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Follow Z & Crosby

from Dave Lozo and Bob Condor of NHL.com,

Babcock said fans can anticipate “a game within a game” from Zetterberg and Crosby.

“If you’re a hockey purist and you like superstars who bring it, that’s a nice matchup,” said Babcock.

In fact, you can follow that matchup as part of your game viewing (hey, it’s a two-screen world) by watching NBC’s Iso-Cam right here on NHL.com. The camera will follow Zetterberg every shift on the ice, many of which will pair the player Babcock calls “Z” and Crosby on faceoffs and no doubt a hit or three.

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Watching NBC - Game 1 SCF Ratings

from Puck The Media,

The game drew an average of 4.5 million viewers, and a 1.7 in the all-important Adults 18-49 demo, winning the night for NBC.

The game won it’s time period from 8-10 PM (finished 2nd from 10-11) in total viewers and won all three hours of primetime in Adults 18-49.

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Just The Facts

from Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times,

Pittsburgh and Detroit are two cities headed in different directions. And that has nothing to do with the Stanley Cup Finals, which, for a second year in a row, pits the Penguins against the Red Wings. When they talk about the big three around here, it’s about Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Hossa.

The metro Detroit area has been beset with bad economic news lately and a mere 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final isn’t going to make life around here any easier.

Next week GM, the top American automaker, is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

And while the Red Wings may still be the top sports team in Detroit (though it would be interesting to see what would happen if the Lions ever put it all together one of these decades) nearly a quarter of the crowd of 20,066 inside Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night were sporting a shade of black and gold or powder blue.

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Game 2 Pre-Game Talk

from Scott Burnside & Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is one of the NHL’s heavyweights in the coaching fraternity, not only for his on-ice performance, but also for his savvy off it.

He knows how to use the media to his advantage, and it’s no coincidence that for the second straight day, he poked Sidney Crosby yet again with a head-hunting charge.

“To me, the battle they had going last night between [Henrik] Zetterberg and Crosby was a great battle, I thought,” Babcock said this morning. “I thought he went head-hunting right off the hop. His ability to respond was good. I think that’s a game within the game. If you’re a hockey purist and you like superstars who bring it, that’s a nice matchup.”...

“I’m not going to get involved with the games,” Crosby said this morning after being asked about Babcock’s comments. “He can say whatever he wants. I don’t think I’ve been known as a head-hunter throughout my career. He’s the first one ever to say that, so it’s pretty interesting stuff.”

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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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