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Wings Talks After Game 6 WCF

Mike Babcock,  Nick Lidstrom, Dallad Drake and Chris Osgood…

Q. Did you realize your team had that in it tonight, the start it came out with?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: We thought we were going to be good. We didn’t play bad last game. But our start got us behind the eight ball. We were nervous early. We’ve got a professional team, a good team. We just talked about doing what we do, just getting started on time, doing it harder, doing it for longer. We thought we’d have success.

I thought we drove the net hard early and were rewarded.

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Dalls Coach Dave Tippett After Game 6 WCF

Q. Did you think the guys were flat in the first period or how did it look to you?

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: I thought it was a combination of us hoping to win and Detroit pushing the issue to win. I think they had a real hard focus around our net early. The first three goals, right at the crease and in. Once you get trailing, you’re chasing the game. That’s where we were: chasing the game most of the game.

The first goal they get, comes across the crease. Yeah, we get not beat outright, but we get beat on a couple plays. Comes across, hits Draper right in the face, goes in. I mean, hard goals to give up. That’s the way it went.

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ESPN Interested In Hockey

via the AzCentral,

Despite the Versus extension there remains the possibility of a shared cable agreement with the NHL, but any ESPN deal likely would come with a rights fee and more compensation for Versus.

ESPN Senior Vice President of Communications Chris LaPlaca said via e-mail that he did not think ESPN was “engaged in negotiations at this point, in light of NBC extension and current Versus deal. We would be very happy to talk with the league in the future should the opportunity arise. In the meantime, we do have a digital rights agreement with the league and our recent hiring of Don Cherry to join Barry Melrose on SportsCenter gives you an idea of our commitment to the sport on that platform.”

more on the NHL broadcasts…

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Battle Of The Ages

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In one corner, there are the Pittsburgh Penguins, champions of the Eastern Conference, the young upstarts, closing in on a Stanley Cup championship in only Sidney Crosby’s third season.

In the other corner, here come the Detroit Red Wings, the model of NHL stability, experienced, steady, making their fourth appearance in the Stanley Cup final in the past 11 years.

It is a battle for the ages — the young star power of the Penguins against the defensive efficiency of the Red Wings.

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added 11:50pm, from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings are going to face the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals, which is all sorts of perfect. The television ratings will be comically low; that’s just reality for hockey right now. But forget TV ratings for a minute. Anybody who likes this game has to love this matchup.

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2008 Stanley Cup Finals

NEW YORK (May 19, 2008)—The National Hockey League announced today that the 2008 Stanley Cup Final will open on Saturday, May 24, when the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings host the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.

VERSUS will telecast Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven series in the U.S., while NBC will broadcast Games 3 through 7. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All start times are 8 p.m., Eastern.

The NHL Network, the League’s 24-hour, all-access pass to the most comprehensive hockey coverage, will feature special programming surrounding the Stanley Cup Final. NHL Network will air a live pre-game edition of NHL On The Fly from the host arena at 6 p.m., ET, as well as live, on-site, post-game coverage featuring press conferences, highlights and analysis.

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Detroit Red Wings In The Stanley Cup Finals

from the CP via TSN,

Dominant in the regular season, superb again in the post-season, the Detroit Red Wings are headed back to the Stanley Cup final.

With gusto, too.

Just when the Red Wings lost consecutive games and were starting to look vulnerable, they bounced back strong in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, getting first-period goals from Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk and Dallas Drake on their way to knocking out the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday night.

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Game highlights added 11:47pm

Watch below…

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Crosby Drives Penguins

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

There is a running joke inside the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room that goes something like this: As long as Sidney Crosby captains the team, there can be no such thing as an optional practice.

Sure, the coach will write “Optional” on the white board now and again. But when your captain, leader and best player laces up his skates for an optional practice - something Crosby does every single time - there is no way that a lesser player cannot follow and still look his teammates in the eye.

Now, look at how these Penguins have gone in one year from first-round fodder to a berth in the Stanley Cup final.

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Evening Line

via the Dallas Stars Blog,

“... if you score first, you’re in the lead, you control match-ups better more often because the other coach is trying to get his offense out there,” Babcock said. “Often what happens in games where you’re behind, you don’t play as many people. You got to play the guys who can score.”

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Rest Is Important

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

If you look at the Stanley Cup playoffs over the years, especially in the modern era, a clear trend emerges. Teams that can get themselves at least one short series along the way are much more likely to hoist the Cup than a team that had to battle hard all along the way.

Similarly, that’s why the fourth and fifth holes are so dreaded. For those teams, every round is a tough one and less likely to produce a short series. Under the current format, no fourth-seeded team has managed to win the Cup.

So the Red Wings did themselves no favors by failing to put away the Stars after going up 3-0 in the conference final. In fact, most hockey observers felt that one of the reasons the Wings were able to open that lead was the fact that the Stars exhibited a similar failing in the previous round.

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Is Hockey Fixed?

From Stu Hackel at the NYT blog Slapshot,

We’ve all heard this kind of talk, and some people believe it — the notion that the NHL prefers a certain outcome and encourages on-ice officials to act accordingly.

It seems to us there is more loose talk about the NHL preferring certain teams over others than you hear attached to other major leagues. Since hockey trails other major sports in popularity by a good distance, those who whisper or shout such allegations do nothing to help hockey’s quest for respect.

The media plays a role in this and, no doubt, refuels fans when they do. A few weeks ago a Philadelphia columnist claimed the officials favored Montreal, that the NHL wanted the Canadiens to beat the Flyers since “Canada looks out for its own.” A couple of weeks later, after the Flyers won the series, he recanted citing the emotions generated by the playoffs for his distortion.

much more… on the debate surrounding the league’s integrity vs some people’s paranoia

 

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