May 23, 2009
Here are your Evening Puck Headlines and Previews: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
Keys for the Hurricanes: Tuomo Ruutu(notes) participated in the morning skate at RBC Center and will be a game-time decision ...When Eric Staal(notes) scores, the Canes are 7-0. When he doesn't? They're 1-8. If Carolina is to get back into this series, he needs to lead the way ... The power play passed up a huge 4-on-3 opportunity, literally, in Game Two. Carolina was only able to muster one shot with the man advantage ... Finding a way to slow down Sidney Crosby(notes) and Evgeni Malkin(notes) would be a good start.
Keys for the Penguins: They should be very educated on the fact that being up 2-0 in a series doesn't mean it's over. Pittsburgh knows a loss tonight could be the tonic that Carolina needs to claw their way back into the series ... The Penguins have steadily improved in the face-off circle and currently lead the series 66-11 ... There a point early in the season when Pittsburgh was having trouble mustering shots. Enter Dan Bylsma and the team is on an 11-game winning streak in the shot category and averaging 35.6 shots/game.
Meanwhile, in the rest of creation ...
-"Mike's a guy who was coaching in his heyday in the '80s and early '90s when he had his success. If you don't adapt, it doesn't work anymore. It's become a lot more technical." Safe to say Calgary Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr(notes) is happy that Mike Keenan was canned. [Calgary Herald]
-Buddha is both excited and scared at the same time after Minnesota announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as their new general manager. [Hockey Wilderness]
-Schultz shows us that Barry Melrose can break down things other than hockey. [BMR]
-Bailouts may be going into many different pockets, but the Zamboni company is thriving. [NY Times]
-Bobby Hull has a good laugh after hearing Michael Jordan's Blackhawks jersey will be featured in the next edition of 'Jersey Fouls'. [Getty]
-It'll be the Windsor Spitfires and Kelowna Rockets in tomorrow's Memorial Cup title game. [Globe & Mail]
Finally, here's some scenes from the party on the lawn outside of Mellon Arena: