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By Ben Meyer-Abbott

Not that the Blackhawks' first-round match up with the Phoenix Coyotes hasn't been without its fair share of chippiness, but it pales in comparison to some of the 5-on-5 brawls going on in some of the other series.


Hawks enforcer John Scott had a feeling that he'd be back in the lineup against the Flyers on Sunday.

"Obviously, Philly is a pretty physical team," Scott said. "I knew I had a good chance of playing because of my physical presence."

The Flyers have a handful of tough players who agitate and fight like Dan Carcillo, who was back in the lineup with James van Riemsdyk out with a suspected groin injury.

The Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup. The team is celebrating on the ice of the Wachovia Center. Adam Burish didn't play in Game 6 of the finals, but came out to celebrate in his full gear ... and then he was asked about Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger.

Remember that?

You know...those "I think Chris Pronger is the biggest idiot in the league" comments. Well, Burish has apologized.

PHILADELPHIA -- There was Patrick Kane skating wildly away from the play. Patrick Sharp gave chase. Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd looked lost.

Oh my gosh, I thought. Kane just won it.

PHILADELPHIA -- Most of the Hawks took part in the pre-game skate. Most of the Philadelphia Flyers did not.

During it, the Hawks tried to remain loose -- and young. They shared laughs during drills and joked around with some spectators in the stands.

But as much as they would love to approach Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday as just another game, they all know it isn't. The Stanley Cup is on the line.

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew Ladd has a pretty good idea of how Flyers coach Peter Laviolette motivates and prepares his teams. Ladd played for him as a rookie with the Carolina Hurricanes when the won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

leightonjpg.jpgPHILADELPHIA -- From a premature tweet on Twitter from the Flyers to coach Peter Laviolette's strong statements, all signs point to Michael Leighton starting in goal for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Hawks at the Wachovia Center.

Told that Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was on the ice for every goal scored by the Blackhawks, Dave Bolland's eyes lit up and his jaw dropped.

Brent Seabrook's favorite player growing up was Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger. He simply idolized the way he played.

But how about now?

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette took exception to Brian Campbell's hit on Ville Leino in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

"'It was a bit dangerous," Laviolette said. "It was from the blind side. That's just my opinion.''


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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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