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After 49-year drought, Blackhawks win Stanley Cup


PHILADELPHIA – After nearly a half-century drought, the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Flyers battled back from a one-goal deficit scoring late in the third period to send the game to overtime but Buffalo native Patrick Kane responded by scoring the game winner at 4:06 in OT.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville celebrated after the win:

“The party in Chicago is going to be all-world. It’s been a long time.”

Yes it has. The last time Chicago won the cup was in 1961 when names like Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull were on the back of one of the NHL’s most famous sweaters.

Blackhawks captain, 22-year-old Jonathan Toews is having a great year regarding hardware. After winning a gold medal in this year’s Winter Olympic Games, Toews not only gets his name on hockey’s Holy Grail but he also skated away with the Conn Smythe MVP award. He finished the playoffs with 29 points in 22 games.

“This tops everything, for sure,” said Toews. “We’re brothers in that locker room and we pull for each other, and that’s what makes this so special.”

After receiving the cup from NHL Commish Gary Bettman, Toews did his skaete-around then handed the Cup to Marian Hossa, who was becoming notorious for losing the Finals after being a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings runner-up teams in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

“I was so happy to be in the Final but at the same time it was scary,” Hossa said. “I’m so glad. I won it. I got the Stanley Cup. What a feeling. Wow. This is unbelievable.”

Other top contributors were African-American player, Dustin Byfuglien, who found the back of the net 11 times during the playoffs, Patrick Kane (28 points) and Patrick Sharp (22 points).

More Blackhawks: Dustin Byfuglien Interview/Feature

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Boston Bruins Implode After 3-0 Lead


After the Boston Bruins went up 3-0 in their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers, it was only human for them to think in the back of their minds they were advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. I mean, Philly barely squeaked into the playoffs at No. 7 seed.

It’s not like Sid ‘The Kid’ or Alex ‘The Great’ were on the opposing bench. It was Philly and no team had come back from a 3-0 deficit since the star-studded New York Islanders did it in 1975.

Fast-forward to three games later when the guys in gold from Beantown found themselves returning home with the series tied 3-3 but hey, still no worries, right?

Not only were the Bruins returning to their home ice supported by a raucous sold-out arena for Game 7, but Flyers starting goaltender Brian Boucher was injured so fill-in Michael Leighton would be between the pipes.

The Bruins responded with a vengeance, tallying the first 3 goals of the game, letting the world know they intended to stop the Flyers from becoming only the second team in the NHL since 1942 to rebound from a 3-0 deficit.

Up 3-0 at home with the crowd in a frenzy fantasizing about flooding the streets with a classic Beantown celebration, the Flyers scored the next 4 goals and sent the arena and city’s heart beat into a straightline, shattering the dreams of an alcohol-infested night.

This implosion, ladies and gentleman (there’s usually only one of you here) is worthy of a classic, side-armed, Zsa Zsa Gabor Bitch-Slap!

And get this, the Flyers who started the playoffs a No. 7 seed actually will have the home ice advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals because the No. 8 seed Montreal Canadians gave Crosby and his Pens a face-washing and sent them home packing.

This Bruins implosion should remind every sports fan in America that it is NEVER over ‘til that fat bitch takes the mic.

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Thrashers Armstrong Suspended Two Games


ATLANTA, GA. – The Atlanta Thrashers are in a must-win situation every night as they trail the Boston Bruins, Colby Armstrong ThrashersPhiladelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadians for the final No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Last night in Washington, the Thrashers not only lost the game 2-1 to the Capitals but will also lose the services of one of their hottest scorers (4G-3A-past 9 Games) going down this stretch.

Forward Colby Armstrong has been suspended by the NHL for two games, without pay, for using his elbow to deliver a blow to the head of Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Armstrong will forfeit $24,870.47. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Armstrong was assessed no penalty for the hit, which occurred 12:40 into the second period.

Perreault was injured on the play but returned later in the game.

Armstrong will miss Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh and Tuesday’s home game vs. New Jersey. He will be eligible to return April 9 at Washington.

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Thrashers Deck Flyers in 5-2 Win at Philips Arena


ATLANTA, GA. – It didn’t take long for the Atlanta Thrashers to get going Saturday night at Philips Arena in their Atlanta Thrashers Logoimportant match-up against their Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Flyers.

After the Thrashers’ Jim Slater squared off with Flyers’ enforcer Dan Carcillo and sent Carillo to the ice with a solid punch just 39 seconds after the puck was dropped, the Thrashers fed off that adrenaline and rookie Niclas Bergfors scored the game’s first goal about one minute later to take a 1-0 lead.

That tally was Bergfors’ 20th of the season and 7th since coming over from New Jersey in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade.
A short time later Ian Laperriere attempted to avenge Carillo’s thrashing and took on Thrashers’ enforcer Eric Boulton.

Like watching a replay, Laperriere ended up on the ice after exchanging a few punches with Boulton and again the Thrashers responded by putting the puck in the net a short time later to take a 2-0 lead.

The Thrashers never let up and played with more desperation than the visitors, carrying the play much of the game and with the help of 2 Colby Armstrong goals, his 14th and 15th of the season, went on to earn a 5-2 victory. Like Bergfors, Armstrong has come to life as of late and has 4 goals and 1 assist in the past two games.

This game was important to both teams. The Flyers came into the contest sitting in the # 5 spot in the Eastern Conference just one point ahead of the # 7 Montreal Canadians while the Thrashers were just three points behind the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot.

With the ice tilted in the Thrashers’ favor, Carillo returned to the ice after serving his fighting major penalty and regained some momentum for his team, tipping in a Chris Pronger shot for his 10th of the year at the 8:16 mark to narrow the gap to 2-1.

That is as close as the Flyers would get all night as the Thrashers never trailed in the game and each time the Flyers would score, the Thrashers would respond with another goal.

The win moved the Thrashers one point away from that final playoff spot that is owned by the Boston Bruins.

The Flyers and Thrashers meet again Sunday night to complete their back-to-back series then the Thrashers return home to face the Bruins Tuesday night for another important game at Philips Arena at 7pm.

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