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from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,
Not everybody likes endless overtime. After a marathon Stanley Cup game there’s always someone moaning that it takes too long.
Those folks say the NHL should solve its overtime “problem” by taking shortcuts. Like maybe a shootout.
If you hate drama, tension, great saves and unexpected heroes, truncated overtime is a great idea. But as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings demonstrated on Monday, it’s a dumb idea for anyone who loves hockey.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
All of the Penguins were too tired after 109:57 of tense, grueling hockey to revel too much in the win. There was no time for that. There’s still too much work to be done. To win the Cup, the Penguins must beat the Red Wings in Game 6 at Mellon Arena tomorrow night, then again in Game 7 here Saturday night.
The odds still heavily favor the Red Wings.
But, at least, Detroit’s big red machine no longer looks quite so invincible.
Not after the Red Wings blew a 3-2 lead in the final minute of regulation.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I think Michel ‘Call me Mike’ Therrien deserves a pat on the back for the moves he made in Game 5 - and I don’t think he’s gotten too many pats on the back in these playoffs.
The moves weren’t huge but they got some good chemistry going. He moved Tyler Kennedy onto a line with Evgeni Malkin and I thought Kennedy played inspired hockey.
Transcript from a brief media session with Detroit Red Wings player Niklas Kronwall.
Transcripts of interviews with Sidney Crosby and Petr Sykora of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Well worth a read. There’s a pizza story in there…
Updated at 2:41am ET: More quotes added from Sergei Gonchar & Petr Sykora
Transcripts for both coaches are below.
First, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien, then Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Anyway, post-game press conferences broadcast live at the NHL Network Online.
Update 1:25am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Michel Therrien and Mike Babcock.
Update 1:43am ET: Transcripts of interviews with Petr Sykora, Sidney Crosby and Sergei Gonchar.
Update 2:11am ET: Transcript of a brief interview with Niklas Kronwall.
From the AP via International Herald Tribune:
The world’s top golfer appeared via teleconference on Monday, promoting August’s PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in suburban Detroit. Woods was asked if he was rooting for Detroit or Pittsburgh.
Woods started to laugh, then landed a zinger.
“I don’t really care. Let’s talk about the Dodgers,” the California native said. “I don’t think anybody really watches hockey any more.”
Charming, Tiger. And you don’t want to get me started on my opinion of televised golf—but fortunately, the NHL’s Frank Brown responded with a lot more class than I would have:
“The National Hockey League has enormous respect for Tiger Woods, for all his accomplishments and for his work with the community. We think he’s a great golfer.”
Most seem convinced that the Wings will take the series tonight, including Paul, Bill and Steve (I’m the lone holdout at KK believing Pittsburgh might still have some fight left). But how about everyone else?
Do the Red Wings win it all tonight, or can the Penguins take it back to Pittsburgh for another shot on home ice?
From Terry Frei at ESPN,
In prime time, this could have been an effective infomercial for the NHL and the sport in the United States on NBC, from Game 3 and beyond.
It still can be—if the Penguins stop looking for conspiracy theories, cease being so paranoid about the officiating and can overcome what in some cases seems to be a curious lack of focus, as in Malkin’s case (in the series with the Cup on the line). Maybe, even if it ends Monday night, if the Penguins stop looking like a team that can’t yet handle the ultimate pressures, this still can go down as a great series. If they extend it, it truly can be…
A dream series.
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