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by Paul on 05/28/09 at 09:41 PM ET
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via the Windsor Star,
Terrible Ted, who’ll be 84 a month after this year’s final ends, answered his cellphone Wednesday and began firing on all cylinders at what he called “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life” — his Red Wings, beat up and exhausted after their 2-1, Game 5 elimination of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, having to go back at it three days later.
“Is this supposed to be the premium event of the National Hockey League, or not?” said Lindsay, who played in that 1955 series, scored four goals in Game 2, a finals record at the time, and remembers the Saturday-Sunday games as not being any better an idea then than it is now.
“Except we were so stupid, we didn’t know anything different,” he said….
“These guys have just gone through three very tough series — played probably the best team in the league other than them, in Anaheim, just finished another hard series and now you’re going to have one tired team with a lot of injuries. Pittsburgh’s probably not as tired because they had a fairly easy time of it, but they’re only getting one more day’s rest.”
added 10:02pm, How about the opinion of Adam Brady of Ducks Blog at AnaheimDucks.com,
So the Red Wings are one step closer to becoming the first team to repeat as champions since ... the Red Wings (in 1997 and 98). They take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final for (yawn) the second straight season….
But the back-to-back games are another story, at least according to Old Man Chelios. “You don’t want my opinion on that,’’ Chelios said.
You know what, Cheli? You’re right. We really don’t.
In fact, all of you complaining about the back-to-backs, get over yourself. Frankly, the whining is more than a little tiresome.
added 10:08pm, from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press via the Sacramento Bee (not on the freep site yet),
Dear NBC and NHL:
I’ll begin with a simple question. Do either of you actually like hockey?
I think I can answer for NBC (a.k.a. “Nothing But Conan”), because it is clear the network would rather break out in a deadly skin rash than show the Stanley Cup finals on a weeknight.
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