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Lessons of the 2007-08 Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the hockey bloggers of The New York Times,

Despite the five-day wait for them to start, this year’s Stanley Cup finals have fans more excited than they have been in a long time: a dream matchup between two electrifying, star-studded teams from cities steeped in hockey culture.

No matter what happens, the Detroit-Pittsburgh Cup series stands as perhaps the biggest success for the N.H.L. in a season with many positive developments.

Below, the writers and editors of The Times’s Slap Shot blog look back at 10 key issues, good and bad, that defined the 2007-8 hockey season:

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Larry Murphy on Both Sides

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News,

When the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins open up the Stanley Cup Finals tonight in Detroit, you couldn’t be blamed for forgetting which team has home-ice advantage. It’s hard not to find similarities between Detroit and Pittsburgh—two tough, blue-collar cities that love their NHL hockey—just ask Larry Murphy.

The Hall of fame defenseman has a skate in both camps this week. When I talked to him a couple of hours before the opening faceoff of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, he had to stifle a chuckle when he told me it was “scary” how many parallels there were between his experiences in the two cities.

Now working as a broadcaster for Fox Sports Net Detroit, HD Net and the NHL Network, Murphy was an integral part of four Stanley Cup winning teams: Two in Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992 and another two in Detroit in 1997 and 1998.

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  Tags: larry+murphy

Gentlemen, Place Your Wagers…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Detroit Free Press:

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have reached a gentleman’s wager over the Stanley Cup series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If Detroit wins, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will send Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick goodies from the Steel City, including Heinz Ketchup and Primanti Sandwiches. He will also ship Mayor Kilpatrick an octopus from Wholeys Fish Market. Dan Wholey, the market’s owner, made news this week when he said he would not sell octopi to any Red Wings fans during games in Pittsburgh.

If the Penguins win the Stanley Cup, Kilpatrick will send some of Motor City’s favorites such as Little Cesar’s Pizza Kits, Faygo Pop and a proclamation declaring Pittsburgh “America’s Hockey City,” according to a statement issued by Kilpatrick’s office.

Clearly, neither of these cities are going to prove themselves to be bastions of fine American cuisine…

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  Tags: betting, playoffs, stanley+cup

Therrien Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Some questions for Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien today.

[Update 5:01pm ET: And for some thoughts from Sidney Crosby, you can check out his ESPN interview here.]

Q.  Can you talk about the decision not to practice here yesterday and not to get on the ice here until today?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  I’m not a big fan to change preparation, the way we do things.  It’s always been like this.  We’re not going to change because we’re in the Stanley Cup playoff.


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  Tags: michel+therrien

Babcock Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  Is there any update on Franzen?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  No.

        Q.  He went to the doctor, is he playing tonight or anything?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He’s at the doctor’s or whatever.  If we keep sending him to doctors, pretty soon we’ll find someone who will shut him down for his life, I’m pretty sure.  (Laughter).

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Stanley Cup Final 2008 Blog

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Make sure to check out the work of the NHL.com writers and maybe a blogger too.  There will be many updates to it throughout the SCF and some exclusive content too..

Visit the Stanley Cup Final 2008 Blog Page…

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It Feels Like Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Steve Levy and Barry Melrose of ESPN report on the SCF from Joe Louis Arena.

Watch below…

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Who Wants One?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

IwoCPO should be in Detroit in about two hours and he wanted me to post this for him…

He has an extra ticket for tonight’s game.  If you are interested in purchasing it from him, please leave a comment with contact information.

He will get in touch with you once he arrives in Motown.

update 12:03pm, Ticket is sold!

update 1245:  Currently blogging from the A2Y bunker in St. Clair Shores.  Just made the transaction on the corner of Woodward and Warren (I’m sure that’s never happened before).  Osrt was all over it.  More to follow.  No surprise, Chelios is out tonite, so is Gary Roberts.

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The Start Of Something Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The start of the Stanley Cup final most people will agree will be the hardest-fought and most exciting in recent memory is only hours away. On one side, at home in Detroit, a Red Wings team clearly blessed with experience. On the other, the Pittsburgh Penguins, losers of only two games in three series and armed with a maturity far beyond their years.

What’s not to like, eh?

They are, clearly, the two best teams in the league. Teams that deserve to be where they are, strong in every area from the nets outward. Everything points to a long series of either six or seven games, but no matter who wins, a word of caution: let’s not get carried away to the point of anointing the survivor the beginning of a dynasty.

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Answers Needed Quickly On Outdoor Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The prospect of holding the NHL Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1, 2009 is in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Yankees New York Yankees attempting to convince the city that a pair of major concerns can be overcome so the Rangers New York Rangers can play an outdoor game in The Bronx before the World’s Most Famous Stadium closes its doors.

“We’re negotiating with the city on two issues that need to be resolved within the next few days in order for us to be able to go forward with the NHL,” Yankees’ COO Lonn Trost told The Post last night. “We want to have the game here and the NHL wants to have the game here, so now it’s a matter of us settling these concerns.”

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