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2 Minutes For: Ending The 08-09 Season

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
     
  So the Stanley Cup playoffs have been everything they were supposed to be…and a little bit more. Come Friday night, the Penguins or Red Wings lift Stanley and put an end to the 2008-09 season.


Some facts about Game 7.

The home team is 12-2 in 14 previous Game 7’s in Stanley Cup Final history. In all major sports, the home team has won the deciding game of the past 18 Final series that reached a Game 7. That includes six Game 7’s in the Stanley Cup, four in the NBA Finals and eight in the World Series.

The Red Wings are 11-1 at Joe Louis during these playoffs. They’ve scored 11 goals on Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the previous three games in Detroit and Pittsburgh has scored only three goals.

Now, good news for Penguins fans? They’ve never lost a Game 7 on the road (4-0).

Needless to say, Fleury has to shine Friday evening and Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who haven’t registered a point in the previous two games, have to help carry the Penguins on their back.

If they can upset Detroit, the Penguins will become the first team since the 1971 Canadiens to win Stanley after dropping the first two games of the Final on the road.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’ve played this game a thousand times already in my driveway.” Penguins forward Max Talbot on Game 7.

PASSING THOUGHTS

I see reality television in Carrie Prejean’s future.

Goaltending guru Francois Allaire has left the Ducks to work for Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs. Allaire could be the final piece in getting Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson to Toronto.
 
 


Funny e-mail from a fan to Ottawa Sun columnist Chris Stevenson regarding the Dany Heatley situation. Click on the link for a chuckle.

Well, this certainly isn’t befitting a legend. When the Arizona Republic asked readers if Wayne Gretzky should step aside as head coach of the Coyotes, 86 percent said yes.

Goalie Ray Emery, back from exile in Russia after signing with Philly, seems to realize the chance he’s been given. “I really appreciate the opportunity being given to me,” he said. “I lost that once before and have that in the back of my mind.”

Honestly, I’m way tired of Brett Favre.

Not tired of Broadway Danny Rose (“The cat ate his bird. That comes under the Act of God clause").

The 2008-09 NHL season clocks in at 251 days.

Ken Schinkel

Song of the day: The Last Waltz, by The Band.

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