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Pittsburgh Penguins Win The Stanley Cup

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I was wrong in prediction for the Stanley Cup finals.  Pittsburgh won.  That brings my record to 9-6 in my playoff predictions.  It’s a .600 record, which isn’t bad but I have done better in past years.  While I was wrong, the Detroit fans that make up most of the commenters on this blog were even more wrong.  For the last month or more they have been screaming at me how Detroit is an elite team and a dynasty.  Their dynasty didn’t win the Stanley Cup.

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Don’t Blame Osgood

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Drew Sharp at the Free Press:

The coming days will find Detroit in a constant state of complaint. Those who fervently believed in the inevitability of a downtown championship celebration will seek blame for the Stanley Cup inexplicably leaving town.

The more-stubborn conspiracy theorists will take to their graves the certainty in their minds that Pittsburgh’s remarkable recovery from a 3-2 series deficit was a league-orchestrated operation to fulfill Sidney Crosby’s championship destiny.

But there’s one flaw in that theory. You mean there was only one flaw?

Crosby didn’t play the final 30 minutes Friday after an apparent knee injury.

There’s plenty of fault to go around following this collapse. 

Point a finger at the lack of secondary scoring, Marian Hossa’s vanishing act against his former team, as well as the missing in action Tomas Holmstrom and Jiri Hudler.

But you can’t blame Chris Osgood.


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  Tags: chris+osgood, marian+hossa

Mad Max’s Moment

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via NBC Sports:

Max Talbot, this is your moment — and Marc-Andre Fleury, too, as he finally quieted the talk he can’t win a big game by making 23 saves in the biggest game of all.

Now, the list of players responsible for the Penguins winning Stanley Cups includes first-round draft picks Lemieux, Jagr, Crosby, Malkin, Fleury — and Talbot, an eighth-rounder and the 234th player taken in the 2002 draft, a proven scorer in juniors who was told he must reshape his game to make it to the NHL.

Retool it he did, becoming a grinder, a role player, a utility man deluxe with a knack of scoring big goals in big games, such as the goal he scored in the final minute of finals Game 5 a year ago, with the champagne on ice in Joe Louis Arena.


And more on Max Talbot from Cam Cole via the National Post

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Grading the Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press via the Sporting News:

A report card look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, evaluating their performance in the Stanley Cup final:


Penguins, A: The prevailing thought was that Pittsburgh couldn’t match the Red Wings depth up front—WRONG. The Penguins won the two biggest games of the year without even receiving a goal from either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. And how about Max Talbot? His four goals in the series were two more than anyone else could muster. And how about managing to win Game 7 after losing Crosby to an injury? Impressive.

Red Wings, C-plus:
This group was clearly hurt by the foot injury to Hart Trophy finalist Pavel Datsyuk. Even though he was back in the lineup for the last three games, there’s no way he was at 100 per cent. Henrik Zetterberg, the best Wings player in the series, did all he could to pick up the slack but it wasn’t enough. It was a miserable final for Marian Hossa.

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Congratulations, Penguins!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageCongratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on this year’s Stanley Cup win.  I’ll defer to Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters for the final minutes of play…

3:00: Three minutes. Tick, tick.

2:30: Two and a half minutes. Tick. Tick.

2:13: A shot by Kronwall from the right point just clinks off the cross bar after hitting a body or two. (thump, thump). Geez.

1:30: One and a half minutes. Tick. Tick. That’s bad grammar. We know.

1:17: The Red Wings take a time out to get organized with a faceoff in the Penguins’ zone. We can’t believe we’re watching this in person. Osgood is pulled.

1:00; One minute. Tick. Tick. [...]

0:00: End of game. End of season. End of playoffs. End of finding the way back to the Stanley Cup. Penguins 2, Red Wings 1.

Update 11:06pm ET: Malkin wins Conn Smythe. via TSN

The reluctant superstar put together the most productive spring in more than a decade, racking up a playoff-best 36 points and helping lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup.

That helped earn Malkin the Conn Smythe Trophy on Friday night, making him the first Russian ever to be named playoff MVP. In fact, he’s just the third European following Henrik Zetterberg last year and Nicklas Lidstrom in 2002.

“Big day in my life,” Malkin told CBC while his teammates paraded around with the Stanley Cup. “My friends are happy, I’m happy.”

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Hello Summer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bottom line: any team that can beat the Red Wings four out of five games when the temperature’s above 75 deserves to win the Stanley Cup.

They, the team, deserve our congratulations. 

Because I don’t have to, I’m not watching the Cup presentation, the Smythe, the handshake.  We’ll be seeing quite enough of that for the next 12 months thanks…the hobbled “captain” lifting the greatest trophy in all of sport.

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No Decision on Coyotes This Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shi Davidi with the Canadian Press:

The bitter fight for control of the Phoenix Coyotes seems headed to overtime after courthouse hours came and went Friday without a ruling from the Arizona bankruptcy judge presiding over the insolvent team’s fate.

A ruling was expected sometime this week after Tuesday’s tense and dramatic hearing ended with Judge Redfield T. Baum telling the parties he wanted to sleep on the matter before deciding how they should proceed.

continued with a summary of this week’s events

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Report: Robert Esche on Philly’s Radar

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Dreger at TSN:

Another bizarre twist in goaltending may soon unfold in Philadelphia.

Sources tell TSN former Flyers goaltender Robert Esche is on Philadelphia’s radar and may be lured back from the Kontinental Hockey League where he was playing with SKA St.Petersburg.

Philadelphia is one of a few teams believed to be interested in Esche, who spent four seasons with the Flyers before moving to Russia following the 2006-2007 season.

Barry Smith, the head coach for SKA St.Petersburg confirms the NHL interest in Esche, but says he won’t be able to let Esche out of his contract, which has one year remaining, unless he can find a suitable replacement in goal.


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  Tags: khl, robert+esche

One More…It’s A Live Blog For Those Born And Raised In South Detroit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I honestly believe this.  There is no doubt in my mind that the Red Wings see this as an opportunity to lift their state’s spirits.

I don’t care that they’re from Sweden and Medicine Hat or Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Chicago or Finland.

They live in Detroit.  They walk amongst us and they are your neighbors.

They see what is going on in our state and it affects them.

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The Handshake Tradition

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Johnston at the CP:

“When you lose a series, the last thing you want to do is congratulate the other team or wish them good luck,” said veteran Detroit forward Kirk Maltby. “But it’s kind of the nature of the beast. It’s just part of our sport and something that’s carried over.

“I think it’s one of the few things that we do that maybe other sports don’t.”

Cooke can think of at least one where it does.

“You can go to one of the roughest games that’s out there in rugby and they do it after every game,” he said. “And most times they’re going for beers after with each other.

“They put their egos aside and know that they’re out there trying to win. That’s what it’s about.”

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