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Crosby Fans Celebrate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patricia Brooks of the Chronicle Herald,

In the very rink where Sid the Kid’s dreams began, hundreds of fans dared to hope that this would be his year.

That Sidney Crosby would bring the Stanley Cup back to where it all began.

“It’s coming home,” yelled Barb MacDonald seconds after the buzzer sounded.

“Are we ever going to party,” she said, shaking the pompoms she held.

Cole Harbour Place erupted and the 1,500 people who’d gathered to watch Game Seven of the Stanley Cup final on the big screen jumped and hugged like players on the ice to celebrate their hometown boy.

read on

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Responding To Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the three western Canadian teams only the Canucks have the cap space to afford Bouwmeester. The Oilers don’t need another high-priced defenseman while the Flames will likely have to address scoring depth at forward…I doubt there’s anything to the “whisper” of Doan wanting out of his contract and I don’t believe he’d be able to get out of it even if he wanted to…Lots of speculation about the Canadiens but it’s all coming from outside Montreal. I do believe the Habs will have trouble retaining Komisarek but I wouldn’t rule out his re-signing.

read on for more response from Lyle and where these rumors are originating from.

Yes, it is that time of year folks, prepare yourself for even more trade and signing talk…

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The Story Unfolds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This was how the story was supposed to unfold all along, with the young Penguins snatching the pebble from the hands of the Detroit Red Wings 12 months after they had learned the ultimate Stanley Cup lesson in ’08.

But hockey has a way of throwing a body in front of what looks like an open net. Just ask Nicklas Lidstrom.

The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame an injured captain, a pair of 2-0 series deficits in these playoffs, and a Game 7 in hockey’s toughest building to win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.

continued

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It Could Happen Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

If you liked what you saw from this year’s Stanley Cup final – and if you didn’t you’re either a Detroit Red Wings fan or you might want to check to see that you have a pulse – you might want to consider getting used to seeing these teams steal the show at the NHL’s annual spring dance.

There’s no reason to believe the Pittsburgh Penguins and Red Wings won’t be treating the hockey world to lots of deep playoff runs in the next couple of years. And who knows? Perhaps we’ll all be back here watching the Red Wings wrest the Stanley Cup back from the Penguins?

Don’t laugh, it could happen. After all, who’s going to challenge these two teams in the next couple of years? The San Jose Sharks or Washington Capitals? They might want to try getting halfway through the playoffs without losing one of these times. The Boston Bruins? Maybe, but they have some holes to fill and need to find some playoff courage somewhere along the way. The Vancouver Canucks? Come on.

continued

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Play Of Fleury The Difference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Let there NOT be this headline in the papers, however: “Detroit, Choke City.”

The Penguins won this series more than the Wings choked it away. Yeah, Marian Hossa got a good taste of karma with this result and, yeah, no team in this decade has lost a home Game 7 of the Cup Finals until tonight. But Detroit was good enough to win tonight, and was in Game 6 as well.

The difference ultimately was the play of Marc-Andre Fleury, the oft-maligned goalie who was benched at times during the regular season and who many hockey insiders thought lacked the mental toughness to win a game like this.

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The Journey Ends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There he was, Mario Lemieux, former captain and now owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, searching the crowd on the Joe Louis Arena ice surface for his current captain, Sidney Crosby. Finding Crosby, Lemieux gently handed the Stanley Cup back to him and, in doing so, closed the circle on the Penguins’ remarkable championship run.

For a team that on this night lost Crosby to a knee injury early in the second period and still gutted out a thrilling 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions from Detroit, its first championship since 1992 is as much a celebration of an improbable journey as it was the celebration of a game.

An improbable journey for a franchise that looked dead and gone just a few years ago.

An improbable journey for a team that fired its coach and looked a long shot just to make the playoffs in mid-February.

continued

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Gary’s Wallpaper

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’re going to say this one more time and I’m going to make it as clear as I can.  No one here has claimed a “conspiracy.”  No one has said Gary Bettman orchestrated a Pens Cup.  It’s not Gary Bettman’s fault that Hal Gill accrued a grand total of 2 penalty minutes over the entire series.  Really. It’s not.

What we have said, and will continue to stand behind on this blog, is that he got what he wanted.  He wanted a North American “face of the NHL.”  He wanted to be able to point to the Pens as a franchise he “saved.”

He marketed Sidney Crosby.  He branded him.  Now he’s got him.

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Great, Gutty Performance By The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Face it, most people besides Pens fans were predicting a game 7 win by the Red Wings.  it did not happen and the Penguins played a great game 7 road game.

Get a goal, then another and then play the best team defense that you can. 

The system worked and I feel the key to the game was the Pens defensive system not allowing the Wings to play in the middle if the ice.  Most of the time the Wings spent in the offensive zone, was spent along the boards and they were unable to get the puck to the front of the net or any scoring lanes. 

When it gets to a game 7 anything can happen as last night showed.

Great series and now Pittsburgh holds the Cup.  Enjoy the summer Pens fans, then get ready to feel like your team has a bullseye on the back of their sweaters.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Win The Stanley Cup

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I was wrong in prediction for the Stanley Cup finals.  Pittsburgh won.  That brings my record to 9-6 in my playoff predictions.  It’s a .600 record, which isn’t bad but I have done better in past years.  While I was wrong, the Detroit fans that make up most of the commenters on this blog were even more wrong.  For the last month or more they have been screaming at me how Detroit is an elite team and a dynasty.  Their dynasty didn’t win the Stanley Cup.

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Don’t Blame Osgood

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Drew Sharp at the Free Press:

The coming days will find Detroit in a constant state of complaint. Those who fervently believed in the inevitability of a downtown championship celebration will seek blame for the Stanley Cup inexplicably leaving town.

The more-stubborn conspiracy theorists will take to their graves the certainty in their minds that Pittsburgh’s remarkable recovery from a 3-2 series deficit was a league-orchestrated operation to fulfill Sidney Crosby’s championship destiny.

But there’s one flaw in that theory. You mean there was only one flaw?

Crosby didn’t play the final 30 minutes Friday after an apparent knee injury.

There’s plenty of fault to go around following this collapse. 

Point a finger at the lack of secondary scoring, Marian Hossa’s vanishing act against his former team, as well as the missing in action Tomas Holmstrom and Jiri Hudler.

But you can’t blame Chris Osgood.

continued…

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