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If Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals seems to have a bit more trash-talking, more hits and more post-whistle scrums, it's probably because of Daniel Carcillo.

Both the Hawks and the Flyers said nerves had a lot to do the wildly entertaining, up-and-down opening game of the Stanley Cup finals.

That's understandable, considering the majority of the players are in their first finals and are, for the most part, young.

Flyers veteran defenseman Chris Pronger met the media Sunday at the United Center ... and it was pretty entertaining. Here is the transcript in full:

UPDATE: The Flyers announced the Michael Leighton will start Game 2 on Monday a couple of hours after he and coach Peter Laviolette met the press.

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Flyers coach Peter Laviolette would not say Sunday whether or not Michael Leighton, who was pulled in the second period of Game 1 after allowing five goals on 20 shots, would start tonight in Game 2 at the United Center or if Brian Boucher would get the nod.

As expected, winger Andrew Ladd -- a valuable part of the Hawks checking line -- will sit out Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Game 1 Saturday, May 29 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 2 Monday, May 31 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 3 Wednesday, June 2 7:00 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Game 4 Friday, June 4 7:00 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia VERSUS, CBC, RDS

*Game 5 Sunday, June 6 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 6 Wednesday, June 9 7:00 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 7 Friday, June 11 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS

*if needed

toews.jpgThe most impressive thing about Hawks captain Jonathan Toews right now isn't his NHL-leading point total, his leadership in the playoffs or they way he's taken over games.

It's his ability not to get caught up in it.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hawks general manager Stan Bowman spoke with the media in the Hawks lockerroom Monday afternoon about Dale Tallon's hiring in Florida:

dt.jpgSAN JOSE, Calif. -- A look at the notable moves made during Dale Tallon's run as general manager from June 21, 2005, to July 14, 2009, that make the Hawks what they are today -- a team in the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive year:

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Former Hawks general manager Dale Tallon will take over the Florida Panthers, replacing current general manager Randy Sexton.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sharks assistant coach Trent Yawney wishes nothing but the best for Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp -- three of his former players and three of the best.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Hawks aren't complaining. They will take the extra days to rest and heal the leftover bumps and bruises from the first two rounds of the playoffs with the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks starting Sunday.

ss.jpgVANCOUVER, Canada -- Much of the chatter before Game 6 between the Hawks and Canucks was about defenseman Sami Salo.

1.jpgCanucks goalie Roberto Luongo, whom Canucks coach Alain Vigneault described as "the second-best goaltender on the ice" after Game 4, decided to get rid of his playoff beard.

The Hawks host the Canucks in Game 5 Sunday night at the United Center. The Hawks lead the Western Conference semifinal series 3-1 and can advance to their second consecutive conference finals with a win.

88.jpgVANCOUVER, Canada -- From Team USA's gold-medal run in the Olympics to some pictures from a limo ride, Vancouver has been an interesting and memorable place for Hawks winger Patrick Kane.

VANCOUVER, Canada -- Here are the line combinations and pairings I'm expecting for the Hawks in Game 3 Wednesday against the Canucks.

burishjpg.jpgWould I be surprised if agitating winger Adam Burish plays in Game 2 Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks?

No.

Hawks defenseman Jordan Hendry told reporters Saturday morning that he will be in the lineup in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks.

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