Finger Gate: Burrows scores 11 seconds into OT to give Canucks 2-0 series lead


Vancouver 3 – Boston 2 Alex Burrows took a big bite out of the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup dreams in Game 2 of the Cup Finals. Burrows who was not suspended for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1, scored in the first period, setup up Daniel Sedin in the third period for the game tying goal and then scored 11 seconds into overtime, beating Zdeno Chara around the net and an erratic Tim Thomas who was out of position. Burrows game winner gave the Canucks a 3-2 victory and commanding 2-0 series lead. It’s hard to imagine the Bruins getting back into the series. Vancouver is looking to become the first Canadian team to win the Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves on 30 shots. Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi scored for the Bruins. Recchi at age 43, became the oldest player in StanleyRead More »

As good as they are, young Penguins still have much to learn


By Paul Ladewski The Stanley Cups Finals aren’t Boys versus Men exactly. After all, every Penguins player except Jordan Staal can down an Iron City legally. But if the 5-0 embarrassment in Game 5 in Detroit confirmed anything , then it’s that they still have lessons to learn before they can move up to champagne. The Red Wings were a tired bunch in Game 4 – even their head coach Mike Babcock said so — and with only one day off between games, the Penguins were in position to take advantage of their fresher legs and healthier bodies. Maybe the visitors felt a bit too good about themselves after consecutive victories at home. Or maybe they believed that momentum would carry over automatically from the previous game. Whatever the case, they displayed a serious lack of focus and discipline that allowed the Winged Wheels to seized control of the seriesRead More »

Detroit takes control of the series


Detroit leads series, 3-2 The Detroit Red Wings put to rest any talk that momentum was moving towards Pittsburgh as the Detroit Red Wings crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena to take a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The presence of Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup for the first time in the series, changed the mental makeup of the Wings and Datsyuk made his presence felt early and often, finishing the game with 2 assists and was a calming presence on the power play. Three power play goals by the Red Wings in the second period did the Penguins in, who were undisciplined and frustrated throughout the game. Despite playing at 85%, Pavel Datsyuk was among the games top performers at both ends of the ice. “He did very well for being off for as long as he has been,” Detroit RedRead More »

Stanley Cup Finals: The New NHL? Not so fast


It was Mario Lemieux who once referred to the NHL as a garage league, but after two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, I absolutely, positively refuse to go there. Wouldn’t want to give garage leagues a bad name, you know. After three rounds of competitive, compelling, entertaining playoff hockey, The New NHL has morphed into the old one all of a sudden. All of six minor penalties have been whistled thus far. Total. At least a half-dozen infractions went overlooked both ways. Just when you thought that the league had entered the 21st Century finally, out of nowhere, the Let-‘em-play Official Rules were in effect again. Can anyone tell me why the NHL would want to turn its showcase event into in the Roller Derby on Ice Championships? Pleeeeeze? Let’s get this straight. The Penguins aren’t behind in the series because the refs gagged on their whistles or calledRead More »

Cup finals Preview: “There will be no surprises this year”


There is a growing sense in NHL circles that the Pittsburgh Penguins are more equipped to upend the Detroit Red Wings in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals which begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. Pittsburgh is a more confident and experienced team than the team that went into Joe Louis Arena and were shutout for the first two games of the 08 Finals. Pittsburgh expects a different result as they know what to expect this time around. “Well I think there are no surprises this year,” Sidney Crosby said on Friday. We know what to expect, simple things like today, we know what to expect. We know our opponent, last year that wasn’t the case.” For the Red Wings, they come into the Finals as the favorites to repeat as champions. Despite being the favorites, there is a belief that the Red Wings tank is near empty and thatRead More »