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John Tonelli Facing DWI Charge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Newsday has an AP story stating John Tonelli smashed his Lexus, left it abandoned and was arrested at his home two hours later.

Tonelli refused comment on the charges.

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Detroit Red Wings Make The Stanley Cup Finals

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The Detroit Red Wings have eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks and are moving on to face Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals.  It is a rematch of last season’s finals which Detroit won.

How good is Detroit on a historical scale?  How would they match up with the greatest teams of all time?

I argue that historically elite teams necessarily have several players who are Hall of Famers or on Hall of Fame career tracks.  Detroit has two players who are clear Hall of Famers regardless of what happens in the rest of their careers.  They are Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios.

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What Does “We’ll See” Mean?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We asked Lidstrom whether he would play Saturday night, and he said, “We’ll see.”

We asked Hossa, and he smiled and said, “We’ll see.”

Yeesh, this could be tough finals start for Detroit. But, as the Wings showed Wednesday night, don’t count them out no matter who isn’t in the lineup.

“Most teams could deal with injuries to a couple guys like me, but when you’re losing your superstar players, we’re graced with some depth,” said veteran checker Kirk Maltby. “Guys definitely stepped up and did a great job.”

more on the game last night…

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This & That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WPXI,

Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, a Detroit native, was neutral during last year’s Cup run, but this time, he’s rooting for the Pens.

“Now, I think it’s time for Pens to win it,” said Bettis. “Because these young guys have paid their dues. They’re ready to win a championship, and they need to bring it, bring it home to Pittsburgh.”

• How great was it to see Jim Gregory, Senior VP of Hockey Operations present the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl to the Wings last night.  Mr. Gregory suffered a very serious heart attack a few months back and it was niceto see him out and about.

• I wonder what the decibel level in the Joe would have been if Chelios had knocked-in that rebound in OT?

• Once again, I will be attending all the SCF games in Detroit and if you are attending the game, I want to talk to you and yes, that includes you Pens fans.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me to find out why.

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Great Season - Still Have To Beat The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It was one of the most memorable seasons in Blackhawks history. Rest in Peace. It will be remembered more for the stunning, franchise-wide turnaround that spurred a hockey renaissance in Chicago than for the Red Wings celebrating before towel-waving fans.

That’s why if Wednesday night’s loss was a indeed a funeral than it should be New Orleans style, with a brass band and parasols and much singing and dancing.

Seasons that fall short of a Stanley Cup championship won’t always end this way. In fact, the Hawks can assume that no season will end this way in coming years. Winning raises expectations. Won’t anything but a triumph over these Red Wings in next year’s playoffs be a disappointment?

That’s because the team’s youth is no longer a story. The only story line that remains is: Can the Hawks beat Detroit?

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Penguins Have Championship Mentality

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from Mike Prisula of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

They’re headed back to the Stanley Cup final, but this time they won’t arrive wide-eyed.

This time, the Penguins will be bringing with them the mindset of a defending champion.

No, the Penguins didn’t win the Cup a year ago.

But since losing it, they’ve done what turned out to be the next best thing.

They’ve adopted the philosophy of the NHL’s reigning champions, the Detroit Red Wings.

It’s a philosophy shared by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who not long ago shared a coach-player relationship in Anaheim.

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Mirtle: It’s A Detroit Dynasty

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Again, Gary will love this too because you know how this would coincide with his nocturnal dreams of parity.

Any number of stats you can pick out since that point will blow you away, but I like this one best: Since Lidstrom joined the team as a rookie in 1991-92, the lowest Detroit has ever finished in the overall league standings is sixth, which they did in 1998-99. There were two other years Detroit was fifth in the NHL over those 17 years, and one fourth-place finish, but the other 13 seasons they were first, second or third.

And the Wings haven’t finished lower than third overall in a decade.

More at From The Rink

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Gary’s Agenda

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It doesn’t have to be a sinister thing.  There is no Deep Throat, no Jeff Gillooly, no Shoeless Joe giving in to a little fiscal temptation.

It just boils down to this and it’s real simple:  Gary Bettman does not like the Detroit Red Wing organ-I-zation and he would like Sidney Crosby to hoist the Cup. 

It’s not a conspiracy, it’s just a deep burning hatred that Bettman feels for Mike Ilitch, Jimmy Devellano and Ken Holland.

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Chicago Showed They Could Play With The Wings But Could Not Beat Them

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

The Hawks could not beat a Detroit team that again played without Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and MVP candidate Pavel Datsyuk.

The Hawks, of course, were missing No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and sniper Martin Havlat, who led the team in scoring in the regular season and playoffs. But injuries happen in the playoffs. Tough noogies. Play through it. Depth matters. Guys like Darren Helm score series winners.

The Hawks also were missing experience. Oh, they looked experienced for most of the spring. They displayed character beyond. But the Wings had more. The Wings had more of everything.

So, we have a barometer on these young, dynamic Hawks. They are ready to play with the best in the NHL. They just are not ready to beat them.

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The Matchup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

After all of the offseason departures and signings, plus over eight months of hockey action, it has come back to this — the Detroit Red Wings against the Pittsburgh Penguins for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

It will be the first rematch in the Stanley Cup final since the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers battled in 1983 and ‘84.

Will the Penguins be able to emulate the Oilers, who learned a lesson and came back to avenge their defeat against the Islanders? Or will Detroit become the first to team to repeat as champions since, um, Detroit in 1998?

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