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Warmth makes ice not so nice

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CHICAGO (AP) - If the ice crew at the United Center wants a smoother surface, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has a suggestion - blast the AC.

Fans might not appreciate that, though.

Choppy ice created some wild bounces as the Chicago Blackhawks raced to a 6-5 victory over the Flyers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday. While some players like Pronger shrugged off the conditions, others were a little more critical.

Flyers left winger Scott Hartnell says the ice was "below average." Although he realizes it is hot in Chicago, he hopes "they'll be able to do a better job" for Game 2 on Monday.

Blackhawks center Dave Bolland says the conditions made it tough to handle the puck and "play around with it." The only solution Pronger sees is to make it "about four degrees in the building" by turning up the air conditioner.

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