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Suddenly, It’s All About Pittsburgh

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Let’s make this as simple as possible. Should the Pittsburgh Penguins win Game 4 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, this series is going seven games. If the Pens lose game 4, this series is over in five games and that other team is declared the winner of the Cup by an ever-so-slight margin — the voting wil be that close!

This series is all about the Penguins. How they play will determine the Cup winner. If they play poorly, the team they are playing will be awarded the Cup. If they continue to play like they did last night in Game 3, they will win the Cup. The other team has no control of this series; it is all about Pittsburgh.

Sometimes I even forget who the Penguins are playing and as most of the media reports today prove, it is all about the Penguins.


Update 12:50pm ET: And more from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com:

Don’t yank that plug just yet. No need to call in the priest, either. Last rites on the Pittsburgh Penguins can wait.

The beak still has a little twitch in it.

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Penguins Hang On

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

But they barely survived by a margin as thin as Crosby’s unfortunately wispy beard, and weren’t even the best team on the ice.

In what was the most physically intense and entertaining game of the three played so far, the series began to live up to its hype and promise.

Crosby, freed from having to play against five-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom on every shift, was the first of the many stars on either club to actually play like a star.

But while the Penguins showed desperation in winning their 17th straight home game, the Wings were still superior, outshooting the home side 16-5 in the final period as Michel Therrien’s team frantically tried to hang on to victory.

read on

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Cherry & Melrose Praise The Penguins

Don and Barry liked the play of Pitsburgh last night.

Watch below and note, the video is a bit choppy at times…

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Report- Chicago vs.Detroit In Winter Classic

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks are expected to play the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in January in the NHL’s Winter Classic, Comcast SportsNet reported Wednesday night, with an official announcement perhaps coming this week.


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Sundin Talk

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Will Mats Sundin commit the ultimate act of betrayal in the eyes of Toronto Maple Leafs fans and bolt as a free agent this summer, possibly to the Montreal Canadiens?


KK will not become the Mats Sundin network.  As many of you know, this type of story will continue to grow and grow until Mats make his decision.  We will pick and choose carefully when pointing to Sundin stories.

Update 12:12pm ET: (alanah) To hear Sundin’s comments for yourself, they’re on video from the Canadian Press.

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NBC Affiliate In Detroit- Wake Up

With about 1:45 left in the 3rd period of last night’s game, the NBC affiliate, WDIV in Detroit, decided to switch from HD to SD and insert their post game graphics in the pillars of the picture.

They have done this before, whenever they had a local post game show and I have not brought it up.  But this is the SCF and this should not be tolerated by any HD viewer in the Detroit market.

WDIV, think before you do this again on Saturday.  Let us have the HD picture for the full game!

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Sid Back On Track

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

“I see the train a comin’. It’s rolling down the track. It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff hopes on Sidney Crosby’s back.”

OK, sorry, a little too much lyrical license there, but you get the point. In the most pressure packed moments of his still young NHL career, Crosby answered the call, shouldered the load, took his game to the next level or any other cliché you want to apply.


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Hard Work Ahead For Pens

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Pittsburgh Penguins deserve plenty of credit for the gutsy, gritty, inspired performance that produced Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena.

That’s the good news for Pittsburgh.

The bad news is the Penguins must duplicate that effort three more times in order to wrest the Stanley Cup away from Detroit.

While the Red Wings dominated and won the opening two games of the series in Detroit handily, Pittsburgh’s narrow triumph came in a game that easily could have gone either way.


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The Difference In Game 3

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

The biggest difference for the Penguins in Game 3 compared to the first two contests was their ability to get the puck deep in Detroit’s zone and keep it there. At the morning skate, a number of Pens said their goal was to generate scoring chances off the down low cycle and that is exactly what they did.

In fact, Pittsburgh’s constant pressure caused the Red Wings to make to make several bad passes up the middle, many of which were intercepted and allowed the Penguins to re-establish pressure in the Detroit end.


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Red Wings Are Mortal

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Turns out the Detroit Red Wings might not be a team for the ages. Might not be just about flawless in every phase of the game. Might not be coached by the greatest tactician and motivator in NHL history.

It probably came as a surprise to some, particularly those in Michigan, but the Red Wings will not win the Stanley Cup in four games. In fact, they might not win it at all.


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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