PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wayne Simmonds scored three goals and Steve Mason stopped 34 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored within 17 seconds of each other late in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night to win their second championship in four seasons.
The Heat, Spurs, Bruins and Blackhawks are all vying for titles. All have been impressive in their own way. The Bruins battled back from a three-overtime loss in Game 1 to win in OT in Game 2. The Spurs are one win from clinching the NBA title after two wins at home in the middle of the NBA Finals
104.5 The Team ESPN Radio's Mike Lindsley recently talked with Union head men's hockey coach Rick Bennett about the Stanley Cup Finals, Bennett's new contract, last year's Union hockey run and next year's schedule
The Stanley Cup Finals begin Wednesday night in Chicago when the Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the NHL's championship series. If Chicago loses, its fans may storm the offices of the city of nearby Park Ridge, Ill. in protest because the suburb's leaders obviously don't understand NHL playoff superstitions.
The Bruins and Blackhawks, two Original 6 teams, meet for the right to raise Lord Stanley. Boston is 9-1 in the postseason since toppling Toronto in overtime of Game 7 in the opening round. Chicago is 7-1 since being down 3-1 to rival Detroit and beat last year's Cup champion Kings in the Western Conference Finals
The 2011 Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup because of three reasons. One, Tim Thomas in goal. Two, depth. Three, effort. It is that last one that has been increased in 2013, somehow, some way, by these current Bruins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and their maligned goaltender situation took center stage last night in Boston for game 3 of the eastern conference finals. Tomas Vokoun certainly held his own after a shaky start, but the Bruins got the overtime winner, in the 2nd OT and beat the Pens 2-1
The task facing the Pittsburgh Penguins is not unlike the deficit the LA Kings were facing going into game 3 of the eastern conference finals-with 1 exception. A HUGE exception. The Kings played game 3 at home, and home is where they have done their best work so far in the playoffs
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