The whispers of the re-worked Flyers lineup have finally been confirmed — forward Dan Carcillo will enter the lineup for James Van Riemsdyk and defenseman Oskars Bartulis will play for Ryan Parent. Michael Leighton will start in goal.
“You battle all year with these guys and you want to be in at this time of year,”Carcillo told the media on Monday. “It was hard sitting out those three games. I’ve got a lot of pent-up energy you’ll probably see released tonight.”
Dreams came true for NHL executives on Sunday when NBC announced that Saturday’s Stanley Cup Finals game 1 between the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks was the most watched opening game of the finals in 11 years.
With just hours to go before the pucks drops on game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks, here is a beautifully made fan video to get you even more psyched up than you probably already were.
It has been confirmed that Chicago forward Andrew Ladd will miss game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an upper body injury suffered at the end of the Wester Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
“Laddy is not playing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the media. “We do expect him to play (in the series). He’s progressing well but Kopy (Tomas Kopecky) is in tonight.”
Chris Pronger is sick of hearing about Dustin Byfuglien.
After a week of being swarmed with questions regarding the 6-foot-4, 270 lbs. Chicago Blackhawk forward, Pronger seems to have simply had it.
“Congratulations,” Pronger said to a media member when confronted with facts about Byfuglien scoring from the slot in the post season.
It’s going to be Winter Classic times two in 2011.
According to a report by TSN, the NHL is expected to announce two Winter Classic games in 2011 starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day and the Calgary Flames versus the Montreal Canadiens in a place to be determined and a time to be determined in February. The official announcement is expected to come on Friday.
One of the fondest memories of Ben Eager’s career came in 2004-05, when he, side-by-side with Flyers Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Riley Cote and now Chicago Blackhawk teammate Patrick Sharp, brought the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup home to Philadelphia.
But now, as members of the Blackhawks ready to face a few of their old comrades in the Stanley Cup finals, both Eager and Sharp will have to put friendships and the past behind him and start preparing for war.
The Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks don’t have a particularly fiery competitive history. In fact, the Hawks are one of the few long-running franchises that doesn’t have a natural or festering hatred for the Orange and Black, and likewise. However, despite lacking long-running contempt, the lone regular season battle between the two Stanley Cup finalists on March 13 still lives in the nightmares of Hawks coach Joel Quenneville.
“It was a game that at the end of it might have been the most frustrating loss all year long,” Quenneville told the the Daily Herald. “Giving up a lead late and then giving up the goal to beat us without getting it to overtime – with a couple seconds on the clock – was a tough pill to swallow at the time.”
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The Philadelphia Flyers are going to the Stanley Cup.
Led by an inspired three-point night from captain Mike Richards and two goals from Jeff Carter, the Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, in game 5 Monday night at the Wachovia Center to take the Eastern Conference Finals series 4-1.
“It’s huge,” said Claude Giroux, who finished with an assist. “We didn’t want to go back to Montreal, we wanted to end the series right here.”
With Montreal forward Tom Pyatt out with what is deemed as an upper body injury suffered in the third period of game 4, the Canadiens are expected to activate Mathieu Darche for the Eastern Conference Finals game 5 in Philadelphia. Other than that, the Habs are putting out the same lineup.
For Philly, forwards Dan Carcillo and Andreas Nodl will be scratched against as Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will play in their second consecutive game since returning from injury.