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Special Teams Make The Difference

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One area of play in the Stanley Cup finals where Pittsburgh has dominated over Detroit is special teams.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored four power play goals in nine opportunities.  That 44% success rate is far above anything that can be sustained.  The Detroit Red Wings have only one power play goal in ten power play attempts and they allowed a short handed goal as well.  That gives them a net of zero goals to show for their power plays. 

Detroit’s power play failure in this series does not fit with their regular season.  They had a league best 25.5% success rate on the power play.  Pittsburgh’s 17.2% success rate left them well back in the pack in 20th.  The Penguins did better on the penalty kill where their 82.7% success rate placed them eighth in the league.  Detroit struggled on the penalty kill.  Their 78.3% success rate was 25th in the league and the worst among teams that made the playoffs.

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Penguins Playing Detroit The Ducks Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

As the Pittsburgh Penguins crash the boards and lay the body on the Detroit Red Wings in these Stanley Cup finals, you can’t help but think they’ve watched a little video from the second round of the NHL playoffs.

The Anaheim Ducks pushed the Wings to seven games in Round 2 and did it in part by trying to hit every Red and White body they could lay their hands on.

“I think that’s what the Penguins are trying to do, they’re trying to be as physical as they possibly can,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told ESPN.com via phone Friday. “This is the Stanley Cup finals. You have to earn every inch of the ice and they’ve been as physical as anybody on Detroit.”

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Flames Sign McElhinney

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

McElhinney spent his first full season in the NHL during the 2008-09 campaign, and earned his first NHL win against the Edmonton Oilers.

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KK Wil Be Lite Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am going to kick back a bit tonight and get prepared for another trip to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

The game should be the best of the series and the winner will be one victory away from lifting the Stanley Cup above their heads!!!

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Marlies Looking For Head Coach

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club will not renew the contract of Toronto Marlies head coach Greg Gilbert. Marlies assistant coaches Joe Paterson and Jim Hughes have been given permission to pursue other opportunities.

“Greg has been a valuable and loyal member of our organization,” said Burke. “We appreciate the dedication of the Marlies’ coaching staff and we wish them well in their future endeavours.”

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Crosby Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. How do you feel?

        SIDNEY CROSBY: Pretty good. The typical bumps and bruises of the playoffs, but nothing major. And I think, yeah, most of the guys will tell you they feel really fresh for this point of the year. So that’s a good sign.

        Q. Any sense that you’re wearing them down a little bit?

        SIDNEY CROSBY: We’re trying. The more pressure we can put. I think both teams really tried to do that consistently throughout games, so, that’s what makes it so intense and such a battle. But I think we’re trying to do that.

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Hossa, Lidstrom & Zetterberg Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.      What about offense for like some of the guys, maybe a little bit yourself. I know Game 4 has been good for you. Tomas is struggling. How do you try to get your offense going so you don’t have to worry as much about their offense?

        MARIAN HOSSA: We have to step up, and you know, get it going offensively. Help this team score some goals and put them ?? instead of coming back, the last two games. So, you know, we have to be better offensively, and we have to step up.

Q. What did you think happened in that six-minute stretch when they got the three goals?

        MARIAN HOSSA: That was momentum changing. You know, they scored the shorthand goal, and that kind of gave them momentum, especially in their building. And they also got the jump. And after they got another one from our mistakes.

        But, you know, we are back to basically a 0-0 situation, and now, you know, it’s the best of three, and we have to make sure we play strong games at home.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Crosby’s like a shark - he smells bloods, he tastes it out there, he’s like a predator, and now that he’s got that first goal of the series, all bets are off.

-Bob McKenzie of TSN.  More on Sidney from McKenzie…

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Detroit Coach Mike Babcock Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.      Two questions on Marian Hossa. How do you feel about where he’s at in terms of level of his play and what he’s doing? And secondly, is there something that you’ve seen that maybe explains why his point production is different last year during the playoffs than this year?

        COACH BABCOCK: Well, you know, I think for starters, him and Pav got off to a tough start in the playoffs and it didn’t go good. And then that guy named Pav isn’t here. I don’t know if you’ve noticed that. So that affects lots of things. It affects lots of people. And it’s been harder for him.

        Saying all that, though, here we are. We’re in the best of three with two games at home, and we’re pretty excited about our opportunity. So I think it’s always good to evaluate these things at the end and see how they actually went (smiling).

Q. Can you talk about Pavel’s availability for Game 5 and if you expect him to play?

        COACH BABCOCK: He’ll play.

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Just A Matter Of Time For Another NHL Team In Southern Ontario

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Gary Bettman swears up and down his league has no immediate plans to expand from its current 30 teams. But that has not stopped rich dreamers and schemers from pursuing a second team in Toronto.

And why not?

With each passing day it becomes more evident Toronto - or at least a location in Southern Ontario - will one day be home to an NHL team. It may be Hamilton; it may be Kitchener-Waterloo—but rest assured, it will happen sooner rather than later.

Southern Ontario is North America’s most fertile yet undeveloped location for a future NHL team - a much surer bet than Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas or anywhere else in Canada and the United States. To be fare, Quebec City and Winnipeg, in my view, easily trump any potential American location, too.

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