Game 6 will have historical implications

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:39 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA — The parade route has been set, which is usually not a good thing.

There will either be a game Friday in Chicago or a parade down the streets of the Windy City that has been planned but not announced, according to a Chicago television station, WGN.

There also is a provision for a Monday parade, in case the Stanley Cup final goes to a seventh game and the Chicago Blackhawks win

That’s the thing with this kind of planning: Almost always when it leaks out that a city is planning a parade, the opposite result occurs.

Whatever happens in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final will have historical implications of some kind.

Either the Blackhawks will end the longest Stanley Cup drought at 49 years and win a championship or the amazing comeback, come-from-behind, no business being here Philadelphia Flyers will play Friday night for their first Cup in 36 years.

The leaking of the parade news is really nothing new. It happened in Toronto during the Blue Jays’ World Series years. It hapened in Philadelphia in a Super Bowl season, where the parade was planned, only the Eagles couldn’t get by the New England Patriots.

And while the Blackhawks are poised and anxious to not let this Stanley Cup possibility drift, the one-game-at-a-time Flyers were talking Wednesday about playing two more.

“I definitely think there’s enough (in the tank) for us to go two more,” said Peter Laviolette, the insprirational Flyers’ coach. “We can go more if he had to. It’s not the position we’d really want to be in. I’m sure everybody would rather be up 3-0 or 3-1 and lolling at a game in our building to close things out.

“We’ll be ready to play, I can guarantee that. We’ve had a lot of success at home in our building. The energy that I talked about earlier, we’ve been able to grab it and play a real strong game.”

They will need that kind of strong game to beat the Blackhawks, who have the best road record in the playoffs, which is interesting considering the Flyers have the best home record. And if one thing has been unexplainable about this series, it’s how each team has played considerably stronger at home — and almost like a different team, really — after a playoffs where the road team has almost bettered the home team. The Flyers play at a different tempo, different physical nature at home, while the Blackhawks clearly play at a trumped speed at the United Center.

“Whatever happens, we can’t win the Cup tonight,” said Laviolette. “We need to win one hockey game. I think it’s important we keep our eye on the ball.”


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