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Because It’s the Cup!

April 24th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Because It’s the Cup! | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Some call it Christmas, others call it the NHL playoffs. If you are a die-hard of a hockey fan, as I am then you understand just how awesome and intense playoff hockey is.

There really isn’t anything better, and this year it has lived up to all its hype.

Interesting stat, there was a seven team turnover from last year’s NHL Playoff’s (seven teams from last year did not qualify this year), the highest turnover rate in the history of the NHL. That speaks volumes of how much the game has changed, from a business/salary cap perspective, and also from the balance of talent surrounding the league.

As a Flyers fan it is obviously tough not watching them compete for the cup, however I have caught quite a few games and they are some of the most evenly matched and entertaining series’ I can remember. Old-time hockey seems to be making more of an appearance as the refs are letting the boys play and blowing the whistles less. Tons of hits, fights, highly electric offensive displays, stellar goaltending performances, and a series that shockingly ended in a sweep.

The highly talented Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Jets first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg back in 2011. The original franchise was last seen in the playoffs 19 years ago. That was a tough one for die-hard Jets fans to swallow.

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Chicago Blackhawks (39-15-14) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (35-25-7)

March 18th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Chicago Blackhawks (39-15-14) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (35-25-7) | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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The defending champion Blackhawks handily defeated the Flyers at home on December 11th 7-2 at the United Center, and now Philadelphia is seeking revenge on home ice. Philadelphia squares off against Jonathan Toews and Chicago tonight at 7:30 PM/EST on CSN Philly/NBCSN. In the 7-2 victory vs. Philadelphia earlier this season, seven different Blackhawks scored. Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists against his former team, while Marian Hossa recorded three assists.

In the two team’s (only) previous match-up this season, Chicago not only won but scored an impressive five goals in the second period, taking a commanding 5-2 lead heading into the third period, one of which they tacked on an additional two goals on their way to victory. Philadelphia was struggling mightily at that time, roughly three months ago, at 13-15-3 (while Chicago at the time, only having one greater loss than amount of overtime losses, was fantastic, and still is, at 23-6-5)- although the former was still in contention at the time due to the Western Conference’s superiority in comparison to the East this season.

Fast-forward a few months later and Philadelphia is doing much better under now-interim (but perceived to be the full-time coach heading forward) head coach (and former Philadelphia enforcer) Craig Berube at 35-25-7. The Fly-Guys are 22-10-4 since the aforementioned 7-2 blowout loss to Chicago in mid-December. They come in tonight’s game with Chicago having won two straight, on a back-to-back game basis no less, both victories coming against rival Pittsburgh from Saturday to Sunday of last week. Since losing a close 2-1 game to New Jersey a week ago today, Philadelphia — starting four days later — shutout the Pens 4-0 at the Wells Fargo Center, before sweeping the home-and-home with a close 4-3 victory on Sunday at Pittsburgh.

The Broad Street Bullies come into tonight’s match-up having gone 3-1-1 in their last five, averaging over 3.5 goals and almost 33.5 shots/game in that time span. They’re 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, while Chicago is 5-5.

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Blackhawks Stanley Cup Winner Again

June 28th, 2013 by Leo | Comments Off on Blackhawks Stanley Cup Winner Again | Filed in General, Hockey, TalkSportsPhilly

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Well another year in NHL hockey has passed us by with an exciting matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.  The series turned out to be a back and forth matchup with the Blackhawks coming from behind early in the series to end it in the sixth game to become the Stanley Cup winner for the second time in the last four seasons.   A rundown of the six game series went like this: Blackhawks win first game 4-3; Bruins win second game 2-1; Bruins win third game 2-0; Blackhawks win fourth game 6-5; Blackhawks win fifth game 3-1; Blackhawk win sixth game 2-1.

One player who stood out for the Blackhawks throughout the series was Dave Bolland, who scored the winning goal in the final minute of play in the sixth game for the 3-2 victory giving the Stanley Cup winners a storybook ending.  “This is probably the biggest satisfaction I’ve ever had,” Bolland said. “A hockey season is up and down. I had a roller-coaster year with injuries. Things like that happen. You battle through them and it is the way that you come out of it through the injuries is what matters.”  A great summary of Bolland’s play in the Stanley Cup finals is this article featured on NHL.com.

It was not a big surprise to see the Blackhawks and Bruins make it to the finals this year considering their regular season play.  But, who will be next years Stanley Cup winner you might ask.  Here is an article that addresses that titled Early Odds on 2014 Stanley Cup Winner  if you want to  be one step ahead for next years action. 

This final was also a special moment for the Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews, It is tradition for the Captain to hoist up the Stanley Cup trophy and Toews was brought to center ice to do it for the second time in his career.  Toews had two assists in the Game 5 victory and was questionable whether he would play Game 6 but ended up playing the game and put forth a great effort during the win.

On the other side of the ice, the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup even though they had a lot of injuries and several young players that had to step up to fill the spots.  Boston had an impressive run in the playoffs and as a team and city stilled had the Boston Marathon bombing fresh in their minds.  Boston should be a contender next year because most of the core players will be returning.

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