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ESPN Conference Finals Breakdown

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We should know better by now than to underestimate the young bucks from Chicago (we picked Vancouver in seven), but this isn’t about shortchanging them. This is about two greatly talented teams being separated only by experience. The young Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s took down the veteran New York Islanders in their second crack at it. This is Chicago’s first crack at the Big Red Machine. Wings in seven.

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This one is going to be a ton of fun to watch; but, in the end, the Canes don’t have an adequate answer for Crosby and Malkin. As long as Fleury doesn’t completely lose his mind, the Pens should be able to dictate how things go in this one. Penguins in six.

much more on this series too…

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Conference Finals Schedule

The National Hockey League today announced the dates for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Western Conference on Sunday, May 17 when the Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks. The Eastern Conference Final will match the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Carolina Hurricanes and will start on Monday, May 18.

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The Battle Between Crosby & Ovechkin

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Penguins-Capitals was never merely about a tremendous Stanley Cup series showcasing the NHL’s brightest stars going the distance, one full of riveting theater until an abject dud of a Game 7.

No, to the hard-core traditionalists who view most uber-skilled players from overseas as little more than Euro trash, this was about validating their xenophobia.

Sidney Crosby, the quiet farm boy from Nova Scotia, won; his Pittsburgh team is going back to the Eastern Conference finals. Ovechkin, the YouTube demigod who once pretended his stick was on fire after a goal, got his just dessert.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To Eastern Conference Finals

Basically this game was over in the first period.

Too many early turnovers cost the Caps and they never could recover.

This was a great series to watch and sure had the star power to go along with it.

Congrats to both teams.

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Keys To Victory

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

How Pittsburgh can win

1. Crosby and Malkin … two is bigger than one
The three big boys in this series—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin—have more than delivered the goods, combining for 31 points in the series. But let’s do the math. Can the Caps’ Ovechkin win a game by himself? Yes, he can. But if Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin all bring their A-games Wednesday night, it should give the Penguins an edge, given the additional pressure on the Capitals’ defenders and rookie netminder Simeon Varlamov….

How Washington can win

1. The one-man wrecking crew
Yes, we know it’s a team game, blah, blah, blah. But as much as Crosby has been a dynamic force in driving the Penguins forward and overcoming obstacles, Ovechkin has been the same kind of figure on the other side of the ice.

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Easy Question…

...hard answer.  Who wins tonight?

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It Ends Tonight

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals have had more layers than a Russian novel and nearly as many novel Russians.

Crosby and Ovechkin have been brilliant, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin richly compelling, and the bad blood and political rhetoric have been flowing consistently in just the right dosages, not too bitter, not too mild.

Does it have to end tonight?

Fans of both hockey clubs, could they be absent their passion for five seconds, might find meaning in the ancient Jackson Browne lyric finally poked into the pop culture net by Glenn Frey:

We may lose and we may win, though we will never be here ag’in.

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added 9:07am, from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

So tonight, into the specter of Washington Game 7s, enter Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, the stars of the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively. As good as this Eastern Conference semifinal series has been—and, impossibly, “it’s lived up to the hype,” Washington forward Brooks Laich said—it is only tonight when it can cement itself as one of the best and most riveting events in Washington sports history.

“It’s what’s going to make these guys great,” Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It’s going to make them remembered. No one’s going to remember who lost Game 7. But they’ve got the ability to—and I told them yesterday—to create history again.”

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Missing Out On A Great Game

from Sean Gregory of Time,

What a dream series for the NHL. The league’s two best players, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are going goal for goal, assist for assist, in an Eastern Conference semifinal series headed for a deciding Game 7 Wednesday night. In Game 2, a captivating 4-3 Capitals win, both guys scored hat tricks. Five of the games have been decided by one goal, and three have gone into overtime.

It’s a once-in-a-decade duel — the kind of rare treat that somehow exceeds the hype. So tonight, tune into channel 603, and catch the last game of an instant classic.

That’s right: channel 603, square in television’s Yukon Territory. Since the hockey playoffs are on Versus, formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network, viewers in many markets will have to search the hinterland of channel listings in order to watch the games….

Due to Versus’ limited carriage and penalty box position on many channel lineups, what should be a transcendent series for hockey in America is barely cracking mainstream consciousness. Versus has carried all of the Penguins-Caps series except for Game 1, which NBC broadcast on May 2, and has averaged 1.04 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The series is drawing a smaller audience than last year’s College Baseball World Series, on ESPN, when it averaged 1.4 million viewers.

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As I have mentioned in the past, hockey fans will watch, casual sports fans, those that click the remote trying to find a game, will not watch.  Not many people have Versus in their ‘favorites’ list and it is too bad, they will be missing a great game tonight.

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A Great Day For Hockey

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),

“I just wish it was for the final,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, his face red from the excitement, said after Game 6.

So all of hockey wishes, for this has already been a series for the ages: Ovechkin, the world’s most exciting player, against Sidney Crosby, perhaps the world’s best player and certainly Canada’s best; a series that has already had three games go into overtime; a series in which five games were decided by a single goal, one by two; a series where the lead can change quicker than Ovechkin’s early-game and late-game stick curves.

It is hard to believe Crosby, the remarkable 21-year-old captain of the Penguins, has never before played in a Game 7, never before experienced the very thing he says he dreamed of as a little kid in the basement, in the driveway, in the backyard rinks when he was growing up in Nova Scotia.

Ovechkin, 23, had his own dreams growing up in Russia, and it has come true and even beyond true in recent years. “My dream,” he said Tuesday, “was to be one of the best.”

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Penguins Had Their Chance

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

What a waste of the Penguins’ stirring 4-3 overtime win at the Verizon Center in Game 5. Now, they must beat the confident Capitals again in their building, a tough assignment under any circumstances, let alone without, in all likelihood, Gonchar.

Good luck with that.

You had better believe the Penguins are going to need every bit of their character and resiliency.

They’re still planning on showing up, though.

“The composure level of this team is pretty high,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “Everybody stays on board.”

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