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from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of the New York Times,
Because most N.H.L. teams try to copy the formula of the Stanley Cup champions, the Penguins’ victory could signal a continued movement from the defense-oriented tactics that dominated the N.H.L. after the Devils won the Cup in 1995.And yet a curious shift in the officiating during the finals loosened the zero-tolerance posture on obstruction penalties that referees had used for the last four seasons. Infractions like hooking, holding, tripping and interference were staples of the dead-puck era, among the tactics used to restrain skill and shift the game’s delicate balance in favor of defenses.
In the six games of last season’s finals, 30 obstruction penalties were called. Through six games this year, only 16 had been called. Four more were called in Game 7, for a total of 20.
The players and coaches had no problem with the officiating. It will be interesting to see if this slackening of rigorous enforcement signals a new standard for next season.
more on the Penguins, Wings and the NHL overall…
from Matt Saler of On The Wings,
This warms my heart: “Mr. Ilitch … kept walking when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman approached him under the stands and tried to shake his hand after Friday night’s game.” No more words need to be said, eh Wings fans?
more from Matt regarding the Wings…
“Nick (Lidstrom) was waiting and waiting, and Crosby didn’t come over to shake his hand. That’s ridiculous, especially as their captain, and make sure you write that I said that!”
-Kris Draper of the Detroit Red Wings. More on the Wings from the CP via TSN.
added 6:52pm, via the Detroit News,
...there was a response to Draper’s accusation from Tom McMillan, the Penguins’ vice president of communications.
“There’s nobody who respects the traditions of hockey more than Sidney Crosby,” McMillan told the Post-Gazette. “It was a young team celebrating its first Cup and some of the guys might have been a little late getting into the handshake line.”
There are photographs showing Crosby in the post-game handshake line.
from Puck The Media,
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC drew a terrific 7.51 Million Viewers on Friday night, with a 3.0/11 among Adults 18-49. It made NBC easily the top draw on Friday night, and is likely the highest-rated hockey game in many, many years, and may be the most-watched hockey game of the decade…
from Patricia Brooks of the Chronicle Herald,
In the very rink where Sid the Kid’s dreams began, hundreds of fans dared to hope that this would be his year.
That Sidney Crosby would bring the Stanley Cup back to where it all began.
“It’s coming home,” yelled Barb MacDonald seconds after the buzzer sounded.
“Are we ever going to party,” she said, shaking the pompoms she held.
Cole Harbour Place erupted and the 1,500 people who’d gathered to watch Game Seven of the Stanley Cup final on the big screen jumped and hugged like players on the ice to celebrate their hometown boy.
from Spector’s Hockey,
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the three western Canadian teams only the Canucks have the cap space to afford Bouwmeester. The Oilers don’t need another high-priced defenseman while the Flames will likely have to address scoring depth at forward…I doubt there’s anything to the “whisper” of Doan wanting out of his contract and I don’t believe he’d be able to get out of it even if he wanted to…Lots of speculation about the Canadiens but it’s all coming from outside Montreal. I do believe the Habs will have trouble retaining Komisarek but I wouldn’t rule out his re-signing.
read on for more response from Lyle and where these rumors are originating from.
Yes, it is that time of year folks, prepare yourself for even more trade and signing talk…
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
This was how the story was supposed to unfold all along, with the young Penguins snatching the pebble from the hands of the Detroit Red Wings 12 months after they had learned the ultimate Stanley Cup lesson in ’08.
But hockey has a way of throwing a body in front of what looks like an open net. Just ask Nicklas Lidstrom.
The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame an injured captain, a pair of 2-0 series deficits in these playoffs, and a Game 7 in hockey’s toughest building to win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
If you liked what you saw from this year’s Stanley Cup final – and if you didn’t you’re either a Detroit Red Wings fan or you might want to check to see that you have a pulse – you might want to consider getting used to seeing these teams steal the show at the NHL’s annual spring dance.
There’s no reason to believe the Pittsburgh Penguins and Red Wings won’t be treating the hockey world to lots of deep playoff runs in the next couple of years. And who knows? Perhaps we’ll all be back here watching the Red Wings wrest the Stanley Cup back from the Penguins?
Don’t laugh, it could happen. After all, who’s going to challenge these two teams in the next couple of years? The San Jose Sharks or Washington Capitals? They might want to try getting halfway through the playoffs without losing one of these times. The Boston Bruins? Maybe, but they have some holes to fill and need to find some playoff courage somewhere along the way. The Vancouver Canucks? Come on.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Let there NOT be this headline in the papers, however: “Detroit, Choke City.”
The Penguins won this series more than the Wings choked it away. Yeah, Marian Hossa got a good taste of karma with this result and, yeah, no team in this decade has lost a home Game 7 of the Cup Finals until tonight. But Detroit was good enough to win tonight, and was in Game 6 as well.
The difference ultimately was the play of Marc-Andre Fleury, the oft-maligned goalie who was benched at times during the regular season and who many hockey insiders thought lacked the mental toughness to win a game like this.
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