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THN at the Stanley Cup: Saturday news and notes

CHICAGO – When speaking about Game 4, Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg made a point several times of saying his team was victimized by “a couple of sh---y bounces.”

During the Stanley Cup final, the league often records the scrums and issues transcripts of them and did so for the Versteeg interview. However, in the league’s transcription, Versteeg was quoted as saying, “a couple of bad bounces.”


As expected, the NHL did not review Brian Campbell’s open-ice hit on Ville Leino in Game 4, despite the fact the primary point of contact was Leino’s head the hit came while Leino was vulnerable.

“Why would they?” Campbell said when asked whether he’d been contacted by the league. “It was a good shoulder hit.”

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, however, begged to differ.

“I thought it was a bit dangerous,” Laviolette said. “I thought it came from the blindside, but that’s just my opinion.”


Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has been getting the lion’s share of the attention during the Stanley Cup final, but Laviolette pointed out that Pronger’s defense partner, Matt Carle, has done a sterling job as well.

“I think sometimes he gets lost next to Chris Pronger because Chris is such a dominating player,” Laviolette said. “But Matt has to play against the same players as Chris is playing against and they’re usually pretty good players. For someone who doesn’t have the same stature and size as Chris, he defends well and positions himself well in the defensive zone. He makes a good first pass and gets himself out of trouble with his skating. They’ve been a very good pair the entire year.”


The sense is the Blackhawks have not played to their capabilities in the final, even in the games they have won. And Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t necessarily disagree with that notion.

“I thought we progressed in the second game and had some good stretches in Games 3 and 4,” Quenneville said. “But not to the level we need to be effective. I think there’s another level for us to get to. And I think it starts more in the battle areas and having the puck more.”

Ken Campbell is on the road following the Stanley Cup final and will be filing daily blogs until a champion is crowned.

Ken Campbell, author of the book Habs Heroes, is a senior writer for The Hockey News and a regular contributor to His blog appears regularly and his column, Campbell's Cuts, appears Mondays.

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