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From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca,
After all, a Pittsburgh loss in the Joe Louis Arena and the Detroit Red Wings are Stanley Cup champions. The kids, well, deep down in their collective hearts, you just know they believe there will be a second chance, maybe even a third or fourth if they can keep the core of the team together.
Not so for Roberts.
“Deep down I know this is probably the last time for me,” Roberts said in the hours before the team plane departed for what could be the last game of the season and possibly Roberts’ career.
From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,
This has not been the close Stanley Cup final many hoped for when two high-powered offenses like the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hooked up.
In fact, there is a good chance it’ll all be over on Monday.
But here’s the thing – the hockey has been great. The NHL appears to be inching closer and closer to what it set out to accomplish following the lockout with a greater emphasis in speed and skill.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Flyers right wing Sami Kapanen has decided to end his NHL career with the Flyers and play in his native Finland next season, the Courier-Post learned today.
Kapanen, who will turn 35 on June 14, has agreed to return to KalPa Kuopio of the Finnish League, where he played 10 games during the 2004-05 NHL lockout
from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
Think of it this way. Sundin could sign in Detroit and be part of another charge for a Cup from opening day. IKEA could set up corporate offices in Joe Louis Arena. ABBA belts out the national anthem each night. Victoria Silvstedt could join the Wings staff, as, uh, well, as whatever she wants, really.
Welcome to Stockholm, USA.
Or Sundin could stay in Toronto, wallow in mediocrity for another seven months and - get this - take Leaf management up on their rather dubious offer.
from Eric Adelson at ESPN the Magazine,
His number can still be spotted in the stands at games in Detroit—the red 16 sewn on white. He’s there too, sometimes, in the owner’s box, silently watching the ice below. His younger face still stares out from a picture on the wall facing the entry to the Red Wings locker room, so that every player can lock eyes with him before every period of every game. But what lingers most about the presence and absence of Vladimir Konstantinov is the idea of the player he would have been, and the reality of the team that has come to be without him.
A note about me- The Doc gave me some medication and boom, flashing is gone but could return. So I will roll with the punches and see how I feel later in the day… Maybe game 5 is in my sight….
from Lynn Zinser of the NY Times,
To get to their locker room at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings walk through hallways that are painted with the names of players from Detroit’s Stanley Cup-winning teams. In red block letters, the names serve as daily reminders of the franchise’s success.
The twist, though, is that five current Red Wings players can point to their names on those walls in three places. They form the remarkably stable core of a team that is a victory from winning its fourth Stanley Cup title in 11 years, defying the odds to stay together in a salary-cap era.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
When it ended, the painful one-goal loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, Evgeni Malkin sat at his locker, face in hands, not moving.
It was the first visual sign from one of the young Pittsburgh Penguins that this dream season was not to be.
And it wasn’t just Malkin. When Penguins coach Michel Therrien sat at the podium to answer questions, the tone lacked his usual bravado and humour.
Simply, he sounded frustrated and defeated.
Tonight, the Penguins have an enormous test against the Detroit Red Wings, not just to score some goals, but to try to win a game on the road and keep the Stanley Cup final alive.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Lewis went on to coach the Bruins during the 2006-07 season and was fired after they missed the playoffs. Last summer, he joined the Kings’ coaching staff as an assistant to Marc Crawford.
He said he’s “indifferent” to what’s unfolding now for the Red Wings, but that’s difficult to believe.
“I have such an appreciation for the players that I know there. It’s a great organization,” he said. “They gave me an opportunity as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. We just didn’t have playoff success.
“The expectations are always high here in Detroit. It’s action-packed, pressure-packed and competitive. I have very good memories and thoughts.”
From Jacques Demers in USA Today,
Four numbers stuck with me after watching the Detroit Red Wings take a 3-1 series lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night:
•Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, the 38-year-old captain of the Red Wings, played more than 28 minutes, skating 37 shifts, an average ice time of 44 seconds.
•Pavel Datsyuk played 19 minutes, averaging 39 seconds.
•Henrik Zetterberg played close to 23 minutes, averaging 43 seconds.
•Johan Franzen averaged 42 seconds.
Press Release from the Pittsburgh Penguins:
Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Alex Goligoski from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
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