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Penguins down Red Wings 5-1 in New Arena Opener

The Penguins got off to a good start tonight in the first ever hockey game at the Consol Energy Center, defeating the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1.

New Penguin Mike Comrie scored the first goal in the new arena.  Rookie Ryan Craig scored twice, while Sidney Crosby and Brett Sterling scored as well.  Ruslan Salei scored the lone goal for the Red Wings.

Detroit center Johan Franzen left the game early in the first period with what’s being described as a charley horse after a collision with Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.  Orpik was given a major kneeing penalty and a game misconduct.

Pens center Sidney Crosby also left the game after two periods with soreness in his hip flexor.  He described it as not being serious.

The Pens return to the ice on Friday night at Columbus.

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Crosby Talks First Game, New Arena and Training Camp

From PensTV:

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Penguins Host Red Wings in First Hockey Game at New Arena Wednesday at 7PM

From the Penguins:

The Penguins will host the Detroit Red Wings in their pre-season opener Wednesday night at 7 p.m. – the first hockey game ever played at CONSOL Energy Center.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

The American Eagle Outfitters Student Rush line will form along Fifth Avenue.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik are among the players scheduled to be in the opening lineup for the Penguins.

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Penguins open preseason vs. Wings for 1st game at new arena

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their 2010 preseason schedule with the first hockey game ever played at CONSOL Energy Center – Wednesday, Sept. 22 against the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m.

The team announced its six-game preseason schedule, which includes home-and-home matchups with Detroit, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The other home games are Saturday, Sept. 25 against Columbus and Tuesday, Sept. 28 against Chicago - both starting at 7 p.m.

The Penguins normally play two preseason home games but added a third home game this year because of heightened interest in the new arena.

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Today’s rematch won’t heal Red Wings’ Stanley Cup wound

From the Detroit Free Press:

That was nearly eight months ago, and whatever happens today at Mellon Arena on national television, it won’t change who owns the Cup. For the Wings, however, it is a significant game because they need points, and getting a pair from the defending champions would be a confidence booster.

“I think it’s up to us to show something, especially the way things have gone lately with us not having played up to our potential,” veteran forward Kirk Maltby said. “Any time we’ve won a championship, it’s always been that you measure yourself against the team that won the Cup last year.”

The Wings won the Cup in 2008 when they beat Pittsburgh in six games. A year later, they came so close, leading 2-0 and 3-2 in the series, only to lose Game 7 at home.  “I felt it pretty hard right away,” Cleary said, “and still do. When I’m just sitting alone thinking, I think about it a lot and I keep telling myself to try to get it out of my mind. But it’s something I’ll never forget.”

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NBC pre-empting Penguins/Red Wings for Pat Robertson in some markets

You’re gonna be out of luck if you were looking forward to watching the Stanley Cup Finals rematch between the Penguins and Red Wings and unlucky enough to live in one of several local television markets.  NBC will be pre-empting programming on Sunday afternoon in the following markets in order to broadcast Pat Robertson’s “700 Club Telethon”.  The markets are:

WAVY 10 Norfolk (yup, that’s mine)
WBRE 28 Scranton
WDTN 2 Dayton
WVVA 6 Beckley-Bluefield
WSMV 4 Nashville
WVTM 13 Birmingham
KKCO 11 Grand Junction

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Stanley Cup Finals review / Guest blogger spot for New York Times is up

Thanks to those who spewed good wishes throughout the Penguins’ playoff run for my guest blogger spots at the Slap Shot blog of the New York Times.  It was fun while it lasted, although I must say that it’s difficult sometimes to properly convey my thoughts (a.k.a. talk smack) in 30 word answers.

Here is the last segment reviewing the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Yinz Luv ‘Da Guins, Game 7 version

The final edition this season of VH1’s Jim Shearer’s “Yinz Luv ‘Da Guins”, this time for Game Seven….

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Gonchar played with torn MCL, Wings with several injuries as well

As is customary nowadays, details of both Stanley Cup Finals teams’ injuries have started to come to light.

The major injury for the Penguins, suffered by Pens’ defenseman Sergei Gonchar after a collision with Alex Ovechkin, turned out to be a partially torn MCL.  Head Coach Dan Bylsma indicated there were some other injuries to the Penguins, but didn’t elaborate.

The Wings had several injuries of their own as well, including surgery for injured testicles to captain Nik Lidstrom after a stick from the Hawks’ Patrick Sharp.

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Penguins, Cup visit Pirates at PNC Park

The Penguins continued their journey around Pittsburgh since returning from Detroit Friday night with the Stanley Cup. today visiting PNC Park, where ironically enough, the Pirates are entertaining the Detroit Tigers.

The championship parade is Monday at noon in downtown Pittsburgh, using the same route that the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers used this past February.

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Crosby and the handshake line

You will NOT rain on my (championship) parade, Draper.

I will not spend much time at all on this nonsense, I’m in too good of a mood.  Sidney Crosby got to the handshake line late last night (along with several other Penguins and staff, by the way).  By the time Crosby got in line, Wings’ captain Nik Lidstrom and Kris Draper, who were in front of the line, had hastily skated off the ice.

Crosby did indeed shake some Wings’ hands, such as Henrik Zetterberg and coach Mike Babcock, among others.  Watch for yourself.

The Penguins themselves said it best, “Members of losing teams generally vacate the ice pretty quickly”.

All this talk of Crosby “snubbing” the Wings is absurd.  I could talk about a lot of things that happened in that arena after that game by those “fans”, but that’s different, of course, right ??

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Here are the winners of The Confluence’s “Miracle” contest

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Stanley Cup Finals contest for Blu-Ray copies of “Miracle”.  The final results were 31 total goals in the series, with a 3 goal differential (17 goals for the Wings, 14 for the Pens).

Originally, we had planned on having three winners, but after tallying the results, we ended up with four winners.  The vendors have graciously agreed to provide another Blu-Ray DVD, so thank you to them.  Here are the winners:

The first two winners are “miked051” and “moneypuck”, who both nailed the total goals with 31.  The final two winners were obtained by the tiebreaker of the goal differential.  Both “shanetx” and “steveyzerman” were one goal off with 30 and 32 goals respectively, and both were one goal off the differential with 4.  Honorable mentions also go to “dbcooper” and “miah” who also were one off the total goals, but didn’t beat the differentials of the other two.

I will be contacting each of you soon, thanks again.

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PENGUINS WIN STANLEY CUP !!!!

Several times over the years, I watched the highlights of the 1960 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, with their improbable victory over the New York Yankees, led by Bill Mazeroski’s home run in the bottom of the ninth.

In the locker room, they interviewed Pirates’ manager Danny Murtaugh, who was incredulous as he was trying to describe the feeling of winning the World Series, and then he said “and against the Yankees of all teams”.

Well, that’s what I feel like tonight, after the Penguins defeated the Wings 2-1 in Game Seven to win the Stanley Cup.  The Wings are the closest the NHL has to an absolute machine, but the Penguins have found a way, somehow, to defeat them four times in five games and hoist the Cup.

Max Talbot was the “unlikely” hero with both Penguins’ goals, and Marc-Andre Fleury came up huge again for the Pens with 23 saves, including a potentially Cup-saving save on Nik Lidstrom with one second remaining.  Evgeni Malkin was awarded the Conn Smythe award for Playoff MVP.

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A few last words, courtesy of Herb Brooks….

A Confluence tip of the hat to Ozman51 at Smilin’ Like a Butcher’s Dog for this great video.

LET’S GO PENS !!!!

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24 hours from now…..

Barring overtime (don’t know if I can take that, honestly), we’ll have a Stanley Cup champion this time tomorrow.

We’ve all read just about every Game 7 story known to man.  Doesn’t matter if it’s hockey-related or not.  Doesn’t matter if it was from someone who never wrote a hockey story before just now.

Just a very short note, with a few bullets on what could be the Penguins’ keys to the Cup:

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You can’t have a Game Seven without China Jack

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Off Day Notes:  Friday seems so far away….

What the hell am I gonna do for 53 hours ??

[ Disregard that, I don’t need the crude remarks .... ]

Geezus, two more days to wait until the battle for Lord Stanley.  What a series this has been.  Momentum hasn’t meant a damn thing.  Home ice sure as hell has.

I’m not even going to try to guess who’s going to be the hero of Game Seven, ‘cause I’ll most likely be wrong.

Other stuff going on:

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TSN:  Sykora out for Game Seven with injured ankle/foot

TSN’s Darren Dreger:

It appears the Pittsburgh Penguins will play Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final without forward Petr Sykora.

Sykora was seen gingerly leaving Mellon Arena on Wednesday on crutches, sporting a brace on his right foot and ankle.

Sykora confirmed to TSN the injury occurred in the second period of Game 6 after he blocked a shot.

When asked if there is any chance he’ll be available for Game 7, Sykora chuckled and said, “I don’t think so.”

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Fleury rebounds, Penguins force 7th game in 2-1 win over Wings

One more time for all the marbles.

Marc-Andre Fleury rebounded from a poor game in Game Five to a stellar effort in Game Six, stopping 25 of the 26 shots, to propel the Penguins to a 2-1 win and a return trip back to Detroit for Game Seven on Friday night.

Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Penguins, while Kris Draper scored for the Wings.  Chris Osgood was excellent in net as well for the Wings, making 29 saves on 31 shots on goal, with several of those of the outstanding variety.

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Plenty of blame to go around in Pens’ Game Five loss

It’s easy, and convenient now that you mention it, to lay the Penguins’ horrendous 5-0 implosion at the feet of Marc-Andre Fleury.

After all, he let five pucks by him after only 21 shots on goal.

But now that 12 hours have passed, and everyone’s not so incensed, take a closer look:

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Wings down Penguins in Game Five blowout, 5-0

Embarrassing, just flat-out embarrassing.

The Wings took full advantage of the return of Pavel Datsyuk, a shaky Marc-Andre Fleury and a Penguins team that completely lost their composure, resulting in a plethora of stupid retaliatory Penguins penalties in a 5-0 whitewash at Joe Louis Arena.

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Off Day Notes:  Standing eight-count, indeed….

For whatever reason, I read Damien Cox’s article in the Toronto Star this morning, and his opening phrase just hit the nail on the head in my mind:

“In shocking fashion, the champs have taken a standing eight-count.”

However, staying with the boxing analogies, while I certainly concur that the Penguins have knocked the Wings to the canvas in knotting the series up at two games apiece, I can’t help but wonder:

Are the Wings merely playing Rope-a-Dope ??

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Second period burst fuels Penguins over Wings 4-2 to tie series at two games apiece

OK, now we’ve got ourselves a series.

The Penguins got three goals in a 5:37 timespan in the second period from forwards that were certainly due in Jordan Staal, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead, and rode the shoulders of Marc-Andre Fleury to preserve the victory and a tied Stanley Cup series at two games apiece.

Fleury stopped 37 of 39 Detroit shots, including several stops in a hectic third period as the Wings attempted to cut into the lead.  For a weird stat, the team that has outshot their opponent in each of the first four games of the series has gone on to lose.

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Tonight’s the Penguins’ latest Game of the Year

The first was Game Six vs. the Flyers in Philly with the Pens up 3-2.  The Penguins did not want that series forced to a seventh game, even if it was at home.  They won 5-3 and closed out the series in enemy territory.

Then came Game Three at the Igloo vs. Washington with the Caps up 2-0.  The Pens won 3-2 in OT, won Game Four as well and eventually blew out the Caps in Game Seven, again in enemy territory.

The Canes’ series really didn’t have a pivotal game, maybe Game Three in Raleigh (but we all know they won solely because of my playoff beard in attendance).

Tonight’s Game Four is the latest Game of the Year for the Pens.  Win tonight, unlike last year, and all bets are off, we’ve got a series.  Lose, like last year, and for all intents and purposes, it’s over.

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Off Day Notes:  What a weird series this is turning into…

Sorry for the lack of a recap.  Another doubleheader, this time of the twi-night version.  By the way, is there anything that pisses you off more than someone telling you the score of a game you’re TIVO’ing ??

Anyway, the Stanley Cup Finals are starting to really confuse the hell out of me.  Arguably, the Pens outplay the Wings in at least one, possibly both games in Detroit, but end up losing both.  Then they head dahn to the Igloo, watch the Wings outplay the Penguins in Game Three, but the Wings lose.

That aside, the Penguins’ 4-2 win over the Wings in Game Three, of the “must win” variety obviously, is all fine and dandy.  But if the Penguins don’t not only match,

but exceed

their performance in Game Four, they most likely will not escape it with a win, and thus, be in a hole they most likely will not be able to overcome.

Some other random musings:

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Letang out, Boucher in for Game Three ??

As I speculated in Game Two’s recap, it’s looking like Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang will be scratched tonight in favor of veteran Philippe Boucher.  Boucher was practicing today on the left point of the first powerplay unit.  Letang has looked awful shaky when the Wings’ forecheckers are bearing down on him.

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Can the Penguins still win this thing ??  Sure, but it’s gonna take…..

Not that it means a damn thing today, but the Penguins did a lot of things well in the first two games. 

If anyone is claiming that the Wings are dominating the Penguins after two games, they either didn’t actually watch the games, or they don’t know what the hell they’re looking at.

Even those Wings fans, when they’re not boasting to anyone that will dare read their posts, are knowledgable enough that they should agree with that sentiment.  Then again, who knows.  But give the Wings credit, good teams find ways to win.  The Pens have been in that same boat many times this season.  You work hard, you get the bounces.  You work hard, you get the breaks.

So, can the Pens still pull this series out ??  I truly believe so.  Will they ??  Naturally, at this point, that’s very questionable.  But if they’re gonna do it, some things will have to fall into place, and soon.

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Frustration continues:  Wings go up 2-0 after 3-1 win over Penguins

Um, let’s see.

Hey, the Penguins outshot the Wings again.

Other than that, nothing is going right for the Pens.  Of course a lot of that has to be credited to the Red Wings’ defense, but although the Penguins have not played two bad games, per se’, they leave Detroit once again in an 0-2 deficit after another 3-1 loss to the Wings.

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Forget the bounces, Penguins must make adjustments

If the Penguins’ coaching staff is smart, they’ve already instructed their players to forget about the unlucky bounces that didn’t go their way in Game One.  The only thing you can do, Mr. Fleury, is acknowledge those trampoline-ish boards and defend against them.

If they’re smart, they’re instructing their players to start focusing in on some glaring problems that, if they continue, will surely be a catalyst towards the Wings repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

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Bounces go Wings way, down Penguins 3-1

If the Penguins play every game in Detroit like they did in Game One tonight, I’ll take my chances.

The hockey gods were sure as hell smiling on the Red Wings tonight.  The Red Wings were the recipients of not one, not two, but three fortunate bounces of the puck, which resulted in all three Wings’ goals in a 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game Two is Sunday night back in Detroit.

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Nothing left to say, let’s do this….

You’ve watched all of the media scrums.

You’ve read every Stanley Cup preview from every blowhard on the Internets (including yours truly, I’ve done five of them myself) known to man.

You despise the other team’s fans, they despise you.  It’s cool.

Nothing left to do now but drop the puck, eleven long hours from now.  Fortunately for me, I’ve got my son’s doubleheader to kill some time this afternoon.

Here’s to a

GREAT

Stanley Cup Finals.

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Reminder:  Kukla’s Korner / The Confluence contest for Blu-ray copies of Miracle !!

Under 24 hours to make your guess for the chance to win a Blu-ray copy of Miracle....

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Miracle, the great movie based on the 1980 Gold Medal-winning USA Hockey team, will be released on Blu-ray on June 16th, and we’re going to do a quick contest to do our part in promoting it.

The top three persons to come closest to answering the question after the drop correctly will win a Blu-ray version of Miracle !!

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Stanley Cup Finals:  A look at the Detroit Red Wings (again)

Well, here we go again.

It’s hockey’s version of the Big Red Machine.  But instead of Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Davey Concepcion, it’s Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and yes, it’s now Marian Hossa.

The Penguins will surely utilize the experience gained in last year’s Finals loss to the Wings.  In retrospect, early in the series the Penguins spent more time gawking at the vaunted Red Wings rather than trying to defeat them.  Two straight shutouts to start the Finals, only generating 19 and 22 shots respectively.  It put the Penguins in a hole from which they could never fully recover.

But it’s a new year, the Penguins are a new team, some say a better team.  Question is, are they good enough to hoist the Cup ??  Let’s take a look.

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Tickets for Games 3 and 4 on sale Friday at 10AM

From the Penguins:

Tickets For Games 3-4 Of Stanley Cup Final To Go On Sale Friday At 10 a.m.

Approximately 1,000 tickets for each of the first two home games of the Stanley Cup Final will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today.

These will be for Games 3 and 4 of the Cup Final series between the Penguins and Detroit Red Wings – to be played Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 4 at Mellon Arena. Both games will start at 8 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to order online at http://www.ticketmaster.com Ticke.ts also are available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000; at all Ticketmaster locations; and at the Mellon Arena Gate One box office.

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Wings clamp down on Penguins, win 3-0

Boy did that look familiar.

Earlier this week, Puck Daddy colleague Sean Leahy asked me and some other Pens and Wings bloggers for some input on today’s game.  His first question asked the biggest change in our respective team’s seasons.  I succinctly answered that both the goaltending and defense had regressed.  His final question asked for a score.  Always striving for objectivity, rather than blatant homerism, I said to refer to the first question, and then predicted because of that, 5-2 Wings.  Of course, I was blasted by true homers, claiming that other Pens bloggers and I who predicted a Wings win weren’t “true fans”.

Whatever.  Those “true fans” saw just what I said, poor goaltending and poor defense led to two of the three goals today.

In a scene reminiscent of Game 1 and 2 of the Cup Finals a year ago, the Red Wings’ tandem of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg frustrated the top line of Sidney Crosby and “whatever two ham-n-eggers HCMT threw up there this game”, and former Penguins Marian Hossa and Ty Conklin both contributed to a 3-0 shutout over the Pens this afternoon at the Igloo.

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Penguins/Red Wings most-watched regular season game on Versus

From Versus:

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 13, 2008)-VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition and the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), earned its most-watched regular-season game among households (364,645) for the Detroit Red Wings/Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Stanley Cup Final rematch on November 11; beating the Red Wings/Toronto Maple Leafs 2008-09 U.S. regular-season opener on October 9.

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Penguins stun Red Wings in overtime, 7-6

You folks have no idea how many variations of negativity I was planning on putting in the title of this post.

The Red Wings’ stifling forecheck, their transition game, expertly having bodies in front of the net, having the Penguins on their heels, it looked lousy for the Pens for a lot of this game.

But Jordan Staal led a furious Penguins’ comeback with his 2nd career hat trick and caused the turnover that resulted in the game-winning goal in overtime by Ruslan Fedotenko, giving the Penguins an improbable 7-6 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Penguins would be smart ignoring Wings’ game hype

And let the hype machine begin.

Tuesday night at the Joe, the Penguins will return to Detroit for the first time since June’s Stanley Cup Finals, which of course the Red Wings won in six games.

A lot will be made of the matchup by the MSHM, it’s the en vogue story, especially with The Marian Hossa Story thrown in there for good measure.

But the Penguins should do themselves a favor;  Forget about comparisons to the Wings, you’ve got more important things to worry about.

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