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Chatting About the Finals

Last night, Papa Joe Chevalier of Las Vegas radio’s KLAV1230 spent some time chatting with Paul Kukla.  Papa Joe is a long-time Penguins’ fan and he and Paul looked back at the first two games of these Stanley Cup Finals, then looked forward to tonight’s game.

You can download the audio at this link, or listen on the player below. 


 

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Afternoon Line

“I think they are letting a few things go that maybe were called during the regular season, but I like it this way.  This allows a lot more battles. You can see it out there. Guys are able to fight for the puck.

“As a player, a fan or a coach, all you ask is that it’s called equally both ways, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. It’s fun. It’s not back to what it was in the eighties or seventies, but it’s nice that you can go in and guys are fighting for the puck, or you’re in front of the net, and there are some battles. That’s the way it should be at this time of year.”

-Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings on the officiating during the SCF.  More on this topic from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Bylsma This Morning

Q. Discounting the final 19 seconds of the second game, there had only been five minor penalties called in the first two games of this series. Do you think the officiating started has changed from the regular season, and does this favor one team or the other in this series?

        COACH BYLSMA: I think the Red Wings power play numbers stand for themselves in terms of whether we want them to get more power plays or less. Our power play has been good in the last second half of the playoffs here. They’re talented players.

        But I think the standard that’s been called in the game has been fair. I mean, is there penalties on each side ?? as a coach, you can go through the game and say that was a penalty, that wasn’t a penalty. But if you’re honest, you can usually say that about both sides.

        You know, as a coach, you typically want to point out the ones that their team does against yours and you rarely want to point out the ones that your team does against theirs. So I think the standard on the ice has been pretty consistent for both teams.

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Wings Fans, You Knew This Was Coming

from Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Last year when the Penguins fell behind the Detroit Red Wings, 2-0, in the Stanley Cup final, then-coach Michel Therrien commented on the subtle obstruction and interference that Detroit players were committing against his players.

In addition to the déjà vu element of being down, 2-0, to the Red Wings again in this year’s Stanley Cup final, the Penguins are encountering the same type of obstruction and interference by the Red Wings, who, it seems, are being allowed by the officials to toe that fine line between good defense and committing a penalty.

For the most part, the officials in Games 1 and 2 have ignored obstruction and interference penalties.

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It Just May Not Be Crosby’s Time

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He’s been hyped for so long, and has proven to be such a prodigious talent, that surely it’s only reasonable that with his team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in such need of a saviour in this year’s Stanley Cup final, that he must be that saviour.

Well, consider the possibility that this is not Crosby’s time. Not yet.

Just because there’s a demand for a spectacular rescue performance with the Penguins down two games to none to the Detroit Red Wings, and just because so many have equated these Penguins with the 1984 Edmonton Oilers that finally knocked down the door and beat the New York Islanders to win their first Cup, doesn’t mean the script will unfold that way.

Crosby, you see, may not be ready for that. Not quite.

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Pens Need More Goals

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Detroit coach Mike Babcock said that if someone had told him at the beginning of the year that he would be depending on the likes of Abdelkader (we’re now officially able to spell that name without checking), Ericsson, Darren Helm and Ville Leino, “I wouldn’t think we’d be in the Stanley Cup Final.”

The Penguins need an answer. Something from third-liners Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy or Matt Cooke would be nice. Taking this year’s final and last year’s into consideration, Staal and Kennedy have combined for zero points, 17 shots and a minus-13 rating in eight games.

Chris Kunitz has one goal and a boatload of missed opportunities in these playoffs.

Meanwhile, anyone criticizing Sidney Crosby for a pointless first two games is way off base. Crosby, playing against a couple of defensive demons in Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom, generated several golden chances that were not converted.

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Keep An Eye On Malkin

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

When someone tells you all four Detroit lines are getting the job done defensively, don’t believe them.

Yes, Henrik Zetterberg’s group is trading chances and fighting Sidney Crosby’s line to a draw, while Detroit’s third and fourth lines, led by the feisty Darren Helm, are beating up on their Penguin counterparts.

But one Pittsburgh line is rocking the rink. Evgeni Malkin’s unit is dominating the unit of Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom and Marian Hossa, even if it hasn’t always played out that way on the scoreboard. Not yet anyway.

The Red Wings shouldn’t be complacent about this. Malkin, the New M, is putting his playoff failure of last season against Detroit behind him.

In the two games, he has been a major contributor on nine excellent scoring chances at even strength, by far the most of any player in the series.

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SCF Brings Out The Best Of Zetterberg

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

For such a quiet player, Henrik Zetterberg sure seems to irritate the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In last year’s Stanley Cup final, Zetterberg drove Sidney Crosby into a screaming rage by the end of Game 4.

In this year’s final, it took Evgeni Malkin only a couple of games to drop his gloves and fight the Red Wings’ centre with 18 seconds left in Game 2.

Zetterberg was all smiles Monday when discussing the Penguins’ emotional eruptions.

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Afternoon Line

They way Osgood has played, we’re not sure how Red Wings executive and Team Canada Olympic boss Steve Yzerman doesn’t hand him an invite to the team’s summer camp in August. If four or five goalies get invites, how does Osgood not get one?

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.  More on Osgood vs. Fleury from Pierre…

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Odds Against Pittsburgh

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The good news is the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to score in Games 1 and 2. They didn’t score until Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last season.

The bad news is, it doesn’t matter. They still need to win four of the next five games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and frankly, I like my odds of winning Lotto 6/49 than the Penguins odds of pulling that off. I can see the Penguins storming back in Game 3 at home, but beat Detroit in four out of five? Dream on.

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