by Mike Brophy - June 1, 2008 5:21 PM EDT
The Stanley Cup final may not end up being the seven-game thriller fans had hoped for, but the hockey has been exciting nonetheless.
DETROIT - This has not been the close Stanley Cup final many hoped for when two high-powered offenses like the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hooked up.
by Mike Brophy - June 1, 2008 12:15 AM EDT
The Penguins had a glorious chance to turn the tide of the game and series, but failed to score on a two man advantage... and other game notes.
PITTSBURGH - It was one minute and 27 seconds of absolutely glorious penalty killing. One minute and 27 seconds that will not be forgotten for a long, long time by Detroit Red Wings fans (and probably Pittsburgh Penguins fans, too, for all the wrong reasons).
by Mike Brophy - May 31, 2008 1:23 PM EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't scored much this series, but they are on a roll at home... and if Holmstrom is out, McCarty is in.
PITTSBURGH - Three goals in three games are simply not enough for any team to seriously consider beating the powerful Detroit Red Wings. But that is exactly how many goals the Pittsburgh Penguins have scored in three games of the Stanley Cup final.
by Mike Brophy - May 30, 2008 3:08 PM EDT
After being picked first overall in the 2003 entry draft, Fleury had difficulty securing a job as a true No. 1, but that problem has evaporated.
PITTSBURGH - You would think the road to success for the first overall pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft would be a smooth one. But that has not been the case for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
by Mike Brophy - May 29, 2008 3:13 PM EDT
The Shift, as it's being called, was all the buzz Thursday... the hard and soft of Mike Babcock... and Stanley and the Super Bowl.
PITTSBURGH - In less than 24 hours, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has gone from being a hard-working, but nondescript player to local folk hero.
by Mike Brophy - May 28, 2008 11:58 PM EDT
When they absolutely needed it, Sidney Crosby gave his Penguins the lift they needed to get back in the series.
PITTSBURGH - Need a win? Call Sid the Kid. On a day when his closest rival for best player in the world, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, was in town to collect the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies, Sidney Crosby let it be known he is No.
by Mike Brophy - May 28, 2008 2:24 PM EDT
If Pittsburgh has any hope of getting back into this series, they have to use their speed and cycle to generate offense.
Ryan Malone is usually a man of many words; a chatterbox if you will. But when asked specifically what he could change in his game to help make the Pittsburgh Penguins successful in tonight’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, he got straight to the point.
by Mike Brophy - May 27, 2008 6:58 PM EDT
Mike Babcock knows winning the first two games of the final ensures nothing... and a couple of young Prongers.
PITTSBURGH - Sometimes a coach has to walk a fine line while answering questions from the media. For instance, Detroit’s Mike Babcock was asked about the 2003 final when he coached the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
by Mike Brophy - May 26, 2008 11:41 PM EDT
Through two games the Pens have yet to show up and need to change their philosophy if they are to come back... and Stanley Cup musings.
DETROIT - B-O-R-I-N-G! Never thought I’d feel this way when two of the NHL’s elite offensive teams hooked up in the Stanley Cup final, but the first two games have been a major disappointment.
by Mike Brophy - May 26, 2008 2:28 PM EDT
The speedy rookie center will look for his second NHL goal in Game 2... Draper has a really happy birthday... and Talbot's comic relief.
People go on and on about Detroit’s wealth of experience and what an edge it gives the Red Wings over the much greener Pittsburgh Penguins.
by Mike Brophy - May 25, 2008 4:24 PM EDT
Gary Roberts will return to the Pittsburgh lineup in Game 2... Fleury's face-first recreation... and expect Franzen back soon.
DETROIT - Unable to score in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, the Pittsburgh Penguins have shifted gears and will now go with the Big Bang Theory.
by Mike Brophy - May 24, 2008 11:33 PM EDT
For the Pens to bounce back, Malkin must make an impact... the truth about Tomas... and THN's Three Stars for Game 1.
DETROIT - If the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to win the Stanley Cup, then somebody had better put in a wakeup call to Evgeni Malkin. The Hart Trophy finalist has been in a funk since midway through the third round against Philadelphia and unless he gets it in gear, the Penguins are going to be hard-pressed to defeat the Red Wings.