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Blackhawks take a 3-2 lead in the NHL Pro-Hockey finals…..

[ Brent Seabrook, left, who scored Chicago’s first goal, and Philadelphia’s Danny Briere fighting for the puck in Game 5. ]

I don’t really follow Pro Ice Hockey…

But I thought…. Why not highlight the finals in the sport with a post?….

The Chicago Blackhawks finally figured out how to beat Chris Pronger, the Philadelphia defenseman who had been a one-man wrecking crew through the first four games of the finals, and they beat him again and again Sunday night.

With Pronger on the ice or in the penalty box for every one of Chicago’s goals, the Blackhawks rolled to a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and took a 3-2 lead in the series. They are one win from lifting the Stanley Cup and ending the N.H.L.’s longest current Cup drought, dating to 1961.

Game 6 is Wednesday, and the Flyers must hope that the home team will continue to win every game in this series, as it has done so far.

On Sunday, Chicago’s sleeping stars — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien — were awake and playing again as they had before they met the Flyers. But they were doing so on separate lines.

Byfuglien, whom Pronger had reduced to insignificance in this series, broke out with two goals and two assists and added a thunderous hit on Pronger.

“He made a big imprint on the outcome of the game tonight,” Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville said.

“I don’t know,” Pronger said, uncharacteristically flustered, when asked about the Blackhawks’ torrid first period, which ended with the Flyers trailing, 3-0. “I don’t really — I don’t know what the reason was. They came out hard like we knew they were going to, and we didn’t answer that.”

In all, six Blackhawks scored goals.

The loss was the Flyers’ first in Games 4 through 7 of any of their playoff series this spring, dropping their record in those games to 9-1.

Now Philadelphia, resilient as it has been this postseason, stands on the brink of record-tying ignominy. The Flyers are one defeat from becoming only the second team to lose six Stanley Cup finals in a row, after the 1933-40 Maple Leafs.

Quenneville entered Game 5 with a problem — what to do about the dominating Pronger.


June 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments