4-on-4 on the finals
Four bloggers, four questions
I've put the same four questions to two Red Wings and two Penguins bloggers, going right to the best in the business for a few thoughts on some tough-to-call questions.
I even ask them to write poetry.
The Pensblog is, without question, one of the most popular blogs on the net. A Pittsburgh Penguins fan site run by Adam, Derek, Charlie and a legion of loyal fans, they're well known for producing some of the funniest, gross-out hockey-related material online.
Here are their thoughts on the four questions I came up with.
#1. We've seen features on Pascal Dupuis, odes to Dallas Drake and in-depth histories of the octopus and Mellon Arena. What is the best untold story of the teams in the final?
It is hard to find untold stories, because every blogger and columnist in the Western Hemisphere has told us even what the players eat for lunch.
The ironic twist with this one is that the untold story is what everyone is mentioning as their unknown story in their articles. And that would be the Pens' defensive corps.
If the Wings want to underestimate the discipline and talent on the Pens' blue line, we'll take it.
#2. Who has the edge in goal in this series?
GAA, we feel, is based more on the defensive style that a team plays. Solid defense equals low-percentage shots being given up.
The Wings and Pens both have sported great GAA, and consequently, their goaltenders have great save percentages.
This is truly a toss-up. Anyone who says Osgood is better than Fleury will bank on Osgood's past accomplishments, which have nothing to do with how each goalie is presently playing. Anyone who says MAF is better than Osgood doesn't respect Osgood.
#3. Can a team be too young to win the Cup? (Or ... how big of a factor is experience?)
Mirtle: What about experience?
Pensblog: Let's see now. You know, come to think of it, we have no idea what that means.
Mirtle: Well, it means to have a little more —
Pensblog: We know what you think it means. Personally, we think it's a made-up word, a blogger's word; a word so young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and tie and run a blog. What do you really want to know? Are the Red Wings better because they're older?
Mirtle: Well, are they?
Pensblog: Every day that goes by, the Red Wings get older. They wish they could go back, but they can't. Sooner or later, the grey area between being experienced and being old becomes focused, especially when you have a hungry group of talented players champing at the bit to expose it.
Experience? That's a bull-crap word. So just go on ahead and post your blog there, sonny, and stop wasting our damn time. Truth is, we don't give a crap.
#4. Using a haiku (20 words or less) who is your Conn Smythe pick?
Malkin, Hossa, Bing
On ur rinkz, scoring big goalz
Stanley Cup in sight
Thanks to Charlie and friends for taking some time out of their mad Photoshopping to have a little chat. And remember to stop by The Pensblog Store for Gary Roberts-themed thongs and more.
Others feel free to add your own Conn Smythe haiku in the comments or on your own blogs.