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Wednesday, 04 June 2008 00:20
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Wednesday, June 4
Detroit at Pittsburgh (8 p.m. EDT). The Penguins return home after surviving a three-overtime thriller in Game 5 Monday night to cut the Red Wings' lead to 3-2.

STRUCK DOWN
John Tortorella was fired Tuesday as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, four years after leading the team to its only Stanley Cup title. He had one season remaining on his contract. The Lightning were 239-222-36-38 and made the playoffs four times in 6 1/2 seasons under Tortorella, who took over a perennial last-place team in January 2001.

FLYING AWAY
Philadelphia right wing Sami Kapanen retired from the NHL on Tuesday and plans to return to Finland and play for a team he owns there. The 34-year-old Kapanen spent the last five seasons with the Flyers and tallied five goals and three assists in 74 games last season. He added two goals in 16 postseason games as the Flyers went to the Eastern Conference finals.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Detroit finished each of its three previous series on the road, including the Western Conference against Dallas after falling at home in Game 5. The Red Wings' 3-0 series lead quickly became 3-2 before it ended in six. Detroit is in the same situation in the Stanley Cup finals as it travels to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Wednesday night.

HIGH FIVE
The triple-overtime thriller in the Stanley Cup finals Monday night drew the highest ratings for a Game 5 since 2002. Pittsburgh's 4-3 win to avoid elimination against Detroit earned a 4.3 overnight rating and an 8 share on NBC. That's a 79 percent increase over last year's 2.4 for Game 5 between Anaheim and Ottawa.

WHERE'S THE OFFENSE?
Detroit has scored six goals in three games after outscoring Pittsburgh 7-0 in the first two contests at home. The teams meet in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals at Mellon Arena on Wednesday night.

SABRES SIGNING
Swedish defenseman Dennis Persson, Buffalo's 2006 first-round pick, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team on Tuesday.

SPEAKING
``I don't know what I'm supposed to say here. I don't have any idea. If you were me sitting here, tell me, what would you say?'' - Detroit coach Mike Babcock on the Red Wings' two penalties during overtime of Game 5 on Monday night. Pittsburgh scored on its second power play in triple-overtime to win 4-3 and force a sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.
 

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