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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.

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‘Wings let the game slip between their feathers. June 2, 2008

Filed under: Professional Sports — gfg2sports @ 11:48 pm
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For the Detroit Redwings, last nights match was a must win game. With a 3-1 game lead for the Stanley Cup trophy the Wings needed just one final “V” to earn the title of champions. They were playing in front of their home crowd and everything appeared to be in prime position for their potential hoisting of the cup.

Unfortunately for the ’Wings, the fifth game in the series was also a must win game for the Pittsburg Penguins. In order to continue competing for hockey’s greatest honor, the Penguins needed to pull off a big upset…and they did.

The final score of the match was Penguins 4, Redwings 3. But don’t let this score fool you…last night’s match was all about the Redwings, but sadly it was their game to lose.

At the start of the game the ’Wings were playing nervously. They were not possessing the puck as well as they had in the past four games. The team made several mistakes in the first quarter which ultimately cost them two goals.

The second goal was the result of a terrible play by one of the Redwings’ defensemen. He attempted to clear the puck from the goal box, but his pass was too sharp and it was easily deflected by an opponents skate and into the net. The Redwings couldn’t have given them an easier goal.

The 2-0 lead only lasted the first period. Three minutes into the second period the ’Wings finally put a point on the board. The play became even more aggressive between the rivaling teams, but the referees only seemed to be calling penalties against the home team.

This didn’t phase the Redwings at all. They went on to score two more goals to take the lead. With only a minute left in the third quarter it looked as if the Redwings would be raising the trophy shortly. It seemed as if everyone in the Joe Louis Arena was ready for its unveiling, but the Penguins were not ready to give up their own Stanley Cup dreams.

With just 34.3 seconds left Max Talbot scored the equalizing goal for the Penguins.

Unbelievably the game went on for three overtime periods before either team scored the golden goal. With the Redwings relentless attacking Penguins’ net it seemed as if the title would soon be theirs. The Penguins’ keeper, Marc-Andre Fleury, truly was the man of the match.

While the ’Wings greatly out shot the Penguins they did not make the one shot that mattered. That honor belongs to Penguin Petr Sykora who scored the winning goal with just over nine minutes left in the third overtime.

The battle will now move to the Penguins’ home turf. The game is scheduled at 8 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday June 4.

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Hockey Lingo May 19, 2008

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The Stanley Cup Finals is just around the corner and I thought that it would be helpful to go over some classic hockey terminology. After reading this post you will be prepared for active hockey conversations when you watch the seven game series with your friends or family. To learn more about the rules of hockey and about the teams scheduled to play in the finals visit the NHL website at http://www.nhl.com.

Back Check: To obstruct an opponent that is skating toward the defending zone.

Blue Lines: The two lines that appear 60 feet from each goal. These lines are used to divide the rink into three zones: attacking, neutral, and defending.

Body Check: Aggressive use of ones body against an opponent. The check is only considered legal if the player has the puck or was the last one to have touched it.

Butt-ending: The act of hitting one’s opponent with the non-blade end of the stick; this act is considered illegal and is cause for a penalty.

Goal Crease: The four foot by eight foot area in front of the goal that is marked by red lines. No offensive players are permitted to enter it unless they are in possession of the puck

Deke: To lunge quickly to fake opponents out of their current position.

Face Off: The referee drops a puck between two players, one player from each team, to start or resume the game.

Forecheck: To check an opposing player in his defense end to prevent him from making an offensive sprint.

Freezing the Puck: To force the puck against the boards in order to get a stoppage of play. The puck may be pressed by either a skate or stick.

Goal Line: The red line that run between the goal posts and extend all the way to the side boards.

Goal Mouth: The area between the goal and the crease line.

Hat Trick: A player scores three goals in a single game.

One-timer: Hitting the puck immediately off of a pass.

Penalty Box: The area off of the rink where penalized players wait to reenter the game.

Power Play: When a team has a one or two more players than their opposing team due to penalties.

Pulling the Goalie: The act of replacing the goalie with an additional player in an effort to tie or win a close match.

Save: A shot that a goalie prevents from scoring.

Screened Shot: When a goalie’s view is blocked by a player when he is being shot at.

Slap Shot: Taking a full backswing to hit the puck with the blade of the stick.

Slot: The area directly preceding the goal crease. This zone typically has the most action in a game and most goals are scored from it.

Splitting the Defense: When the player in possession of the puck skates between two or more opposing defensemen.

Stick Handling: To maneuver the puck with the stick.

Top Shelf: A high shot the top portion of the net.

Wraparound: Occurs when a player skates behind the goal and attempts to slide the puck around the goal post and into the net.

Wrist Shot: Using a quick snap of the wrist to strike the puck with the blade of the stick.

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‘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.

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