Quigley, Murphy face-off before playoffs

May 28, 2010 Quigley, a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan, and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Philadelphia faced-off on the Capitol steps Friday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a San Jose Sharks fan, officiated, dropping the puck between the two congressmen. Watch the video from YouTube

The Chicago Blackhawks play the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night in the first playoff game.

"We may work together on legislative issues, but when it comes to this series, there's no 'brotherly love.' I don't know how Mr. Murphy feels about wearing a Hawks jersey on the House floor, but I don't plan on celebrating this win quietly," said Quigley.

Quigley is predicting the Hawks win in 5 while Murphy said the Flyers will win in 6 games.

Quigley was joined by colleagues from Illinois, including Reps. Melissa Bean, Mark Kirk, Dan Lipinski, and Peter Roskam.

Quigley submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record:

"Madam Speaker, I rise today because the Roar is back on Madison.

My Chicago Blackhawks are Western Conference champions and just a day away from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Diehard Hawks fans have been waiting since 1961 for the Cup to come home to the Windy City.

And it's on behalf of every last one of them that I want to thank the brain trust that has made this all possible.

In just three years, Rocky Wirtz, Dale Tallon, John McDonough, Stan Bowman, and Jay Blunk have resurrected a franchise and reminded Chicago that it has always been a hockey town.

Tomorrow night, the United Center will be bathed in red and rocking so loud folks might just mistake it for the old Chicago Stadium.

As I've said here before, I look forward to coming back this summer with Lord Stanley's Cup freshly engraved with names like Toews, Kane, Byfuglien, and Niemi.

We're just four wins away."

Quigley plays hockey regularly in Chicago and Washington. He plans to attend all the playoff games.

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