Welcome to the second edition of "Fish for Breakfast". There's not a lot of Penguins' news to talk about, but with the scouting combine getting underway this week, there will hopefully be more news about our team tomorrow.
- The Philadelphia Flyers got past the Montreal Canadiens to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. No, Michael Leighton didn't pick up his fourth shutout of the series, but he was good enough to lead his team to a 4-2 win in the decisive Game 5. Get the full recap from the Canadiens' perspective here or take a look at the game from the Flyers' standpoint.
- Flyers' captain Mike Richards not only touched the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the Eastern Conference champion, but took it into the locker room. Of course, this happens the day after Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews barely looked at the Clarence Campbell Trophy. His reason? The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup after Sidney Crosby hoisted the trophy in 2009.
- The Stanley Cup Finals start Saturday when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Flyers at the United Center. The game will be broadcast on NBC, CBC, and RDS, and the start time for the entire series is 8:00 pm EST.
- A bit of old news here, but it’s not all that outdated. Colin White, a defenseman with the New Jersey Devils, was reportedly asked by coach Jacques Lemaire to wear the captain's "C" in an April 3 game when captain Jamie Langenbrunner was a healthy scratch; White refused to wear the "C". That's like Dan Bylsma asking Bill Guerin to wear the "C" if Sidney Crosby was scratched for a game, instead of just adding a third alternate captain. Heck, if Lemaire really wanted a captain that night, he should have first offered it to either one of the alternate captains, Patrik Elias or Zach Parise.
Update: Lemaire defends his decision saying "I'm the one coaching... this is how I do things."
- Dustin Byfuglien of the Blackhawks is not only emerging as a top power forward this playoffs, but has let the world know through NHL.com headlines that both his first and last names are "incredibly useful in making awesome puns".
- Steven Ovadia of Puck Daddy takes a quick look at who the eliminated teams root for in the playoffs. For example, the Anaheim Ducks have quickly shifted from cheering for the Boston Bruins over the Flyers last round to rooting for the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals. A Stanley Cup by Philadelphia will net the Ducks a fourth-round draft pick as a condition in the Chris Pronger trade. Anaheim had previously hoped the Flyers would fall to the Bruins as the Ducks own the Flyers' first round draft pick this year, also acquired as part of the Pronger deal. The first round selection will now be either 29th or 30th overall with the Flyers advancing to the Finals, instead of the 15th overall pick.
- The New York Islanders have cancelled a previously scheduled nine-day trip in mid-September to China, after owner Charles Wang became angry when the NHLPA started their standard protocol of "making sure logistics including arenas, transportation, and lodging met the union’s standards". The trip was supposed to cover a portion of the Islanders' training camp in Wang's home country as one of his several initiatives to promote hockey in China.
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