Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/14/06 at 01:00 AM ET
"Obviously, I want to win as bad as everybody else," said Wallin, who is playing in his second Stanley Cup finals in four NHL seasons, having been with the Hurricanes in 2002 when they dropped the Cup finals to Detroit in five games. Wallin and Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom are good friends, and they've talked about winning the Cup. Now, Wallin wants the experience, not the words. I think it means just as much to Canadian, American as Swede, Czech or Russian," Samsonov said. "It's the ultimate prize. It's a story you'd like to tell your grandkids about." Samsonov recalls the excitement in Russia when Detroit's Russian Five carried the Cup into Moscow for the first time after the Red Wings won the Cup in 1997. "That was a big deal," he said.more
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