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Pittsburgh Penguins Make the Stanley Cup Finals

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With their sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes complete, it is clear that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going back to the Stanley Cup finals.  This will be their second appearance in the finals in a row.  Pittsburgh is a good team that could win the Stanley Cup, but they are not a historically elite team.  They lack the necessary but not sufficient conditions that they have an elite goalie.  They do have several Hall of Fame track position players.

There is little question that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are forwards on a Hall of Fame track.  Although they have not done enough in their careers yet to assure their spot in the Hall, it would take a significant change of their direction for them to not get there someday.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 & Return To Stanley Cup Finals

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Marc-Andre Fleury was very solid in goal, Penguins scored a late empty-netter to put a lid on the series.

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These Type Of Goals Hurt When Down 3-0 In A Series

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Fluttering puck from Maxime Talbot of the Penguins gets behind Canes goaltender Cam Ward late in the first period.

The goal put the Penguins up 2-1 and they now lead 3-1 going into the 3rd period.

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Possible Head Coaching Options In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

But head coaching experience in the NHL isn’t necessary, Fletcher said, and he has ties to two successful assistants, Todd Richards in San Jose and Detroit’s Paul MacLean. Richards, who is from Crystal, was hired by Fletcher to coach Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League team in Wilkes-Barre in 2006. MacLean was an assistant to Mike Babcock in Anaheim when Fletcher was the assistant GM there.

Asked if he would wait until the Stanley Cup Finals are over to start interviews, Fletcher said, “I don’t want to speculate, and because there are only a couple of teams in the Final, people will start to speculate on specific names.”

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Peter Zezel Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Former NHL player Peter Zezel passed away at a Toronto hospital on Tuesday, after a long battle with a blood disorder.

Zezel, 44, spent the last 10 years being treated for haemolytic anaemia, a rare disorder in which red blood cells are destroyed faster than the body can replace them.

His family released the following statement:

“Peter will forever be remembered as a great teammate and a wonderful individual, who touched the lives of many both on and off the ice. In his typical character of generosity, Peter has donated his organs through the Trillium Gift of Life Network. We would like to thank all of Peter’s friends and family for their support and we ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

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Coach Quenneville Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Will Marty and Nik be game-day decisions?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: They’re day-to-day. They’re both coming on the trip. We’ll get a better assessment tomorrow’s skate.

        Q. How do you personally approach this game tomorrow night? We’ve heard the players say you can only win one game at a time. After what happened Sunday, how do you approach it?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: Well, I think our focus is that we have to play our best game going forward. There are some areas as we progress in the series where we’ve had good stretches against them.

        But at the start of the series, we’re talking about we have to play perfect hockey. We have to be at our best. All elements of our game have to be in order and effective. We’re looking at it as small picture, shift to shift. Only the one game is our approach.  I just think that for the last game, it’s easy to get excited about the next game because not much happened that was good in our favor.

        I just think that we had a couple of strong games in Detroit where we were close and we know we got to be better. So I think there’s a little bit of excitement going in there tomorrow. But we’re only looking at the small picture.

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Can’t Stop Talking About Filppula

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A moment we won’t soon forget. Through all the hooting and hollering in the Wings’ dressing room last June after capturing the Stanley Cup, we ran into former Wings executive and coach Scotty Bowman, and he went on and on about one player: Filppula.

Zetterberg had won the Conn Smythe, Datsyuk had been superb and Nicklas Lidstrom was majestic as always, but we’ll never forget how Bowman, the game’s greatest all-time coach, talked at length about Filppula.

Now we’re beginning to see even more of what Bowman was talking about. Filppula has 13 points (1-12) in 15 playoff games this spring, surpassing last season’s tally of 11 points (5-6) in 22 games. Suddenly, the offense is coming in bigger doses.

“I’ve been trying to play the same way,” Filppula said. “Getting more offense this year, which is always good. The main thing is to play really well defensively and be happy with the offense I can get.”

more on the Wings/Blackhawks game 5 matchup.

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The Dynamic Duo In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been tough to stop during the playoffs.

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Z & Mule Producing In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen have teamed up and produced in a big way for Detroit during the playoffs.

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Molson Family May Want Canadiens Back In The Fold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Frederic Tomesco of Bloomberg,

Quebec’s Molson family will consider bidding for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League to regain control of the 24-time Stanley Cup winners.

Geoffrey Molson, a 38-year-old director of the Canadiens and Molson Coors Brewing Co., is leading the investor group, the family said today in a CNW Telbec release. Brothers Andrew and Justin Molson are also involved in a potential bid, the statement said.

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