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The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Posted on: May 13, 2010 11:07 am
Edited on: May 13, 2010 12:30 pm
 

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 A look at news from around the league...

Off-Day Teams

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins (Series tied 3-3)

 • With their win in Boston on Wednesday night, the Flyers became the first team since the '75 Islanders to force a Game 7 after losing the first three games of a series. "Now both teams have their backs against the wall," Philly defenseman Chris Pronger said after the 2-1 victory in Game 6. "It's a dangerous position to be in, both for us and them. They're going to come out with everything they've got. It's do or die for them now in Game 7 in their building [on Friday night]." Columnist Phil Sheridan says it would be a shame for the Flyers not to finish this now that they've come this far. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Columnist Dan Shaughnessy says there's no panic in the Bruins' house. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins (Canadiens win 4-3)

 • The defending champs are eliminated with a 5-2 loss at home in Game 7. Who saw this coming? Columnist Ron Cook says it was hard to recognize the Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar and Marc-Andre Fleury Thursday night. Quite simply, it was one of the worst big-game hockey in Penguins history. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ] 

• Columnist Pat Hickey says the Habs upsetting the Penguins wasn't really a surprise. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Western Conference finals

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Series 0-0)

• Sharks coach Todd McLellan has a pretty good idea of what his team will be up against in the Western Conference finals. "[The Blackhawks are] a very good team," McLellan said after a Wednesday practice. "They can strike very fast and often and obviously they're playing at the top of their game." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Beat reporter Chris Kuc says Chicago and San Jose seemed destined to meet in the Western finals. [ Chicago Tribune ]

 

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