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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


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.


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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Somebody’s Fibbing And I Dig It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And I really don’t care.  You guys know how I feel about that here.  In fact, this is the second reference I’ve made today to the warm feeling I get when the Wings lie to me.  The first one was earlier and it was funny, but not one of you said anything about it so you don’t deserve another one.

Michael Farber says the Wings practically have a deal in place for a seven-year Gary’s ball breaker with Hossa.

Now Ansar Khan(!) reports that Tick Tock Kenny Holland says nope.

Golly.  Looks like we have a quandary.

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Bruins Lock Up Krejci

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chad Finn at Bruins Blog:

Bruins forward David Krejci, slated to be a restricted free agent this offseason, won’t be going anywhere.

General manager Peter Chiarelli announced this afternoon via press release that the club has signed the gifted 23-year-old to a multiyear contract extension. No terms were disclosed, per club policy.

Krejci established a career high in games, goals, assists, and points this season with 22-51—73 totals in 82 games. His 51 assists ranked second on the team behind Marc Savard, and he led the NHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-36.


Update 5:47pm ET: From TSN

The contract is a three year deal at $3.5, $3.75 and $4 million per year, respectively.

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