Okay maybe I spoke too soon when I said these two series are going to be very close.
Detroit uberpowned the Hawks in game 4, without their future Hall of Famer Defenseman Nik Lidstrom and with Chris Osgood leaving midway through the game due to dehydration.
Pittsburgh just has too many weapons, and the Hurricanes are as dangerous as a nineties supersoaker. Look for the Pens to close the series out and capture their Prince Of Wales Trophy in as many years.
In other NHL news, the Edmonton Oilers hired Former Leaf Bench Boss and Junior National Coach Pat Quinn as their new Head Coach and former Ranger coach Tom Renney as his Associate Coach. Something tells me it's going to be a very different year in the City of Champions.
Sergei Fedorov, the 1994 Hart Trophy winner has probably played his last game in the NHL. The all-star Russian has reportedly signed a deal worth 3.8 yearly with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Evgeni Malkin's old team. Fedorov was always known as an elite player but it was in '94 when he exploded for 120 points and ran away with MVP honors.
NHL Vet Viktor Kozlov has reportedly signed with Salavat Yulalev Ufa of the KHL, he will join a roster that features Oleg Tverdovsky, Alexander Radulov and the AHL's most feared stick swinger of all time, former Hab Alexander Perezhogin.
My condolences go out to the family of Peter Zezel, the 15 year NHL vet who passed away this afternoon at the tragic age of 44. Zezel had a rare blood disorder that caused him to go into a coma late this month. He was taken off life support today. I admired him as a hard nosed player that always gave 110%.
Canadiens news of the week: A Russian newspaper is reporting that Bob Gainey has offered Alex Kovalev a one year contract worth "6-7.5" Mil and the Captaincy, meaning that Captain Saku's days in Montreal are numbered. Before you go nuts, please take into account that Russian Newspapers are as credible as Bernie Madoff, so chill, we will see what really happens on July 1st.
All for now.
Enjoy the game.