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Penguins Hope Is Fading

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

History suggests the Penguins have very little hope of winning the Stanley Cup this season.

Reality suggests they have absolutely none, unless they can figure out how to make some radical changes during the rest of the series.

Start doing some dramatically different stuff, like scoring a goal every now and then.

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Holland At The Top Of His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

No crowd will ever sing the praises of the winning team’s general manager, as the fans in Joe Louis Arena chanted “Oz-ie” Monday in tribute to goaltender Chris Osgood’s second consecutive shutout in the Stanley Cup final.

If ever a general manager deserved public accolades it’s Detroit’s Ken Holland, who put together a team that takes its dedication to defense as seriously as its dedication to one another.

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After Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Let’s do the analysis in assembly-line fashion.

- Osgood: he hasn’t had to make many saves, difficult or otherwise, but he is clearly in the collective minds of the Penguins. The Pens likely think now that they can’t beat him simply because they have to work so hard just to get the puck to him and once there, they can’t even get their shots away let alone test the veteran netminder….

- Detroit’s overall team speed: This is difficult to explain, but the so-called “old” Wings have all the energy in the game.

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Pens May Need Another Gameplan

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The post-game comments from the Penguins revolved around obstruction and Chris Osgood’s flopping but the real story was that they failed to mount a forecheck in Game 2. Very early in the first period, it became very apparent they weren’t going to be able to get it done because of a number of factors.

First, the Penguins’ dump-ins weren’t good enough because Osgood’s puck handling allowed him to retrieve many of the pucks and set them up for his defence.

Secondly, the Red Wings’ defence is very mobile, skilled and smart and they get back very quickly.

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WWGRD?  Answered.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris Osgood dove.  I’ll say it up front, and the replays confirmed it seconds after it happened.  Sykora skimmed him and he took a seat.

Got it.

But that won’t be the last memory Wing fans have of him, nor will it define an amazing postseason run. 

Gary Roberts?

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Wings Shutdown Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

The Wings did a brilliant job of limiting the Penguins’ attack in Game 2. Detroit held Pittsburgh without a shot in the first 12 minutes of the game. For those scoring at home (and even if you were just watching the game), the Pens managed just eight shots in a 52-minute span from the beginning of the second period in Game 1 through the eight-minute mark of the first period in Game 2. The Penguins didn’t get an even-strength shot until the second period. The problem is simple—Detroit manages to outnumber you just about everywhere on the ice.

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After Midnight Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We play a different team than we played in the first three rounds,” Sykora said. “It’s like there’s nothing out there. For us, the key is to play the way they are — get that first goal, get the power play going and then shut it down and play good defensively. That’s exactly what they’re doing. It’s nothing special they’re doing out there. They got the first goal and then they shut it down.”

more on the game from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail…

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Babcock After Wings Take A 2-0 Lead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Can you comment on Gary Roberts on Franzen, please?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I haven’t seen it. I heard he didn’t have the puck, and I heard he tried to sock him in the head. I didn’t see it, so it’s hard for me to comment.

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Coach Therrien After Game 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. You had a conversation with Malkin about him being the leader in this game. How do you explain him having zero shots in this game?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: It’s really tough to generate offense against that team. They’re good on obstruction. It’s going to be tough to generate any type of offense, if the rules remain the same. So it’s the first time we’re facing a team that the obstruction is there, and we’re having a hard time skating to take away ice.

We took two penalties tonight on the goalie. We never take penalty to the goalie in the playoff. I’ll tell you something, I reviewed those plays. He’s a good actor. He goes to players, and he’s diving. Took away our power play. Got to get focused. I know our players are frustrated right now. It’s tough to play the game. But Osgood did the same thing against Dallas under Ribeiro.

Our team never go to goalie. We never did it. And we don’t target the goalie. But this is, want to talk about experience, he goes to players, and he knows what to do, I guess.

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Detroit Takes Game #2

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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Post-game press conferences are to be broadcast live on NHL Network Online.
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*image credit to the Detroit Free Press

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