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Pens Will Learn From Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Last night was surely about the Detroit Red Wings and their remarkable organization, now defiantly the class of the Original Six, usurping the unofficial title held for a quarter-century by the Montreal Canadiens after the NHL expanded in 1967.Winners by a 3-2 score last night, they’ve now won four Cups in 11 seasons.

But it was also about Crosby, Malone and the Penguins, very much so. They proved they were more than the ‘83 Oilers, for they weren’t swept, as many feared they would be after Games 1 and 2. They scraped and clawed their way into the final seconds of play last night as a Crosby shot bounced tantalizingly in the crease, but stayed out.

To understand how much players and coaches and every member of an organization pours into taking a serious run at the Cup, you need to sample the atmosphere and emotion of the loser’s dressing room.


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Z Celebrates

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More bits on the Swedish Wings at SPORT Bladet…

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Remember This Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Where the Red Wings—or Penguins—were born or learned to skate wasn’t important.

This series will be remembered as the rebirth of engrossing, play-until-you-drop hockey, a gift conjured up by the supposedly doddering Red Wings and a precocious Penguins team that matured by the day and will be heard from again and again and again.

read on

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The Perfect Human

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Anyway…Oh Crap five minutes left…what was the point of this…oh ya…some quick reflections of Detroit’s victory in Game Six….

-Lidstrom.  He could have won the Conn Smyth, but we are bored with his greatness.  He is a lousy interview, an unflashy player, and he is brilliant.  They call him “The Perfect Human” in the room.  It’s not far off.

-Mike Babcock guaranteed the win.  It won’t be remembered like Messier in 1994, but in his office Wednesday morning I told him I had to get home for my daughter’s ballet recital Thursday, and he said “Dont worry, we’re winning tonight.”


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Stanley’s Summer Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC’s 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,

Sweden is home to so many of life’s little pleasures: The smorgasbord, for one thing. And Ingrid Bergman. And the final destination of one of the main characters in one of history’s greatest novels, Catch-22.

And, for the next few months, it’s going to be the frequent home of the Stanley Cup.

There is no doubt at least one headline out there today in the world’s newspapers with have the title “How Swede It Is for the Red Wings,” and can you blame any editor out there who falls into such punnery?


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Don Cherry & Barry Melrose Discuss The SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Cherry would prefer a team built like Anaheim to win the Cup but says Detroit will be the favorite again for next season…

Watch below…

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CBC Montage

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CBC recaps the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs….

Thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer and make sure to check out EN for more videos.

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Experience Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

I said before this series that the big factor that the Detroit Red Wings had on their side was experience.  That’s not just the experience of 23 Cups to just four on the side for the Pens.  It is the experience of the last four seasons that twice saw the Wings capture the Presidents’ Trophy and then have dismal post-seasons.

That’s the type of experience you need to win the Cup.  Whenever things got tough, the Wings had something to draw upon.  Pittsburgh didn’t have that, and that was the difference in this series.


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And So The Battle Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ll tell you, one of the most enjoyable aspects of this historic final was the running commentary between the 19 and the seemingly millions of fans who visited The Pens Blog.  We acknowledged from the beginning that we’d met our equals in terms of juveniliciousness and tenacity. 

What I didn’t tell you right off the bat is that the staff at tPB are all class.

Don’t believe me?  Here’s what arrived in my inbox minutes after the game ended tonite.

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Forgotten Bridesmaids

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ron Cook at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Bob Errey, as recognizable a hockey name in Pittsburgh as just about any short of Lemieux and Crosby, laid out the hard truth before the Stanley Cup final.

“Only one team can win,” he said. “Two weeks from now, you’ll either be the happiest guy in the world or the forgotten bridesmaid.”

Kind of makes you sick this morning, doesn’t it?

With the Detroit Red Wings the kings of the hockey world and the Penguins, well, you know?


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