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During a chaotic postgame scene on the crowded Joe Louis Arena ice following Pittsburgh’s 2-1 victory on Friday, Crosby was ushered to several live TV interviews by NHL personnel, hugged some teammates and was handed the Stanley Cup by commissioner Gary Bettman.
Crosby was celebrating when Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), alternate captain Kris Draper(notes) and some other key Red Wings players went to their dressing room. Crosby estimates he shook hands with about half the team, including goalie Chris Osgood(notes) and coach Mike Babcock, who congratulated him on his leadership ability.
That wasn’t enough to satisfy Draper, who told The Associated Press that “Nick was waiting and waiting, and Crosby didn’t come over to shake his hand. That’s ridiculous, especially as their captain, and make sure you write that I said that!”
Crosby finds any suggestion that he would intentionally avoid shaking hands nonsensical, saying, “It’s the easiest thing in the world to shake hands after you win.”
After losing is different, as the Penguins experienced a year ago against Detroit, so Crosby understands why some Red Wings players quickly shook hands and left before the Penguins’ postgame celebration began.
“I really don’t need to talk to anyone from Detroit about it,” Crosby said Sunday. “I made the attempt to go shake hands. I’ve been on that side of things, too, I know it’s not easy, waiting around. I just won the Stanley Cup, and I think I have the right to celebrate with my teammates.
Here's an article announcing why you should avoid the Pittsburgh Penguins Parade today:
“On their side of things, I understand if they don’t want to wait around.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup championship parade is scheduled for noon, as the Steel City prepares to celebrate their hockey heroes and see if Sidney Crosby(notes) shows up on time to shake some hands. Fans have been lining up since as early as 5 a.m. ... mostly because they've haven't been able to sleep since Thursday night.
Greg Wyshynski @ (http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/In-which-we-avoid-obvious-March-of-the-Penguins-?urn=nhl,170229)
Another yahoo/Puck daddy Red wings fan with a different perspective: What follows are typically a few hundred words about conspiracy theories (Bettman may have been in Dallas on November 22, 1963!), easily disprovable complaints about Sid Crosby's class or, more specifically, lack thereof (HE DIDN'T SHAKE THEIR HANDS!) and complaints about injuries because the Penguins were, of course, 100 percent healthy. All of that totally negates the first paragraph which, I guess, is intended to not make them look petty sore losers screaming their impotent rage into a sad, lonely void because it simply cannot be true that their boys, like 28 other teams, just weren't as good as the Penguins.
It's tough to accept, I know. But I'd like to give these Detroit fans some helpful advice: Just be jerks. Unabashed ones at that. You're like 90 percent of the way there. The hockey community already thinks very little of you anyway, so why not earn it?
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/What-We-Learned-A-free-tip-for-Red-Wings-fans?urn=nhl,170262During a chaotic postgame scene on the crowded Joe Louis Arena ice following... more
Penguins, Talbot complete comeback, win Stanley Cup in 7
By Kevin Allen, USA TODAY
DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team since the 1971 Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup on the road in Game 7 when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Friday night.
GAME REPORT: Penguins 2, Red Wings 1
With star Sidney Crosby unable to play for most of the second and third periods, Maxime Talbot picked up the slack, scoring a pair of goals in the second period to stake the Penguins to a 2-0 lead.
Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson cut the score to 2-1 late in the third period but the Penguins and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside a late flurry from the home team to preserve the win.
Center Evgeni Malkin assisted on Talbot's first goal and was presented with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the NHL playoffs. Malkin finished with 14 goals and 22 assists in 24 playoff games.
We did it! Poor Hossa doesn't get to dance with Lord Stanley again.
WE LOVE YOU, PENGUINS!Penguins, Talbot complete comeback, win Stanley Cup in 7
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Penguins 1 3 0 4
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Penguins 4, Red Wings 2
The Stanley Cup finals won't be a duplicate of last year's, and a momentum-swinging period by the Pittsburgh Penguins put in doubt whether there will be a repeat champion. Jordan Staal's short-handed goal during back-to-back Detroit power plays started Pittsburgh's comeback, and the Penguins scored three goals in less than 6 minutes of the second period to win 4-2 on Thursday night and tie the series at 2. Evgeni Malkin, enjoying the best postseason since Wayne Gretzky in 1993, and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist each to help rally the Penguins from a 2-1 deficit a year to the day Detroit raised the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh by winning Game 6.
1st Period Scoring Summary Score
2:39 Power-Play Goal scored by Evgeni Malkin (14)
Assisted by Kristopher Letang (9) and Jordan Staal (5) Pit 1-0
18:19 Goal scored by Darren Helm (4)
2nd Period Scoring Summary Score
0:46 Goal scored by Brad Stuart (3)
Assisted by Henrik Zetterberg (12) and Brian Rafalski (8) Det 2-1
8:35 Short-Handed Goal scored by Jordan Staal (3)
Assisted by Maxime Talbot (4) and Mark Eaton (3) Tied 2-2
10:34 Goal scored by Sidney Crosby (15)
Assisted by Evgeni Malkin (21) Pit 3-2
14:12 Goal scored by Tyler Kennedy (4)
Assisted by Sidney Crosby (16) and Chris Kunitz (12) Pit 4-2
3rd Period Scoring Summary Score
No Scoring This Period
Complete Scoring Summary
G | A | P | PIM
D. Helm, DET 1
B. Stuart, DET 1
S. Crosby, PIT 1
T. Kennedy, PIT 1
E. Malkin, PIT 1
B. Rafalski, DET 1
H. Zetterberg, DET 1
S. Crosby, PIT 1
M. Eaton, PIT 1
C. Kunitz, PIT 1
S. Crosby, PIT 2
E. Malkin, PIT 2
J. Staal, PIT 2
D. Helm, DET 1
B. Rafalski, DET 1
N. Kronwall, DET 4
J. Ericsson, DET 2
M. Eaton, PIT 2
B. Guerin, PIT 2
E. Malkin, PIT 2
Complete Daily Leaders SV% | W | GA | SO
M. Fleury, PIT .949
C. Osgood, DET .871
C. Osgood, DET 0
M. Fleury, PIT 0
M. Fleury, PIT 2
C. Osgood, DET 4
Complete Daily Leaders
Date Home Score Goalies
Sat 5/30 Det Det 3 - 1 W: Osgood
Sun 5/31 Det Det 3 - 1 W: Osgood
Tue 6/2 Pit Pit 4 - 2 W: Fleury
Date Home Time (ET)
Thu 6/4 Pit 8:00 pm
Sat 6/6 Det 8:00 pm
Tue 6/9 Pit 8:00 pm
Fri 6/12 Det 8:00 pmGameTrax | Box Score | Depth Chart | Head-to-Head TICKETS: Red Wings | Penguins
Penguins, Red Wings Back In Stanley Cup FinalsPITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―
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omas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings celebrate after Brian Rafalski scored a first period power play goal past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game 6 of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
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numSlides of totalImages It's official – the Penguins and the Detroit Redwings will face off once again in the Stanley Cup finals.
The Red Wings went into overtime, beating Chicago, 2-1.
This is the first time since in more than 20 years that the same two teams are playing each other in back-to-back finals.
The NHL has announced the schedule for the matchup.
The first two games are this weekend, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31st in Detroit.
Both games will air on NBC.
Versus will carry Games 3 and 4, Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday June 4 at Mellon Arena.
Game 5 will be June 6 in Detroit
Game 6 will be June 9 in Pittsburgh
Game 7 will be June 12 in Detroit.
All of these games will air on NBC.
(© MMIX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)Penguins, Red Wings Back In Stanley Cup FinalsPITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―
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Penguins Clinch Eastern Conference ChampionshipRALEIGH, N.C. (KDKA/AP) ―
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Sidney Crosby #87, Sergei Gonchar #55 and Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hold the Prince of Wales trophy after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at
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numSlides of totalImages For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference Championship and are on their way to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Pens swept the Carolina Hurricanes, beating them 4-1 in Game 4 in Raleigh last night.
The Penguins outscored the Hurricanes 20-9 in the series, netted at least three goals in each game, and trailed for a total of 20 minutes, 30 seconds in advancing to the Cup finals for the fourth time.
If the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings beat Chicago in the West finals, it will set up the first title rematch since the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders met in 1983 and 1984.
Pittsburgh is the first team since the 2000-01 New Jersey Devils to get to the finals in consecutive years.
The Red Wings, who lead Chicago 3-1 in the West finals, could join them as soon as Wednesday night.
When asked why Sid the Kid touched the Prince of Wales Trophy last night, against his superstitions, He talked about how last year didn't go so well so they changed some things...
Here we come Stanley Cup!Penguins Clinch Eastern Conference ChampionshipRALEIGH, N.C. (KDKA/AP) ―
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Luke DeCock of the News & Observer is reporting that Ryan Bayda(notes) of the Carolina Hurricanes will be fined $2,500 but not have his automatic suspension upheld by the NHL for his actions in Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bayda was given a match penalty late in the third period, which carries with it an automatic suspension pending the League's review. Review it they did, and suspended he is not. Here's how we saw it last night:
Let's see: Ryan Bayda took Kris Letang(notes) hard to the boards on an icing call with 1:19 left in the game and then cross-checked him to the face. Intent? Check. Stick work? Check. Blow to the head? Check. "Message sending" at the end of the game? Check. Match penalty? Check. It doesn't get more cut-and-dry for supplementary discipline by the standards the NHL has established this postseason. Which of course means Colin Campbell will instead nominate Bayda for the Nobel Peace Prize ...
Well, not quite. But he's still eligible to play in Game 3 on Saturday night. Here's the play in question
Again, this is "message sending" at its most blatant: a violent play that begot more violence in a game that had already been decided. The only thing separating it from the suspension Daniel Carcillo(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers received in the first round is the notion that Paul Maurice purposely put Bayda out there to stir the pot. (Which shouldn't be assumed in this case.)
As I said on Twitter: The NHL should apologize to Carcillo and Milan Lucic(notes) of the Boston Bruins. Clearly, the League overreached in its suspensions earlier in the postseason, setting standards they haven't (or never intended to) meet. Because, to the letter, Bayda's infraction is suspension-level; the only out possibly being that Letang wasn't injured.
We know the Igloo looks like Thunderdome. But unless you plan on dangle chainsaws from the ceiling and swapping out Bettman for Tina Turner (or Master Blaster), the rules should matter, right?.
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