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2008 Stanley Cup Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (May 19, 2008)—The National Hockey League announced today that the 2008 Stanley Cup Final will open on Saturday, May 24, when the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings host the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.

VERSUS will telecast Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven series in the U.S., while NBC will broadcast Games 3 through 7. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All start times are 8 p.m., Eastern.

The NHL Network, the League’s 24-hour, all-access pass to the most comprehensive hockey coverage, will feature special programming surrounding the Stanley Cup Final. NHL Network will air a live pre-game edition of NHL On The Fly from the host arena at 6 p.m., ET, as well as live, on-site, post-game coverage featuring press conferences, highlights and analysis.

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Detroit Red Wings In The Stanley Cup Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Dominant in the regular season, superb again in the post-season, the Detroit Red Wings are headed back to the Stanley Cup final.

With gusto, too.

Just when the Red Wings lost consecutive games and were starting to look vulnerable, they bounced back strong in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, getting first-period goals from Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk and Dallas Drake on their way to knocking out the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday night.

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Game highlights added 11:47pm

Watch below…

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Crosby Drives Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

There is a running joke inside the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room that goes something like this: As long as Sidney Crosby captains the team, there can be no such thing as an optional practice.

Sure, the coach will write “Optional” on the white board now and again. But when your captain, leader and best player laces up his skates for an optional practice - something Crosby does every single time - there is no way that a lesser player cannot follow and still look his teammates in the eye.

Now, look at how these Penguins have gone in one year from first-round fodder to a berth in the Stanley Cup final.

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He Wants To Live Like A Sailor At Sea…And He Wants To Host A Game 6 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’re damn right I switched to Seger.  It’s not Night Moves.

Name it.

Then finish it.  Please.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Dallas Stars Blog,

“... if you score first, you’re in the lead, you control match-ups better more often because the other coach is trying to get his offense out there,” Babcock said. “Often what happens in games where you’re behind, you don’t play as many people. You got to play the guys who can score.”

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Rest Is Important

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

If you look at the Stanley Cup playoffs over the years, especially in the modern era, a clear trend emerges. Teams that can get themselves at least one short series along the way are much more likely to hoist the Cup than a team that had to battle hard all along the way.

Similarly, that’s why the fourth and fifth holes are so dreaded. For those teams, every round is a tough one and less likely to produce a short series. Under the current format, no fourth-seeded team has managed to win the Cup.

So the Red Wings did themselves no favors by failing to put away the Stars after going up 3-0 in the conference final. In fact, most hockey observers felt that one of the reasons the Wings were able to open that lead was the fact that the Stars exhibited a similar failing in the previous round.

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Is Hockey Fixed?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stu Hackel at the NYT blog Slapshot,

We’ve all heard this kind of talk, and some people believe it — the notion that the NHL prefers a certain outcome and encourages on-ice officials to act accordingly.

It seems to us there is more loose talk about the NHL preferring certain teams over others than you hear attached to other major leagues. Since hockey trails other major sports in popularity by a good distance, those who whisper or shout such allegations do nothing to help hockey’s quest for respect.

The media plays a role in this and, no doubt, refuels fans when they do. A few weeks ago a Philadelphia columnist claimed the officials favored Montreal, that the NHL wanted the Canadiens to beat the Flyers since “Canada looks out for its own.” A couple of weeks later, after the Flyers won the series, he recanted citing the emotions generated by the playoffs for his distortion.

much more… on the debate surrounding the league’s integrity vs some people’s paranoia

 

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Talk In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Shelly Anderson, Pens beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had an online chat today…

CupHolder92: I keep hearing that the Western Division plays a different style of hockey, but after watching a few playoff games it seems pretty similar to the East. Maybe a little more wide open, but not by much. Is there something I am missing? How do you think the Pens style meshes with the West style?

Shelly Anderson: First, you would have to define the Penguins’ style, and that’s not a simple thing. Their game is both defensively sound and, because of their speed, high-voltage on offense. Detroit has similar attributes. Both teams can win playing different styles. So there’s probably not a big difference based on which conference they play in. Not too many years ago, the East was considered more defense- and trap-oriented (New Jersey had a lot to do with that) while the West was more wide open, but since the lockout with the new rules and rules interpretations, things have evened out across the NHL.

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Possible Sharks Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

GM Doug Wilson is expected to make a strong effort to retain defenseman Brian Campbell, who Wilson acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline. But that could prove expensive as Campbell could command up to $7 million per season in this summer’s unrestricted free agent market.

Persistent rumors of Wilson trading Patrick Marleau have predictably flared up again, but unlike this time last year they won’t be dragging on for an entire season.

Marleau’s new two-year, $12. 6 million contract – with a no-trade clause – kicks in on July 1, so if Wilson is in fact shopping his long-time captain he has a limited window to pull off the deal.

more rumor talk…

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Kovalev Moonlighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

Montreal’s new soccer stadium was the site of an all-star soccer game Sunday that featured goals by one of the top players in the National Hockey League.

Alexei Kovalev, right winger for the Montreal Canadiens, demonstrated his moonwalk after scoring two goals.

Kovalev said he plays soccer three months of the year when he’s not playing hockey.

And Puck Daddy has some more, including video of Kovalev’s Michael-Jackson-ification.

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