Schedule for Hawks-Flyers Stanley Cup Finals Announced!!!

The Cup is the prize, not Hayden.

The NHL just announced the schedule for the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Blackhawks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be in Philadelphia, as well as game Six, if necessary.

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Chicago Blackhawks welcome Dave Bolland to the spotlight.

Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals was a statement game for the Chicago Blackhawks. It showcased Antti Niemi as the true star of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It featured Jonathan Toews setting a new franchise record for a point in twelve straight playoff games. It proved that the Blackhawks were the better team in the series and it allowed the Hawks to put the series in vice grips and start tightening the screws. However, and possibly most importantly, it thrust Dave Bolland into the spotlight as a guy who can demoralize the San Jose Sharks in a myriad of ways.

by Peter Christian

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NHL Eastern Conference Finals Scorecard

by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

It’s not often we delve into the Eastern Conference of the NHL. We figure since most major media outlets ONLY give the Eastern Conference coverage that we don’t need to waste our bandwidth. However, with the #7 Seed Philadelphia Flyers taking on the #8 Seed Montreal Canadiens for the chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, our resident hockey nuts Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy couldn’t resist to talk about these two storied franchises pairing up for a dance. Bryan takes the Flyers for this one, Peter’s got the Habs.

If you’d like to read our Western Conference Scorecard click here

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NHL Western Conference Finals Scorecard

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by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

Today the Western Conference Finals begin with the Chicago Blackhawks lining up against the San Jose Sharks. There is no shortage of story lines for this series (such as former Badger linemates playing against each other or the mayors of each city making lame wagers on the series winner) but sometimes you need to just compare the teams on the ice. Thankfully, for you, Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy have the goods for you with a head to head breakdown of the series. Peter will be representing the Blackhawks and Bryan the Sharks.

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Chicago Blackhawks Use Dustin Byfuglien as a Blunt Object

Dustin Byfuglien celebrates his 1st goal with Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews

by Peter Christian

Chicago Blackhawks fans can breathe a tiny bit easier. Well, they can breathe like they just put on a Breathe Right strip. It’s not like they can actually breathe easier but since they’re wearing that goofy little band-aid, they at least think they’re breathing easier. The game 3 5-2 win in Vancouver was vital for both teams as the series was tied heading in, but the stakes were a little bit higher for the ‘Hawks. Chicago already had lost their home ice advantage after an ugly 5-1 game 1 loss in Chicago and the thought of going down 2-1 in the series with another game in Vancouver to back it up was not a pleasant one. The ultimate goal for Joel Quenneville’s squad heading into Vancouver was a split, but taking game 3 made things a whole lot easier for the team moving forward in the series. However it was the manner in how they took control of game 3 and eventually won it that will make the rest of the series smoother for the Blackhawks.

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