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Chicago Showed They Could Play With The Wings But Could Not Beat Them

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

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

* if necessary

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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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“Elite” Enough For You?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Unbelievable game. And hats off to Cristobal Huet.  Who could have ever expected him to play to that level in this game?  Not me.  And none of you did either, not even the Hawk fans.

Chris Osgood played the best playoff game of his life.  It’s as simple as that.  It was a Hall of Fame performance from a HOF goalie. 

And this guy can just go ahead and suck it.

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Wings Defeat Blackhawks In OT, Advance To SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darren Helm with the OT, series clinching game winner.

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Ericsson Out Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter, -

Ericsson acute appendicitis, underwent surgery this afternoon. He won’t be available for Detroit’s next game.

- Correction ... Ericsson is expected to return to action for the Wings’ next game. That’s the team statement at least.

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Fellas, It’s Been Good To Know Ya…Now Hit The Links.  It’s A Game 4.9999919 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Seriously.

Is this guy going to deny the Detroit Red Wings a spot in the Finals where providence has decreed they belong?

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