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Darren Helm

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It is relatively rare that a player establishes himself as a legitimate NHL player during a playoff run, but that is exactly what Darren Helm has done this year.  Prior to the playoffs he has two partial NHL seasons with a grand total of 23 games, no goals, one assist and a -9 +/- rating.  In these playoffs he has managed four goals and five points, which is a far bigger output than he has managed in the regular season, but his big contribution is his play as a checker.  Darren Helm has been one of the key “energy” players on the Red Wings.  This is shown by his playoff league leading 110 hits.  Helm has shown he has an NHL calibre game under the toughest conditions the NHL offers (the playoffs) and that is rather impressive.

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Bylsma Believes

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Red Wings were immensely boosted by the return of center Pavel Datsyuk, who set up two goals after missing seven games because of a foot injury. Datsyuk said Sunday he’s “feeling good and more confidence,” which can’t be good news for the Penguins.

Bylsma professed a strong belief in his players, as he had to and should. He gave them a day off Sunday and will ratchet the intensity back up today.

“There won’t be a big change,” he said. “I think change is a sign of an alarm bell, and you set up the way you do things so that in situations like this we can act like we normally act and we can do the things that we normally do.”

Hating to lose must become as much a part of their normal routine as wanting to win. It already is for the Red Wings.

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Fleury Must Be Great

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

He is their last line of defence and come Tuesday, he may very well be their last hope.

If the Pittsburgh Penguins want their Stanley Cup dream to remain a reality, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury better be prepared to parry the flurry the Detroit Red Wings will throw at him in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena.

Behind 3-2 to the Wings following a stunningly-lopsided 5-0 setback Saturday in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena, it all comes down to this:

Fleury must be huge. He must be virtually impenetrable.

Otherwise, for the second straight spring, the Penguins get to watch Detroit players parade the Stanley Cup around their house.

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Penguins Need Some Offensive Help

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While there was 53 minutes of forgettable hockey for the Penguins in Game 5, the first seven minutes or so was mildly spectacular.

The was a 47-second run in the offensive zone when Evgeni Malkin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Maxime Talbot absolutely controlled the puck, controlled the play and controlled the Red Wings.

While they’ll walk away from Game 5 with those positives, the Penguins know they will have to be a more disciplined team. Things got completely unruly in the second period with dumb penalties from a team that is otherwise very disciplined.

The Penguins also need to find other players to support them offensively.

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Luckily Datsyuk Listened To His Mom

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Datsyuk always was a skinny kid. That’s part of the reason why he wasn’t picked at all in his draft year and it wasn’t until the second year that the Wings finally took a chance on his brilliant skills, reasoning he could get stronger and might someday be ready to play in the NHL.

“It’s funny,” he told me earlier this season. “My first sport wasn’t soccer or hockey. It was chess.”

Valery, Pavel’s dad, drove a van for a company near their home in Sverdlovsk, Russia. He’s the one who introduced his son to chess. Pavel’s mom, Galina, worked as a cook for a military base. She’s the one who would take him to the skating rink.

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Penguins Need To Figure Out How To Stop Detroit

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It matters not that the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a different path to this critical juncture of the Stanley Cup finals, but the stark reality remains exactly the same: they must find a way to stop the Detroit Red Wings from winning a Stanley Cup in their own building, in front of their own eyes and the eyes of all of their fans.

The Penguins could not stop that from happening a year ago, and after losing 5-0 in Game 5 on Saturday night to give the Red Wings a 3-2 series lead, there are many who believe they are powerless to stop it from happening now.

Still, as painful as those memories must be—the jubilant Red Wings pouring onto the ice as Marian Hossa’s final effort skittered by the goal line, the Stanley Cup being paraded around the Mellon Arena ice—these young Penguins seem to have done a good job of keeping those dark thoughts at bay.

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NBC Leads In Viewing Last Night

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from Robert Seidman of TV by the Numbers,

Another boring Saturday night of broadcast television.  Unless you are a Detroit Red Wings fan!  Last night’s game five of the Stanley Cup Finals led all broadcast viewing, both in adults 18-49 (1.6) and total viewers (4.28 million).

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Draper, Datsyuk & Cleary Today

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Q.      Can you talk about the job that led to Pav coming back? That was the story, but he played pretty well especially in the early going there?

        KRIS DRAPER: He was huge for us early on. They came out with a pretty great push, and Ozzie had to make some saves early. We had good battles that we had to win around the net. But after that, once Cleary scored, the team had to settle us down a little bit, and we were able to get into the way we want to play.

        But our start, wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been from our team. And you give Pittsburgh credit, because they came in good.

        Q. In what ways are Babcock and Bowman similar?

        KRIS DRAPER: Similar? The passion to win. You know, Scotty at this time of the year was obviously the most successful coach of all time. And he always found ways to get the match-ups that he wanted.

        I think Mike the last couple of years has done a great job bench coaching. But the one thing that you know from both coaches is that we always felt that we were prepared. That’s one thing that I know. Babs takes a lot of pride in just making sure that game?in and game?out that our hockey team is prepared and there aren’t any surprises.

        You know, that’s exactly what he’s going to do over the next couple of days. He’s going to go over a ton of video to make sure that if there’s anything that we haven’t seen or that we need to do, that which make those changes and be prepared for Game 6.

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Sunday Babcock Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.      Mike, given the psychologists role in a head coaching job, and given the potential in swings this series has taken beyond just playing hard and playing smart, what are some of the nuances going into your particular thought process to prepare this team for a desperate situation on their home ice Tuesday?

        COACH BABCOCK: It’s the same as always. It’s stuff that you guys, it doesn’t have a enough flair for you, but it’s the facts. And living in the present is no different than what I’m doing right now. If you’re here, you might as well do a good job of it.

        It’s the same in our preparation, as much as everyone wants to get caught up in momentum and carryover and all that stuff. I’ve said many times I’m not a big believer in that. I’m a big believer in being prepared, getting focused and executing. If you do all those things, you have a chance to get lucky.

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Wings Don’t Need Motivation

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“They looked a little fatigued to us,” Orpik had said after Game 4. “(Henrik) Zetterberg … he looks so tired out there.”

“Any time we hear ‘too old,’ ‘too tired,’ or ‘too slow,’ it doesn’t bother us one bit,’” said Detroit winger Dan Cleary, whose game-opening goal stood up as the winner in a Chris Osgood shutout.

You don’t expect them to be “bothered” by it. But to not use a free bit of fuel like the Orpik quotes?

How could it hurt?

“We don’t need to do that,” Cleary said. “We’ve got guys in here with pride, and we’re going to play our hockey hard, work hard. Too old, too slow, too tired? We just play the game the right way.”

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