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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.

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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

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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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Dealing With Crosby & Malkin

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from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien and I talk a lot. We have one important thing in common. I named a young Steve Yzerman captain of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980s. He named a young Sidney Crosby captain of the Penguins.

There are a lot of comparisons between the players. Just look at the unselfish play that Crosby made at the end of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals when he passed up an opportunity to score into an open net and gave the puck to Craig Adams instead. He’s showing a lot of leadership, as Yzerman did. Both players also have exceptional offensive talent.

Nobody could stop Yzerman and no one can seem to stop Crosby when he’s at his best, which he is at right now. But Yzerman at the time didn’t have an Evgeni Malkin to complement him.

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Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

2009 Stanley Cup Final—Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Date                   Match-up               Time (ET)        National TV

Saturday, May 30     Pittsburgh at Detroit         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 31       Pittsburgh at Detroit     TBD evening     NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, June 2       Detroit at Pittsburgh         8 p.m.        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, June 4     Detroit at Pittsburgh         8 p.m.        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Saturday, June 6     Pittsburgh at Detroit         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday, June 9     Detroit at Pittsburgh         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS
* Friday, June 12     Pittsburgh at Detroit         8 p.m.        NBC, CBC, RDS

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Detroit/Chicago Post-Game Press Conference - Live Event

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 11:11pm, The post game press conference is over, but they may loop the video overnight, so you can watch that after the jump.

I have also added the great penalty-kill by Helm below…

Now, the first video is game highlights via Versus.

 

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Pens, Wings & Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Both of the following stories were written before Game 5 started, but now I can post them since the Wings won…

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?

I’ll go out on a limb and say yes.

If the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final for the second consecutive year, did the 2008-09 season actually take place?

Hmm, that one is a little tougher.

I presume since I watched about 1,000 NHL games this year it actually did take place. So I guess the answer is yes. The thing is I don’t get the sense the Penguins are in a significant better position to beat the Red Wings this year than they were a year ago, assuming, of course, the Red Wings dispose of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final as expected.

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from Hooks Orpik at PensBurgh,

Would the Penguins be where they are now if they still had Hossa and less depth?  We’ll never know for sure.  Sidney Crosby scored 6 goals last spring, he’s got 14 now.  Malkin had 22 points last post-season, this time around he’s got 28 in fewer games.  Crosby and Makin have carried the weight, showing that the decision for depth over top-flight skill has apparently been a good one so far.

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