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Penguins Get The Breaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Detroit Red Wings, who had spent Games 1 and 2 on the sunny side of random events, suddenly found the forces at work in the old Uptown barn considerably more ominous. Perhaps it was the lighting.

How else could four on-ice officials allow six Penguins skaters on the pond simultaneously for 21 seconds in the first period, unless someone figured that if the Red Wings could have two goalies, the Penguins could have six skaters?

Detroit had gotten away with Henrik Zetterberg covering the puck in the crease when goaltender Chris Osgood could not in each of the first two games, but the Red Wings were catching no breaks in Game 3.

“I know that, from the bench, you don’t want to yell,” said Penguins forward Matt Cooke about the too-many-Penguins incident. “So I was kind of whispering [to Mark Eaton], ‘Eats, Eats, Eats,’ and then he nodded at me and started counting: one, two, three, four, five, and, uh-oh.

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Wings Could Use A Hart Trophy Finalist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As talented and deep as the Detroit Red Wings are, sooner or later the absence of a superb talent like Pavel Datsyuk was going to begin to take a toll.

It didn’t decide last night’s result, with the Pittsburgh Penguins getting their first victory of the 2009 Stanley Cup final largely on the basis of a strong third period and getting an interference call on Wings blueliner Jonathan Ericsson that was deserved, but curious given that it was a type of infraction that the officials had been ignoring for the first eight periods of the series.

But not having Datsyuk, a Hart Trophy finalist, is making an impact in two ways. First, the Wings, second in team offence only to Pittsburgh during the regular season, haven’t been able to pot more than three in a game and misfired on countless chances last night when the opportunity to blow out the Penguins presented itself in the second period.

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Cheaters, Victims, Dirty Bastards and Paid-Off Refs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s 0518 EST and I think Pittsburgh still has like 8 guys on the ice.  Thankfully only three of them are cross-checking Johan Franzen in the head at once.

There. If you’re that intent on blaming the refs for last night’s game go back and read those two lines all day and I’m sure your frustrations will just float away.

It was a good Stanley Cup Finals game.  Good crowd.  Disgusting tension.  And, honestly, the Wings best game of the series so far.

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Hall Of Fame Media Inductees

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the Hockey Hall of Fame announced their annual media inductees.  The press inductee is Dave Molinari, a longtime Pittsburgh sports writer.  He wins the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award.  The broadcaster inductee is John Davidson, who was a popular New York Rangers color commentator before leaving that post in 2006 to become the St Louis Blues president of hockey operations.  He wins the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.

Dave Molinari has had a 26 year career writing about the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Through most of it he has been the beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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How About Some ‘Soup’ Before The Post Game Show?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pete Dougherty of the Times Union,

As if hockey fans didn’t have enough reasons to hate Versus, the network with the corny name gave them another tonight.

After the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Versus crew told viewers that they would be back in a half hour with “Hockey Central,” its postgame show.

A half hour? Why?Apparently the network savors its “Sports Soup” program so much that it’s willing to lose its hockey audience to air this week’s episode. Hockey fans were left looking for the NHL Network, which did provide postgame coverage.

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Penguins Get Back In The Series With A 4-2 Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sergei Gonchar with the game winner on the PP midway through the 3rd period.

added 11:09pm, from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Here are some quick notes from the Penguins’ 4-2 Game 3 victory over the Red Wings at Mellon Arena on Tuesday night.

• At the 9:06 mark of the third period, Wings talented freshman defenseman Jonathan Ericsson made a rookie mistake (we haven’t seen too many out of him) when he took an unnecessary interference penalty, blocking out Penguins left winger Matt Cooke. Pittsburgh took full advantage of the opportunity. The Pens’ power-play unit kept the puck in the Wings’ zone for 1:23 before defenseman Sergei Gonchar ripped a blast over the glove of a screened Chris Osgood….

• Down 2-1 with about 6:30 left in the first period, the Penguins dodged a bullet when all four officials failed to recognize they had six skaters on the ice for approximately 25 seconds….

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Lightning Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

NHL presidents and general managers spent the day huddling in meetings on the eve of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, covering off what one president described as a fairly thin agenda. Typically, one of the few team presidents to stop and chat and actually have something interesting to say was the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Oren Koules. Koules mentioned that the Lightning will fly the three top prospects for the NHL entry draft – John Tavares, Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene – to Tampa tomorrow, to talk to them as a group and see how they interact with one another in that setting.

“We’re going to take them to dinner; hang out with them a bit; show them around; and introduce them to the media,” said Koules. “We’re excited. Any one of those three kids will improve our team drastically. They’re all great kids and we’re excited to show them around Tampa.”

There is much speculation that Tampa will be active between now and the draft.

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Pens Goal? To Reach Whitefish Bay…And That’s Always Been A Toughie.  It’s A Game 3 Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s Lightfoot.

This is Game 3 and let me tell you something about what’s going on right about now.

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Pre-Game Notes Before Game 3 SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TEAMS WINNING GAMES 1 AND 2 IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL

Of the 32 home clubs who won the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939, 31 went on to win the series. The only club to win the Stanley Cup after dropping the first two Final games on the road was the 1971 Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.

OSGOOD HOLDS TOP WINNING PERCENTAGE IN STANLEY CUP FINAL HISTORY

Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood enters Game 3 with a 10-2 record, 1.47 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in 13 Stanley Cup Final games. Osgood’s winning percentage of .833 is the best in Stanley Cup Final history among goaltenders with at least 10 decisions, ahead of former Montreal Canadiens great Ken Dryden (24-8, .750).

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Talking with Bobby Hull

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Q. When you were playing, and you were eliminated from the playoffs, how would you get over it? Hit the bars afterwards?

HULL: I’d play my guts out. Win, lose or draw, I’d always give it my all. If we got beat, it was usually by a better team, or somebody on our team came up a little short. A day after, we would all get together because the guys would disperse and head home, generally back to Canada. It would be the last time we would see them until September and training camp.

Billy Reay, who was our coach, used to bring in a 50-gallon drum, fill it with ice and water, and throw cans of beer in there. And we used to go diving like we would as kids for apples, and commiserate that we got beat.

much more from Hull on this year’s playoffs and other topics

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