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I have sent in my NHL.com blog about last night and will be pointing it out later today when it appears online.
I did not include my meeting with IwoCPO, The Sailor, the founder of Abel to Yzerman. This was the first time I met Bill and we chatted for a few minutes under the Gordie Howe statue at the JLA.
Bill wanted to be there as a fan, not as a media guy and to be truthful, I envied him. You see, I had a media credential around my neck, which basically prevents me from cheering. As many of you know, I am a fan first and never have or will consider myself a journalist.
As the game played-out, I thought of Bill with a beer in his hand, maybe two, screaming at the top of his lungs. Hurling jeers at the ref when the Lidstrom goal was waived off, exchanging high fives when the Red Wings scored, probably doing the same as most Wings fans were doing.
I miss that, I have to hold my emotions in check, can’t even give a little clap. There are perks to this job, but there are also a few downsides too, and this happens to be one of them. No cheering, my emotions in a state of flux!
I also want to thank Alanah for holding down the fort here at KK while I am covering the SCF. I know updating KK is not a one person job anymore and Alanah is going above and beyond her role here!
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
-That was a butt kicking plain and simple. Detroit executed their game plan and completely disrupted the Penguins’. They out-hit and out-shot the Penguins and they out-hustled them as well. That was as dominant of a playoff game we have seen this season.
-For as much talk there is about the Red Wings ample offensive skill, their defense won this game and has pretty much carried them to this point. There isn’t a finer defensive team in the league. Playing from behind on this team is tough.
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
The job the Red Wings did against Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was what most impressed the legendary Bowman.
“We were talking about it with Babcock, and he said what he wanted to do with Malkin was give him some offence with [Valterri] Filppula and [Jiri] Hudler, and then give him some checking with [Kris] Draper, [Dallas] Drake and [Mikael] Samuelsson,” Bowman said. “Give him some variety, you know? He had some good matchups tonight. Babcock did a good job in that one.”
Already, the Penguins sound confused. That’s what the Red Wings do to teams. You think you can play a finesse game against them, but they pick you apart on any turnover or soft transition play. Then, when that doesn’t work, you try to play a grinding, dump-and-chase game.
more and a note on Franzen too…
E.J.Hradek of ESPN talks with Tomas Holmstrom about his interference call and game 1 in general.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
“I just live in the moment,” said Samuelsson, who had scored two goals in the first 16 games of the playoffs and doubled his output in Game 1. “I’m lucky to be the one who scored a couple of goals.”
What he represented last night is just one of the myriad of weapons the Red Wings possess and the many different ways in which they can defeat the Penguins.
“That’s how we play,” said goalie Chris Osgood, who recorded his second shutout of the post-season. “We possess the puck.”
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
But Game 1 wasn’t a total waste for the Penguins, who learned that they’re merely up against an awfully good hockey team, not some impenetrable monolith.
“We can compete with these guys,” Hal Gill said confidently afterward. “We were just a step behind here, a step behind there, and it cost us. We’ll work on some things and be better on Monday.”
“We always bounce back,” Therrien said. “And I expect us to.”
The National Hockey League’s ‘dream match-up’ was a nightmare for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.
It started badly enough when goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury fell face first as he made his customary pre-game sprint on to the ice, while veteran public address announcer Budd Lynch mistakenly called captain Sidney Crosby ‘Steven’ during the ceremonial faceoff.
But more importantly, the Penguins’ youth and inexperience caught up with them in a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, giving the Western Conference champions a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.
From Michael Traikos at the National Post,
The family had just built a new house in Littleton and knew little of Canada. But after playing in a tournament in North Vancouver, where Bowman faced real competition for the first time, everyone realized that the young centre needed to be challenged.
“It ended up being a really good decision,” said Drayson Bowman, who was a third-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in last year’s NHL draft. “I wouldn’t be here today, I don’t think, unless we did it.”
Making the move was only possible because Mark Bowman owned his own financial consulting company. Still, there were sacrifices to be made. Mark had to fly back to the home office in Littleton almost every other week. And for about four years, life revolved around the two boys’ hockey career.
more *Drayson Bowman is competing for the Memorial Cup this Sunday.
From Mike Householder of the AP via Yahoo!
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said every team in the league will play all the others at least once next season.
The announcement came Saturday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between Pittsburgh and Detroit, two teams that did not meet this regular season.
Bettman also used his annual pre-Cup news conference to say the size of goaltenders’ equipment will be analyzed in the offseason.
A complete transcript of Bettman’s remarks should be made available on this post shortly.
Update 8:27pm ET: Complete transcript now available below, of the commissioner’s opening remarks as well as the question & answer session which followed.
From the hockey bloggers of The New York Times,
Despite the five-day wait for them to start, this year’s Stanley Cup finals have fans more excited than they have been in a long time: a dream matchup between two electrifying, star-studded teams from cities steeped in hockey culture.
No matter what happens, the Detroit-Pittsburgh Cup series stands as perhaps the biggest success for the N.H.L. in a season with many positive developments.
Below, the writers and editors of The Times’s Slap Shot blog look back at 10 key issues, good and bad, that defined the 2007-8 hockey season:
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