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Wings On Cruise Control

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They are a machine, but not the usual kind they build here in Motown.

The Detroit Red Wings can operate with most of their parts, still managing to motor along just fine without the odd key component, whether it be their leading scorer in Pavel Datsyuk, or the best defenceman in the world, six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom.

Take the drive train out of a Ford, and it just won’t run. Take Datsyuk and Kris Draper out of the Detroit lineup, and they still beat the Pittsburgh Penguins comfortably, cruising to a 3-1 win and a 1-0 lead in this 2009 Stanley Cup final rematch.

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HNIC Does It Right - Game 1 SCF Opening Plus Howe & Lindsay

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Wings Get The Breaks

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

All three of Detroit’s goals were a bit lucky. In the end, the Wings were also out-chanced by the Penguins 14 to 13, with Pittsburgh getting 12 Grade “A” chances in total, the Wings only eight.

Detroit’s Zetterberg also got away with a crucial foul, putting his hand over the puck in the crease to stop a goal against. Zetterberg has a knack for smart but illegal plays. Last season in the Cup final, on a key penalty kill, he took out Crosby before the puck was anywhere near Crosby, stopping him from scoring when the puck did arrive.

Neither time was Zetterberg called, so one could blame the referees or give credit to Zetterberg for crafty and stealthy play. I tend to do a bit of both.

In the game, I kept track of scoring chances, counting a Grade “A” chance as a hard shot from the slot or crease area. I also counted the players who were most responsible for each scoring chance for and against, settling on as many as three players who contributed to each scoring chance, and as many as three culprits on each scoring chance against.

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Wings Have The Moves

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

That’s the way the puckie bounces …… around here.

What? You never heard of the famous shoot-it-off-the-boards-and-let-it-trickle-off-the back-of-the-goaltender shot? We use it all the time in Detroit. None of us was surprised when Brad Stuart scored the first goal of the Stanley Cup finals with that old chestnut.

What? You never heard of the shoot-it-off-the-boards-and-backhand-it-lightly-so-it-scrapes-off-the-goalie’s-leg maneuver? Of course Johan Franzen scored the second goal that way. We have fifth-graders who know that move.

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Penguins Are The Better Team

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins are down one game-to-none to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final, just as they were last season. They had major difficulties scoring goals in the 3-1 loss at Joe Louis Arena last night, just as they did last season. They were beaten in the second half of the game, just as they were last season.

No worries.

We are not—say it again, not—looking at a repeat of last season when the Red Wings looked like the old Soviet Red Army teams and dominated the first two games of the final at home on their way to taking the Cup in six games. It was so ridiculously lopsided early in the series—the Red Wings won those first two games, 4-0 and 3-0—that I remember writing they could win in three.

Not this time.

I’m still thinking the Penguins are the better hockey club.

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Luck On Wings Side

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via the National Post,

If the Detroit Red Wings were feeling unlucky to have to open the Stanley Cup final three days after finishing off an opponent in five games . . . well, they should now consider that luck thing a dead issue.

Luck is two Detroit goals that come off the end boards and wind up going into the net off the back of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s right leg. Luck is a third goal that bounces straight up in the air off the goalie, where defensive centre Jordan Staal loses it in the lights, and leaves seldom-used fourth-liner Justin Abdelkader a free shot into the open net over Fleury.

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Quick Thoughts After Game 1

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

• Well, you just knew Wings rookie fourth-line center Justin Abdelkader would be a difference-maker in this game, right? Um, no, I didn’t think so, either. After all, he had just two shifts in the first period. But there was Abdelkader, scoring a monster insurance goal at the 2:26 mark of the third period to give the Wings a 3-1 lead….

• The battle between superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Sidney Crosby is going to be a great one. The two ultra-competitors really dug in during a mid-first-period shift in the Wings’ end. This is an area where last season’s experience should really help No. 87. This go-round, Crosby knows all about Zetterberg’s dogged nature….

• Osgood made a monster glove stop on a clean breakaway chance from Malkin early in the second period. Malkin picked up a loose puck at the far blue line and made a beeline toward Osgood. The Russian sniper looked to pick the top corner with a quick snap….

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Penguins & Red Wings: Game #1 Report Card

From the Canadian Press via Winnipeg Free Press:

FORWARDS

Penguins, B-minus: The Penguins dynamic duo each had their share of chances, but Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin couldn’t solve Chris Osgood. Even though Malkin picked up an assist on Ruslan Fedotenko’s goal, he was left kicking himself after failing to score on a clear breakaway when the game was tied 1-1. It was just the third time in 18 games this post-season that Crosby was held off the scoresheet.

Red Wings, A-minus: The depth was on display again as the Wings played without injured forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper. Johan Franzen scored his team-leading 11th of the playoffs, Justin Abdelkader got the first of his NHL career, Henrik Zetterberg performed well in a matchup with Crosby and Darren Helm was dominant in the faceoff circle

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More thoughts on the game from Reuters, the Associated Press and Canwest News.

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Press Conference Transcript—Mario Lemieux

Q. It seems like you’re enjoying this, having some fun. When you bought the team out of bankruptcy, did you ever imagine it getting to this level consistently?

        MARIO LEMIEUX: Well, I knew it was going to take a few years, certainly, to build a great club in Pittsburgh. We went through a very difficult four or five years, as you well know in Pittsburgh, finishing last or close to last. Getting the draft picks that we needed to rebuild.

        Of course, the lottery didn’t hurt either, getting Sidney in Pittsburgh with Malkin and Fleury and Staal, and the rest of the gang that we have.

        So I knew it was going to take a while to get back on top, but now that we are, I think we’re well positioned for the next few years, at least with the core players that we have signed in the last couple of years.

        Q. What is your relationship like with Sidney and specifically in the playoffs? Do you talk to him? Do you talk hockey? What’s that like? And the second part, when you see what he’s accomplished this spring, does it put you in mind of when you were younger or Jagr was there?

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Update From The JLA

Many more Pens fans are at the Joe than last year.

Be prepared for a lot of towel waving.

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