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The National Hockey League today announced the dates for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Western Conference on Sunday, May 17 when the Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks. The Eastern Conference Final will match the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Carolina Hurricanes and will start on Monday, May 18.
Scott Walker with the OT goal and the Canes move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Late in the Blackhawks’ victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night, fans at the United Center started a derisive chant about the Detroit Red Wings.
They are going to get their chance to continue it as the Wings advanced to the conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their semifinal series Thursday night….
“Detroit is arguably the best team in the league,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Coming off winning the Cup they know what it’s like to win and play in big games. They have several high-end offensive guys. They have maybe the best player in the league in [ Nicklas] Lidstrom on the back end. They’re strong and very explosive. Seems like every game we played them this year there were a lot of goals scored. There’s a lot to be concerned with.”
added 10:13pm, Game highlights from Versus added below the Cleary goal video….
Playoff hockey they way it is meant to be played.
Chicago next up for the Wings.
added 9:58pm, Not the best of video, but here is Dan Cleary’s winning goal late in the 3rd period. Ron & Don on HNIC after the game questioned if it was goalie interference on Cleary, knocking Hiller’s pad to push the puck in the goal.
from Arash Markazi of Sports Illustrated,
Then again, Chelios isn’t you’re average 47-year-old NHL defenseman. He’s the ringleader of the “Malibu Mob,” an exclusive gang of athletes and celebrities that live in Malibu and hang out together during the summer. The Mob currently includes John Cusack, John McEnroe, Tony Danza, John C. McGinley, D.B. Sweeney, Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece.
“I’m going to take credit for the name,” said Chelios. “Tony Danza and myself were the original two guys that came up with that and, slowly but surely, we built a little clan with most being Irish. It’s a cool thing. We are like a mob. We travel in a pack whether it’s for sports or dinners or family outings we’re all together for two months out of the years.”
The name actually arose because Chellios would constantly point to the fact that most everyone in the group was Irish and that it was like hanging with the “Irish Mob” even though they would usually meet at Taverna Tony, a famous Greek restaurant in Malibu.
from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
While fans of the Red Wings have legitimate reasons to be proud of their team, 11 Stanley Cups doesn’t give them the right to talk out of their backsides….
Rest assured, a Detroit victory Thursday will have all the myopic fans breathing easy — perhaps a few will say they knew it would work out this way all along. But a Game 7 loss at Joe Louis Arena could be devastating. How could the flawless Red Wings lose to a team from (gasp) Southern California?
What will these people do? Go watch the Tigers and Lions?
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
“I’ve spent well over five years on this and more millions than anyone will know,” said Balsillie, who spent an hour Thursday with writers and editors of the Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator. “It started out as fun, but segued right into who I really am.”
Balsillie made no apologies for trying to purchase the Coyotes and move them to Hamilton through bankruptcy proceedings, after being rebuffed twice in his efforts to buy other teams.
“There was no front door to get this team here. I looked. I checked every which way. I’m so inside in every which way. I know a lot of these owners,” said Balsillie.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
“I’m preparing that I’m going to play,” said Draper, who hasn’t been in action since April 9 against the Nashville Predators. “When the docs come in, hopefully I get that green light. That’s what my preparation’s going to be. I hope to be a part of it (Thursday).”...
Team physicians will determine before the game whether Draper is ready to play. Then, it will be up to coach Mike Babcock to write Draper’s name on the lineup card. On Thursday morning, though, Babcock wasn’t prepared to answer the question as to whether Draper will dress.
“I don’t make those decisions,” Babcock said. “When the doctor makes those decisions at game time, then I can get involved. I said to Nick Lidstrom last night, how many (Game 7s) has he played in, and he said, ‘Four, maybe five.’ It’s an unbelievable opportunity and should be a lot of fun, so Draper probably wants to play and I don’t blame him.”
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