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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Once over lightly in this Stanley Cup final series, which nearly everyone (including yours truly) advertised as likely to be the most exciting and hotly competed in recent memory. It took a while, but if you happened to be among those who put in impressive couch-potato time for a game that started at 8:15 p.m. on Monday and didn’t end until 12:51 a.m. yesterday, that’s what this series was supposed to be all about.
So you and I had to wait until Pittsburgh’s 4-3 victory in Game 5? So what? It was worth waiting for. No matter what happens in Pittsburgh tonight, the Penguins’ refusal to die is what the NHL represents - and always has.
What TV network are you watching the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals on?
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from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
...Add it all up and if an evil genius conceived of a plan to systematically destroy the NHL, he couldn’t do worse than Bettman has done. But after taking more shots than Sonny Corleone in the toll booth, the NHL seems to have finally reversed the trends of the last 14 years and has taken huge steps in rebuilding both its image and its brand.
Who knows, if everything goes right, it make even get back to the place it occupied 14 years ago when the Vancouver Canucks met the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
from Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Red Wings still lead it, three games to two.
But it was the Red Wings who lost The Marathon.
And recent history is replete with examples of teams that end up losing such games being unable to recover.
And those teams, unlike the Red Wings, didn’t belong to AARP as well as the NHLPA.
The Penguins know both ends of the equation
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I’ve got to believe that the Red Wings are looking back to their series with the Dallas Stars where they were up 3-0 before Dallas came back to win two straight. At that point everyone was talking about how the momentum had shifted heading to Game 6 in Dallas. Well the Red Wings came in and obliterated the Stars in their home arena.
I’m not saying that Detroit will obliterate Pittsburgh in Game 6, but this is a team with a lot of composure and I don’t think they are very happy right now.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Penguins’ 4-3 triple overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
7171: Pennsylvania Big 4 Lottery numbers Monday.
71 to 17: Combination on winning goal—71 (Evgeni Malkin) to 17 (Petr Sykora).
130: Shots the Red Wings launched toward the Penguins’ goal (58 on net; 41 wide; 31 blocked).
Q. Chris, could you talk about the mood of the team, maybe compare it as it is right now as to maybe immediately following the end of last night’s game?
CHRIS OSGOOD: We were all right after the game. We played hard. It was another great game. We just fell in the wrong end. That’s the way we looked at it. It was an end to end game. We had plenty of chances. It just didn’t happen. Sometimes it’s a game of bounces. It didn’t go our way, but we managed to fight back.
It didn’t happen. We have another opportunity tomorrow night, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.
The referees should never dictate an overtime game, but that’s precisely what happened Monday night, uh, rather Tuesday morning.
Nothing short of decapitation should merit a man-advantage in overtime. It’s the antithesis of the hockey code – play until you bleed and then play even harder. The overtime officiating was an insult to the players’ unflinching commitment to sacrifice their bodies at any cost for the ultimate prize.
-Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press. Read more from Drew…
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
The ratings—whatever they were—be damned. This Final round IS major league hockey at its pulsating best. Beyond thrills, Game Five at Joe Louis Arena was IT.
The Maven is hard-pressed to imagine how much more arresting, Game Six will be in Pittsburgh. The question is: How does one top no less than three regulation periods, two full overtime sessions and a third sudden-death period before the issue is resolved by Petr Sykora’s power play wrister that cleanly sailed past Chris Osgood? Got all that?
Q. Marc-Andre, someone was telling me that you might have given Al the octopus guy a little squirt with water just as he was doing his twirling thing. If that’s the case, can you describe what the deal was with that?
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY: It was an accident. I just missed my mouth by a little bit. (Laughter) Yep. I don’t know, it was just at the game he does it to us. And after the first two games, I thought I’ll give him a little something back. And we won, so it’s good.
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