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Penguins Need More Luck

From Dmitry Chesnokov at Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy:

Q. Sergei, can you compare tonight’s game with last night’s?

GONCHAR: In my opinion we did not play bad. Look at the statistics in the regular season and the playoffs. What other team managed to outshoot the Red Wings in a game? We did it yesterday and today. We constantly created scoring chances. It is a different matter that we did not convert. But this is Detroit. You also need luck in addition to playing well against them.

What in your opinion is the main reason for the loss? Just no luck? Or you couldn’t cope with the system Detroit was playing?

Not really, you can play against their system and win. The most important is to finish your chances with goals. It’s not enough just to create opportunities. But I will repeat myself, today they had a little bit more luck than us.

more from Sergei Gonchar plus a couple questions for Evgeni Malkin

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Today with Coach Mike Babcock

From today’s press conference with Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock. Transcript provided courtesy of the NHL.

Q. These teams each have a Hart Trophy finalist, and obviously yours has not been able to play. Two parts, the first part, is it right to rescind the automatic suspension on Malkin? And the second part, are we overlooking the fact that you guys have won two games without your Hart Trophy finalist?

        COACH BABCOCK: You have to decide that part. Obviously we’re a much better team to have him playing because he has the puck so much. In my opinion, he’s one of the most dominant players in the game.

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Today with Coach Dan Bylsma

From today’s press conference with Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma. Transcript provided courtesy of the NHL.


        Q. Can you give your impression of where Malkin and Crosby are at in terms of potential level of frustration? We saw some at the end of both games maybe from both of them. Where do you think they’re at? And do you say anything to them going into tomorrow night?

        COACH BYLSMA: You worry as a coach about frustration, and frustration is when you can’t let go of previous events.

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Watching NBC- Game 2 SCF

from Puck The Media,

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals drew a 3.5/6 overnight rating, 5.3 Million viewers, and a 2.2 in the key demo of Adults 18-49.  These are all positive gains from Game 1, which drew a 2.6/5 overnight, 4.5 Million viewers and a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo.

read on

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How The Penguins Can Get Back In The Series

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star tells us what the Penguins must do…

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It Looks Like Last Year All Over Again

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Maybe the Penguins will return home to Pittsburgh and be rewarded for all of the good work they did in Detroit.

“We played two good games. We [outshot] them in two games,” said Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis, who was reinserted into the lineup for Game 2. “If we keep playing well, the hockey gods are going to be on our side.”

Perhaps. Maybe, though, this is just a matter of the hockey gods getting ready for the same result as a year ago, regardless of the path these two teams take to get there.

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Osgood Is The Difference

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Just like last year, the Pens are now looking at having to win four straight or at least four out of five to take the Cup. Only one team, the ‘71 Canadiens, has ever won the title after losing the first two games of the final.

But that’s just the surface story. The reality is this year’s final is very, very different from last year, both in terms of the intensity of the competition and the nature of the two games played so far.

The Wings, battered by injuries, have been outshot in both games and either outplayed or at best fought to a draw.

Yet they lead two games to none.

The reason, aside from the fact Justin Abdelkader is outscoring both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined, is Chris Osgood.

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Wings Getting Help

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

If the Red Wings clearly need no help, why are they getting it?

Why, when the puck comes off the end boards behind Fleury, does it wind up in the net twice in 20 minutes in Game 1. Why, when Hossa is battling Pascal Dupuis for the puck along the boards, when Hossa hooks him so effectively that Dupuis’ stick is snapped in half, does play continue with no whistle until Detroit scores a go-ahead goal at 10:29 of the second period. Why does Justin Abdelkader, without an NHL goal to his name, suddenly become The Magical Michigander, swatting rolling pucks past Fleury night after night in this series?

Moreover, why do the Red Wings get to play with two goalies—Chris Osgood and Henrik Zetterberg?

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Early Review Is In

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Here are some quick notes from the Wings’ 3-1 Game 2 victory over the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday night:

• Old reliable, Wings rookie Justin Abdelkader, struck again in Game 2. The former Michigan State standout, an unlikely hero in Game 1, scored another huge goal early in the third period to give his team a two-goal lead. In this case, the kid got a lot of help from Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who watched a very stoppable shot from the top of the left-wing circle sail over his glove and into the net….

• At the other end, Detroit stopper Chris Osgood continued to make timely saves for his team. On this night, he also got a lot of help from the goalposts. The Pens rang three shots off different parts of the goal frame. Still, there were several other occasions when Osgood made nice stops….

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Game #2 by the Numbers

From John Kreiser at NHL.com:

A few of the pertinent numbers from Detroit’s 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night.

0—Players on the Red Wings who had a minus rating in Game 2. Fifteen Wings were plus-1, and Pittsburgh’s only goal was scored on the power play. The Penguins had no plus players.

1—Wins by Detroit when trailing after one period. The Wings had lost both games this spring in which they trailed after the opening 20 minutes, but won on Sunday night despite trailing 1-0 after the first period.

2—Goals in the Final by Detroit rookie Justin Abdelkader, who scored the third goal in Games 1 and 2. Abdelkader has yet to score a regular-season goal.

continued…

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