Chris Pronger works on Troy Brouwer in Game One of Stanley Cup  Final

Chris Pronger works on Troy Brouwer in Game One of Stanley Cup Final (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

 

Chris Pronger may not wear the “C” in Philadelphia but, make no mistake, he is the Flyers’ on-ice leader.­­ He carries himself like it. He talks like it. He acts like it on the ice. And he can be downright nasty. That’s why Peter Laviolette gave him over 32 minutes of ice in Game One. Watch Pronger closely in this Stanley Cup Final. You are watching a future Hall-of-Famer. 

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Nik Hjalmarsson's face has just puck puck into Chicago net
Flyers’ first goal in off Nik Hjalmarsson’s face – bizarre! (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Last night, following Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, Philadelphia Flyers’ netminder Brian Boucher made the understatement of the entire NHL season. Boucher mumbled, “It was a crazy game.” Oh, it was a lot more than that, Brian! For hockey fans, it was incredibly exciting! For head coaches Joel Quenneville and Peter Laviolette, it was a nightmare! Eleven goals on sixty-four shots. Defence was never even a small part of the equation for either team. It was possibly the most bizarre contest in the Stanley Cup Final in 37 years. (more…)

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Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup banner
Very soon, the Blackhawks will be able to add “2010″ to the bottom of this banner

Sorry Flyers’ fans, but the Chicago Blackhawks are about to win their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Oh, it won’t necessarily be a walk in the park. The Flyers are an emotional squad and, if that continues, they’ll be a handful for Chicago. But the Hawks will win the series in five games – if they are able to do these five things. (more…)

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Paul Henderson has just scored the biggest goal in the history of hockey

Paul Henderson’s white, just-scored-the-biggest-goal-in-hockey-history jersey is up for auction. As I type this, it’s taking all I have not to retch. That’s how strongly I feel that this should not be allowed to happen. That jersey isn’t just cloth. It’s isn’t just something we’ve seen a million times on TV. It is Canada. Don’t believe me? As a country, we ARE the people who live here. Whether you were born before 1972 or not, that jersey, and that goal, have affected your life. Like I said – it IS Canada. (more…)

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Steve Yzerman won three Stanley Cups as a player
Steve Yzerman won three Stanley Cups as a player

Steve Yzerman, the newly named general manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, has his work cut out for him. And, if history is any indication, he won’t be a successful GM in the National Hockey League. Oh, he’ll try and make all the right decisions, choose the right players, spend thoughtfully…but he has something working against him that he can’t control. (more…)

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