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Memorial Day - 2008

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For all those who serve and have served Our Country.

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Update 12:22pm ET (alanah): From Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

While you might not think spending the morning and early afternoon of Memorial Day in the bowels of the second-oldest building in the NHL sounds like a fun way to kick off the traditional start of summer, I couldn’t disagree more.

For most of the past 15 years, I have spent Memorial Day covering some aspect of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Let Homer Play

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

The next time the NHL wants to send a message, try dialing 1-800-FLOWERS instead of disallowing goals. Since when did Tomas Holmstrom’s play in front of the net become a threat to competition in the NHL? Is scoring so rampant that the NHL can nit-pick like a PGA Tour official over some arcane rule? The way the league is hounding him—Saturday’s disallowed goal was absurd—you’d think Holmstrom, not Chris Pronger, was the one suspended eight separate times.

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The Longest Game In NHL History

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood was impressive in his 4-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

But Osgood wasn’t forced into overtime, obviously, quite unlike his late Detroit goaltending colleague Normie Smith on March 24/25, 1936.

Smith would make 90 saves to shut out the Montreal Maroons in the sixth overtime period at the Montreal Forum, outlasting Maroons goalie Lorne Chabot (66 saves) in what remains the longest game in NHL history.

continued and a must read if you are into ‘hockey history’ and worth a visit for some great photos too.  Part 2, which has some ‘puck intrigue’ can be found here...

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Overmatched?

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Can it really be this simple, this obvious, this soon?

One game into the Stanley Cup Final, is it possible that the Pittsburgh Penguins have Crosby, but no hope?

In the corner of the Penguins’ dressing room, defenceman Hal Gill sat quietly, studying the blade of one of his skates as if to suggest someone forgot to sharpen them.

It couldn’t be that he really was that slow, now could it?

Could be. And he’s not alone in that fear.

Taking a resounding 4-0 decision from the Penguins in the first game of this best-of-seven final, the vastly experienced Detroit Red Wings left Pittsburgh an uncertain bunch and certainly sent a shudder of fear through the people who run the NHL.

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Hey Sid

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

“Smarten up!”

Not to slap you around too much for Pittsburgh’s 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Saturday at the Joe Louis Arena, but you wear the “C” and the boys in the room are going to be looking for answers.

Here’s what you have to learn and here’s what you have to both tell and show them….

Don’t think you aren’t going to get hit, a lot. You’re a target; don’t cry about it and most importantly, look out for it. You are the guy they are going to try and knock out of a game and maybe, if they can, out of the series.

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No More Maybe’s

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from Mark Spector of the National Post,

“Maybe it was good that we lost the first one,” Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis offered yesterday. “Maybe a little slap in the face maybe helped us get back on planet Earth and wanting it more.”

If there was one word that best illustrates the Penguins’ outlook on this series—now that they must win tonight or face the near impossible task of beating Detroit in four of five games to win the series—it is “maybe.”

Maybe if we started chipping the puck deeper more often. Maybe if we can coax Evgeni Malkin to stop relying on pure talent, and blend in a little more heart and sweat. Maybe if we wouldn’t have hit those posts, or if we had scored on those first-period power plays.

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Morning Line

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As for Franzen’s desire to have someone hit him, teammate Kirk Maltby said, “He should have called me, I would have been glad to do it. Especially after the little comments he was making at media day about his headaches and how apparently I was the cause of them. That wasn’t very nice.”

more on Franzen from Ansar Khan at Mlive…

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All About Respect

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from Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Red Wings’ players and coaches have been nothing if not respectful and complimentary when discussing the Penguins.

Still, one gets the vibe that deep down inside these Red Wings aren’t threatened, that they’re convinced it’s still their time and not yet the Penguins’ time.

What transpired in the Red Wings’ 4-0 victory in Game 1 doesn’t figure to have changed any of that.

Job 1 for the Penguins tonight in Game 2 will be earning some of that respect that’s been bestowed upon them.

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A Message Of Desperation

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Steve Levy, E.J. Hradek and Barry Melrose break down the Penguins line changes for Game 2, watch below….

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Holiday Digging

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Update 1150 EST:  Since I highly doubt any of the 19 are going to predict a Pen as the first goal scorer, I’m opening up the contest to Pittsburgh fans as well.  Remember, your predictions have to be made on the Live Blog, which starts at 1930 EST.

Back to normal.  I will not be in Hockeytown tonite.  Won’t be jetsetting all over the country.  Just a simple guy, waiting for the puck to drop, saddled up in the Hasek. 

And here’s a deal for you.  During the live blog tonite, first person to correctly identify the first goal scorer gets a Game 1 program.  Re-phrase:  you have to guess the goal scorer before it happens. 

On to our Diggers.

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