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Chicago’s Stanley Cup Still Haunts Flyers

5 Jan

VOORHEES, N.J. — Danny Briere still can’t bear to watch. When it comes on television, he closes his eyes, looks away or changes the channel.

On June 9, 2010, Patrick Kane found himself with the puck along the left wing of the Flyers’ zone in overtime of a 3-3 Game 6 where the Blackhawks were up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.

He deked and beat Kimmo Timonen outside. He stayed outside and just before crossing the goalline, he fired on net. The puck went through the legs of Michael Leighton and into the far side of the net, where it got stuck under the padding. No one but Kane knew where it was.

While the other 20,000 people in Wells Fargo Center were clueless, Kane threw off his gloves and skated toward Antti Niemi in celebration.

“I remember the next day waking up and there’s no meeting, there’s no media scrums, there’s no fans, there’s nobody waiting for you anywhere,” said Briere. “It was a very, very empty feeling. When I woke up, that’s when I started realizing what was going on. I don’t even remember after the game when I did.”

On Thursday, both teams will be on the ice in Philadelphia for the first time since that goal was scored. That said, few remain from that game for either team. Only seven active Flyers and nine Blackhawks are still with their respective teams since the 2010 Stanley Cup Final ended.

The Flyers played the Blackhawks last season, a 4-1 win at the United Center. But this is the first game in Philadelphia since Chicago won the Cup and don’t think for a second that the Flyers forgot.

“I’m sure it’ll cross everyone’s mind that was on our team that year,” said Scott Hartnell. “It was obviously a disappointing end to that season. It was a great run, everything like that. But coming up short always leaves bad memories in the back of your head. But there won’t be much motivation needed. We’ve got to get back to our winning ways. Our home record has been quite poor all season, and we’ve got to change that.”

The Flyers have lost two consecutive home games and need to right the ship at Wells Fargo Center. Between the HBO cameras and all the hoopla surrounding the Winter Classic, the Flyers are used to potential distractions. But this memory is one they firmly believe will help motivate them for a win.

“Anytime you think of Chicago, you’re going to think of them stealing the Stanley Cup from us,” said Claude Giroux. “Obviously it’s motivation for us to win every game. I remember last year, it was a big game for us. We won that game, but we’ve got to make sure we do the same thing here.”

The Flyers have been slipping in the standings. After the Winter Classic, they are now four points behind the New York Rangers and Western Conference-leading Blackhawks.

“We gotta get back on track here,” said Peter Laviolette. “We’re home for a couple games, back at the Wells Fargo building. We gotta take care of those games and pay attention to our home games.

“The home record is not where it needs to be. We have an opportunity [Thursday] and it’s a good hockey team, so we have to be ready to play.”

Only four teams in the league have fewer home wins than the Flyers who have eight. Ten of the Flyers’ 13 games in December came on the road, but this is a new year, a new month and the Flyers have seven home games in January. It’s time to turn the page on not only the calendar, but a new attitude at home.

“We look at it as we gave up two points to the Rangers the other night, a team we’re trailing,” said Braydon Coburn, “so it’s a game that we need.”

The two points up for grabs Thursday are very valuable for the Flyers who need them to keep from slipping too far. That will be the focus when the puck drops, but when the teams first see each other, there may still be one last bit of demon that needs to be exercised.

“I’ve never seen the puck go in,” said Briere, “and I don’t think I’m ready to see it yet.”

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2010 Stanley Cup Finals predictions

29 May

I know…we almost forgot we had a blog. Unfortunately employment has come in the way of the pristine analysis we like to provide you with here at The ADD Show. What did we miss? The Flyers beat the Habs, the Sixers got the second pick in June’s draft, and they signed Doug Collins to coach them a week later. All, great things. There you go…analyzed. In the last week we also missed out on some great Phillies action. When you’re done laughing at our efforts, check out our predictions after the jump.

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NHL Conference Finals Previews and Predictions

16 May

The Flyers have made history. That’s great, really it is. But as excited as I am that they became the fourth team in pro sports history to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, I hope more that their victory Continue reading

NHL Conference Finals Predictions

17 May

4. Pittsburgh Penguins:45-28-9 99 pts

6. Carolina Hurricanes: 45-30-7 97 pts

Aaron

Offensive Edge
Well it seems like the mind numbingly easy choice to take Pittsburgh in this category, I mean after all they do have Malkin and Crosby right? And while I’m sticking with the norm and taking the Penguins, who have scored the most goals this postseason in the NHL (45), I think Carolina deserves a little love. While there aren’t the insanely ridiculous standout names or stars the Pens boast, they have a nice little thing going on in Raleigh. Staal, Whitney, Samsonov, etc. But again, I can’t take that group collectively over Pittsburgh. Advantage Pittsburgh.

Defensive Edge
If Gonchar went down for good in that game against Washington, I would be taking Carolina here. But since he’s in…well, ya know what…I’m taking Carolina anyway. Pitkanen and Corvo have played just as well as any pairing on the blueline for the Penguins. Looking at just the numbers, the Canes have only given up a bit over 2 goals per game this playoffs. I’ll trust no-names over the Gonchar’s of the world when you have numbers like that. Plus, when Pittsburgh gets rolling, it’s because of the play in the neutral zone and their good back check, not entirely the defense. Carolina on the other hand, has trusted its defense to keep them in games. Advantage Carolina.

Goalies
The most important position in all of sports, and its only magnified come playoff time. Luongo? Done. Brodeur? See ya. Just goes to show that the Cam Wards and Habaleeebooobin’s of the world fly under the radar all the time. Speaking of Cam Ward, his save percentage is 927 with a couple of shut outs. Fleury, while spectacular, is a few notches down, and hasn’t recorded a shutout. But man, both goalies have bailed their teams out. Flyers fans know that Fleury can take over a game and win it, but I’m sure Devils and Bruins fans can say the same for Ward. It’s a push, but keep in mind, one of these guys has a ring for doing the work between the pipes.

X-Factor
The score. No, not the ‘if one team scores more goals, they’ll probably win.’ I mean the kind of scoring. Is it a 5-4 game? Or is it a 2-0, or 3-1 game? The higher that total goes, the more goals that are rung up, the more likely Pittsburgh wins the series. The lower that total is, the more likely Carolina wins the series. Obviously there can be some freak game, like that 7-5 Chicago/Vancouver game, but I’m talking as a whole. During this series, if both goalies play as regarded, watch that goal total…it’s the key.

Bottom Line
Carolina in 7

Dave

The Penguins have the match-up they wanted. This isn’t to say it won’t be a good series, but Carolina doesn’t have the defensive manpower to keep an eye on both Crosby and Malkin. In these playoffs Crosby hasn’t quite been what we’ve seen from him in the past. A lot of his goals so far are from in close around the net picking up on rebounds and scoring those ‘garbage goals’. Carolina doesn’t  have that big defenseman to push those two around. The Hurricanes’ biggest defenseman is 6’5″ 212lb., Anton Babchuk. Especially after watching Carolina last round against Boston, the ‘ex-Flyer’ defensive pair of Dennis Seidenberg and Joni Pitkanen is really scary to watch. Their turnovers in their own zone and difficulty breaking out are two aspects of the opposition’s game that guys like Crosby and Malkin prey on. That pairing however seemed to be the go-to pairing for Paul Maurice against the Bruins.

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