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Redwings raise the Cup June 5, 2008

I wish I could tell you that I watched Wednesday’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburg Penguins, but I can’t…in fact I was forbidden by my father.

After watching the disappointing fifth game of the series with my family, my dad “discovered” that I was a bad luck charm for the ’Wings and I was literally uninvited to watch the conclusion of the finals with him. In fact, he recommended that I skip watching the game entirely…being the obedient daughter that I am, I conceded to his demand.

Well…I’m not sure if my father’s paranoid request had anything to do with it, but one thing’s for sure; the Red Wings dominated the ice last night and took Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Detroit.

The final match took place in Pittsburg at the Mellon Arena, where the Penguins tried to become the second team in history to come back from trailing 3-1 in the final series. The only team to have ever made that come back was the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.

While the Penguins had an impressive showing in the second period, scoring two goals to tie the game, but they could not rally back against the relentless efforts of the Red Wings. Brian Rafalski scored his second goal in the third period to give the Red Wings the lead. Rafalski’s goal proved to be the game winner with the final score at Red Wings 3, Penguins 2.

This 2008 Stanley Cups victory only continues the winning tradition that the ’Wings have established over the past decade. In the last 11 season the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cup titles. Their victory in 1997 ended their 42-year championship drought. Currently the Detroit Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cups which is the third highest total in the National Hockey League.



‘Wings, Stars, and Slashing May 11, 2008

Surprisingly, my Southern Californian family is a bunch of hockey nuts. I know…I know…who would have guessed it? People that live an hour from the beach actually worship the same game as people from the arctic tundra. I guess hockey isn’t just for frostbitten Canadians and Russians anymore.

Hockey is a source of joy and pain for the Bunch family because we live in a house divided. My father and brother love the Detroit Red Wings, while my stepmother and youngest brother support the Dallas Stars.

This week has been a huge for them because their two favorite teams are playing one another in the Western Conference Finals (whichever team wins this stage of the playoffs will go on to play in the Stanley Cup finals, the Super Bowl of hockey if you will).

After a nice Saturday afternoon barbeque we sat down together to watch game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The game was pretty exciting to watch and the playful bickering between my family members was even more entertaining.

With minutes to go the score was Red Wings 2, Stars 1, but then the game started heating up. The Stars were not giving up and the players from both teams were getting out of hand.

The Red Wings goalkeeper, Chris Osgood, “butt-ended” (poked in non-hockey terminology) Mike Ribeiro when he skated past him. Osgood has been quoted as saying that if he did butt-end Ribeiro that it was an accident.

Seemingly out of nowhere Ribeiro slashes Osgood across the chest with his stick. While he was skating behind the net he reached over the top and struck the Osgood so hard that he broke his own stick.

While I was watching the game, I missed the apparent initiating poke, but they showed it later in the highlight real. To me it didn’t warrant Ribeiro’s overly violent overreaction; it was obvious that he was trying to injure him.

In shock I asked my dad if the Ribeiro was going to get suspended for the rest of the Conference finals. He looked at me really confused by my question and said, “He might get a one game suspension, but usually they only get a fine.”

I found this response so incredible. I don’t think I’ve witnessed a more unsportsmanlike act in my life, with the exception of Zinedine Zidane’s head butt to Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup (soccer) finals between France and Italy.

The next day, news confirmed the consequences that my father predicted; Ribeiro was simply fined, but to my surprise Osgood was fined as well. The league officials must have reviewed the game footage and determined that Osgood was just as responsible for the altercation as Ribeiro was.

I didn’t see it that way at all, but I am a novice hockey fan after all. All I know is that I look forward to watching more excitement between Dallas, Detroit, and my divided family members.