2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2: Pre-game quotes from Flyers, Blackhawks

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2

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As we gear up for Game 2, here’s some quotes from the Flyers and the
Blackhawks from today.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, on Dan Carcillo’s attitude and
approach:

“Danny Carcillo has done an excellent job with his discipline when
he’s been in the lineup, so he plays an aggressive game. He can agitate
a little bit. He’s physical. And I think he’s done an excellent job
of controlling his game and keeping it legal.”

Laviolette, on the decision to start Michael Leighton:

“We haven’t had to make a decision in a long time, I said that
yesterday, just based on injury. We just wanted to go back and talk
about everything.

“Michael Leighton, his numbers have been excellent for us in the
regular season. They’ve been excellent in the Playoffs. His bounceback
coming back here. Game 3 in Montreal was kind of the same scenario
that we were in last night. We played — we need to play better in
front of him. Everybody could be better. Our goaltending, we said that
yesterday, our goaltending, defense, forwards, our game can be better;
and we all seemed to respond as a team in Game 4.”

Simon Gagne, on Carcillo’s return:

“He’s a guy that — you know he’s not a big guy, but he’s going to
bring some physical aspect. He’s going to run around, I think, finish
every check that he’s able to do, and at the same time, he’s got some
skills too. He’s a guy who can make some plays and score some big goals
for us against Jersey in the first round.”

Ian Laperriere on the attitude of the Flyers:

“Very confident. We’re relaxed. There’s no panic, nothing. We know
we made mistakes. That’s what cost us the first game; and we did a lot
of good things and we did a lot of bad things. That’s why we came on
the wrong side of the game last game. Everybody is pretty relaxed and
just enjoying our free time in Chicago, I guess.”

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, on Dustin Byfuglien’s struggles in
Game 1:

“I still think he was a factor last game. He’s a presence
physically. I think — I know he finishes checks. I think the player
receives it, knows he’s around. I think Buff — we didn’t get enough
pucks at the net when he was there.

“I think he’s tried to get to the front of the net. He was there
sometimes when the puck didn’t arrive. I still think he’s a factor when
we do get a power-play that he can make an imprint in that area. I
still think he’s useful in a lot of ways.”

Jonathan Toews, on whether the nerves of the team have calmed a
bit:

“I think so. May have been the same thing for both teams. It’s a
big stage. A long week just to sit there and think about it. If you’re
kind of — just got a couple of days and you go in that first game,
maybe you pick up where you left off in the previous round a little bit
more.

“But, you know, now I think as a team we feel we’re back in the
routine, back in the swing of things. We can go out there and play
hockey and focus on the smaller details of our game.”

Dustin Byfuglien, on whether he’s willing to pay the price to get
room in the crease, going against Pronger:

“Definitely. You go out there and stand with him and do what you
have to do. It’s part of the game. When they get a power-play they
really stand around and be there with their presence. I’ll be there
until the end of it.”

Fights, hits and a blown kiss: Stars and Blues get nasty

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Things were getting out of hand between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues on the scoreboard in an eventual 6-1 Blues win.

They were also getting a little raucous on the ice when it was clear that the Stars weren’t going to stage a comeback.

Jamie Benn was whistled for cross-checking Alex Pietrangelo, but it was Stephen Johns‘ hit from behind on Pietrangelo really revved up the violence.

Watch that hit and then the scrum that ensued in the video above, which included a scary display of an angry Ryan Reaves … who got creative at the end.

You may also want the kiss alone, so here it is:

Memo: rough stuff might not work so well against the Blues.

Read about that blowout here.

Blues bombard Stars, go up 2-1 in series

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Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.

Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”

It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.

The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.

This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.

Do you put greater blame on struggling goalies Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.

On the bright side for Dallas, it is just one game … and the Blues were searching for answers of their own after Game 1.

We saw the Blues turn things around with these two straight wins, so now the Stars must show that they can gather themselves and play the attacking, out-score-your-mistakes style that got them here.

Granted, they may have to keep an eye out for supplemental discipline after some rough stuff toward the end of the game.

Predators smash Sharks to get back in series

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After a dispiriting 1-0 goal allowed by Pekka Rinne, things were looking bleak for the Nashville Predators for a moment there.

Nashville’s developed into a resilient group, however, and they stormed back for a commanding 4-1 win to shrink San Jose’s series advantage to 2-1.

The Predators saw some of their big names come up huge as the series shifted from San Jose to Nashville.

Pekka Rinne looked sharp following that first goal (and didn’t allow another). Their goals came from James Neal, Colin Wilson, Filip Forsberg and captain Shea Weber.

Weber’s tally was the game-winner, and it was downright thunderous:

Another promising sign: after a struggling to a 2-for-31 clip in previous playoff games, the Predators’ power play went 2-for-5 in Game 3.

Overall, the Predators really couldn’t ask for much more from this win, especially if Colton Sissons is indeed OK after a scary crash into the Sharks’ net.

Things could get really interesting if Nashville manages to “hold serve” with another home win on Thursday.

Stars’ goalie carousel goes around again: Lehtonen replaces Niemi

Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) subs in for goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in Dallas. The Stars won 6-5. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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It’s pretty tough not to make jokes about the Dallas Stars spending $10.4 million on their goalies at times like these, even if Dallas’ defense should shoulder plenty of blame.

After Kari Lehtonen was pulled from a Game 2 loss, the St. Louis Blues chased Antti Niemi early in the second period of Game 3 after Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots.

Troy Brouwer‘s 3-1 goal was enough for Lindy Ruff to give Niemi the hook:

Unfortunately for the Stars, Lehtonen got off to a slow start as well, allowing an immediate Vladimir Tarasenko goal.

The Blues are now 4-1 and the Stars are searching for answers … and probably wishing Tyler Seguin was around to help them out-score their problems.