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from Rich Liberio of NHL.com,
We reached Pittsburgh yesterday after some small difficulties. As you might’ve read, our bus broke down just as it pulled up to the hotel in Detroit. We doubled up with the PR staff (thanks!) and made it in time to catch the Red Wings’ media availability.
But what a contrast between two Rust Belt cities.
We resided in the monstrous Marriott Renaissance in Detroit. It’s all part of the General Motors complex. My room overlooked the Detroit River, Windsor, Ontario, the Ambassador Bridge and the three-day long techno festival that humming next door. The windows vibrated for three days straight from Noon until Midnight. Living more than 40 stories in the sky, I found myself constantly drawn to the window.
more on Detroit and Pittsburgh…
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
The Pittsburgh Penguins are not alone among National Hockey League teams in having their crest sewn into the dressing room carpet, nor are they the only team that warns visitors: “Please don’t step on the logo.”...
What are they worried about, that it’s bad luck?” said a TV guy who accidentally stepped on the sacred cartoon Penguin. “Like, things are going to get worse? How?”
Not merely down two games, the Penguins haven’t yet scored a goal, or even looked very much as though they might.
Evgeni Malkin is in a funk, Marian Hossa is wearing the same red-clad, five-man hairshirt as his centreman, Sidney Crosby, and Marc-Andre Fleury has looked ordinary on more than a few Detroit goals in the first two.
From Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,
Quick update from Mellon Arena here in Pittsburgh: In an effort to stop a two-game losing streak, the Penguins are inserting 36-year-old defenseman Darryl Sydor into the lineup for Game 3.
Sydor won Stanley Cups in 1999 with Dallas and in Tampa Bay 2004, but hasn’t seen action in a single game in the 2008 playoffs, that’s how highly the Penguins have thought of him. So exactly what he can add now is going to be interesting to see.
Update 12:37pm ET: From the CP,
The 36-year-old will replace rookie Kristopher Letang, whose play has slipped of late. Sydor has yet to see any action in this year’s playoffs.
Maxim’s got an interview with Mike Bolt, the official keeper of The Cup,
Ever had to deck a drunk fan?
Again, we’re around bars and alcohol, and you do get the odd jerk who’ll mouth off to you. But big deal, I can take it. As long as this thing stays safe, I don’t care how much this guy’s chirping in my ear. I’d like to smack them, but I can’t. I had to push a fan away once because I thought he was going to urinate in it, but that’s about it.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
I have made some observations while covering all the action from games 1 and 2 in Detroit.
Chris Simpson, the NHL reporter for Versus is as down to earth as they come. Her work continues to improve and I enjoyed speaking with her yesterday about the game of hockey.
I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the folks from CBC. In the past I have communicated with them from time to time, but they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable when around them. Now if only I could get my hands on one of those CBC towels!
And if you’re not familiar with the exclusivity of those CBC HNIC towels, here is the reason why Paul will never get his hands on one…
A refresher course from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com, on how to get one’s name on the Stanley Cup:
The Stanley Cup is the only trophy in pro sport that bears the names of players, coaches, management and staff from the winning teams.
Prior to 1977 only players who had completed the Stanley Cup playoffs were eligible. Today, players appearing in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game for the championship team have their names engraved on the Cup. The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or other extenuating circumstances.
That’s why Jiri Slegr was the luckiest guy in the NHL in the spring of 2002.
read on for more trivia
Sources tell TSN that the New York Rangers will have to pay former Ranger and current Atlanta Thrashers forward Bobby Holik $3.5 million over a contract dispute in 2004-2005.
Because of the lockout that wiped out the 2004-2005 season, the Rangers argued that Holik needed to play to earn his signing bonus.
An arbitrator disagreed and made the ruling in favor of Holik and Jed Ortmeyer, who the Rangers will also have to pay an undisclosed amount.
To call Pittsburgh’s top regular-season scorer a non-factor so far in the Stanley Cup final may be generous. Malkin’s penalty minutes (four) easily exceed his number of shots on goal (one), and his minus-3 rating reflects the defensive contribution he made as the Penguins were manhandled by a combined 7-0 in the opening two games in Detroit.
Malkin often found himself bothered by Niklas Kronwall and the other bone rattlers on the Red Wings’ defence corps, something the Russian acknowledged in his halting English before a 3-0 loss in Game 2.
“Detroit have a good defenceman. Kronwall,” Malkin said. “I need to be more physical play. Have to pressure defenceman. Hit. Yeah, hit.”
more on Malkin and possible new pairings
from Spector’s Hockey,
Could Brian Campbell sign with Ottawa or Chicago? Are Pascal Leclaire’s contract talks stalled? Could the Wings retain Brad Stuart?
read on for Spector’s view on the above topics…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
On the overseas flight to the Stanley Cup final, Hakan Andersson pulled out his NHL guide and began to play a game.
The scout wanted to see if any player drafted in 1999 turned out better than Henrik Zetterberg.
He looked at Martin Havlat, first-round choice. He looked at the Sedin Twins, early first-round choices. He settled on his pick, Zetterberg, chosen 210th nine years ago.
“If you were to do the draft over again, I think he’s the first pick,” said Andersson.
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