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via Helene Elliott at the LA Times,
Kris Draper called the penalty killers’ job “unbelievable.” He wasn’t exaggerating.
“You see the guys they throw over the boards,” he said “that was really the difference in the hockey game, us being able to kill that off.”
Zetterberg was asked whether that sequence was the best he’d played in his life.
“What part?” he asked, genuinely puzzled.
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,
The biggest disappointments in Game 4 ... well, I was going to say it was the strange lack of fire from the Penguins during stretches; but in reality, and without a doubt, they were found in NBC’s broadcast.
While it was nice the telecast acknowledged the tragedy, failing to show the moment of silence before the game in honor of Luc Bourdon was a disgrace and showed a massive misunderstanding of NBC’s hockey audience. The death of an NHL player is a rather atypical occurrence; a moment of silence before a Stanley Cup finals game for a fallen peer is extraordinary. It was a newsworthy moment, and NBC dropped the ball.
and more thoughts on game #4
Update 1:15pm ET: Also from Greg today, Darren McCarty’s thoughts from years back on the horrors of a nude Brendan Shanahan.
From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
All things being equal, it seems almost a foregone conclusion that Lidstrom will accept the most fabled piece of hardware in hockey - perhaps as early as Monday night - and hoist it high above his head. Watch closely. You’ll be seeing history.
You see, if Lidstrom and the Wings prove themselves to be the NHL’s best this year - and really it is no longer a question of if but rather when - he will become the first European captain ever to lead his charges in a champagne shower.
Hey, and either way, you’ll see a first. Should the Penguins somehow find a way to win three in a row, Sidney Crosby will be the youngest captain to ever win the Stanley Cup. Right about now, let’s just say that probably isn’t happening. As in a Jessica-Alba-will-probably- not-knock-on-your-door-asking- if-she-can-use-your-shower sorta way.
Cherry can’t believe the ice time for Malkin and feels Wings wrap up the series on Monday.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Red Wings—a terrific club in just about every way—seem destined to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.
“Obviously, we’re in a tough situation,” Penguins winger Marian Hossa said. “But they still have to win one more game. We’re going to make it really miserable for them.”
That was the general theme in a disappointed Penguins dressing room. No one wanted to talk about having to win three consecutive games, two on the road. “We just have to win one,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “If you worry about winning three games, it can get a little overwhelming.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Three days of insistent whining by Michel Therrien about alleged obstruction and a well-timed dive by Sidney Crosby combined to put the Pittsburgh Penguins in a wonderful position to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive.
But the Detroit Red Wings would have none of it.
Instead, they absorbed an interference call produced by Crosby’s clever lunge that gave the Penguins a long, 5-on-3 power play in the third period last night, grimly fended off every second of it without allowing a single shot on goal and rode that tremendous effort to a 2-1 victory in a hard-fought, bruising Game 4 of the 2008 Cup final.
From David Staples at the ‘Cult of Hockey’ in the Edmonton Journal,
NHL refs call ticky tack fouls for minor and inconsequential stick infractions all year long, but when it really matters, they refuse to call crucial obstruction penalties, and that’s why Pittsburgh failed to come back and tie the game on the Penguin’s five-on-three powerplay in the third period Saturday night.
Detroit ace Henrik Zetterberg laid the lumber on Sidney Crosby at the side of the net, tying up his stick far before Crosby ever got the puck, thus making it next to impossible for Crosby to score when Marian Hossa put a perfect pass right on his stick, with a wide-open net staring at Crosby.
It was the kind of non-call the NHL is infamous for. Unlike any other major North American pro league, where a foul is a foul is a foul is a foul, no matter what the score and what the import of the game or when it occurs in the game, the NHL’s definition of a penalty constantly shifts.
12:22am ET: Updated below with quotes from Marian Hossa and Darryl Sydor.
Q. Sid, if you could just talk about that five‑on‑three and what you think went wrong on there?
SIDNEY CROSBY: We missed the net a few times. And there was a couple pucks laying on the crease we just didn’t put in. I think if we went back, we’d try to hit the net and generate more from that. But we got set up there for a while, and just couldn’t put it in.
11:50pm ET: Updated below with some comments from Chris Osgood added.
Q. Henrik, can you describe just in general your defense tonight and specifically your defense on the five‑on‑three?
HENRIK ZETTERBERG: That was the one thing we wanted to do a little better today. We want to have a little bit more poise in our own end.
We wanted to make some good decisions down there. I think we did. They got opportunity to tie up the game with the five‑on‑three in the end there.
We played good. We tried to keep them outside and tried to be in the shooting lanes. And when they got a puck through, Ozzie made a save.
Q. Can you comment on the missed opportunities on the five‑on‑three, please?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: Tough to explain. And there’s no doubt we needed to get that goal. We didn’t execute well.
We got a good chance to tie up the game right there, and we didn’t do the job.
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