Monday, May 19, 2008

It's Wings v. Pens

Western Conference final
(1) Detroit v. (5) Dallas
Red Wings win series 4-2
In one corner, there are the Pittsburgh Penguins, champions of the Eastern Conference, the young upstarts, closing in on a Stanley Cup championship in only Sidney Crosby's third season.

In the other corner, here come the Detroit Red Wings, the model of NHL stability, experienced, steady, making their fourth appearance in the Stanley Cup final in the past 11 years.

It is a battle for the ages.
The Stanley Cup final starts up Saturday and we're going to have plenty of off days to chew over the series even after it gets underway.

Why the NHL prolongs these things every year, I haven't the foggiest, but hockey will be played in June this year unless there's a sweep.

Game 1: Saturday, May 24 - Pittsburgh at Detroit
Game 2: Monday, May 26 - Pittsburgh at Detroit
Game 3: Wednesday, May 28 - Detroit at Pittsburgh
Game 4: Saturday, May 31 - Detroit at Pittsburgh
Game 5: Monday, June 2 - Pittsburgh at Detroit
Game 6: Wednesday, June 4 - Detroit at Pittsburgh
Game 7: Saturday, June 7 - Pittsburgh at Detroit

All games will be shown on CBC in Canada, while Games 1 and 2 are Versus in the U.S. NBC picks up for Game 3 and beyond.

That might be it from me on this one, although we had a live blog at FanHouse and I'll have a post talking about the new KHL for early tomorrow morning.


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At 10:44 p.m., May 19, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Dallas certainly can't claim that they were screwed by the refs.

At 10:48 p.m., May 19, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

They just announced the schedule, If the wings/pens series goes 7 games, we won't have a champion for almost another 3 weeks. jeez.

At 10:49 p.m., May 19, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Osgood was amazing at the end, btw.

At 10:54 p.m., May 19, 2008, Anonymous Django said...

Credit to Dallas. They found themselves in a 0-3 hole and fought like hell to claw out.

Great game by Osgood, Zetterberg and Drake(!).

This should be a great final.

At 11:05 p.m., May 19, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Osgood was fabulous.

At 11:08 p.m., May 19, 2008, Blogger poploser said...

Its not hard to figure out. Gary Bettman came from the NBA. The NBA regularly has series that carry over into 3 weeks. Scheduling is made for TV, and that means dragging things out to make sure theres plenty of weekend games.

This has potential to be an amazing series, in any case. Lets hope it lives up to the possibilities.

At 11:26 p.m., May 19, 2008, Anonymous jkrdevil said...

The reason is Television. Both CBC and NBC want Saturday Night games. CBC because it is the traditional HNIC spot and NBC because then they don't have to give up as many actual nights of Prime-time programming. Thus the series doesn't start until Saturday and you have 2, 2-day breaks, so there is 3 Saturday games.

At 2:46 a.m., May 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness! Finally!

When was the last time the Finals contained two teams that played to win, as opposed to those who played not to lose?

1993? 1994?


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