Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 45

Well, it's what everyone but me wants - the Stanley Cup Final is going to a seventh and deciding game.

By Friday night, or perhaps early Saturday morning, one team will be celebrating and the other will sit dejected on the other end of the ice.

Here's the recap:

(Penguins 2, Red Wings 1)

Just like in game five, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a far better start than the Red Wings, but this time it didn't end up being a romp for Detroit.

In fact, the Wings were held to just three shots in the first period and 12 through two periods by a tenacious Penguins team.

It's happened so often in this series that role players have stepped up for their respective side and on Tuesday night it was Jordan Staal coming through with the game's opening goal within the first minute of the second period, and Tyler Kennedy potting the game-winner in the third.

Detroit had their chances, especially near the end of the game, but they took far too long to get going offensively in this one.

It's truly amazing how the home team has played so well in their own barn in this series. When Friday night rolls around it'll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

If Pittsburgh can bounce back from a 5-0 blowout in game five, the Red Wings can just as easily come out with guns blazing in game seven.

If they want to win though, they're going to have to come out with more jump than they did on Tuesday.

AND one note on the other battle raging on in the NHL right now:

It looks like if Jim Balsillie wins his bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, he'll be paying a hefty price. Judge Redfield T. Baum is suggesting there could be a relocation fee paid to the NHL in any potential transaction.

Sources say that fee could be somewhere in the region of $100-million. Will that deter the Blackberry boss from pursuing his dreams of a seventh Canadian NHL club?

We'll see!
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