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Coach Therrien After Game 2

Q. You had a conversation with Malkin about him being the leader in this game. How do you explain him having zero shots in this game?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: It’s really tough to generate offense against that team. They’re good on obstruction. It’s going to be tough to generate any type of offense, if the rules remain the same. So it’s the first time we’re facing a team that the obstruction is there, and we’re having a hard time skating to take away ice.

We took two penalties tonight on the goalie. We never take penalty to the goalie in the playoff. I’ll tell you something, I reviewed those plays. He’s a good actor. He goes to players, and he’s diving. Took away our power play. Got to get focused. I know our players are frustrated right now. It’s tough to play the game. But Osgood did the same thing against Dallas under Ribeiro.

Our team never go to goalie. We never did it. And we don’t target the goalie. But this is, want to talk about experience, he goes to players, and he knows what to do, I guess.

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Detroit Takes Game #2


Post-game press conferences are to be broadcast live on NHL Network Online.
*image credit to the Detroit Free Press

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From the LA Times,

The Penguins got a rude awakening at their Detroit-area hotel when a fire alarm went off about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

“It was kind of annoying,” forward Tyler Kennedy said. “I just stayed in bed. Worse comes to worse, I’d just jump out the window.”

Kennedy said hotel employees confirmed that it was a false alarm.

“They came out and said it was just someone fooling around,” he said. “Probably was a Red Wings fan.”


Also a note that Ryan Malone is currently sporting a broken nose, courtesy of Kronwall in Game #1
*hat-tip to Rotowire

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Sidney, The Hungry Penguin

From The Pittsburgh Channel.com,

While Pittsburgh’s hockey Penguins chase the Stanley Cup in Detroit, a young counterpart is waiting for them to bring it home so he can swim in it.

Sidney the penguin, named after team captain Sidney Crosby, hatched at the National Aviary on the city’s North Side in February.

“He can eat up to a pound of fish a day by himself,” said Erin Estell, manager of animal programs at the aviary. “He only weighs about five pounds. In the wild, that is a fifth of their body weight that they are eating.”  That’s like a person eating 80 double cheeseburgers a day.


Update 6:37pm ET: For more on Sid the Kid Meets Wild Kingdom, Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse posted on what amounted to Sidney, The Diarist Turtle a few days ago.

To quote James Mirtle, “The internet’s a strange, strange place.” Indeed.

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KK Hears From Penguins Fans

Paul finds some Pittsburgh Penguins fans in Detroit this afternoon ready to share their thoughts on the Stanley Cup Finals.

You can download it here or click that link and listen online, if your browser supports that.  Audio is approximately 2 minutes in length.

The conversation can also be heard on the player below.

Kukla’s Korner

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Gratitude for Past Coaches

From Neil Stevens at the Canadian Press,

Doug Cook, Dick Power and Mario Pouliot are names that won’t ring a bell with most Canadian hockey fans but players skating in the NHL’s championship series owe them a debt of gratitude.

There are dozens more just like them, too. They are the coaches who taught and encouraged the boys that would become the men competing for the Stanley Cup this spring.

Darren Helm, at 21 the youngest player to skate for the Detroit Red Wings in these playoffs, quickly mentions Cook when asked to name a minor-league coach from whom he benefited. Helm was eight when he was first coached by Cook in St. Andrew’s, Man.

“The encouragement he gave me - that’s what I remember most,” says the soft-spoken Helm. “He made playing hockey fun, and he always believed I could go far.”


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Monday Talk with Therrien

The transcript of Coach Michel Therrien’s remarks today.

Q.  What’s your power play need to do to change its luck tonight?

        COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  You have to look at the big picture about our power play.  And I thought we got some quality shots last game.  We didn’t get the bounce we were looking for.  We got some traffic.

        Our power play, we’re second in the playoffs.  The only teams that is ahead of us is Calgary.  They played one round.  So there is no sense to panic with our power play.  Special teams are crucial, we all know, and could make a big difference in games.

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Gameday with Sidney Crosby

Transcript from this morning’s Q&A with Sidney Crosby.

Q.  I’m just wondering what you’re expecting in terms of line combinations for tonight.  Do you expect to start the game with the same two linemates and play the whole game with them, or do you expect this to be jumbled up quite a bit tonight?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Probably like practice the last couple of days.  I think that’s usually a pretty good indication.

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Monday Morning with Babcock

The transcript from today’s press conference with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

Note: Babcock’s comments notwithstanding, Bill has updates on Franzen, as does Eric Duhatschek.

Q. Here we go again. Latest on Johan Franzen.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t even know that. I don’t know the answer, sorry. I was talking to the League guys, and I never got in the medical room to know. I know he’s out there flying around. And I know it’s decision time.

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Gang of Wings

From Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse,

Can anything stop the Red Wings in their quest to win their fourth Stanley Cup in 12 years?

To get some answers, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with two of the leading lights among the Detroit hockey blogging community. Today I’ll be talking live to both Bill Houlihan of Abel to Yzerman from the Kukla Empire and George James Malik of Red Wings Snapshots at mlive.com. When it comes to Detroit hockey, both are hip deep in the middle of things, so I expect a lively and provocative hour.

We’ll be kicking off our discussion at 12:00 p.m. U.S. EDT, so come ready with your questions. And yes, if you must, bring along the snark.

Go here to join them at noon. (But seriously: you don’t need to bring the “snark”—with Bill in the room, I’m pretty sure the room will be thick enough with it…) smile

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