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Wings Don’t Need Motivation

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“They looked a little fatigued to us,” Orpik had said after Game 4. “(Henrik) Zetterberg … he looks so tired out there.”

“Any time we hear ‘too old,’ ‘too tired,’ or ‘too slow,’ it doesn’t bother us one bit,’” said Detroit winger Dan Cleary, whose game-opening goal stood up as the winner in a Chris Osgood shutout.

You don’t expect them to be “bothered” by it. But to not use a free bit of fuel like the Orpik quotes?

How could it hurt?

“We don’t need to do that,” Cleary said. “We’ve got guys in here with pride, and we’re going to play our hockey hard, work hard. Too old, too slow, too tired? We just play the game the right way.”


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Pittsburgh Coach Bylsma Today

Q.      I was curious, were you in the building last year in Game 6 when the Wings won the Cup?

        COACH BYLSMA: I was not. We were in our own playoff battle with Wilkes?Barre in Chicago.

        Q. Do you have a sense of what that was like for the players on this team who were here to watch the Wings win a championship in this building? And does that have any bearing on what you do between now and Tuesday night?

        COACH BYLSMA: I don’t have a sense, other than it happening in ‘03, when we were in Game 7. We were on the road. It wasn’t our home building. But I can remember vividly, too vividly, what it’s like to have the clock ticking down and the other team. We were down 3?0 in the game in New Jersey.

        So then to have the pomp and circumstance afterwards. So I do know what that is like personally. But that’s playoff hockey. You’re faced with elimination games and you’re faced with them on the road and at home sometimes. How you deal with them, and the focus you can have on playing your game largely dictates how those games unfold. And some teams rise to the occasion, some teams relish in that pressure and come out with big performances. But they are tough situations to be in, and we’re faced with one in Game 6.

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Murphy vs. Errey

Larry Murphy and Bob Errey have been providing their analysis of the Stanley Cup Finals for the NHL Network and I am noticing a bit of team pride coming through.

Murphy provides analysis for the Red Wings TV broadcast network during the regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs and Errey does the same for the Penguins.  Both men did play for the other team too durng their NHL career but as this series goes deeper and deeper, their ‘homer’ hats are being worn.

I am enjoying the banter between the two, with Murphy having the last word after the Wings victory in game 5.  What is next is a question yet to be answered, but I am sure the intensity between the two will pick up even more.

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Hoping For Game 7

from Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice XM204,

Well, so much for that idiotic blog posting by someone the other day that argued that Red Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock had been “exposed” by the Pittsburgh Penguins.  So much for all those who couldn’t wait to pounce all over Chris Osgood.  And so much for when Alexander Ovechkin takes the stage in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks to accept the Hart Trophy.

Apparently, Pavel Datsyuk, who is a fine hockey player, really is one of the best players on the planet.  How else to explain the sudden revival of the Red Wings?

As a fan with no specific rooting interest in this series, I can only hope that the return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night for Game Six results in a Penguins win.

Because I wanna see a Game Seven.

Because Game Five sucked.


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Morning Line

The television cameras caught NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in his seat during the second period as the Wings poured it on.

Bettman’s expression said it all. Watching the team he’s tied his league’s future to go up in flames, he looked a guy who was suffering from kidney stones.

-Bob Duff of the Windsor Star & contributor at NBC Sports.  More from Duff on the game last night…

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Talbot Targeted Datsyuk

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The last time a Canadian player slashed a Russian player in an attempt to break an ankle was 1972. Everyone thought it was great then, but somehow I think the Red Wings are not going to think too highly of the Max Talbot slash on Pavel Datsyuk in Game 5.

Was it a ridiculously vicious chop? No. Was it a targeting of an injured player? Absolutely. And some people might suggest that’s what the Stanley Cup playoffs are all about but I’m sure the Red Wings would say otherwise as they don’t embrace that whole concept of vigilante justice very much. Their idea of getting back at the opposition is to do what they did in Game 5 – score lots of goals.

more on game 5…

added 7:48am, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Talbot was called for slashing—and it certainly appeared he was trying to aggravate Datsyuk’s bad foot. Talbot knows that critics probably will suggest his intentions were bad.

“They can suggest whatever they want. I went for the puck and his foot was there,” Talbot said.


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Did Penguins Motivate The Wings?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For almost a week, the dominant theme was how the Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be coming of age, ready to be the best.

Last night, however, they looked far too immature to win a Stanley Cup.

Funny thing, the Pens started well against the defending champion Detroit Red Wings. But it all went downhill after the opening three minutes. By the second period the rout was on, the classy Motowners showed they might still have a lesson or two to teach their opponents about composure, and multi-talented Pavel Datsyuk had made a triumphant, two-assist return in an overwhelming 5-0 Detroit win.

“The more I played the better I felt,” said Datsyuk.

Did he have his injured foot frozen in order to play?

“I don’t know,” he said with a slight smile. “It’s a secret.”...

In fact, the comments from Pittsburgh players like Brooks Orpik and head coach Dan Bylsma that Detroit players, specifically Henrik Zetterberg, looked tired in Games 3 and 4 in Pennsylvania rankled the veteran Wings.

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Forget The ‘Old” Red Wings Label

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

If you listened to all the hyperbole heading into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, you would have thought the Detroit Red Wings were now known as the Decrepit Red Wings.

Their top center, Henrik Zetterberg, who is all of 28, was apparently going to be fitted for a walker, a respirator, bifocals and false teeth on the club’s off day.

The rest of this ancient group —- including guys such as 22-year-old Darren Helm, 25-year-old Valtteri Filppula, 28-year-old Niklas Kronwall, 29-year-old Johan Franzen and 30-year-olds Daniel Cleary, Marian Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk — was so drained that cots were going be placed in the dressing room for between-periods naps.

Well, guess what? The Red Wings probably have enough energy left to take the Stanley Cup for a little stroll around Mellon Arena come Tuesday.


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Game 5 Highlights

Doc Emerick of NBC with the call…

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Nothing Works For Pittsburgh

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The superstitious Pittsburgh Penguins are running out of hotels in Motown.

The Penguins ditched the Detroit hotel they stayed in last year when they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final, and after dropping the first two games of the 2009 championship series, they moved out of their downtown digs for suburban lodging.

The ploy didn’t work because the Penguins were thoroughly beaten by the Wings 5-0 in game five as the older Detroit players survived five games in eight nights with their best effort yet to take a 3-2 series lead at Joe Louis Arena….

Near the end of Karen Newman’s rendition of the national anthem, a couple fans tossed customary octopi onto the ice surface at Joe Louis Arena. Penguins forward Maxime Talbot skated over and spit on one of the squid before the game five began.

Talbot’s questionable decision was a sign of things to come for the Penguins in the second period, when the Red Wings power play finally got on track to score three times.


added 11:47pm, from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Can we officially call the Pittsburgh Penguins the Phoenix Suns/Utah Jazz now?

What a laydown, meek, terrible, abominable, atrocious, awful, putrid, lousy, rotten showing tonight by the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Penguins, in Game 5 of the Cup Finals at Detroit.

The Penguins are the old Suns and Jazz wrapped into one. The Suns and Jazz always had good years in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, but never could win it all.

These Penguins look like the NHL’s version of those two losers.

Absolutely awful performance tonight. I don’t care what the Pens do in Game 6; this series is over. And I suspect the Pens will do what they did last year in a Game 6 at home - play close for a while, then lose to the Wings.


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