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Coach Bylsma’s Improbable Success Story

From Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail:

Dan Bylsma is the new kid in town, the flavour of the month, the rookie who in his first full season as the head coach of his own team, has gone from running the Pittsburgh Penguins’ minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to getting the parent club to within four wins of a Stanley Cup championship.

Not bad for a former NHL journeyman who was once turned down for a job by a Minnesota prep school because of his comparative lack of experience, but now has a chance to be the first rookie coach since Jean Perron in 1986 to lead his team to a Stanley Cup.

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Red Wings Blogger Roundtable

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

The Wings face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second consecutive year, in an attempt to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup. We invited some of the best and brightest Red Wings bloggers to take a seat at our roundtable and preview the finals, discuss the Penguins player they most fear and to give their impressions of Penguins fans.

Joining us for the roundtable are Christy Hammond of Winging It In Motown; Matt Saler of On The Wings; George James Malik of Snapshots; blogging pioneer Paul Kukla of Kukla’s Korner; Tyler from The Triple Deke; and the man, the myth, the legend ... The Chief from Abel To Yzerman.

Coming up, a spirited discussion about confidence, concerns and occasional use of the term “bandwagon.”

read on Pittsburgh blogger roundtable also available here, featuring yet another KK blogger, Tony of The Confluence.

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Who Will Step Into The Limelight?

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Finally, if you’re looking for a couple of players out of the limelight who will thrust themselves into the glare with a special contribution, consider Valtteri Filppula of the Red Wings and Chris Kunitz of the Penguins. Both play significant minutes and during key situations. They’ve had good moments already during this playoff run, but with a single goal each, they are poised to really break out and make a difference. If either finds the net regularly with the Stanley Cup at stake, they will usurp the accolades reserved for the stars.

This should be fun. Enjoy.

more on the series…

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Matthew Barnaby Of ESPN Says Detroit In Seven

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SCF Storylines

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

1. Sidney Crosby’s Name on the Stanley Cup:

Alexander Ovechkin may still be the bigger star, crossing over to mainstream sports fans in a way Crosby doesn’t. But within the NHL, there’s no player with greater renown right now than the Penguins’ captain, thanks to his remarkable postseason run and unparalleled leadership in bringing his mates back to the finals. To end that run with his first Stanley Cup would be a defining moment. And to have a star of his magnitude lifting the Cup over his head is an image the NHL is ready to plaster across the globe.

read on for 19 more points….

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Wings Fans Talk The Rematch

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A Seven Game Series

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

People ask me who I like in the Stanley Cup Finals: Detroit or Pittsburgh?

At the start of the season, I figured the Red Wings would make the Finals and win The Cup. No, this was not based on any complicated scientific analysis, but rather a simple theory: never bet against The Champs.

But that was then and this is now….

The Pretenders have everything in their favor, from a sizzling Sid Crosby-Ev Malkin duet right down to the mature goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury, who’s fronted by a surprisingly solid defense.

Nevertheless, The Maven picks Detroit in seven games.

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SCF - Part 2

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Five random things which haven’t changed from last year’s Stanley Cup final:

Detroit’s Depth. Few teams have anything approaching the organization depth the Red Wings have. Players like Darren Helm (above) and Ville Leino could be second-liners on most NHL teams. With Detroit, they’re AHLers. The Red Wings were without players like Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom in the Western Conference final but still managed to dispatch Chicago in five games.

Osgood really that good? A common complaint about Chris Osgood is that he’s just the product of a good defensive system. We’ve made it and we believe it. If you stuck Osgood on the Penguins, they probably don’t get out of the first round. But he doesn’t play on the Penguins. He plays on the Red Wings. And he’s gotten them to the Stanley Cup final for the second consecutive season. Who care’s if he’s part of a system? Especially if it’s a really successful system.

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Osgood vs. Fleury

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the Stanley Cup final starts tomorrow night in Detroit, though, Osgood and Fleury will be the last two goaltenders standing. And they are tied for first place in the most important category of this year’s playoffs at 12 wins each.

This is the second consecutive showdown in the Cup final for them, with Osgood and the Wings handily winning the best-of-seven series in five games a year ago to win his third Stanley Cup ring. However, Osgood, 36, is regarded as a veteran who has had the good fortune to play for a great team for most of his career while Fleury, 24, is considered another of the great young talents on the star-studded Penguins roster.

“With Chris Osgood, if you look at history, when he’s played on teams that are not so good [St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders], he’s been not so good,” said Mitch Korn, the goaltending coach of the Nashville Predators. “But there is something about playing for the Detroit Red Wings, like playing for the New York Yankees, that makes players elevate their games in response to everyone else.

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Bylsma Living A Dream

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Retired high school golf coach Cornie Vantol isn’t surprised that Dan Bylsma has led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup finals in his first season as a head coach.

Vantol remembers Bylsma, who’s from Grand Haven, making an impact in his freshman year on the Muskegon Western Michigan Christian varsity golf team. Scott Bylsma, one of Dan’s older brothers, won the Class D individual state championship in 1980 with a score of 78. Dan took home the individual title four years later with a 72.

“I can understand that he’s a great coach,” said Vantol, who was the golf coach at WMC from 1984 to 2002. “He was a bright student. He knew the golf game very well. He didn’t need much coaching.”

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