Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
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I could not be more proud of this team than I am right now. We fought through everything, and it all paid off in the end.I just wanted to take a moment and thank you, Bruce, for all of your hard work on keeping us loyal Red Wings fans updated daily on what's going on behind-the-scenes with the teams. This blog is my first stop for Wings news. You've done an excellent job, and I'll keep coming back for years to come.11 TIME STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS, BABY!!!!
YEAH!!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!BRUCE, My congratulations!!! AND thank you very much for all you doing for Red Wings fans!!!
2008 Stanley Cup Champions: A triumph over bad officiating!
GREAT GREAT GREAT!!! Congrats to Red Wings....Here is video story about all their stanley cups! http://www.sports-moments.com/hockey/
I'm so happy today!Yes, big thanks to Bruce! With a club that has beyond archaic, odd, and restrictive press policies, and in a city that has some less than inquisitive sports writers, Bruce has been bringing us the daily updates and practice info that us die-hards want to know. It's been awesome. Please keep this blog going, and provided you want to, convince your paper to send you on more road trips so we don't miss the great coverage half the year!
It's a great day to be a Wings fan!Just to echo what Nathan said, this blog has been a great source of information and stats that we don't get anywhere else. Thanks for your hard work all year and if there's anyone we can lobby to get you on all the road trips next year, please let us know!
Great series that was. Never get tired of seeing our boys win championships. Thanks Bruce for keeping all of us updated throughout the season, your blog is definitely bookmarked and I check it everyday.
I agree that the Red Wings won this cup in spite of the officiating. It also appeared that the NBC and VS announcers were biased towards the Penguins. Thank God that Pittsburgh didn't score in the last seconds of the game like they did in Game 5. That would have caused an avalanche of angry Red Wings fans comments for the non-call against Pavel Datsuyk as he was cruising past center ice towards an empty net. A clear trip that became a "non-call" and was typical of how Detroit was treated during the finals. Geesh!John from Flint, MI
Go Red Wings!!!!!!Yes, thank you so much Bruce, for all your work!
Great job by the Wings!!! I think this is the best team I've ever seen.I, too, was incredulous over the non-call on the trip of Datsyuk. That took away a scoring chance, for cryin' out loud. Then there was that non interference call on Fleury at the end of Game 5. The officiating in this league is generally terrible. Whoever won this series would have had to overcome two foes to do it.Thanks, Bruce!!! This is one of my very favorite stops.
Normally I don't put much stock in complaints about officiating, but the two goaltender interference calls in OT and the hook on Hudler last night were awful. The Hudler hook is a penalty in November, but not with 2 mins to go in Game 6 of the Finals.I just want to echo the tributes to this TEAM. What's so great about watching them is not just that they play amazing hockey, but that they do so as a unit, without egos and with a commitment to one another. The lunchpail guys on this team (Drapes, Maltby, DMac, Downey, Drake) are what make them great. And let me say word for the most underappreciated player in the playoffs: Val Filppula. Not only did he score some big and beautiful goals, he played terrific defense. Do NOT let this guy get away. (And same, to a lesser degree, for Helm.)Thanks for everything Bruce. The blog has been a terrific source of information, stats, and commentary. Great work.
I could stomach the call on Hudler (barely), but to then ignore the blatant trip of Datsyuk a minute later was an outrage. It makes no sense to call it by the book once and then "let 'em play no matter what" 60 seconds later. I'm not one who normally goes in for conspiracy theories but did the league want 7 games, or did they want to even the games out (Wings were clearly the superior team), or was it just incompetent officiating? I'd be interested in Bruce's (or anyone else) thoughts on this.
One other comment about the officiating:Mark Johanette was in PERFECT position on Z's goal. We complain about missed calls or bad penalties, but if he's not behind the net, the whistle might well have been blown on that play. So let's give him some props for being in the right spot and doing his job correctly in a key situation.
Yay Red Wings!!jteras, actually, from what I could tell, the league really wanted the Penguins to win because they're so young and it would be a "better story." They thought that if the Penguins won, it might boost the league's ratings and attract more interest. I'm glad that didn't happen though. Detroit was clearly the better team and deserve the cup so much more.
Bruce,Thanks for all of your efforts to provide Red Wings fans with the latest most, accurate news. Keep up the great work!
YESSSS!!! I LOVE THE WINGS!!Bruce, thanks for all the excellent coverage you've provided throughout the whole season.
Well done on your blog, Bruce Almighty!Thanks to you, I've never been closer to the Wings.Keep up the damn good work, man!
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