Heading into a Saturday matchup in Philadelphia, the Flyers are coming off their bye week and the New Jersey Devils are coming off a loss in Montreal the night before. The Flyers have had to think about two straight losses on back-to-back nights to the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins by a combined score of 11-3 for the past seven days. "We have a lot of hockey to play and we're still in the playoff picture so it's easy to be optimistic in here," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds told his team's website.
The toughest thing Montreal Canadiens goalie Al Montoya had to do against the New Jersey Devils was stay awake. The Canadiens limited the Devils to a season-low 17 shots, and Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty each scored a power-play goal during a major penalty early in the third period of Montreal's 3-1 victory Friday night. ''I'd take this any night,'' Montoya said after the Canadiens snapped a two-game skid.
Blackhawks backup Scott Darling insists he isn't trying to take playing time away from No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford. ''I don't know if you guys know who my goalie partner is,'' Darling said with a smile after beating the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night. Marian Hossa scored with 1:26 left to break a scoreless tie, and Darling stopped 30 shots to post his second shutout of the season.
|Puck Daddy||Chicagoin 7||Great, gritty battle between two teams loaded with big names and quality grunts. The Hossa Hex ends, much to our chagrin.|
|Sam McCaig||Chicagoin 6||Chicago's depth, skill and speed will prove to be too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the 'Hawks can keep pace physically with the Flyers.|
|Ross McKeon||Chicagoin 6||The 'Hawks are poised to win their first Cup since 1961, but if we’ve learned anything from these playoffs it’s to expect the unexpected.|
|Matt Romig||Chicagoin 6||Give the 'Hawks the edge in skill, speed and special teams. Philly brings enough intangibles to extend an otherwise one-sided series.|