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Post-Game 4 with Michel Therrien

Q.  Can you comment on the missed opportunities on the five‑on‑three, please?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  Tough to explain.  And there’s no doubt we needed to get that goal.  We didn’t execute well.

        We got a good chance to tie up the game right there, and we didn’t do the job.

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Post-Game 4 with Mike Babcock

Q.  You weren’t real happy with Zetterberg after 3.  Can you give us your thoughts on that one after 4?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  That’s not what I said.  After 3 what I said was that the coach didn’t do a very good job, and I had some people on the ice too long.  I thought those guys are fantastic players, obviously, and they drive the bus for us.

        And but they’re like everyone else.  We all gotta be good.  When I don’t do a good enough job, you gotta ‑ you need to stand up.  When you don’t, you gotta be willing to call them out.  I thought Zetterberg was fantastic.  So was Datsyuk in that five‑on‑three, Kronwall and Lidstrom.

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Wings Take Game #4

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Post-game press conferences broadcast live at the NHL Network Online.

Update 10:58pm ET: From Ira Podell of the AP via the Star-Tribune,

The Detroit Red Wings wrecked the Pittsburgh Penguins’ home-ice advantage and gave themselves a shot to hoist the Stanley Cup in Hockeytown.

Jiri Hudler snapped a third-period tie for the Red Wings, who rallied from an early deficit to beat the Penguins 2-1 Saturday night and grab a 3-1 lead in the finals.

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Islanders’ Free Agent Updates

From Greg Logan at Newsday,

Popular backup goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, who helped the Islanders reach the playoffs two seasons ago, is among a group of unrestricted free agents the club plans to let go. General manager Garth Snow said no offers have been made to forwards Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko and Josef Vasicek because of the need for roster space for a youth movement, and “Dubie” rejected the offer he received.

“We made a significant offer that he turned down,” Snow said of Dubielewicz, who had a 9-9-1 record last season with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. “We wish him the best.”

continued with more on the NYI’s upcoming roster plans

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Rituals of the Logo

From Bob Duff at the Windsor Star via Faceoff.com,

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With the crush of media here covering the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings, feet are constantly in close proximity of the logo.  What’s puzzling about all this is that as the players doff their equipment, they fire their Penguins sweaters into said trash cans blocking access to the Penguins logo.

So it’s alright to toss your sweater in the trash, but don’t tread on the logo.

Also, as the Penguins take the ice, one of their rituals involves the players punching a Penguins logo.

 

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Saturday with Wings Coach Babcock

        Q.  Could we get an update on Tomas Holmstrom, we saw he skated a bit this morning and went off?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He did just what everyone else did.  And basically what we’re going to do is he felt pretty good.  He’s going to come back for the game tonight, see how he feels.

        If he’s ready to go, he’s playing.  If not, obviously he’ll be scratched.

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Hasek Being a Good Teammate

From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo!

Dominik Hasek will enter the Hall in his very first year of eligibility. But right now, he’s been reduced to Hall of Fame backup.

“That’s the way it is,” Hasek said. “It’s definitely disappointing, especially because I feel well. Like I’ve said many times, I’m ready to go any time. But the team is playing very well, we’re winning. Ozzie is doing a great job for us. So I understand the situation.  I wish to be there but the coaches feel they better go with Ozzie.”

And that’s a pure, honest sentiment from the 43-year-old Czech star. It’s eating him up inside not to be in goal right now. But he also has tremendous respect for his goalie partner and has been nothing but the good teammate since losing his starting job 26 minutes into Game 4 of the opening round in Nashville.

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Good News for Wings Fans

From Dave Waddell via the National Post:

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, who was injured Wednesday when he was dumped by Pittsburgh defenceman Hal Gill, said he’s optimistic he’ll play in tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final [...]

“Yeah, that’s how it looks like,” Holmstrom said when asked if he’ll play tonight. “It feels good.”

While opting not to discuss the nature of the injury, Holmstrom said it’s unrelated to his groin problem that caused him to miss almost all of March.

Plus more on practice lineups at Red Wings Corner.

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Not So Fast on Melrose

From Erik Erlendsson at the Bolts Report:

This is also what I was able to surmise from conversations last night. Barry Melrose is not a done deal. No definitive offers have been made to anybody and the team is still talking to other candidates. And to clarify one other thing, no deal with Melrose, or anybody else for that matter, can be done anytime soon, and certainly not in the next couple of days. Oren Koules and his group were told by the executive board of the NHL the other day that the only issues that can be dealt with right now are those of a time sensitive manner. A head coach, is not a time sensitive matter. Nothing can be done until the board of governors meeting on June 17 in New York. So even if a deal was in place, it certainly couldn’t be announced.

Now my reaction to the Melrose news is the same as many of you guys. I’m not sold on a coach who has been behind a television camera the past 13 years, and not behind a bench. I also can’t believe that if this were to be true, that Melrose will command a $2 million annual salary - NHL coaches not named Scotty Bowman don’t make that kind of money.

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Note: Melrose himself maintained that no deal had been reached when talking to ESPN’s SportsCenter last night.

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Saturday with Sid

Q.  Game 4 is the swing game in any seven‑game series, and a lot of your guys admitted to being nervous before Game 1.  Do you think all those nerves are gone for tonight?

        SIDNEY CROSBY:  Yeah, I think so.  We know what we have to do.  And this becomes the biggest game of the series.          So probably a lot of guys are going to have a similar mind‑set to Game 3.

        Q.  Kind of a lighter question for you here about Colby Armstrong, who is serving as a guest analyst for us.  And Colby actually predicted in Game 3 you’d have a big game and you guys would win 3‑2.  Do you think he makes a perfect analyst?

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