NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins touch the Prince of Wales Trophy, reaction on the Pat Quinn/Tom Renney hiring and remembering Peter Zezel

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 27, 2009 — 2 Comments

3rd Round Playoff Matchups

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6)

  • Pittsburgh is the first team to return to the Finals with two different coaches since the Pittsburgh teams of 1991 and 1992.  Getting close to the Cup and losing is not a pleasant experience, so the Penguins don’t want to repeat that once again.  Hurricanes winger Scott Walker says the Pens are playing at a very high level right now.  Last year they lost the Finals, so this season the Penguins had no problem holding up the Prince of Wales Trophy.  Evgeni Malkin reminds Paul Maurice of Jaromir Jagr.  Don Cherry loves the way Sidney Crosby plays these days.
  • Just because they lost quickly in the third round, it should not take away from the Hurricanes’ playoff run, writes Chip Alexander.  Yesterday marked the first time that Cam Ward has ever lost a NHL playoff series.  It did not take long for Luke Decock to wonder what is up next for Carolina this off-season.

Western Conference

Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Chicago Blackhawks (4)

Teams that are not in the playoffs

Edmonton Oilers coaching hire

Remembering Peter Zezel

AHL Playoffs

  • The Moose are a round away from reversing some of the bad playoff luck from past seasons, explains Tim Campbell.

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    I think Chicago is done tonight. Ugh… I really would like to see a Toews and Kane Match up against Cindy and Malkin.

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