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The Red Wings Finally Arrive in Game 7

06.12.09 at 9:28 pm ET
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Were you expecting the Red Wings just to accept a shutout loss?

Jonathan Ericsson scored the first Detroit goal at 6:07 of the third period with assists from Nicklas Lidstrom and Jiri Hudler. This is Ericsson’s fourth of the postseason.

Ericsson fired from the point for the Red Wings first of the night. The puck sailed over the Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoulder to finally put the Wings on the board.

The Red Wings now trail 2-1.

Second Intermission: It’s beginning to look a lot like 1992

06.12.09 at 8:55 pm ET
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After two periods, Pittsburgh may be on the verge of their franchise’s third Stanley Cup.

With a win, the Penguins would be the first team since the 1983-94 Edmonton Oilers to unseat the team that defeated them in the finals just a year earlier. That Oilers squad took down the Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith-led New York Islanders.

Other things to chew on is the Conn Smyth trophy awarded to the postseason MVP. Who’s taking it home tonight?

The winners of the trophy are a who’s who of hockey royalty. Bobby Orr has won it twice, Patrick Roy three times since the award was first awarded to Montreal’s Jean Beliveau in 1965.

Forty minutes down, twenty more to go. Lord Stanley’s Cup will be awarded tonight one way or the other.

Check back here at the LEEInks for 3rd Period details and postgame thoughts!

Sid The Kid Suffers an injury

06.12.09 at 8:27 pm ET
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Do you hear that? It’s the collective gasp let out by the entire city of Pittsburgh as captain and downright hockey messiah Sidney Crosby has left the ice with an apparent injury.

Crosby got his left leg crunched as he was on the recieving end of a check from Detroit’s Johan Franzen. To make matters worse, the Penguins are currently shorthanded as Hal Gill is sitting in the penalty box with an interference penalty.

However, the Pens are doing a great job of weathering the storm even without Crosby, who is a great penalty killer in his own right.

No worries though as Max Talbot lights the lamp again with 9:52 left in the second period. Assists have been credited to Chris Kunitz and Rob Scuderi.

Two goals in Game 7, could Talbot be putting his name in consideration for the Conn Smythe? It’s quite early in Game 7, and I think Mssrs. Malkin and Fleury have some legitimate arguments in this discussion.

Keep it locked here at the LEEInks as things keep heating up on the ice!

He Shoots, He Scores!

06.12.09 at 8:13 pm ET
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Well, that didn’t take long.

Pittsbugh’s Maxime Talbot (and LEEInks favorite) potted his third goal of the series to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. A sweet goal right through Osgood’s five-hole.

Seconds later, Jordan Staal and Tomas Holmstrom are in the penalty box for matching minor penalties. The teams are skating four-on-four for two minutes.

Keep with the LEEInks for further Game 7 updates.

First Intermission: Take A Breather

06.12.09 at 8:01 pm ET
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That was 20 minutes of nonstop hockey from Detroit. From the looks of it, Pittsburgh has started tonight’s game firing on all cylinders.

Pittsburgh leads so far 10-6 on shots on goal. Nearly all ten of those saves have been of the spectacular variety for Chris Osgood.

On the other end of the ice, Marc-Andre Fleury has been equally fantastic in the crease for the Penguins. Fleury has turned away shots from Kirk Maltby and Henrik Zetterberg that any other night, might find thre back of the net.

Who will it be to light the lamp for the first goal in tonight’s game? With at least 40 more minutes of Game 7 action, the answer is anyone’s guess.

Hopefully, we’ll see that very question answered in the second period.

See you in the second period!

Frenetic First Period Thus Far

06.12.09 at 7:46 pm ET
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Wow! So far, so good in this first period from Hockeytown.

Pittsburgh threw just about everything but the kitchen sink at Chris Osgood during a Penguins power play. Detroit was shorthanded after a fairly blatant slashing penalty to former Bruins defenseman Brad Stuart.

The Penguins have been peppering Osgood for the entire period thus far. So far the Pens have nine shots on goal, dwarfing the Red Wings, four.

The LEEInks will wrap up the first period in a few moments. Sit tight hockey fans!

We are Underway in Detroit…FINALLY!

06.12.09 at 7:30 pm ET
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After an incredibly “inspiring” package of Mike Milbury and Pierre Maguire each giving a pregame speech to empty rooms of jerseys hangin on the wall, we are finally underway in Detroit. Needless to say, it got fairly emotional, not a dry eye in either locker room.

Muhammad Ali is also in attendance at Joe Louis Arena in his Detroit Red Wings finest. A classy gesture by both benches giving Ali a standing ovation.

At 10:37, Chris Osgood was peppered by numerous Pittsburgh shots. The crafty veteran netminder weathered the storm. With a little less than 10 minutes left in the first period we are still scoreless

LEEInks Stanley Cup Finals coverage

06.12.09 at 6:38 pm ET
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Just a programming note from your loyal links blog source here at the LEEInks, we will be providing you, the reader, with some of the best Stanley Cup Game 7 coverage on the internet.

Sure, our beloved Bruins might not be in there, but former Boston defensmen Brad Stuart and Hal Gill will be manning the bluelines for Detroit and Pittsburgh respectively.

Join us for some great hockey coverage and conversation here at the LEEInks.  After all, there’s nothing better than an NHL Game 7.

Friday LEEInks: Coco Meets Flock of Seagulls

06.12.09 at 11:41 am ET
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Hello everyone and welcome to a rare noon edition of LEEInks. Last night was a big night, both on and off the field, so to speak, so let’s just dive right in.

In baseball, I think  the time has come for someone to call shenanigans on the Cleveland Indians. Didn’t think the whole “bugs” thing in the 2007 ALDS was bad enough? Last night the Cleveland powers that be sicked a bunch of seagulls on poor Coco Crisp on the game-winning play. Watch the video, those things knew what they were doing.

In football, the Mike Vick era in Atlanta has officially ended. I’ll bet someone a Matt Ryan card that the Redskins sign him. Seriously, take me up on it. If Jay Cutler jawing his way out of Denver didn’t prevent Daniel Snyder from making a play for him, why shouldn’t anyone expect him to consider Vick?

Chris Mortensen had reported last month that New England could be a possible landing spot for Vick, but those rumors have since been put to rest. Thinking rationally, what other teams would even consider him? Snyder apparently doesn’t have faith in Jason Campbell (whether that opinion is just or not is up to you) and as Snyder showed by signing Albert Haynesworth, he is not afraid of taking risks.

The Magic lost a heart-breaker last night. There’s no way around it. To blow your first double-digit lead of the series and have your star player– Dwight Howard— to blame for not being able to make free throws when he had the chance to put the Lakers away is a tough pill to swallow. I would compare it to Paul Pierce missing in Game One against the Bulls, but one would have to think that the stakes are a little higher in the NBA Finals (especially since the Magic weren’t one year removed from an NBA title). Meanwhile, Derek Fisher is a hero.

Lastly, Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals is finally upon us. Watch it. Seriously.

This series comes down to one player tonight. Yes, he was a former top overall pick and no, his name doesn’t cleverly rhyme with “kid.” It does, however, rhyme with “McFlurry.” That’s right, for Pittsburgh to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup tonight they will need a big performance out of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (this guy agrees). After a masterful performance on Tuesday, Fleury needs to come up big again in a place where the white unis haven’t been kind to him.

On a side note, I still hate the fact that the NHL sold out like every other league after the lockout and flip-flopped which color each team wears. Home whites! Is it really that intimidating when Penguins fans show up at Mellon Arena in all white when the Red Wings are the team in white? At least the Saddledome has it right.

Can’t wait till tonight? Here, knock yourself out. Then look at this.

OK folks, that just about wraps up this edition of LEEInks. Enjoy a great night in sports and, for the love of God, watch some hockey!

Mini-LEEInks: Puck, Hoops, face tattoos and a little bit of self-promoting

06.11.09 at 1:53 pm ET
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Before anything else is said, Chad Ocho Cinco got some tattoos. On his face.

Attempting to go into just how out-of-his-mind the nutcase formerly known as Chad Johnson actually is might be as ridiculous as getting a tattoo of Florida on one’s face, so perhaps LEEInks should just leave this one alone. The guy’s still crazy, though.

(It’s hard to see in either of these pictures, but he also got an “OC” tattoo between his eyes. Gotta love it.)

I know, I know, when people think of face tattoos they probably think of Mike Tyson, but he’s getting enough attention from his new marriage and cameo in “The Hangover” (see it now). I think the best face tattoo of all time goes to 30 Rock‘s Tracy Jordan.

Tonight the Red Sox look to make it 8-0 on the season against the Yankees, but a big obstacle stands in their way (pun intended, indeed). As someone pointed out by the magic of charts, the Red Sox have gone 4-4 this season against aces.

Meanwhile, the best single game in sports takes place tomorrow night (and no, I’m not skewed just because I once put together an 18-goal season for the Squirt B team in youth hockey). Hell, next to the NFL Draft, Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals is the greatest thing professional sports has to offer. Don’t be poor sports, Bruins fans. Give the NHL some love.

Thanks to some great work by colleague Greg Cameron, LEEInks has you covered for all things Game Seven.

Ryan Leaf is on trouble again. Follow your own advice and “knock it off,” Ryan.

Lastly, the Magic are looking to tie up the NBA Finals tonight. In other news, Phil Jackson’s secret method to success has been leaked.

Which Kobe will show up tonight? This guy thinks he has the answer.

That wraps up this edition of mini-LEEInks. Enjoy a great night in sports!

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