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Empty Netters is in a bind. They enjoy posting Penguins goal calls from Mike Lange, so far zero, nada.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
“You feel like you’re chasing the puck all night. That’s really what it’s felt like for us, chasing the puck all night,” Roberts said of Game 2, which was identical to Game 1. “You use up so much energy trying to find the puck, that by the time you get it you’re exhausted.
“We’ve played good hockey. We’re just up against a better team, and we’ve got to find a way to get a little more jump in our step, and play with that confidence that we’ve played with.”
By “better team” Roberts of course meant, better than any of their previous playoff opponents. Not better than the Penguins.
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Chris Osgood doesn’t like to talk about himself.
And he’ll be the first to tell you that.
“I’m just a quiet guy. I don’t like bragging about myself. Save that for another day,” said the Detroit goaltender, who, if he keeps making all the saves, won’t have a lot more days to wait this postseason.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
It would be more appropriate to call the Red Wings the Red Army. Expressionless, machinelike, almost joyless, Detroit is marching through the Stanley Cup finals the way the Soviet Union marched through the early portion of the 1980 Winter Olympics….
So, Detroit leads the series 2-0, which will give Wednesday’s Game 3 in Pittsburgh a Game 7-type atmosphere. We all know the Penguins have to win Games 3 and 4 to have a chance. The Penguins improved in Game 2 and should play even better in Game 3. The Penguins are 8-0 at Mellon Arena in the postseason and have a 16-game home winning streak dating back to Feb. 24.
With that expected improvement and incredible atmosphere, I’ve decided to hit the road and take in Game 3 in person. Of course, I will sit among the people to let the passion, love and desperation wash over me like a cold shower after 18 holes at Oakmont Country Club. I will write about the experience in this space as well.
Q. Was last night close to a perfect hockey game for your team in the sense that you didn’t allow a shot on goal until the 12-minute mark. You didn’t allow a five-on-five shot on goal until five minutes and change in the second period?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: It was a real good start for us. Obviously you want to get off to a good start. After winning Game 1, you’re always doing everything obviously to prepare for the next game. I thought we got off to a good start. I thought when we went up 2-0 they had a push there. We got cautious for a period of time. Other than that, we played a pretty good hockey game.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Hall of Fame captain of the Pittsburgh teams that won Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, and who later revived a franchise that seemed destined to wither on the vine in Pittsburgh, maintains his self-imposed media blackout even though his team is in the finals for the first time in 16 years.
When requests are made to talk to Lemieux, either in a one-on-one setting or in a group format with reporters covering the finals, word politely comes back through the team that the man who is the Penguins’ part-owner doesn’t want to take the spotlight away from his young team.
What a load of hooey.
This has nothing to do with taking any spotlight away from his players. They have been playing in the spotlight for weeks now. And since Sidney Crosby became a Penguin three seasons ago, the spotlight has never been far from this Penguins team.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The original Motor City hit man was Thomas Hearns. You may remember him: Kronk gym, seven times a world champion, all those memorable fights with Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler, a local folk hero.
The new Motor City hit man is Niklas Kronwall: originally from Stockholm, older brother of Maple Leafs’ farmhand Staffan, injured for most of his first four NHL seasons, now starring in the Stanley Cup finals as the Kron “Wall of pain.’
The media had some questions today for Penguins coach, Michel Therrien. Transcript is below.
Q. A couple of your players last night after the game said that they thought the style that you guys had used to great success to get to this point wasn’t working because of what Detroit was doing. What can you do as a coach to switch up the strategy on this? Does it need to be switched up?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: First of all, you’re not coming to the Stanley Cup Final and start to change all your system. It takes years that players feel comfortable. That’s not the way it works.
You have give credit to the Red Wings. They played well. They played well in their building. This is a tough place to play. Yesterday, I liked our work ethic. I think our intensity was there. We have all the reasons in the world to be optimistic as well for Game No. 3. As good as the Red Wings is in their building, we are as good at home, too.
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is awash in sparkling new revenue-generating arenas with cozy locker rooms, plush luxury boxes and dazzling video scoreboards.
Visitors to Detroit’s 29-year-old building get very little of that kind of modernity. What they do find, however, is a loyal, energetic fan base with a high hockey IQ and a wealth of popular — if unusual — traditions.
Every fans who has caught a playoff game along the Detroit River knows about octopi flying toward the ice, rousing national anthem renditions by local songstress Karen Newman and goofy aisle dances by superfan “Mo Cheese” and his Stanley Cup hat.
more and Mellon Arena talk too…
from John Glennon of Chilling Out at the Tennessean,
Casual hockey fans tuning in to see the magic of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin must be wondering just what the fuss is all about. Crosby at least managed six shots on goal on Monday, while Malkin (zero shots on goal, minus-two rating) continued to perform as if he’s in some type of witness protection plan.
Hockey fans who’ve watched the Wings play all season have become somewhat accustomed to Detroit’s suffocating, puck-possession style. But still, is the Penguins’ effort thus far really the best the Eastern Conference can offer?
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