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Lindsay Rips Back-To-Back Games

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via the Windsor Star,

Terrible Ted, who’ll be 84 a month after this year’s final ends, answered his cellphone Wednesday and began firing on all cylinders at what he called “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life” — his Red Wings, beat up and exhausted after their 2-1, Game 5 elimination of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, having to go back at it three days later.

“Is this supposed to be the premium event of the National Hockey League, or not?” said Lindsay, who played in that 1955 series, scored four goals in Game 2, a finals record at the time, and remembers the Saturday-Sunday games as not being any better an idea then than it is now.

“Except we were so stupid, we didn’t know anything different,” he said….

“These guys have just gone through three very tough series — played probably the best team in the league other than them, in Anaheim, just finished another hard series and now you’re going to have one tired team with a lot of injuries. Pittsburgh’s probably not as tired because they had a fairly easy time of it, but they’re only getting one more day’s rest.”


added 10:02pm, How about the opinion of Adam Brady of Ducks Blog at AnaheimDucks.com,

So the Red Wings are one step closer to becoming the first team to repeat as champions since ... the Red Wings (in 1997 and 98).  They take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final for (yawn) the second straight season….

But the back-to-back games are another story, at least according to Old Man Chelios. “You don’t want my opinion on that,’’ Chelios said.

You know what, Cheli? You’re right. We really don’t.

In fact, all of you complaining about the back-to-backs, get over yourself. Frankly, the whining is more than a little tiresome.


added 10:08pm, from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press via the Sacramento Bee (not on the freep site yet),

Dear NBC and NHL:

I’ll begin with a simple question. Do either of you actually like hockey?

I think I can answer for NBC (a.k.a. “Nothing But Conan”), because it is clear the network would rather break out in a deadly skin rash than show the Stanley Cup finals on a weeknight.


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  Tags: ted+lindsay

Not This Year Hockeytown

from Rob Parker at ClckOnDetroit,

...But these aren’t last year’s Penguins. Not by a long shot.

No one thought they’d be back here late in the postseason again looking for more, not even Marian Hossa, who passed up a mega-bucks, multi-year contract from the Pens to instead take a flimsy one-year deal with the Wings.

Hossa, who starred for Pittsburgh last June, thought his best chance to win the Cup was with Motown, not in the Steel City.

Hossa will wind up being both wrong and disappointed.

The Penguins will beat the Wings. Sorry, Hockeytown.


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How Pittsburgh Or Detroit Can Win

from NHL.com,

Red Wings will win if... They stick to their system. Detroit is a puck-possession team, and if it can find a way to hang on to the puck—especially at even-strength—it will limit Crosby and Malkin’s opportunities. The stronger the Wings play 5-on-5, the better off they’ll be.

Penguins will win if... They can handle the big stage this time. Several Penguins have admitted to being awed last spring against the Red Wings. By the time the Penguins got comfortable with the high-stakes hockey played in the Final, they were trailing 2-0 in the best-of-7 series—a hole that proved too big to dig out of. This time around, they believe they are more ready…

much more...

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Penguins Are The Favorites

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Even without the Wings’ injuries, this series looked to be tilting in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins given the exceptional play of Crosby and Malkin. But with the Wings banged up and missing key ingredients (or having key ingredients not at their best), the Penguins are suddenly the clear-cut favorites to win their first Cup since 1992. Penguins in six.

much more on the series…

added 12:55pm, from The Hockey News,

There are some parallels between this series and 1984, when the Edmonton Oilers faced the New York Islanders in the final for the second straight spring and won the Stanley Cup. The only difference – and it’s a major one - is the Islanders were a dynasty in demise and the Red Wings are a dynasty that is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they’re getting better. The reality is this is a pick ‘em series and we’re picking the champs to repeat. In the end, experience, poise and home ice advantage will be the deciding factors in the series. Detroit in seven.


added 12:57pm, from Mark Spector and this from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

With all due respect to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hope they learned a thing or two in losing to the Detroit Red Wings in last year’s Stanley Cup final, the Wings look very much like a team – an organization, for that matter – that will not be denied….

Even with Crosby and Malkin I’d give the nod to the Red Wings depth up front as well as on defence and in net. Seems pretty fundamental to me.

Prediction: Detroit in 6.


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Waiting On The NBA For SCF Game 2 Start Time

via Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

The NHL has not officially announced a game time for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Sunday.

Why? Most likely, it has something (or everything) to do with the NBA’s Western Conference finals, and the desire to avoid too much overlap with a possible Game 7 between the Lakers and Nuggets.

If the Lakers win it in six, figure on an 8 p.m. NHL start time Sunday.

If the Nuggets take the series to a decisive game, figure on a 7 p.m. NHL start time Sunday.

added 12:44pm, Blame Conan O’Brien for no Monday night game…

thanks to a KK reader for the Conan link…

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Will You Be Watching?

from Jeff Ponder of NHLHockeyOnline,

The truth is that outside of Detroit and Pittsburgh, hockey fans are getting quite tired of the coverage that the Red Wings and Penguins get.  At 7 pm EST on a Monday or Tuesday night, the average hockey fan would sit in front of their television set and watch some good ‘ole fashioned hockey.  Little did that fan know that 26% of the televised games broadcasted, the Penguins or Red Wings would be entertaining us along with Versus analysts Keith Jones and Brian Engblom.  But it did not stop with regular season coverage….

As a fan of the NHL (outside of Pittsburgh), one almost has to root for the Detroit Red Wings to repeat.  Think about it hockey fans; how many times are NBC and Versus going to shove Crosby skating around with the Stanley Cup down our faces over the summer and next season?  As hated as the Red Wings are, at least the typical hockey fan has gotten used to the images of Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Kris Draper skating around with the Cup….


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Penguins Have Championship Mentality

from Mike Prisula of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

They’re headed back to the Stanley Cup final, but this time they won’t arrive wide-eyed.

This time, the Penguins will be bringing with them the mindset of a defending champion.

No, the Penguins didn’t win the Cup a year ago.

But since losing it, they’ve done what turned out to be the next best thing.

They’ve adopted the philosophy of the NHL’s reigning champions, the Detroit Red Wings.

It’s a philosophy shared by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who not long ago shared a coach-player relationship in Anaheim.


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The Matchup

from CBC,

After all of the offseason departures and signings, plus over eight months of hockey action, it has come back to this — the Detroit Red Wings against the Pittsburgh Penguins for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

It will be the first rematch in the Stanley Cup final since the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers battled in 1983 and ‘84.

Will the Penguins be able to emulate the Oilers, who learned a lesson and came back to avenge their defeat against the Islanders? Or will Detroit become the first to team to repeat as champions since, um, Detroit in 1998?


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Dealing With Crosby & Malkin

from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien and I talk a lot. We have one important thing in common. I named a young Steve Yzerman captain of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980s. He named a young Sidney Crosby captain of the Penguins.

There are a lot of comparisons between the players. Just look at the unselfish play that Crosby made at the end of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals when he passed up an opportunity to score into an open net and gave the puck to Craig Adams instead. He’s showing a lot of leadership, as Yzerman did. Both players also have exceptional offensive talent.

Nobody could stop Yzerman and no one can seem to stop Crosby when he’s at his best, which he is at right now. But Yzerman at the time didn’t have an Evgeni Malkin to complement him.


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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

Stanley Cup Final Schedule

2009 Stanley Cup Final—Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Date                   Match-up               Time (ET)        National TV

Saturday, May 30     Pittsburgh at Detroit         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 31       Pittsburgh at Detroit     TBD evening     NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, June 2       Detroit at Pittsburgh         8 p.m.        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, June 4     Detroit at Pittsburgh         8 p.m.        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Saturday, June 6     Pittsburgh at Detroit         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday, June 9     Detroit at Pittsburgh         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS
* Friday, June 12     Pittsburgh at Detroit         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS

* if necessary

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