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Great Game 7 Poem from XM Home Ice

From Mick Kern at XM Home Ice:

Twas the night before Game Seven, when all through Home Ice
Not an announcer was stirring, or offering advice
The microphones were hung in the studio with care
In hopes that Eric Gage would take to the air.

The listeners were nestled all sung in their beds
While visions of Cup celebrations danced in their heads
And Blakeley in his news booth, preparing his cast
Looking up all the stories and stats from the past.

When up in CR2 there arose such a clatter
Pogi had called to indulge in some chatter
The lines were all jammed with callers galore
Each one proclaiming the game’s final score.

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Keenan Talks about How to Handle Game 7

From John McGourty at NHL.com:

NHL.com: Under the new rules, can you play the style you won with in 1994?

Keenan: “Our style with the Rangers was more fitted for the current rules than any other team then because we had dynamically proficient skilled players. We had Mark Messier, Alex Kovalev, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, Steve Larmer, Sergei Zubov, Esa Tikkanen and Glenn Anderson. That’s a highly skilled group, game-breaking players that could have easily played, for the most part, the game played today. We had a couple of players who would struggle today but we were suited for the game then and the game now.”

Nice to hear Keenan speak so glowingly of the 1994 New York Rangers Cup team he coached. Click here for more.

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Game 6 on deck - Thoughts?

In Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Penguins looked like a team to be reckoned with. They were getting scoring from their superstars as well as some of their depth players while allowing their goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to have two stellar games between the pipes.

Back in Detroit for Game 5 however, those Penguins were nowhere to be found. What we did find however was the “real” Detroit Red Wings. You know, the Wings that fire on all cylinders, that get tremendous play from the likes of Henrik Zetterburg, Brian Rafalski, Dan Cleary and of course, Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk returned to the lineup last night for the first time since May 19 and promptly had two assists in 17:38 of ice time.

Now, the series once again shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 6 will there will most certainly be a “white out” and the Wings will have to be ready for a hungry Pens’ hockey club once th puck drops. Remember, the Wings had a 2-0 series lead when the series first shifted to Pittsburgh so they know that no lead is safe, especially when there is a potential Game 7 on the line.

What are your thoughts on this Game 6 match-up? Is Pittsburgh in trouble? Will Detroit be too complacent? Will there be another Cup-raising ceremony at the Mellon Arena? Let’s hear your thoughts!

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More Penguins/80’s Oilers Comparison

From Larry Wigge at NHL.com:

There have been plenty of comparisons of this year’s Penguins and the start of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty in 1984, when Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier and Co. were swept in the Stanley Cup Final by the New York Islanders in 1983 and then came back to beat those same Isles in five games the next year, starting a era in which the Oilers won five Cups in seven years.

What we know is this is the first time since 1984 that the same two teams have met in consecutive years. Back then, the Islanders were coming off four consecutive Cup wins. This year’s Red Wings have won the Cup four times since 1997.

Coincidence? Not even close. The Penguins and Oilers are/were two young teams on the way up, both with a swagger, looking to learn how to win ... and dominate the NHL. And you could say that the last time a teen began as the dominant player in a major team sport occurred in 1979-80, when Gretzky was Crosby’s age.

Click here for more. May be there is actually some truth to these comparisons. What do you folks think?

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Puck Daddy’s Take on Detroit’s Problems

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

The notion that the reigning Stanley Cup champions lost their composure in Thursday night’s 4-2 Game 4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn’t debatable, at least among the players. The debate came when trying to assess how rattled the Detroit Red Wings truly were as the Finals were knotted up 2-2.

Like, for example, the gossip in the postgame interviews that the Big Red Wing Machine was bickering on the ice; an assertion denied by both coach Mike Babcock and captain Nicklas Lidstrom

Click here for more. What do you folks think about Puck Daddy’s take on the Wings’ issues?

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Fleury - The Man?

When Marc-Andre Fleury first started his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins back in the fall of 2003, goals were going in left and right. He wasn’t to blame as the team in front of him wasn’t nearly as experienced as it is now but during the first three to three-and-a-half seasons, Fleury experienced many growing pains as an NHL netminder.

No one doubted his talent and no one doubted that he could play professional hockey. What hockey pundits and fans did doubt was his maturity. When Fleury first came into the NHL, he was only 18 years old and as the No.1 pick of the NHL Draft, was expected to be a saving grace for a falling Penguins hockey club. Instead, he was a goalie that struggled to control his rebounds and keep the puck out of the net, leading many to question why the Penguins drafted him and threw him into the fire at such a young age.

Four or so seasons later, the man they call “Flower” has appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals and has shown the team, its fans and the league how good he can be. He now makes the big saves when called upon and he doesn’t get too down after allowing a goal. More importantly, Fleury has provided the Penguins with a steady presence between the pipes and looks like he will be “the man” for years to come in Pittsburgh.

What do you folks think of Fleury? Do you think he still has a lot to prove? Do you think he is overrated? Do you think we have yet to see the best from “Flower”? Let’s hear your thoughts!

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Need Hockey Now

Good morning folks. Game 4 has finally arrived and I don’t know about you folks but I hate it when there are days with no hockey. Luckily, we have this site to come to for the latest news, notes, rumblings, rantings on all things hockey. Paul certainly has a wonderful kingdom here and it’s only going to continue to grow.

With that said, besides coming here for the latest hockey news, you folks should also check out MaxHockey.com. The site is constantly updated with hockey news links and articles while also having a terrific staff of writers. Feel free to look at the latest here, where you’ll also find a piece I did on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood.

What are your thoughts for Game 4?

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Bloggers on the scene in Pittsburgh

What’s great about hockey is that they have great bloggers who cover the game. What’s even greater is that there are a few covering the Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

Here are a few that come to mind:

- MaxHockey.com
- Scotty Hockey
- Puck Daddy
- Brian Metzer

Check these folks out!

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Game One Predictions?

The day has finally arrived folks - Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. The long, grueling regular season is over and now it comes down to what it’s all about - the Cup.

With that in mind, I wanted to get Kukla’s Korner readers’ thoughts on Game 1:

- What’s the final score going to be?
- Who are going to be the goal scorers?
- Who is going to have the better scoring opportunities?
- Will Crosby or Geno score?
- Will Osgood be as good as he was in the first three rounds?

These are just a few pre-game thoughts floating around my head that I figured you fine folks of Kukla’s Korner would like to ponder over the next 10 hours or so.

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Questions heading into the Finals

Well, there you have it folks - a rematch of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. Both clubs definitely earned the right to play for hockey’s holy grail but before beginning, I have some questions for all Kukla’s Korner readers out there:

- Who will win this series? Why?

- Will Detroit’s injuries impact them at all during this series?

- Does Red Wings’ netminder Chris Osgood deserve some consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy?

- Is this the year the Penguins knock off the Wings and show that they learned from last year?

- If the Penguins manage to win the Cup, who do you give the Conn Smythe to?

- Do you think a rematch makes the series any less exciting or will it be great no matter what?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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