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Wings Need It More

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

You get to the end of the trail, when there can’t be any more hockey games after this one, and you sift through the arguments, pro and con.

Who’s tired, who’s hurt, who wants it more, who has more savvy, more scoring depth, more moxie in the clutch? And then you have to choose.

And we choose Detroit. That’s the royal “we,” naturally, which is the columnist’s way of not using the singular personal pronoun.

Doesn’t mean the Pittsburgh Penguins won’t win Game 7 and the Stanley Cup tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The royal “we” has been wrong before.

But a lot is history, and a lot is home ice, and a lot is big-game experience, and then, on top of it all is need.

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Just Watch

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

For a hockey fan, Game 7 is the apex of the sport, a crashing final chord after a long crescendo. But even for someone who doesn’t follow hockey but was born with the sports gene, there is nothing more satisfying than this game. To borrow from the NBA, basically Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final is the last two minutes. There is no need to have invested emotionally in the NHL.

To enjoy this match, you don’t have to know about the sudden celebrity of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin’s parents in Pittsburgh—they are called the Genos because of their boy’s nickname—or that Detroit star Henrik Zetterberg is engaged to Swedish pop star and TV personality Emma Andersson. You just have to give up three hours on a Friday evening in mid-June, a relative bargain given the possible wonders in store.

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Use. Less.

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Good morning slackers.

Really earning those tax dollars today boy. 

This.
Khan(!)

“This is where we work. This is where we live. It’s our fans, it’s our city. And we’re proud to be from Michigan and have the opportunity we do in front of our fans.”

That’s Uncle Mike.  See you for the Live Blog.  And we’re going with what I feel will take us home, something that has worked recently and will be used sparingly in the future.  Holy hell this day is torture.

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Bonus Hangs Over Heatley’s Head

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Two league executives confirmed to Sun Media yesterday that if the high-scoring winger isn’t dealt by July 1, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk will be on the hook to pay Heatley a whopping $4-million bonus (all terms US), even if he doesn’t play for Ottawa next season.

Coupled with the $10 million Heatley received as part of the terms of the six-year, $45-million contract extension he signed in October 2007, Melnyk will have shelled out a total of $14 million over the past year to Heatley, who had only 39 goals and 33 assists for 72 points last season.

Not only is the bonus costly for the Senators, both executives indicated it could “seriously hamper” GM Bryan Murray’s ability to move Heatley before the NHL draft June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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Measuring The Fans

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from Cheryl Ryan of The Metric System,

I love hockey and like most hockey fans, I’ve been actively following the NHL playoffs, including the Stanley Cup finals that started at the end of May. While watching the finals, I couldn’t help but notice some of the advertisements that played during the intermissions and the three commercial breaks each period. I sat through the standard beer commercials (Bud Light, Miller Lite, Amstel Light to name a few) and the US military commercials (Army, Marines) without paying much attention, but then some Cisco commercials came up. These commercials were a bit of a surprise to me, since I wouldn’t expect a strong overlap of between hockey fans and videoconferencing enthusiasts.  I also remembered that Cisco heavily advertises on the NHL.com website.

As I watched more and more of these Cisco commercials, with about one appearing during each commercial break, I became very curious about why Cisco would choose the SC finals to advertise their new products. I decided to look into the demographics of NHL fans to see if Cisco knew something I didn’t. Not surprisingly, they did: the makeup of the NHL fanbase.

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GWG Game 7 SCF

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Instead of putting up a poll asking you who wins, why not kill two birds with one stone and ask you this- Who gets the game winning goal tonight?

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Barnaby & Melrose Look At Game 7

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The ESPN crew is in Detroit…

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Malkin Thinking One More Win

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

A man of few comments throughout the Stanley Cup Final, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin acknowledged Thursday that one picture would be worth a thousand words.

“I think about it a lot, especially these last (two) weeks,” he said, smiling before finishing the sentence. “It’s my dream. Me and Sid, just like that.”...

He has rarely spoken to North American media. Teammates insist he is more intense than they can recall from any point in his career, talking constantly of ways for the Penguins to improve.

“Yeah, I’m trying to concentrate on the games,” Malkin said yesterday. “The Cup is all I want. I will give 120 percent. I will give everything.

“One win. The Cup. After that I will talk. I will do anything. One win first.”

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Pressure On Detroit

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Now, with Game 7 on tap tonight at The Joe, the pressure is suddenly all on the Red Wings.

The Pens would never say it, of course, but they’ve already accomplished a great deal just by getting to the seventh game.

They can just grip ‘em and rip ‘em tonight. While the game will be closely scrutinized and analyzed, Pittsburgh should be as relaxed as any team can possibly be and thus be able to play to its maximum capability.

If the Penguins lose, well, it will only be said that perhaps they should have started the series better and that they almost pulled off a terrific comeback.

Detroit, however, is facing a less-generous reaction should it be unable to lift the Cup on home ice.

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Keeping The ‘D’ In Detroit

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Hockeytown … ghost town.

Without one, Jimmy Devellano says, you’d have the other.

These are not good times for Detroit, where tonight the 2009 Stanley Cup will be handed either to Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby or, once again, to Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

There will be more than 20,000 fans in the Joe Louis Arena, only 7,000 more than the number of homeless local charities say will bed down in city streets tonight.

One in four in this city is said to be out of work, exactly the ratio that was unemployed in North America during the height, or should we say depths, of the Great Depression.

Just like certain teams in the NHL – the Calgary Flames come to mind this year – the Big Three of the auto industry went in the wrong direction, choosing size over sensibility.

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