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Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma Today

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Q.      Can you talk about the energy or level of freshness that your team has right now after playing four games in six nights?

        COACH BYLSMA: If Geno could have scored that goal at the end of the second, I would have liked to see them keep the roof on this place, because it was hopping in the second period, and that was a big part of our energy.

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Fixing The Ailing Wings

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

And the solution to what ails the Wings is not exactly rocket science either: Simplify, simplify, simplify.

“We have to continue to get the puck in deep,” continued Lidstrom. “We were trying to make that extra pass – or that sideways pass in the neutral zone – and they’re back-checking real hard, so we’re passing it right back into their players.”

On Friday, the obvious story line relating to the Wings revolved around the state of Pavel Datsyuk’s health – and the possibility that he’ll be back in time for Saturday’s game. Out since the Chicago series with a foot/ankle injury that is preventing him from making any hard, fast turns, Datsyuk’s return – at 100 per cent – would be the ideal tonic for what ails the Red Wings now.

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Reviewing Game 4

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Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside recap game 4.

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Wings Need Datsyuk

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Memo to Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk: Take a shot in that broken foot and get your fanny on the Joe Louis Arena ice tomorrow night. Your team needs you.

Badly.

If one thing became clear last night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, it’s that the Red Wings can’t match the Penguins’ high-end talent—OK, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby—without Datsyuk, their Hart Trophy candidate as NHL MVP.

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Forgetting About Step One

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

It seems everybody with a pulse these days has plans for another National Hockey League team in Toronto.

It is, for the record, getting a bit silly out there.

Today, a group of investors will announce plans to bid for an expansion franchise for Toronto for the 2012 hockey season. All that is nice, but it would have been much nicer had the group bothered to contact the NHL first.

That might have bought them some credibility. But in these Jim Balsillie make-some-noise times—and never mind the rules—why bother with credibility when public relations and chest-thumping rules the day.

You would think people would learn by now: If you want to play in the NHL, you have to play nice with the NHL. That isn’t so hard. That isn’t so complicated.

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Rumors At The SCF

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Despite all the denials coming out of the Sunshine State, the Tampa Bay Lightning is trying to deal C Vinny Lecavalier. A league source told Sun Media yesterday the Bolts have informed the NHL they intend to spend at the salary floor of approximately $40.5 million next season….

A proposal deal to send Lecavalier to the Kings for D Jack Johnson is still on the table. Sources say Johnson, who is coming off an entry-level contract, is seeking a four-year deal worth $5.5 million per season….

There is talk the Rangers might waive D Wade Redden at the start of next season and send him to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack to get his $6.5-million salary off the books

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Penguins Take Note

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

It was something he has seldom seen from Detroit Red Wings players, and Brooks Orpik is getting to know them pretty well. On their way to a series squaring 4-2 win, the Penguins took a one-goal lead when Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the Stanley Cup finals.

Fellow defenseman Mark Eaton nudged Orpik and told him to check out Detroit’s bench after Crosby’s goal.

The players were slumped over. Exhausted. Nothing close to the dominant, immovable force the Penguins saw last year….

Even worse, Orpik said he noticed Red Wings players getting on each other.

“Which you never see out of those guys,” he said. “It’s something you don’t expect from them or see too often. I guess, a good sign for us.”

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Malkin Dominating

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Evgeni Malkin, the New M, is like Tom Brady and Randy Moss all at the same time.

One minutes he’s throwing the long bomb, the next minute he’s catching it.

In Thursday’s game, a dominating 4-2 win by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings, Malkin was in the middle of as many excellent scoring chances in both the first and the second periods as the Detroit Red Wings had all game.

Malkin had a goal and an assist for the game, but the damage could have been much worse, as he and fellow dynamo Sidney Crosby started to dominate, just as the sly, talented and seemingly tireless Henrik Zetterberg appeared to start to wear down.

For the fourth game in a row, Pittsburgh had more scoring chances than Detroit, but this time the margin was overwhelming. The Penguins had 28 scoring chances to 15 for the Wings.

When it came to Grade “A” chances, hard shots from the slot, Pittsburgh had 17 while the Red Wings had just four, by my count.

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Babcock’s Reputation On The Line

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from Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

We’ve seen that when the Red Wings are on their game, they will beat Pittsburgh.

Getting them on their game is where the coach comes in, and doing it under less than ideal circumstances should be what sets elite coaches above the pack.

The NHL season is down to a best-of-three. The Stanley Cup is on the line.

So is Mike Babcock’s reputation.

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Dazed Wings

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

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

Whether the dazed Detroit Red Wings can stumble back to their feet, regain their senses and recapture the momentum they once had in this Stanley Cup final, well, that will be illustrated for the hockey world to see in Game 5 tomorrow night, a Saturday Night Special in Motown. Never in the four championships the Wings have won over the past 12 years have they been tested quite like they are now being tested by the gutsy, youthful Pittsburgh Penguins.

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