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The Other Face Of The NHL

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

...But here’s a news flash for the national media:

Crosby may be “the new face of the NHL.”

But Zetterberg could be.

This is a kid who is rock-star good-looking, has a high-profile girlfriend, mad skills, a humble demeanor and a knack for finding the puck as if he and it were separated at birth. His numbers are at superstar levels. He makes everyone around him better. He’s fast, dynamic, tough on defense, has an almost cosmic connection with linemate Pavel Datsyuk and, finally—and here’s the part that few people know—the guy is damn close to eloquent.


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Pens Look For Road Wins

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The conventional wisdom is that, while the home team’s mandate is to hold serve by winning the first two games of a series, the visitors’ realistic objective is to win one of those two, thus positioning themselves to capture the series if they can win their home games.

“When you start on the road, you want to get at least one game,” center Max Talbot said.

Odds are that if the Penguins were offered a guarantee that they could take one victory out of the first two games, they would take it. Gladly.

Defenseman Hal Gill, however, believes they should aim for something more lofty, that the Penguins will be best-served if they enter the series committed to nothing less than carrying a 2-0 lead into Game 3 Wednesday at Mellon Arena.


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Who Knows What Will Happen

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Will one obliterate the other?

Will it even make a dent?

Or will the objects bounce off one other, prompting the child to repeat the experiment?

Seven games, sweep either way or something in-between. No outcome would be a shock.

For all we know, Detroit could impose its system and hoard the puck and expose the Penguins as not-ready-for-prime-timers who rode great fortune to the final only to find they don’t yet belong on hockey’s biggest stage.

Or the Penguins could use their fresh, young legs to jump the Wings early and expose them as top-heavy, over-the-hill softies who were lucky the Dallas Stars were so fried by the time the Western Conference final commenced.


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Expect The Best From Crosby

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Crosby was outstanding against the Flyers - he did all the little things to help generate offence, and worked all three zones very effectively.  The level he went to against the Flyers was a quantum leap forward, but there’s got to be another gear there, and I suspect that there is.

I think Crosby is also acutely aware of his environment.  He knows this is a potentially defining moment for him at an early stage in his career. He’s going to give us his best effort and I think it will be even better than what we saw against Philadelphia.

I don’t know if it will be enough to win the Cup, but I expect this will be the best of Sidney Crosby that we’ve seen this year.

more with a prediction from Bob…

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Wings Adjust And Still Win

from Dave Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

So when the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association drastically reformed their collective labour agreement in the summer of 2005, taking away the economic advantage clubs such as Detroit had enjoyed, it was fair to ponder what might become of the great Red Wings dynasty.

Well, with nearly three full seasons of postlockout hockey in the books, the answer to that question is clear. As they get set to open the Stanley Cup final at home tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Red Wings are trying to put the finishing touches not just on a stellar season, but also on the most successful start for any team in the NHL’s three-year-old postlockout era.

read on

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Difference Makers

from Empty Netters,

Who needs to be the difference for the Penguins: Hal Gill, Brooks Orpik and company. The Red Wings make their living on offense in front of the net. Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen (if he’s healthy) and others will try to make life miserable for Marc-Andre Fleury. It’s up to Gill and the crew to nullify that.

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Everyone talks about their offense, but it’s the defense these two play that makes them special. They’ll need to play like the Selke Trophy candidates they are in order to help limit Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.


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Great Players - No Cups

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Of the NHL’s 52 top all-time, regular-season point producers, 17 have never sipped champagne from Lord Stanley’s mug. More than 40 of the players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame – including the likes of Mike Gartner, Darryl Sittler, Brad Park, Rod Gilbert and Pat LaFontaine – are not on the game’s most famous trophy.

They could skate rings around lesser players but have no rings to prove it.

Ullman made it to five Stanley Cup finals but never won. It was his team that was at the wrong end of Bobby Baun’s famous overtime goal on a broken ankle, his Red Wings were just a foil in some of hockey’s greatest lore.


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Faceoff- ESPN Style

This week’s topic: Again, the start of the Stanley Cup finals. What else?

Scott Burnside: Hello, Damien. Happy Stanley Cup finals! Are you pumped about your trip down Highway 401 to Detroit? Can’t wait for Big Al, The World’s Most Famous Zamboni Driver, to send bits of octopi flying around Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night to kick off the big tilt.

Damien Cox: I think this one’s going to be good. Then again, I thought last season’s would be, and it was, well, about as exciting as watching you order lunch. Being a veteran of the Detroit-Windsor corridor, how do you think people will react when they learn of your new betrothed, the Penguins of Pittsburgh?

much more on the series at ESPN…

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Detroit Is Hockeytown

from Cam Cole at the Windsor Star,

Minnesota: “The State of Hockey.”

Montreal: “The City Is Hockey.”

Small-town Canada (courtesy of the CBC): “Hockeyville.”

None is an exaggeration. Each has a claim to its title/status/slogan. Each is a fundamental part of the game’s bedrock, its history, its future.

But so is this. Hockeytown, USA requires no quotation marks, and makes no apologies.


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Talking Hockey With Musicians

from Sportsnet,

Sportsnet.ca’s Perry Lefko spoke with the legendary (Stompin’ Tom) Connors in an exclusive conversation on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final….

Q: You mentioned “Bobby scores” in the opening stanza. Was it in reference to any particular Bobby?

A: There was so many Bobbys out (in the National Hockey League) that I thought if I was going to put a name in the song at all that somebody was going to score, it just had to be a Bobby. If I had said Pete or Harry or something like that, I wanted to cover as many bases as I could.


Perry Lefko is keeping busy these days,

Sportsnet.ca spoke with a few of Canada’s prominent musicians for their thoughts on the game and this year’s matchup between Detroit and Pittsburgh.

JIM CUDDY, Blue Rodeo

Cuddy says hockey has always been a big part of his life.

“I don’t ever remember not being involved in hockey,” he says. “By the time I could skate I was living in Brantford or Ottawa or Montreal and joined the local hockey leagues. I’ve always loved it….


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