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As for Franzen’s desire to have someone hit him, teammate Kirk Maltby said, “He should have called me, I would have been glad to do it. Especially after the little comments he was making at media day about his headaches and how apparently I was the cause of them. That wasn’t very nice.”

more on Franzen from Ansar Khan at Mlive…

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All About Respect

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from Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Red Wings’ players and coaches have been nothing if not respectful and complimentary when discussing the Penguins.

Still, one gets the vibe that deep down inside these Red Wings aren’t threatened, that they’re convinced it’s still their time and not yet the Penguins’ time.

What transpired in the Red Wings’ 4-0 victory in Game 1 doesn’t figure to have changed any of that.

Job 1 for the Penguins tonight in Game 2 will be earning some of that respect that’s been bestowed upon them.

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A Message Of Desperation

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Steve Levy, E.J. Hradek and Barry Melrose break down the Penguins line changes for Game 2, watch below….

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Holiday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1150 EST:  Since I highly doubt any of the 19 are going to predict a Pen as the first goal scorer, I’m opening up the contest to Pittsburgh fans as well.  Remember, your predictions have to be made on the Live Blog, which starts at 1930 EST.

Back to normal.  I will not be in Hockeytown tonite.  Won’t be jetsetting all over the country.  Just a simple guy, waiting for the puck to drop, saddled up in the Hasek. 

And here’s a deal for you.  During the live blog tonite, first person to correctly identify the first goal scorer gets a Game 1 program.  Re-phrase:  you have to guess the goal scorer before it happens. 

On to our Diggers.

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Adjusting To Holmstrom

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The case of the National Hockey League versus Tomas Holmstrom appears to be getting personal.

At issue is Holmstrom’s constant presence in front of the opposition net, and the league and the officials’ response to it.

“I don’t think he has to adjust,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said of his winger. “I think the league has to adjust.”

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One Great Night

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins have a huge act to follow today after a host of Red Wings legends stole the show at the Stanley Cup Final Sunday.

The NHL has embarked on a new tradition of honoring the game’s greats during the Stanley Cup Final. Last year, an array of Montreal Canadiens luminaries were honored in Ottawa and their reminiscences were priceless. Sunday night at the Marriott Detroit at Renaissance Center, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Marcel Pronovost, Alex Delvecchio, Marty Pavelich and Red Kelly proved equally eloquent about the Red Wings’ dynasty that won the Stanley Cup in 1950, ‘52, ‘54 and ‘55.

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Update 7:22pm ET: Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun relates the evening a to be a grand success, remarking that “every now and then, Gary Bettman’s league gets something absolutely, spot-on perfect.”

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Victory Then Oops

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from the CP,

The Memorial Cup was in two pieces, which meant there was more of it for the Spokane Chiefs to hoist above their heads.

Spokane beat the host Kitchener Rangers 4-1 to win the 90th Memorial Cup on Sunday.

Captain Chris Bruton lifted the trophy over his head twice and kissed it and then as he was about to hand it to teammate Trevor Glass, the cup became separated from its heavy base, which fell to the ice.

While that prompted boos from spectators at Memorial Auditorium already disappointed that their home team lost, the good news is that it’s a replica trophy.

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Watch the celebration below…

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MLSE Looking to Expand

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Canwest News via the Leader Post,

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment might be zeroing in on a third-tier British soccer side as the Toronto-based sports conglomerate looks to expand internationally.

The owners of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC and the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies are in talks about purchasing Leeds United, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror, a British newspaper. The newspaper cited unnamed sources close to MLSE.

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*The original report can be read in the UK paper, Sunday Mirror.

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  Tags: football, leeds+united, mlse, soccer

A Day In The Life Of Game 1

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I had every intention of waking up at 0300 Saturday, updating the blog, getting on the road and making it to Dulles airport by 0530 for a 0640 flight to Hockeytown.  But the neighbors came over Friday and next thing you know the Yuengling’s gone with another case on the way.

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Leafs Turned Away—Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Dreger at TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have been shutdown by yet another team in their quest to rebuild management.

Maple Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher asked the Florida Panthers for permission to speak with Joe Nieuwendyk last week and the Panthers declined.

Toronto must wait until July 1 when Nieuwendyk’s contract with the Panthers expires before they can officially approach him.

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