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If They Actually Talked

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from Malcolm Kelly of CBC Sports,

Gary: Hello? This is Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, and the man unequivocally in charge.

Jim: Hello, Gary. It’s Jim Balsillie.

Gary: Hello, Mr. Bal-Silly. How are you today?

Jim: Fine, Gary, but it’s Ball-silee, the accent is on the first syllable.

Gary: Oh, Balls-illy. Well, that makes some sense, doesn’t it? Don’t you think so, Bill?

Bill: Yes, sir!

Jim: Bill Daly’s on the line?

Gary: Oh, yes. Bill’s my right-hand man. Wherever I go, Bill goes too. Am I right Bill?


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  Tags: gary+bettman, jim+balsillie

Evening Line

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“They were busy making amends for [the Havlat hit].  In the end, we end up on the power play lots, which is beneficial for us.”

-Wings Coach Mike Babcock via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Gutless, eh?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As I find reaction worthy of your perusal, I’ll post it here.  Does that mean all sorts of crazy activity tonite? Probably not.  I’ll probably pass out.  But I do want you to see this.

Brian Campbell?  You’re gaining fans in Chicago by the minute.  First you light a fire under the Wings.  And what’s next?

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Windsor Spitfires Win Memorial Cup

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from the CP via TSN,

The Windsor Spitfires are Memorial Cup champions.

Adam Henrique, Dale Mitchell and Rob Kwiet scored in the first seven minutes of a 4-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in the final Sunday.

continue for game recap…

added 7:25pm, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

If there was one Canadian municipality that needed a pick-me-up or a reason to party, that would be Windsor.

The city has been slapped in the face by the failing economy and a slumping auto industry. But a bunch of teenagers has given the demoralized citizens of Windsor a temporary reprieve from the doom and gloom with the border town’s first major junior hockey championship.


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  Tags: windsor+spitfires

Wings School Blackhawks

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via Canada.com,

The Detroit Red Wings took the kids to school Sunday. They’ll pick ’em up next fall.

Actually, there’s a little paperwork to be done first, Wednesday night in Detroit — forms signed, concession accepted, and so on — but assuming that’s taken care of, the Chicago Blackhawks can take the rest of the summer off and try again next season.

The young Hawks received more education than they ever wanted in Game 4 of the Western Conference final at United Center, where the Red Wings — short-handed, on the power play, and every which way — showcased their incredible team depth and dominated the home team with a cool, controlled display of textbook positional hockey and opportunism.


added 7:04pm, from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

A disaster, an embarrassment, a waste, pick one, pick ‘em all, you wouldn’t be wrong in trying to describe what passed for Blackhawks hockey in a 6-1 loss in Game 4 of what used to be a competitive Western Conference finals against the vexing Red Wings.


added 7:21pm, from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Detroit gave a clinic on what gut-check time is all about. Playing without veteran faceoff specialist Kris Draper, Hart nominee Pavel Datsyuk and surprise scratch, captain Nicklas Lidstrom—only the best defenseman of his generation—the Red Wings played with composure and competitiveness. They were outwardly abrasive in the early going, not shying away from post-whistle scrums, actually initiating much of the pushing and shoving.

That edginess was merely a demonstrative form of their intent. As is the norm, it was their execution that led to the Red Wings’ domination.

read on

added 8:40pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Turns out big brother can pin down little brother even with two hands tied behind his back.


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Babcock: Osgood Was Dehydrated

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Presser going on right now. Paul’s got it here.

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Wings Defeat Blackhawks 6-1, One Win Away From SCF

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The Chicago Blackhawks looked as if they were more interested in seeking revenge for the Kronwall hit than winning the game.

Detroit was lead by Hossa, Filppula and Rafalski, all with 3 points.

added 6:06pm, Watch post game-press conference below, which should be starting soon.

added 6:22pm, As I mentioned in the comments, Babcock said Osgood suffered from dehydration.  He was on an IV and did not recover fast enough, so he turned to Conklin for the 3rd period.

added 6:29pm, Quenneville in his post-game conference says the roughing call on Walker at the end of the first period was the worst call in hockey history and that changed the game.

added 6:32pm, Video hightlights from NBC added below (2nd video)....

added 7:16pm, added post-game transcript from Babcock in the comment section below…

added 7:33pm, added post-game transcript from Joel Quennville in the coment section…

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Wings Shorthanded Today

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Lidstrom out with lower-body injury, day-to-day, Datsyuk still out and Havlat will be playing for Chicago.

Chelios replaces Lidstrom for the Wings.

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Bylsma On the Penguins Today

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Q.      How do you try to keep the focus going when you’re up three games in this series without looking at the next one?

        COACH BYLSMA: I think the task at hand is clear. You know the series is 3?0. We know this team’s not going to quit. We know that’s their trademark, they’re going to keep coming at us. They’ve proven that even though the games have ended up with lots of goals on the board. They’ve been fighting right to the end.

        The building was loud last night. I just watched the first period. The 7:00 minute mark of the first period their fans were really into it. The building was loud. We were under some pressure, and we know that’s what’s going to happen again come Tuesday.

        While we have a lead, we know we need to get one more win to get this thing done with. Right now is better than waiting. So we’ll be ready on Tuesday for what we need to do.

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  Tags: dan+bylsma

Canes Coach Paul Maurice Today

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Q.  Everybody knows the odds and things like that. But also you get a game at home. What is the message to your team tomorrow?

        COACH MAURICE: Just that most importantly, don’t view the whole picture. Just get a small glimpse. We need to have to get some relief to reclaim. And then there’s more of a chance to play after that game.

        The question you asked me after Game 1 of the Boston series, we thought we were 0?6 against them at that point. That’s the most important thing. The reason we’ve gotten here is the belief to stay in the fight as long as we possibly can. Now we’re at a point there’s no tomorrow.

        So I don’t know how many cliches that is, but insert your favorite cliche at this point.

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