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Stanley Cup coaches earn high marks

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CHICAGO (AP) - A championship coach not long before, Peter Laviolette was assisting his 11-year-old son's team when the underachieving Philadelphia Flyers called.

He has come a long way the past seven months. So have the Flyers.

Between the high expectations and a coaching change, injuries and general inconsistency, and then an epic postseason comeback, Philadelphia opens the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

And just like Laviolette, the coach in the other box - Joel Quenneville - knows something about taking over a talented but struggling team.

The Flyers' Chris Pronger, who also played for Quenneville, says both coaches are "very good teachers of the game" and "are intense behind the bench."

And they have their teams in position to win it all for the first time in decades.

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