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May 30, 2008

Comeback? Plus, RIP Luc Bourdon

Filed under: Uncategorized — hoyler @ 6:04 am

Bourdon(Courtesy Canadian Press)

Luc Bourdon, a very promising defense prospect for the Vancouver Canucks, was killed Thursday morning near his hometown in the province of New Brunswick, Canada when his motorcycle struck a tractor trailer.

He was 21.

Beyond the obvious shock of the death of a young man just entering the prime of his life, this story should be another one to file under “Why people shouldn’t ride motorcycles.”

Fine, that might be a little excessive, because it is a freedom of choice to ride a bike, but Bourdon had apparently owned his bike for three weeks at the time of his death. It shouldn’t come as a shock to hear that he lost control of the vehicle, possibly due to the fact that winds were gusting at near 30 MPH when it happened.

That’s all I’ll use this forum for as far as ranting about the importance of learning and training on a bike before taking it out to ride at either high speeds or in less than favorable weather conditions. The bottom line is that the sport of hockey lost a potentially great player far too soon. All condolences to his family. RIP Luc.

Pens(Courtesy Getty Images)

Pens Persevere, Cut Detroit Lead

The pressure in the Stanley Cup Finals in squarely on the shoulders of the Detroit Red Wings following a 3-2 loss Wednesday in Game 3 of their championship series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Losing a game like this, in which they controlled the bulk of the action, could break a team that has proven to be, at best, mediocre at handling pressure situations.

Yes, they have come through with their backs against the wall against Nashville and Dallas, teams that overcame 2-0 and 3-0 deficits, respectively, to win two games in a row and put pressure on the Red Wings. But this Penguins team has a much hotter goaltender and a superstar that broke through in the last game. If Sidney Crosby is able to carry the Penguins like that for 3 more games, Detroit will have the honor of being just the fourth team in NHL history to blow a 2-0 lead in the Cup Finals.

Chris Osgood was strong again in goal, so all he needs to do is continue his level of play. But the Red Wings failure to slow down and clog up the leaks in front of their net allowed the Pens to bother Ozzie with traffic all night. It may have just been a one-game lapse, considering how well they played in Games 1 and 2, but just like last year against Anaheim in the Western Conference Finals, it could be a case of once the Wings defense springs a leak, the water is rushing in to the boat so fast there is no time to fix it.

Saturday will define the series. If the Penguins win, they’ll win the series. If the Wings win, they’ll finish it Monday in Detroit. I’m still confident taking the latter over the former, but either way it’s shaping up to be a fantastic Game 4.

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