The Blackhawks (31-8-11) are fresh off of a much-needed win against the red-hot Ducks, but they won’t get much rest before turning around to face the Boston Bruins (30-15-2) in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final. This will be the teams’ first meeting since the Hawks scored twice in 17 seconds to win the cup June 24th, 2013.
A certain controversial goaltender is looking to return to hockey in the NHL, and with a vacancy in Philadelphia after buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers have been linked a few times the past couple days.
Sources close to free agent goaltender Tim Thomas state that the 39-year-old netminder is "intrigued" by the young nucleous of the Flyers, but is unsure of whether or not he is a fit for the Flyers. Thomas' agent, Bill Zito, made clear that he isn't entirely sure where Thomas is leaning in regards to his future destination.
And a source in Philly said the Orange and Black remain “uncertain” as well.
Just one day after buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, the Philadelphia Flyers are already being linked to a netminder that could replace Bryzgalov.
According to Josh Rimer of Sportsnet, the Flyers are discussing a potential deal involving Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. It is unclear what stage the talks are currently in but it appears that there is significant interest from both sides.
Miller posted a 17-17-5 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage during the 2012-2013 season. Over his career, the American goalie has a 269-164 record with a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage. The American netminder made $6.25 million this past season and carries a similar price tag to Bryzgalov.
Miller was the 138th overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft out of Michigan State and has played with the Sabres for all 11 seasons of his professional career. The former Spartan was a member of the silver medal United States team in the 2010 Winter Olympics and was the MVP of the tournament.
In 2010, the Blackhawks were headed into Philadelphia for Game 6, up 3-2 in the series against the Flyers. In 2011, it was Boston at home, down 2-3 versus the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks. Both teams won their respective games.
These aren't the same Blackhawks. These aren't the same Bruins.
Both teams have a number of core players who were on their Cup-winning teams before. Those players know what has to be done and have to lead the way for the rest. Nobody can doubt that any player on other team doesn't have the will and desire to do whatever needs to be done to close out the series.
The injury rumors are starting to fly thickly now: that Hossa may be nursing a neck or hip injury; that Toews may have injuries of his own. Marian Hossa not playing in game three, and Jonathan Toews taking enough ice time to be well-down the TOI chart in the same game lends weight to those rumors.
Game four of the Stanley Cup Final is in Boston on Wednesday night. Right now, the Bruins feel they have the upper hand. They're playing the way they want to play, punishing the speedy Blackhawks, living up to their historical moniker of "the Big, Bad Bruins". Beyond that, they're playing for a noble cause, a cause that's bigger than all of them and even bigger t...
Before the puck even dropped to start the game, an unpleasant surprise happened for the Blackhawks: winger Marian Hossa was a last-minute scratch when he was injured during warmups. Rookie Ben Smith filled his spot on the roster, and Coach Joel Quenneville started his line shake-ups early, looking for some fresh chemistry against the Bruins.
The problems that have plagued Chicago this series are not new; some of them stretch back over the past two seasons. The team struggling to enter the offensive zone on power plays is a big one. They also continue to lack any net-front presence, not really forcing the opposing goalie to work for the big saves and early dirty goals. Individua...
The series is a long way from over, now down to a best-of-five, as the Blackhawks and Bruins head to Boston tied 1-1.
Before the series started, the series could be argued in favor of either team, although many hockey folks seemed to favor the Bruins. "Zdeno Chara will shut them down," "Tuukka Rask is riding a hot streak" - as if that was all it would take.
Both Chara and Rask have showed themselves to be human and beatable in the first two games. The first game (an instant classic, with three overtimes) displayed both sides of Rask. In that game, Chicago scored four goals on the Finnish netminder - twice as many as the Penguins had managed in an ...
After coming off of that marathon game on Wednesday night the Chicago Blackhawks came out in the first period on fire and thoroughly dominated the Bruins. The Shots were 19-4 in favor of the Hawks. The unfortunate thing is they only had one goal to show for all their efforts.
The goal was scored by Patrick Sharp after a flurry of shots were blasted at the Bruins netminder with Tuukka Rask down Sharp was able to get the puck past him for the Hawks lone goal of the night. The Hawks team speed was evident in the first period as they were much faster than the Bruins.
There was another goal that was disallowed due to the whistle being blown. Whether it was t...
As the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks prepare to face off against one another in Chicago on Wednesday night, let's take a look at both teams by their playoff numbers thus far.
Boston has had 22 players dress in 16 games. Their top two scorers (Krejci and Horton) are not their top regular season scorers. (Their top scorers, in order, during the regular season were Marchand , Krejci/Seguin/Bergeron ). There is a gap in production after those two, although the next four top scorers (Marchand, Lucic, Bergeron, Chara) are much closer in scoring. The Bruins have 6 players with an average TOI of over 20:39; their highest is Chara with 29:21, who plays 5:11 more/gam...