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Jimi Begin: Red Wings Fan, Automotive Guru, Hunter, Camper, Home Brewer, Environmentalist, Family Guy and Blogger!

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Who's Your Favorite Cup Contender This Year? posted on 03/30/2011

Well, here we go again... Another crazy hockey season is quickly coming to a close as teams gear up for the madness and excitement of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

So the question is: Who is your favorite Stanley Cup Contender this year?  The Flyers, Penguins and Caps look like strong favorites in the East, with those teams as well as the Bruins already clinching playoff spots.

Meanwhile, the Canucks, Sharks and the Original Six perennial favorite Red Wings dominate the Western Conference .

Of course there's always the chance that some of the "underdogs" like Chicago, Calgary and Buffalo could make a run for the cup as well, with lots of injuries hurting some of the top teams out there.

Speaking of injuries, the Wing's chances are totally up in the air with Osgood out til the end of the season (and who knows how he'll play after months off) - Howard with a recent "undisclosed" upper body injury, and the new kid Joey MacDonald seemingly ready for major league action.

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Wings Suffer Crushing Blow in Game Seven posted on 06/14/2009

The agony of defeat!

After a serious battle in which the home team dominated play in every game but the last in the series, the Detroit Red Wings fell to the Pittsburg Penguins 2-1 in the final NHL game of the year.  Pittsburgh was obviously hungry for the Cup, and they played a great game and a great series to win it!

Suffering from a number of injuries,  the Wings just couldn't pull it off - although it actually came down to the last few seconds of the game, as Detroit continued to put pressure on Fleury right up until the end.  Detroit was exhausted by the end of the series and was running on fumes.  A lack of goals from a number of key offensive players, combined with Pittsburgh's stifling defense sealed their fate as the final seconds ticked off the timeclock. It's amazing that after well over 100 games, it can all come down to a few seconds in time.

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The Simple Facts posted on 06/11/2009
Red Wings record on home ice for the 2009 playoffs: 11-1
Red Wings outscoring Pitt at home in this series: 11-2
Number of Stanley Cups in the last 12 seasons: 4
Total number of Wings Stanley Cup wins: 11
Home teams vs. visitors winning Game 7 of Cup Finals: 12-2

Stanley Cup Back-to-Back Win (AGAIN): PRICELESS!!!!

What more do I need to say? The Cup WILL stay in Hockeytown.

GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Who will score the winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals? posted on 06/10/2009

With the oncoming nervousness of a Game 7 - who will win and who will score the winning goal?

My prediction:  The Wings win it and Zetterburg scores the winning goal!

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Penguins win at home to force Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 posted on 06/10/2009

The Pittsburgh Penguins squeaked by the Detroit Red Wings by a single goal to take Game 6 by a score of 2-1 on their home ice.  As has been the precedent, the team having home ice advantage has taken every game so far in this too-close-to-call series.  The Red Wings will be glad to come back to play Game 7 at Joe Louis arena where they rarely lose.  They have an 11-1 record so far this year on home ice in the playoffs - and have outscored Pittsburgh 11-2 so far at home in this series.

After suffering a devastating 5-0 loss at the Joe in Game 5, Marc-Andre Fleury rebounded in typical fashion, playing some stellar hockey.  He stopped 26 shots in the game and fought off some quality scoring chances late in the  third period.  The only goal he let in was that of Kris Draper in the second period, after Detroit had gone down by a two goal deficit.  Chris Osgood was also excellent on the other end of the ice,  stopping some key shots by Pittsburgh's dangerous offensive machine and finishing with 31 saves overall.

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