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I was 9 years old and I remember watching the 1996 playoffs. The Wings were playing well, which is why the Bud Ice Penguin commercials are forever ingrained in my head. From an early age, I started to associate hockey playoffs with beer, Bud Ice beer.

- Christy of Behind the Jersey

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Who Are These Red Wings

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins watched the game Monday night, and many have watched the Red Wings other nights.

From that, and from reputation,, the Penguins are well aware of Detroit’s tight defense, led by captain Niklas Lidstrom. And the potent offense led by Henrik Zetterberg, who is tied with the Sidney Crosby atop the playoff scoring race with 21 points. And the shutdown goaltending of Chris Osgood, whose 1.60 goals-against average is the best of the postseason.

“We didn’t play all season, but we saw them enough,” winger Georges Laraque said of the Red Wings who have been among the NHL’s elite teams the past several seasons.

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Roenick Returns

from the San Jose Sharks,

Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick has agreed to terms with the Sharks for the 2008-09 season.

“Jeremy Roenick was a warrior for our team on and off the ice this past season,” said Sharks Executive Vice President Doug Wilson.

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Update 12:09pm ET: From TSN,

TSN has learned that the contract is worth roughly $1 million, or slightly more than twice what he earned last season, however the paper work on the contract must still get approval from the NHL.

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A Dream Series

from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

These Stanley Cup Finals are filled with stars. Though the NHL would never say so, this is their dream matchup.

The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins are what hockey in the post-lockout era is supposed to be about: great scoring chances, puck control, great passes. Pittsburgh defensemen Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar and Detroit’s Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom can get the puck up ice quicker than anyone.

Both teams love the transition game. Their coaches are among the elite of the NHL. Even if they’re strong defensively, you’re still going to see a lot of offense.

read on

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Not Yet Pens

from Ross McKeon at Yahoo Sports,

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to win a Stanley Cup. You can bet your bottom dollar on it. It’s a lock, a sure thing, guaranteed.

But it just isn’t going to happen this year. Not against this group of Detroit Red Wings. So with all due respect to the Penguins, and the late, great Herb Brooks, this is not your time.

Now before you hit the reply button and fire off that nasty email I’ve just inspired, hear me out. No, I don’t hate the Penguins. I don’t love the Red Wings. I’m not a fan of any one team in the NHL, nor do I have any rooting interest unless it comes to overtimes.

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Goliath vs Goliath

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From NHL.com’s series breakdown:

Several weeks into the playoff journey, two hockey-crazed cities will duke it out through the two weeks to determine who will be the 2008 Stanley Cup champion. As a hockey fan, you truly couldn’t ask for much more than this.

Truth be told, this series pits Goliath vs. Goliath.  Both teams possess superstar forwards, as Crosby is joined by Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa. On the opposite side of the ice, the Red Wings counter with phenomenal two-way forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, who combined for 189 points during the regular season and are finalists for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.

Go here for NHL.com’s opening look at the series, with links to various stories, trivia and other information available at the top of the article. And new stories will be updated as they’re published on this page.

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What To Watch

from Eric Adelson at ESPN The Magazine,

The league gets a mulligan for scheduling its thrilling outdoor game in Buffalo against the New Year’s Day bowl games. (What, Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t available?) But now, a far worse offense: the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals will be played at the same time as Games 3, 4 and 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals.

Who cares, you say? Well, just about everyone in Detroit, to start with, as fans here will now have to choose whether to watch the Red Wings or the Pistons. On Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, Detroit will face off against Pittsburgh at 8 p.m., and then Detroit will tip off versus Boston at 8:30 p.m

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All Bowman

Scotty Bowman Q & A at Sportsnet,

Q: What are your thoughts about the Pittsburgh-Detroit matchup?
A: “You’ve got two good teams. They both finished right at the top in the regular season. Pittsburgh didn’t have (Sidney) Crosby the last little while and Detroit’s the best team in the West, so you’ve got the two best teams.”

Q: So this is like the cream rising to the top?
A: “Both teams had terrific seasons, that’s exactly right. Pittsburgh most likely would have been No. 1 if they had Crosby all year. You’ve got some real good forwards on both teams. You’ve got a lot of youth on Pittsburgh and a lot of experience on Detroit.”

read on

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Crosby The Deciding Factor

from the Hockey News,

This has the potential to be one of the best Stanley Cup finals in years. Or, if Detroit’s experience is the deciding factor, it could be over in four games. Given the fact the Penguins have not lost at home in this year’s playoffs, we don’t see that happening. And when you have the best player in the world on your team – Crosby - that can also be a deciding factor. Pittsburgh in six.

read the breakdown…

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Bruins Re-Sign Aaron Ward

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The Boston Bruins have signed defenceman Aaron Ward to a multi-year contract extension.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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