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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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Ready to Go

Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Empty Netters is at the arena right now—you can check out his photos here.  He also linked the video below, from CBC’s opening broadcast of the playoffs back in April. 

A great video, and I thought it might be a good kick-off for tonight as well.

Puck drop, 1 hour 35 minutes, and counting…

 

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  Tags: stanley+cup+finals

Burnside & LeBrun Of ESPN Talk SCF

Related story from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Stop Crying Detroit

from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

It’s time for the conspiracy theorists to relax. The back-to-back scheduling of the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals isn’t some nefarious covert NHL operation bent on undermining the Red Wings’ championship defense.

If anything, it’s a grand opportunity to attract those fans who have heard of hockey but can’t distinguish between a Red Wing and a buffalo wing. Because they can more easily find the game on NBC tonight and Sunday while channel surfing, there’s a greater chance of improving the national exposure of the one sport that already knows, unlike the NBA right now, it has its most marketable team and personality fighting for the ultimate team championship.

What’s with all the crying in Detroit?

read on

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The Difference Makers

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg. He shut down the Penguins’ offense on several key power play opportunities last season and for that, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’ll need to continue to be a world-class defensive player and win his fair share of faceoffs in order to help neutralize Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Who needs to be the difference for the Penguins: Evgeni Malkin (right). He is so key to this series. He was out of gas in last season’s final and that really limited the offensive output the Penguins had. In these playoffs, he has done some miraculous things with the puck and he need to continue that if the Penguins are to pull off an upset.

read on for a series preview and prediction…

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How Big Is Sid?

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Just how big is Crosby in NHL circles?

Detroit coach Mike Babcock joked at Friday’s media day at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center that he has seen so much of Crosby in NHL commercials that he wondered if his team really won the Stanley Cup last June.

“Sidney Crosby, I mean, you can’t turn on any TV that covers hockey without seeing him,” Babcock said, breaking into one of his more sly smiles. “Actually, when I watch the commercials from last year, I think they won, not us. So I have to check every once in a while to get that figured out.”

more on Crosby…

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