PHILADELPHIA -- I'm Travis Hughes and I'm here at Wachovia Center in Philly tonight for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers. Chicago's hoping to hoist the Cup for the first time in 49 years tonight, while the Flyers and 20,000 of their closest friends are hoping the orange and black can send this thing back to United Center for a decisive Game 7.
I'll be providing color throughout the night as the game rolls on, so strap in and get ready for what might be the final night of meaningful NHL hockey until October.
- The Stanley Cup is in the house tonight, and if the Blackhawks are up late in the third period, they'll take 'er out for polishing and get all set for presentation. The Flyers are hoping it never leaves its case, of course.
- Prior to the game, as they do each night, several of the Flyers kicked a soccer ball around in a hallway at ice level. Enrico from the excellent Philly sports blog The 700 Level snapped a few photos. Here's one:
- There are a good number of Blackhawks fans at the Wachovia Center this evening. Can you blame them, really? Nevermind that the average ticket price is in the quadruple digits, their team can clinch a Cup tonight for the first time in 49 years. That's a pretty priceless investment.
- Patrick Kane was last off the ice during warmups for the Blackhawks. As he left, he flipped a puck over the glass to a group of Chicago fans seated near the locker room tunnel.
- At the other end of the ice, several Flyers were still on the ice when Kane exited to the visiting tunnel, but Danny Briere did his usual lap to center ice well after the horn sounded and the ice crew hit the ice to remove the nets. The Wachovia Center faithful gave him a standing ovation.
This place is ready for some hockey. Puck drop is scheduled for around 8:25 on NBC in the States.