so much and the Flyers can at least take some positivity from giving their opponents a good run, but both teams played horrible defense.…

  4. Remembering Chicago's 'relentless' pursuit of Marian Hossa

    May 31, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Just a few moments ago, I discussed a Montreal Gazette story that included an interesting bit regarding hockey agent Rich Winter’s formula for building elite NHL teams. As it turns out, I couldn’t help but find another portion of that story quite interesting. It’s not surprising for teams to go all-out to court star players. Sometimes, in college sports,…

  5. Agent offers 'Moneyball'-style formula for elite NHL teams

    May 31, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    What defines an “elite” team? Let’s get the generic questions out of the way. Do you need wave after wave of high-end offensive talent? Perhaps the biggest component is a defensive system that can smother your opposition’s attack into submission. Or maybe it’s all about having a goalie who can stand tall when your team…

  6. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Dan Carcillo may return for Game 2

    May 31, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Here are some minor injury updates and news for tonight’s Game 2 between the Flyers and Blackhawks. Darren Dreger reports that Flyers super-pest Dan Carcillo is expected to be back in the orange tonight for Philadelphia. Take a look at Dreger’s Tweet. (That sounds a bit dirty, doesn’t it?) Carcillo playing. Says he’s excited. Says he…

  7. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Dave Bolland's 'checking line' makes a huge impact for Chicago

    May 31, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The one thing that separates the Chicago Blackhawks from the rest of the league – aside from that horrible, horrible, horrible “Chelsea Dagger” goal song – is their slap-you-in-the-face depth. Say what you will about Brian Campbell, you’re doing pretty well when he’s (maybe) your third best blueliner. After you get past the Toews and…

  8. Andrew Ladd misses morning skate, unlikely for Game 2

    May 31, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    While missing a pre-game skate is no guarantee that a player will miss a game, it’s still not a promising sign. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd did not participate in the morning session today. Of course, for at least Game 1, the Blackhawks could live with his replacement Tomas Kopecky. He had…

  9. Electronic Arts' upcoming Wii game to feature hockey stick controller, Wayne Gretzky

    May 31, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    It’s no secret that Electronic Arts took over the hockey video game genre, at least on the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3, with its NHL series. There’s a reason that Take-Two Interactive decided to pull its NHL2K series off of the consoles that emphasize graphics. Yet now the one advantage Take Two enjoyed – publishing the only…

  10. Pronger: Byfuglien matchup, underdog talk 'blown out of proportion'

    May 31, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Chris Pronger is not a shy player when it comes to mixing it up in the corners … or, apparently, when he is in front of a microphone or a reporter’s notebook. The big brute often provides candid (well, for hockey players, at least) comments to the media and this weekend was no exception. Pronger is…

  11. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Supporting cast helps Chicago win weird Game 1, 6-5

    May 29, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    Hockey writers might need to dust off a thesaurus or two to describe this one. What’s the correct variation of “strange” to describe this one? Should people refer to it as bewildering? Bizarre? Maybe a car wreck? All of those labels apply, but I think I’ll go with Brandon’s “sloppy” or maybe up the ante…

  12. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Live Chat for Game 1 of Flyers-Hawks

    May 29, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    Well, it’s been ages (Monday! Gah!) since there’s been playoff hockey but our patience will be rewarded with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight. Come chat with us during NBC’s live coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. It should be mighty interesting to see how these not-so-familiar foes match up.…

  13. Goalies, defense under fire through two wild periods, score tied 5-5

    May 29, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    Well, if casual fans enjoy goal scoring frenzies, then this game is simply a buffet of goodness. Jacques Lemaire might want to look away from the screen, though. Flyers 5, Blackhawks 5 End of second period Michael Leighton looked nervous early and played that way all game. He ended up getting the boot in the…

  14. Video: Tips from Ryan Miller

    May 29, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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  15. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Game 1 preview

    May 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks Game 1, Stanley Cup finals Live on NBC at 8PM ET We’ve covered the Stanley Cup finals from a dizzying amount of angles. Seriously, it’s as if we put the Cup in one of those “Enter the Dragon” mirrored rooms. To make sure that you’re aware of the biggest stories…

  16. How well does Mike Richards compare to Bobby Clarke?

    May 29, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Just about any Philadelphia Flyers captain will draw comparisons to their greatest one, Bobby Clarke. Especially if that player happens to be a center who can combine edgy grit with goal scoring prowess. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising, then, that outlets such as TSN are comparing Mike Richards to Clarke. While there are undeniable (if broad)…

  17. 2010 NHL Scouting Combine: Hall opts out of fitness testing, Day 1 results

    May 29, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    It’s common for high-end NFL prospects to shy away from the Combine in order to avoid hurting their stock. In the case of probable 2010 NHL Entry Draft No. 1 pick Taylor Hall, he has a much better excuse for opting out of the fitness side of the event. Folks who wanted to see Taylor Hall go…

  18. Claude Giroux draws praise for big game poise

    May 29, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    With speed, skill and general skating ability coming to the forefront since the lockout imposed rule changes (or at least increased enforcement), the NHL has become a young man’s game again. Just look at all the best players right now; from Sidney Crosby to Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Kane, almost all of the league’s marquee…

  19. 2010 NHL Scouting Combine: Hall, Seguin answer weird questions

    May 29, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Job interviews are awkward. They’re quite a bit like blind dates; there’s a lot of pressure and the person is only meeting a compromised version of yourself. The NHL Scouting Combine includes a 20-minute interview that gives teams a chance to “get to know” prospects. What that seems to come down to, at times at…

  20. Brian Boucher's chances of suiting up for Game 1 looking good

    May 29, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

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    As I speculated earlier this week, it sounds like there’s a good chance that Brian Boucher will be available to back up Michael Leighton. NHL.com reports that – while it’s not a guarantee – he should be the Philadelphia Flyers No. 2 goalie for Game 1. Boucher, who was in agonizing pain after teammate Ryan Parent fell…

  21. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks' brutal run since '61 Cup

    May 27, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Earlier tonight, I took a look at the Flyers’ history since they won a Cup way back in 1975. Stretching back to 1961, it’s not out of order to say the world changed a lot since the Chicago Blackhawks won one. Here’s a timeline of nearly 50 years of heartache. After winning that Cup, the team made it…

  22. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: How the Flyers fared since '75 Cup

    May 27, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    With the Philadelphia Flyers back in the Stanley Cup finals and HBO airing its documentary on “The Broadstreet Bullies,” it’s fun to think back to that era in the team’s history. After all, a lot has happened since that dominant 1974-75 Cup run. In fact, let’s look at the different eras in the team’s history…

  23. Crosby, Ovechkin to meet in next year's Winter Classic, Canada gets second outdoor game

    May 27, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Rumors were swirling about next year’s outdoor games for quite some time, but now it’s just about official. There will be two during the 2009-10 season. The first will take the traditional Winter Classic spot on New Year’s Day 2011 and will feature a bout between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field.…

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