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  1. 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…

  2. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1: Should Leighton have stayed in the game?

    May 29, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    I can understand Peter Laviolette pulling Michael Leighton after he allowed five goals on 20 shots. His team was playing horribly sloppy, there was absolutely no crispness for the Flyers and the only reason the game wasn’t a disaster was because the Chicago Blackhawks weren’t doing much better on their end. I understand, but I’m…

  3. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1: Blackhawks victorious in wild, sloppy affair

    May 29, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks 6, Philadelphia Flyers 5 Blackhawks lead series 1-0 This was not a pretty game. It may have been entertaining, but I’m having a hard time thinking of the last time I witnessed a Stanley Cup finals game that was played this sloppy by both teams. The difference between the two teams was that…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. Video: Tips from Ryan Miller

    May 29, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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  7. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Byfuglien vs. Pronger the battle to watch

    May 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    One of the biggest (literally) reasons for the Blackhawks’ success against the Canucks and the Sharks was forward/defenseman/forward Dustin Byfuglien. The large and seemingly unmovable Byfuglien has scored eight goals in the postseason, including one in each of the past five games. In the Hawks’ four-game sweep of the Sharks, he had the game-winning goal…

  8. 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…

  9. 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)…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Bettman: Winnipeg and Quebec City first in line for expansion

    May 29, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    While Gary Bettman’s state of the league/Stanley Cup press conference covered a lot of topics that we’ve covered here today, an interesting topic that was touched on was about what the league plans to do should expansion or relocation come up in discussions. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expressed interest in seeing teams return to Winnipeg…

  15. Bettman fires back at IIHF for criticizing Crosby and others

    May 28, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Another part of Gary Bettman’s Stanley Cup press conference today that has grabbed a bit of attention is the escalating feud between Bettman and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). In case you didn’t know, IIHF President Rene Fasel was a bit upset that players like Sidney Crosby, Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg among others…

  16. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Who has the better pre-game ritual?

    May 28, 2010, 9:26 PM EDT

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    In all the breakdowns we’ve done of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers going into the Stanley Cup finals, there’s one debate that seems to really draw the line between the two cities. No, it isn’t the debate between the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and the Chicago deep dish pizza (come on, they’re both delicious),…

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