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Morning Reading List: History on Their Side

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How's this for favorable odds: The home team has won 12 of the 14 previous Stanley Cup finals that were decided in a Game 7, and since 1980, no home team in Major League Baseball, the NBA or NHL has lost a decisive game for the championship (18-0).

The Detroit Red Wings are 11-1 at Joe Louis Arena (3-0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins) in the postseason, so they're feeling pretty good about being home tonight for Game 7.

Also tonight: Game 6 of the Calder Cup final between the Caps' own Hershey Bears and the Manitoba Moose. From the Patriot-News:

One late-spring jaunt to Winnipeg should have been enough for the Hershey Bears. But the storied American Hockey League franchise couldn't close the deal at home against Manitoba in Game 5 of the Calder Cup finals Tuesday night.
The Moose ruined Hershey's celebration plans -- the Bears were trying to win the championship on their home ice for the first time since 1980 -- with a 3-2 win that necessitated a Hershey return to Canada.
And a road trip might be just what the Bears need to win Calder Cup No. 10.

Also in the Patriot-News: It's a two-game season.

From the Democrat and Chronicle:

The series has been a box-office bonanza. Games 4 and 5 in Hershey drew sellout crowds of 10,739 and 10,860 to Giant Center.
In 11 home playoff games, Hershey's average crowd was 8,266. Manitoba averaged 10,109 in its first 10 playoff games and tonight and Sunday (if necessary) will be sellouts.
The two teams couldn't be more evenly matched. In this season's playoffs, Hershey is 15-6 and has outscored opponents 65-46. Manitoba is 14-7 and has outscored opponents 63-46.
The AHL is the NHL's development league, but Hershey and Manitoba are the latest examples of how a healthy dose of veterans to show the younger players the way is a key to Calder Cup success.

The Manitoba Moose know their season could end at home tonight, but they're trying to stay calm. From the Vancouver Sun:

"We're desperate," said Moose forward Guillaume Desbiens. "If we lose a game, it's over."
The fear of watching a memorable season go down the drain can be a great motivational tool.
Regardless of the circumstances, this Moose team has done a great job of keeping things in perspective all season long.
So when the situation looks bleak and dire to those on the outside, the Moose remain a picture of calm.
There's urgency in knowing you can't afford another loss or the season is over, but the Moose also understand that with two wins under their belt, they now find themselves halfway to their goal.

A few more Stanley Cup final links this morning:

* A playoff pattern? Not in these finals. (ESPN)

* Marian Hossa is finding the Cup final tough on the other side. (TSN)

* With a win tonight, Sidney Crosby will be a Pittsburgh sports hero. (The Hockey News)

* Petr Sykora will miss his second Game 7 of the final. Ouch. (National Post)

* The Red Wings' run has given beaten-down Motor City something to cheer about. (NY Times)

Tarik is in Detroit and will have more coverage of Game 7 tonight.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 12, 2009; 9:08 AM ET
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who cares about the Pens? Lets go Bears !!!

Posted by: wendel2 | June 12, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

OMG. Let the record show that irockthered and wendel2 are totally in agreement for once: who cares about the Penguins and Red Wings, and why are they the lead-off story in this blog? GO BEARS!

Posted by: irockthered | June 12, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and I swear, if anybody on the radio, television, or ANYWHERE jinxes the Bears by talking about "Historical Game" again, I am going to scream!

Posted by: irockthered | June 12, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

ah, but that photo is stunning (I saw it this morning in my dead-tree edition). Look at all those banners! I want.

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 12, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie - At least it's the right color, right? ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | June 12, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

right! and at least its a classy, well-respected organization, unlike another team I could name....

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 12, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

So if Pittsburgh wins, Cindy becomes the sports hero? Sorry Malkin (the better player), Scuderi (Saved them in game 6), and the rest of the Pittstain players. Cindy has been held to 1 goal and 1 assist this whole series, but if they win he will get all the credit.

I guess thats what happens when you are the face of the league. Lets go Red Wings! Get a couple quick and make Fluery nervous! Any other word on Feds, Kozzie, or Brashear anyone?

Posted by: OviFan08 | June 12, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

bears will close out tonight.

Posted by: carsonspence | June 12, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Malkin may be the better player, but he shows his true character in the Finals and I have as much respect for him now as I do for Crosby. Which is to say, none. He's a gutless punk and I hope that he never wins any recognition in the sport besides being known as a dirty player.

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 12, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

More Pens/Wings garbage.

Bears should have been lead story on the post.


Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | June 12, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse


Saw your main article had a Detroit byline. Hope that means Post sent you to the motor city to cover Game 7. Kudos to them for that.

Birdie, seems like you have about as much class as Jabba-the-Leonsis and Alex ("American girls are ugly") Ovechkin. But at least that makes you a perfect fit for the totally classless, perennially inept Washington Capitals.

Let's go Pens!!!

Posted by: Jumpy66 | June 12, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | June 12, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

You missed one part ;)

The last time the Bears lost in this series, we came back at 'em with a 3-0 shutout. Let's see if we can beat that :)

I was surprised to see the lead story was on Pens/Wings. I cheer for the Wings for only two reasons: Because I hate Cindy and because they have Niklas Kronwall, older brother of Bear Staffan Kronwall. I wonder if anybody's going to be in Winnipeg tonight about the Bears game?

Posted by: 4RBears | June 12, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The Cup should be used to capture all the tears of Crybaby #87 tonight.


Any updates on Federov??? Brashear???

Posted by: dsphvywght | June 12, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

It would have been good to watch the Wings pass the Cup amongst each other in Pittsburgh, but now they get to reward their fans and do it at home. I hope.

I guess we'll see how long next season goes before their fans on Pensblog are crying that they should trade Crosby while they can still get something for her.

Posted by: _Mark | June 12, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I am not so sure I would go as far as RedBirdie about Malkin, I agree that he has taken some pretty sheap shots here and there. That ridiculous attack on Zetterburg, punching with stick in hand, was pretty bad. Now, if Crosby manages to teach Malkin how to nut-punch from behind, then I will be right there with RedBirdie.

Posted by: _Mark | June 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Go Bears Woooo!
Go Wings! (I can't bear to watch Crysby get a cup...he just doesn't deserve it)

Posted by: NatyBG | June 12, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Yea I'm not going to lie, I do still care about the Wings/Pens.... it's a matter or right and wrong as far as I'm concerned.


Posted by: mrszilla | June 12, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

And yes, that picture is beautiful. Can't wait until we have that many banners, which we will.

Posted by: mrszilla | June 12, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Seems weird that the Calder Cup Finals might be going on after the Stanley Cup has been decided. Of course hockey in June seems weird all by itself. At least the game is being played in Detroit and Manitoba.

Posted by: larryn703 | June 12, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is going to be on the cover of NHL2k10.. the franchise which he does not play. Hilarious.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 12, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Malkin (and the rest of the Pens) were taking cheap and outright dirty shots at the Wings in game 5. I thought that really showed their true character. And don't forget Malkin TWICE made contact with Chelios in game 2 warm-ups, including taking a slash at Chelios' leg. They guy is dirty.

Hello, Jumpy. Back, I see. Did those mean kids at A2Y scare you away?

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 12, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

No news on Brash yet? Thought he and GM were supposed to be in discussions this week.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 12, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse


No one plays the 2k series anymore. EA Games have really adopted a slew of new IP for sports games that is just slumping the ol "push a button" arcade style.

But I digress..

Came here to post a BIG RUMOR, relevant to a lot of you Caps armchair GMs.

Pronger to Kings for Johnson+

Posted by: richmondphil | June 12, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie, you are right about that Game 5 and they have had a few other moments as well. Some of that crap was downright awful and the refs were still not calling everything. The Pens had their moments in game 6. They took advantage of their immunity until the refs woke up a little in the third.

I don't know why Malkin commits some of the bad/dangerous penalties he does. The guy is good enough that he doesn't have to do those things, but I guess he just loses it now and then. Headcase?

Posted by: _Mark | June 12, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse


i heard that too, but it was johnson and the #5 pick for pronger

Posted by: _stevo | June 12, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse


Headcase? Immaturity? Sense of entitlement? Sense of being above the rules? Diva? All of the above?

The possibilities are endless.

But really, do you expect anything different from a team lead by Captain Ball Puncher?

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 12, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

go detroit!! :)
go bears!! :)

Posted by: spinner-33 | June 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

A few thoughts:

1) The space occupied by the entire Stanley Cup (not just the bowl on top) is insufficient to contain Crysby's tear in th event of a DET victory tonight.

2) Calling Crysby "She" is an insult to the female gender.

3) I take back what I said in previous posts about Bill "I Hate Washington" McCreary being barred from reffing another Caps game. He should never be allowed to ref another NHL game. Period.

Posted by: Rhino40 | June 12, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse


If Malkin is dirty then so is OV. Remember the knee to knee hit on Gonchar??

Posted by: joek443 | June 12, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Also accusing Malkin of playing dirty against Chelios of all people is about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, even from a blowhard like you, RedBirdie...

LMAO Chris Chelios has delivered a LOT more blows than he has received and he knows how to take care of himself against anyone.. how ridiculous can you get

Posted by: joek443 | June 12, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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