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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 57

Day-57 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: AND ON THE 56TH DAY OF THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS–CHICAGO PARTIED…INTO THE 57TH DAY:  It will be :17-seconds of hockey that will be talked about for years to come.  Trailing 2-1 to the Bruins, with just 1:16 to play, the Blackhawks Jonathan Toews proved why …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 56

Day-56 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: BREAKING NEWS ON BERGERON and TOEWS:  Bruins Center Patrice Bergeron did not take part in today’s morning skate in preparation for Game-6 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight.  Bergeron remains listed as day-to-day after leaving Game-5 on Saturday night in Chicago with an undisclosed injury.  Carl Soderberg …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 55

Day-55 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: WHAT DO YOU THINK?:    We all know by now that the Blackhawks have taken a 3-games-to-2 Series advantage in the Stanley Cup Final following a 3-1 victory in Game-5, but the big question now is whether or not Boston’s Johnny Boychuk should face disciplinary …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 53

  UNDER WATER:  No, this isn’t about teams struggling with gate receipts or trying to deal with the forthcoming Salary Cap.  Instead, this is about a team and city whose building is literally “under water.”  The Saddledome in Calgary apparently fell victim to massive flooding in the area.  According to several reports, the waters have risen …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 52

Day-52 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: HERE COME THE BANDWAGONERS, AGAIN:  After the Bruins stymied the Blackhawks–again–to gain a 2-games-to-1 Series advantage, social media was ablaze with reasons why it was time to “wait till next year.”  Fair-weather Hawk fans posted things like “put a fork in them”…”oh …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 50

Day-50 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: ATTENTION ALL BROADCASTERS: Now that we are three games into this Series, will all please take note that the Bruins and Blackhawks are playing in the STANLEY CUP FINAL…not the Stanley Cup Finals. This drives me crazy. Have you watched a single …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 49

OK Coach “Q”…WE GET THE POINT: Sometime Coaches coach and sometimes Coaches out-coach themselves. Why Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville has decided to “Healthy Scratch” Viktor Stalberg –arguably the fastest skater in the Chicago line-up–is beyond me? He did it in the Detroit series and got completely burned in Game-2, when the Red Wings returned to …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 44

Day-44 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: INKTIME  on RINKTIME Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: It was just over 6 weeks ago that we started this journey and my initial prediction remains the same.  Granted one-half of my Finals match-up failed to live up to expectations (the Penguins), but that doesn’t deter me from …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 43

Day-43 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: INKTIME  on RINKTIME Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: HISTORY LESSON, PART II:  When the Blackhawks and Bruins drop the puck for Game-1 of the Stanely Cup Final tomorrow night in Chicago, it will mark the first time a pair of Original-6 teams will vie for the Cup since …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013 – Day 42

Day-42 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: INKTIME  on RINKTIME Observations and Random thoughts by Chris Madsen: HISTORY LESSON, PART I:  As soon as the Blackhawks dispatched of the Kings in Double Overtime to set the stage for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, immediately the media starting pumping the fact that this should be a classic …

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