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It Takes 16 Wins to Claim the Cup

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The Stanley Cup playoffs are a long, grueling, difficult journey.

And this journey begins after playing 82 competitive games.

The Penguins season started on October 4th, 2008.
Today is June 8th, 2009.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have played 104 games in that time frame.
 

The Detroit Red Wings need to win one more game to claim the Stanley Cup.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need to win two.
 

That's what it ultimately comes down to.
All of the sweat and blood and hard work comes down to those simple facts.
 

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The Detroit Red Wings need to win one more game to claim the Stanley Cup.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need to win two.
 

Was it crushingly depressing that the Penguins suffered a 5-0 defeat on Saturday night?
Of course it was.
Would we rather be going into game six with a 3-2 series lead?
That's a ridiculous question.
The answer is obvious.
 

The world is ready to crown the Red Wings the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions.
 
The t-shirts have already been printed.
Gary Bettman and Lord Stanley are ready for the presentation.
Someone in Detroit is planning the parade route.
Marc-Andre Fleury has been thrown under every bus in the state and a few buses in Canada.
 

The odds, the media and most fans are solidly in the Red Wings' corner.
It doesn't look good, especially after the blow out last game.
 

But, regardless of the hype and speculation and second guessing, only one thing is certain.
 

The Detroit Red Wings need to win one more game to claim the Stanley Cup.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need to win two.
 

Momentum means nothing.
We saw that on Saturday night.
 

Pens in Seven.
 

 

 

 

 

The "Action Sports Blog" has a piece on Eklund's "attempts" to get the big screen back up for game six.
They even mention how he has listed phone numbers and email addresses to contact people at NBC.
What a GREAT IDEA.
It's a shame we didn't think of the same thing almost two months ago.
 

Speaking of NBC, they have an article about Marc-Andre Fleury on their website.
Too bad they don't know what he looks like.

We can't really blame NBC.
Clearly no one at the network has ever watched a hockey game before.
 

TSN talks about what home ice advantage means in the playoffs.
 

CBC speculates about Petr Sykora returning to the lineup.
 

There will be a "whiteout" for game six.
 
 

 

 

We'll leave you with this:

Go Pens.
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