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Marc Crawford on the Final

Sunday, 05.25.2008 / 3:01 PM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

Kings' head coach Marc Crawford discussed the Stanley Cup Final from his home in Manhattan Beach, CA, Sunday. LISTEN 
Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. As a player with the Vancouver Canucks, Crawford advanced to the Stanley Cup in 1982 before his Canucks lost to the Islanders. As a coach, he won the Stanley Cup, leading the Colorado Avalanche to the 1996 crown, defeating Florida in four games.

Now the coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Crawford has agreed to share his expertise with in breaking down the 2008 Stanley Cup Final between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins from a coach’s viewpoint.

Crawford has coached 83 NHL playoff games, going 43-40, winning one Stanley Cup and reaching the Western Conference Final on two occasions.

In his exclusive analysis of Detroit’s 4-0 victory against Pittsburgh in Game 1 on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena, Crawford discusses almost every aspect of the game.

* How Detroit’s experience carried the day in Game 1.

* The importance of Detroit’s ability to kill a run of penalties early in Game 1.

* The likelihood of Pittsburgh playing a much better game Monday night in Game 2.

* Pittsburgh’s need to maintain possession of the puck in order to be more competitive in Game 2, including countering the speed and physicality that Detroit exhibited Saturday night.

* The game plan Detroit used to neutralize Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

You can hear all of Crawford’s thoughts here:

Roarke interviews Crawford  

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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

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