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A World-Class Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Two weeks ago I wrote the Wings and Penguins were locks to meet in the Stanley Cup Finals. Somehow my wires got crossed and I predicted the Wings in five and Penguins in six. Does being close count?

Although I hate the prediction game, I do feel obligated to continue on. Therefore, I am taking the Detroit Red Wings route and saying Wings in 7. No matter how I look at this matchup, I cannot see one team being a dominating force and I just see a series that will be highly-entertaining and one that will draw the attention of sports fans worldwide.

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Key Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

So as I sit here in the terminal waiting to board my flight to Windsor (sounds glamorous, doesn’t it?), here are my five notable things to look for in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

The Setting:

This series will be a showcase of the greatest skill and talent the game has to offer. But instead of watching this marvelous display of hockey artistry from the luxury of a modern facility, we will be confined to Joe Louis and Mellon Arena. This is like watching a Broadway performance of Les Miserables from a dinner theatre at your local Denny’s. It just doesn’t seem right.

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Two Different Roads - One Goal In Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

After six weeks of marathon hockey, the stage is finally set for a Stanley Cup Final between the game’s marquee player and the game’s marquee franchise. At one end of the ice, it’s arguably the NHL’s best-run club in the Detroit Red Wings. At the other end, it’s a young and fiery Pittsburgh Penguins club led by Sidney Crosby.

And though both teams share the moniker as the NHL’s cream of the crop, their paths to glory have been very different.

In Pittsburgh, the Penguins were slowly and painstakingly built up from scratch.

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Welcoming the Hockey World to Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I am taking a different approach today and will officially welcome you to the Metro Detroit area. I ask you to forget all the negative things you have read and heard about Motown. Sure there are areas you want to avoid, just like every large city in the world. Instead I will point out how the folks in Southeast Michigan will welcome you with open arms. We are a hard working bunch, and although this area is suffering through a down-turn in the automotive industry, we still are trying to keep our heads above water. Approach us, talk to us, we don’t bite and want to talk hockey with you and get your feelings on our game.

Michiganders love hockey, we love that is all that is good about the sport. It is in our blood and we have been playing in the NHL since the mid-1920’s. Our father’s father passed the game on to us. Our mother’s know the game too. We appreciate the special talents each and every NHL player has. We are amazed and hypnotized by the action on the ice and we feel part of the Detroit Red Wings family. Plain and simple, we are hockey fans.

more…

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Pat Burns A Good Fit In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Yzerman of the Ottawa Sun,

With Burns rumoured to be among the candidates for the vacant coaching position in Ottawa, could the world championships have been the start of a great relationship?

The thought had crossed the mind of Heatley and Senators centre Jason Spezza during the tournament, which wrapped up Sunday in Quebec City, with Canada earning a silver medal.

“We were bugging him a little bit about that. He’s a great guy and we’ll see what happens,” Heatley said Monday after returning to Ottawa, where he asked reporters if they had any scoops on who Senators general manager Bryan Murray may choose as his successor behind the bench.

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Now Is Not The Right Time To Grow Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming.  It’s not as if we expected that the Finals would, umm, refine us as a group of 19 Wing fans.  So we have a choice.  We can raise our level of conversation.  We can combat the evil hordes at Pensblog with statistical references and mythical powerpoint presentations dating back to the 2003 draft…

...or we can fall back on what we know.  We can let our instincts guide us to that haven of juvenilacity where we feel warm and secure.

Me?

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Scoring First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

There will be a lot written and said in the lead up to Saturday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the perennial power Red Wings and the powerfully young Penguins.

Everyone, myself included, will try to dissect this very interesting matchup between two highly skilled clubs that didn’t skate against each other during the regular season. (Even if they did play once, what would we really know?)

There is one thing that stands out about Detroit and Pittsburgh. They both do really well when they score first.

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Penguins Strength Is Up The Middle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We haven’t seen a team boast this much world-class talent down the middle since maybe Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg were in their prime in Colorado. Start with Crosby, who centers the Pens’ “1A” line. Then go to Malkin, who centers line “1B.” The Wings will have their hands full regardless of how good their defense is (and it’s plenty good). Crosby and Malkin have combined for 40 points in 14 postseason games, and Crosby will hit the finals tied with Zetterberg for the playoffs scoring lead. Almost lost in the shuffle is Pittsburgh third-line center Jordan Staal, who had a terrific series against Philadelphia (four goals).

more and Scott’s prediciton for the SCF…

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Early Tuesday Dallas Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Reaction from Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Jen Floyd Hyphen Engel can go back to her Dem Cowboys worship.  Hockey’s over.  A few more parting shots and she’s history until January, I’m thinking.

Mini-Mo has a crusty, bright red, rectangular mark on his face that just so happens to resemble the shaft of a hockey stick, like maybe he had been cross-checked in Game 5 or something.

Wings forward Kris Draper said he did not remember his involvement in this incident. Why do I think Draper is going to remember Monday’s cross-check?

 

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Joining The Video Club

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Empty Netters has entertained me during this season and I really do enjoy many of the videos they have pointed out this season.

So as they say, here is the Best Penguins YouTube Video We Could Find:

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