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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

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Pens, Wings & Hossa

Both of the following stories were written before Game 5 started, but now I can post them since the Wings won…

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?

I’ll go out on a limb and say yes.

If the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final for the second consecutive year, did the 2008-09 season actually take place?

Hmm, that one is a little tougher.

I presume since I watched about 1,000 NHL games this year it actually did take place. So I guess the answer is yes. The thing is I don’t get the sense the Penguins are in a significant better position to beat the Red Wings this year than they were a year ago, assuming, of course, the Red Wings dispose of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final as expected.

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from Hooks Orpik at PensBurgh,

Would the Penguins be where they are now if they still had Hossa and less depth?  We’ll never know for sure.  Sidney Crosby scored 6 goals last spring, he’s got 14 now.  Malkin had 22 points last post-season, this time around he’s got 28 in fewer games.  Crosby and Makin have carried the weight, showing that the decision for depth over top-flight skill has apparently been a good one so far.

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Prince of Wales Trophy Talk

from CBC,

The ultra-superstitious Crosby and his teammates surprised a lot of people by handling the Prince of Wales Trophy after NHL executive Bill Daly presented it to them following their victory in Game 4.

Crosby made the decision to not only have his photo taken with the trophy, but to lift it, after a brief post-game consultation with veteran Bill Guerin.

“We didn’t touch the trophy last year, and obviously we didn’t have the result we wanted,” Crosby said. “We figured we’d touch it this year although we haven’t accomplished exactly what we want, we still accomplished something here. You know, we can still enjoy it.

“It doesn’t mean that we think we’re finished, by any means, but we can still enjoy it. You know, we just wanted to change things up, and we didn’t touch it last year. Might as well grab it and get a picture with it and move on and go after the one we really want.”

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added 7:39am, from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.

The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.

In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being “that wasn’t the trophy they wanted” in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 & Return To Stanley Cup Finals

Marc-Andre Fleury was very solid in goal, Penguins scored a late empty-netter to put a lid on the series.

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These Type Of Goals Hurt When Down 3-0 In A Series

Fluttering puck from Maxime Talbot of the Penguins gets behind Canes goaltender Cam Ward late in the first period.

The goal put the Penguins up 2-1 and they now lead 3-1 going into the 3rd period.

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  Tags: cam+ward, maxime+talbot

The Dynamic Duo In Pittsburgh

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been tough to stop during the playoffs.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

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