If the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup – or even if the Philadelphia Flyers come back to grab the mug – this will go down as one of the most entertaining Stanley Cup Finals ever. In fact, since the NHL expanded in 1967, I would put this year’s series squarely in the top 5 of most exciting Stanley Cup Finals. Oh, over those 43 years, there have been great games, back-and-forth, seven-game series, incredible moments and goals and saves. But I’m talking about top-to-bottom, front-to-back great series with great stories and great games and great personalities. Here are my top 5 Stanley Cup Finals since 1967.
There are many reasons that the 2010 Stanley Cup Final has become a best-of-three series. Before the series started, I wrote about five things the Blackhawks had to do to be successful and win the Stanley Cup. http://bit.ly/dBRInd Now that we’re sitting at two-all in games, let’s re-examine and assess. Here are the five things we said the Hawks had to do to win their first Stanley Cup since 1961… (more…)
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.