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Wings Have Other Weapons Too

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.”

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Penguins Can Compete With Wings

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.”

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Wings Take Game #1

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From TSN:

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.

Post-game press conferences can be accessed at the NHL Network Online
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*image from the Detroit Free Press

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Sacrifices of a Hockey Family

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.

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  Tags: drayson+bowman, prospects

Bettman’s News Conference

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.

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  Tags: cba, gary+bettman, press+conference, scheduling, stanley+cup+playoffs

Lessons of the 2007-08 Season

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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Larry Murphy on Both Sides

From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News,

When the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins open up the Stanley Cup Finals tonight in Detroit, you couldn’t be blamed for forgetting which team has home-ice advantage. It’s hard not to find similarities between Detroit and Pittsburgh—two tough, blue-collar cities that love their NHL hockey—just ask Larry Murphy.

The Hall of fame defenseman has a skate in both camps this week. When I talked to him a couple of hours before the opening faceoff of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, he had to stifle a chuckle when he told me it was “scary” how many parallels there were between his experiences in the two cities.

Now working as a broadcaster for Fox Sports Net Detroit, HD Net and the NHL Network, Murphy was an integral part of four Stanley Cup winning teams: Two in Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992 and another two in Detroit in 1997 and 1998.

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  Tags: larry+murphy

Gentlemen, Place Your Wagers…

From the Detroit Free Press:

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have reached a gentleman’s wager over the Stanley Cup series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If Detroit wins, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will send Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick goodies from the Steel City, including Heinz Ketchup and Primanti Sandwiches. He will also ship Mayor Kilpatrick an octopus from Wholeys Fish Market. Dan Wholey, the market’s owner, made news this week when he said he would not sell octopi to any Red Wings fans during games in Pittsburgh.

If the Penguins win the Stanley Cup, Kilpatrick will send some of Motor City’s favorites such as Little Cesar’s Pizza Kits, Faygo Pop and a proclamation declaring Pittsburgh “America’s Hockey City,” according to a statement issued by Kilpatrick’s office.

Clearly, neither of these cities are going to prove themselves to be bastions of fine American cuisine…

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  Tags: betting, playoffs, stanley+cup

Therrien Today

Some questions for Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien today.

[Update 5:01pm ET: And for some thoughts from Sidney Crosby, you can check out his ESPN interview here.]

Q.  Can you talk about the decision not to practice here yesterday and not to get on the ice here until today?

COACH MICHEL THERRIEN:  I’m not a big fan to change preparation, the way we do things.  It’s always been like this.  We’re not going to change because we’re in the Stanley Cup playoff.


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Babcock Today

Q.  Is there any update on Franzen?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  No.

        Q.  He went to the doctor, is he playing tonight or anything?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He’s at the doctor’s or whatever.  If we keep sending him to doctors, pretty soon we’ll find someone who will shut him down for his life, I’m pretty sure.  (Laughter).

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