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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Where the Red Wings—or Penguins—were born or learned to skate wasn’t important.
This series will be remembered as the rebirth of engrossing, play-until-you-drop hockey, a gift conjured up by the supposedly doddering Red Wings and a precocious Penguins team that matured by the day and will be heard from again and again and again.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Anyway…Oh Crap five minutes left…what was the point of this…oh ya…some quick reflections of Detroit’s victory in Game Six….
-Lidstrom. He could have won the Conn Smyth, but we are bored with his greatness. He is a lousy interview, an unflashy player, and he is brilliant. They call him “The Perfect Human” in the room. It’s not far off.
-Mike Babcock guaranteed the win. It won’t be remembered like Messier in 1994, but in his office Wednesday morning I told him I had to get home for my daughter’s ballet recital Thursday, and he said “Dont worry, we’re winning tonight.”
from CBC’s 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,
Sweden is home to so many of life’s little pleasures: The smorgasbord, for one thing. And Ingrid Bergman. And the final destination of one of the main characters in one of history’s greatest novels, Catch-22.
And, for the next few months, it’s going to be the frequent home of the Stanley Cup.
There is no doubt at least one headline out there today in the world’s newspapers with have the title “How Swede It Is for the Red Wings,” and can you blame any editor out there who falls into such punnery?
Cherry would prefer a team built like Anaheim to win the Cup but says Detroit will be the favorite again for next season…
CBC recaps the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs….
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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I said before this series that the big factor that the Detroit Red Wings had on their side was experience. That’s not just the experience of 23 Cups to just four on the side for the Pens. It is the experience of the last four seasons that twice saw the Wings capture the Presidents’ Trophy and then have dismal post-seasons.
That’s the type of experience you need to win the Cup. Whenever things got tough, the Wings had something to draw upon. Pittsburgh didn’t have that, and that was the difference in this series.
From Ron Cook at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Two-time Stanley Cup champion Bob Errey, as recognizable a hockey name in Pittsburgh as just about any short of Lemieux and Crosby, laid out the hard truth before the Stanley Cup final.
“Only one team can win,” he said. “Two weeks from now, you’ll either be the happiest guy in the world or the forgotten bridesmaid.”
Kind of makes you sick this morning, doesn’t it?
With the Detroit Red Wings the kings of the hockey world and the Penguins, well, you know?
From Chuck Carleton at the Dallas Stars blog at the Dallas Morning News,
This time, Pittsburgh ran out of miracles and the Detroit Red Wings claimed the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 nail-biting win.
1. Detroit remains a hard team to figure. The Red Wings were the best team in the NHL in the regular season and the best team in the playoffs—great skill, veteran leadership, smart coaching and the most accomplished braintrust in hockey. At the same time, they were capable of lapses that could make you wince, like Game 5 and almost in Game 6. Give them credit for rebounding from what could have been a catastrophic triple-overtime loss.
more thoughts on the game from the former Wings beat writer
And some reflections from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca:
Hossa’s effort just missed Detroit goalie Chris Osgood’s glove and had it hit it, it likely would have gone in, setting off a debate as to whether or not there was any time left on the clock.
It was that close.
As finishes go, it was more dramatic than most of the game that featured a gritty effort from both sides, but one that was clearly marked by fatigue on both sides, something that took away from the overall contest.
And from Mitch Albom at the Free Press:
“We always have to make it interesting,” Osgood would tell the TV cameras.
Interesting? That ending would have killed most mortal men. But here, in enemy territory, the Wings used the courage and the pounding heart that got them this far, and in their 104th game of the season, they took it over the mountaintop.
All’s well that ends red.
And from Bob Wojnowski at the Detroit News:
They took it in gasping, grasping fashion - fitting fashion, really - with Chris Osgood swiping at Pittsburgh’s final, desperate shot. As the puck slid perilously past the open goal, the crowd shrieked and the final horn sounded, and then the Wings leaped in celebration and launched another rollicking Detroit summer.
Q. What was harder, the last 30 seconds or the long wait before the game began?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: You know, even in the last game, the last minute and stuff like that wasn’t long or harder, it was just doing what you do.
The interesting thing is when you’re playing in the Stanley Cup Final like this and it’s a closeout game, the emotion on your bench is so much more than you’ve had to deal with. Getting guys on and off the ice is more difficult, and yet we have a real committed group.
Nicklas Lidstrom, in my opinion, is a phenomenal leader and captain. And with his poise and his skill. And then the support group in Chelios and Draper. And Datsyuk and Zetterberg, for their leadership. You know, we have a very special team, and we’re thrilled to be in this situation, obviously.
Q. Coach, first of all, congratulations on a great season. Your assessment of the game, and what did you tell your players after the game?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: I’m almost speechless. It’s tough. We were that close. It is really tough, because this is a group that gave what they got. They deserve a lot of respect. We got beat by a quality team. They showed it all through the regular season and through the playoffs. They played really well. They were tough to play against, and the hockey god was not on our side tonight.
But they deserved to win the Stanley Cup.
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