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from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien and I talk a lot. We have one important thing in common. I named a young Steve Yzerman captain of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980s. He named a young Sidney Crosby captain of the Penguins.
There are a lot of comparisons between the players. Just look at the unselfish play that Crosby made at the end of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals when he passed up an opportunity to score into an open net and gave the puck to Craig Adams instead. He’s showing a lot of leadership, as Yzerman did. Both players also have exceptional offensive talent.
Nobody could stop Yzerman and no one can seem to stop Crosby when he’s at his best, which he is at right now. But Yzerman at the time didn’t have an Evgeni Malkin to complement him.
2009 Stanley Cup Final—Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Date Match-up Time (ET) National TV
Saturday, May 30 Pittsburgh at Detroit 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 31 Pittsburgh at Detroit TBD evening NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, June 2 Detroit at Pittsburgh 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, June 4 Detroit at Pittsburgh 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Saturday, June 6 Pittsburgh at Detroit 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday, June 9 Detroit at Pittsburgh 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
* Friday, June 12 Pittsburgh at Detroit 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
* if necessary
added 11:11pm, The post game press conference is over, but they may loop the video overnight, so you can watch that after the jump.
I have also added the great penalty-kill by Helm below…
Now, the first video is game highlights via Versus.
Both of the following stories were written before Game 5 started, but now I can post them since the Wings won…
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?
I’ll go out on a limb and say yes.
If the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final for the second consecutive year, did the 2008-09 season actually take place?
Hmm, that one is a little tougher.
I presume since I watched about 1,000 NHL games this year it actually did take place. So I guess the answer is yes. The thing is I don’t get the sense the Penguins are in a significant better position to beat the Red Wings this year than they were a year ago, assuming, of course, the Red Wings dispose of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final as expected.
from Hooks Orpik at PensBurgh,
Would the Penguins be where they are now if they still had Hossa and less depth? We’ll never know for sure. Sidney Crosby scored 6 goals last spring, he’s got 14 now. Malkin had 22 points last post-season, this time around he’s got 28 in fewer games. Crosby and Makin have carried the weight, showing that the decision for depth over top-flight skill has apparently been a good one so far.
Darren Helm with the OT, series clinching game winner.
via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter, -
Ericsson acute appendicitis, underwent surgery this afternoon. He won’t be available for Detroit’s next game.
- Correction ... Ericsson is expected to return to action for the Wings’ next game. That’s the team statement at least.
From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:
I just got off the phone with Brooks Laich, who is the NHL Players’ Association representative for the Caps. He said he was made aware of the steroids report early this morning and is in the process of calling all of his teammates. Here’s most of what Laich had to say:
Q: Do you have any idea what the suspect in the steroids case is talking about?
A: I have no idea. As far we know it’s just speculation. The guy didn’t say if it was 10 years ago that he sold to the Capitals. Whether it was five ago that he sold. We have no idea. I’ve already been in touch with our players, and there’s nothing on our side to report.
Q: What was your reaction to the sheriff coming out and repeating what a suspect said without offering any additional evidence?
A: I watched the video of it. I was kind of surprised he would say it. But he was also very careful in saying it because of the wake it would cause. As far we’re concerned as players, it’s just accusations of a desperate man trying to get some publicity, I think. But we’ll see how it plays out over the next couple of days.
Update 6:18pm ET: Given that steroids are such a big topic today because of this story, it might interest some people to catch an interview with Sean Hill that Toronto’s AM 640 will be broadcasting at 6:40pm ET. Hill was the first NHLer to ever fail a steroid test, back in 2007, so the topic is likely to come up.
Statements released by the Capitals and the NHL are below:
from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
You don’t get a spot at the best table with the hockey cognoscenti if you mention the possibility that NHL players might – shhh – use steroids or human growth hormone or other performance enhancers. Nope. No sport has come under less scrutiny for PED use than the NHL, mostly because nobody in the U.S. Congress follows hockey or knows who Gary Bettman is and mostly because the cadre of hockey analysts who are ex-players, coaches or general managers act like gate-keepers, preferring to drop juvenile nicknames on each other than speak truths.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Reacting to the real possibility that billionaire Jim Balsillie might withdraw his $212.5 million offer for the Phoenix Coyotes, bankruptcy court judge Redfield Baum acted today to speed up court hearings.
The judge ordered all parties to file their legal arguments on relocation by June 5 with a hearing set for June 9 – 13 days sooner than the June 22 date he’d previously set.
The judge interrupted arguments over when the Coyotes auction might be held, calling the relocation issue “the 10,000 pound elephant in the room.”
added 2:04pm, Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal is Twittering the court proceedings today if you are interested.
added 4:18pm, from the Globe and Mail,
A U.S. bankruptcy court judge has temporarily ended the dispute over who controls the Phoenix Coyotes by putting the current owners largely in charge.
Judge Redfield Baum has ruled that three executives of the current ownership group, led by Jerry Moyes, will run the team on a day-to-day basis. Moyes’s group and the National Hockey League will also appoint one person as a “point person” who will review the finances on a weekly basis. If the two point persons can’t agree on something, either one can bring the issue to court.
via Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Coach Joel Quenneville just announced that neither goalie Nikolai Khabibulin nor forward Martin Havlat will play in tonight’s Game 5 against Detroit. Khabibulin skated today, but isn’t ready to play. He left Game 3 after the second period and hasn’t played since.
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