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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
There is no question that this Stanley Cup Finals has been one of the more entertaining series in NHL history, maybe the most entertaining since the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers locked horns in 1987.
Now with Game 7 scheduled for Friday, I offer an analysis on what might happen, knowing that this series has followed no script and every game has been a separate melodrama.
Here are 10 issues that matter to the Penguins:
1. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s confidence is probably at its high point in the series, coming off an exceptional bacon-saving third period performance in Game 6….
Here are 10 issues that matter to the Red Wings:
1. Pavel Datsyuk, a Hart Trophy candidate, is closer to being 100% healthy. Clearly, his foot was broken or he would not have been off the ice as long as he was. He should be a significant factor in Game 7.
read on for all the issues that matter for both teams…
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
For some reason, the Pittsburgh Police felt the need to issue the following press release:
PITTSBURGH: On Friday, June 12th, 2009, in anticipation of the overwhelming crowds that may be present at surrounding establishments throughout the City, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police together with assisting law enforcement agencies have put in place guidelines to ensure that any celebration is focused on public safety.
continued and if Detroit wins the Cup, well if the last four celebrations tell the story, there will not be any problems in Motown.
“If the right job with the right organization is as a consultant, I’ll take it. If it’s as a coach, I might take it. I need to see what will suit me the most, and that’s easier when everything is all on the table. To find that out, you have to talk to people — so no wonder you talk!”
-Jacques Lemaire & more on Lemaire from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
from Deborah Francisco at PittsburghPenguins.com,
“No matter what has happened in the past here, it’s one game,” Crosby said. “It’s a one-game, winner-take-all and that’s something that doesn’t change. The main thing is not to have any regrets. We want to leave it all out there. You just have to empty the tank if you haven’t.”
For Game 7, Pittsburgh is sticking with the same strategy that its utilized all season – a strategy that has them one win away from becoming NHL champions.
“Even if Detroit grabs a 2-0 lead in the game, we have to keep playing the same way,” defenseman Rob Scuderi said. “Eventually, we feel that with the way our team plays and with the guys that we have in here that we will be able to come back, and get back and stay in the game.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
No room for errors. None, as well, for anyone to bring anything less than their best to what has been a series to remember.
So all together together now … breathe in and hold it! Game 7 only hours away and if the results of the first six can be used as a measuring stick, you can pencil in the Detroit Red Wings to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
There are several reasons why the Red Wings should win. They’re at home. They have the crowd with them. They have the experience. They know what it takes to win and the personnel to do it – but nothing is engraved in stone in a game where one bad bounce, one unlucky break can bring the industry of an entire season crashing down.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL had better be careful on how much it demands in relocation and indemnification fees for the Phoenix Coyotes to move to Hamilton or it could be left empty-handed after a move is ordered by the courts, says an expert in sports economics and law from Stanford University.
Roger Noll, an economics professor at Stanford, said Thursday that indemnification fees, which would be paid to teams when another team enters its territory, are not allowed under U.S. law….
“I’m sure the NHL knows it’s on legally shaky ground,” Noll said, suggesting Daly’s talk of an indemnification fee was a negotiating ploy. “The NHL wants to get paid something. They want to have something to distribute to the other clubs as a result.”
Sportscenter on TSN counts down the plays…
The GM of the Red Wings chats with Daren Millard and Mike Brophy on Hockey Central on the eve of game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Wings will look to repeat as champions.
click to listen (10 minute interview)
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Bettman gets crucified, sometimes in media, sometimes from members of his own ownership group for the league’s bastardized TV approach in the U.S., but one can argue it’s starting to take hold.
NBC has been getting good to very good ratings for the games and Versus has had franchise record numbers and is starting to grow to the critical mass the league needs. It’s not ESPN mass as Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz recently pointed out in a not-so-glowing assessment of the league’s TV ventures in the states, but even Mr. Wirtz, a newbie to the owners chair despite a family history in the game, should understand that there’s a history that needs to be understood.
The perception is that the NHL walked out on ESPN, but the truth is the sports giant put the league to the curb. After a few years of trying to make it go, ESPN and hockey had gone nowhere together and the company was offering the league the same deal that NBC had on the table. The highlight for them being a zero rights fee.
The company was betting that the league would take it because not being on ESPN was thought to be a death blow for the sport.
Q. What is the mood of the team today?
COACH BYLSMA: Yeah, you know, loose is an indication that they have to refocus. You know, they’re enjoying it. They enjoy what this team is about, has been about three, four months of coming to the rink, working, focused on how we need to play and enjoying that process. You know, you don’t ?? there are bumps and there are difficulties, and it’s a struggle. You know, there’s sacrifice, but it’s also there is enjoyment in that room. There was enjoyment in the guys today, for sure.
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