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Wings Win 9th In A Row - 1 Win Away From The SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The lesson on Monday night: It doesn’t take much for Detroit to turn nothing into something. The Red Wings received three goals from the brilliant, mercurial Pavel Datsyuk, along with a back-breaking third-period shorthanded goal from Henrik Zetterberg, to engineer the victory which, once again, came without Johan Franzen, the leading goal-scorer of the 2008 playoffs.

Zetterberg’s goal was particularly significant, in that it came with the Stars down by just a goal and on the power play for the fifth time. But Zetterberg picked off an errant pass deep inside his own zone and went coast-to-coast, eventually turning Richards inside out with a little dipsy-doodle magic, before moving across the crease and burying his shot past Stars’ goaltender Marty Turco.

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added 11:29pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Well, we just finished Game 3 of the third-round series between Detroit and Dallas, and while you may not have to hand it to the Wings, I certainly do.

Their 5-2 defeat of the Stars Monday left no more illusions as to which team deserves a shot at the equally imposing Pittsburgh Penguins for this season’s NHL championship, and which team will be contacting the moving van companies with a firm vacating date in hand.

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The “Verification Line”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Dreger at TSN,

We saw that in Game two of the Flyers-Penguins game when it appeared that Sidney Crosby had scored to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead late in the first.  Most believe that it was a goal, but video review couldn’t conclusively prove it.

The NHL wants to get it right and has experimented in the past with visual aids that have never been adopted.  Last year, during the Stanley Cup final the NHL’s hockey operations department tested what it called a “verification line.”  The test was conducted in between games and was meant to be highly secretive.

The test was however caught on camera and it uncovered a second line painted on the ice behind the goal line creating a gap a fraction wider than the width of the puck.  So, if the puck touched this “verification line” than it would be deemed a good goal.

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  Tags: nhl+rules

Flyers Look To The Refs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

While Briere realizes that prominent players have gotten protection from officials as long as the NHL has existed, some consistency wUnhappould be nice, too.

“I’ve never considered myself a superstar,” said a smiling Briere, who signed an US$52-million, eight-year free-agent deal with the Flyers last summer. “Obviously, they might get protected a little bit more. That’s understandable, but when they do some of the cheap shots that they’re doing I think it would be fair for everybody that they get the same treatment in that regard.”

This is all stuff the Penguins have heard before.

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Ron Wilson Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

From the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has relieved Head Coach Ron Wilson of his coaching duties.  The Sharks general manager also announced that team will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.

“Ron helped foster a new era in San Jose Sharks hockey with some record-setting regular season performances,” said Doug Wilson.  “However, ultimately we have decided that it is time for a different voice and a different approach to lead this team.  We are proud of what we’ve accomplished as an organization but we feel that this team is capable of achieving greater success.  I want to thank Ron for his level of commitment and desire to make our organization successful.  Our entire organization wishes him well.”

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added 9:40pm, from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

If his motivational strategies had worked, Wilson would have been applauded. But after four-plus seasons of attempting every possible ploy, what could Wilson have done differently next season to get a different result? I am sure that’s what team management was thinking. I can’t disagree.

Still, you won’t catch me saying “Good riddance.” I will miss Wilson, though he won’t believe that. We had our differences. We dug in for some, shall I say, spirited discussions when he disagreed with something I wrote.

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  Tags: ron+wilson

And Later That Night When The Ship’s Bell Rang?  That Was A Game 3 Live Blog, Brother

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A muddy track deepinthehearta.  Sloggy and slushy.  Haze frigging gray and underway.  As it should be.

Wings win tonite?  Game, set, series.  Wings lose?  Start shoveling coal because we’ve got ourselves a Stress Train Special.

It’s a Game 3 Live Blog.  Commence your conversations.  The only mandate is juvenilicity.  I’ll join you when they drop the puck.

Updated 1940 EST:  Wanna guess who said this?

“We don’t think much of them on a personal, character level. We think that’s to our advantage.”

Yep. Turco.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

“When the intensity rises, we like our chances in that regard, too,” Turco said. “We don’t think much of them on a personal, character level. We think that’s to our advantage.”

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  Tags: marty+turco

Flyers In A Hole

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,

The Flyers are down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals to those upstart Pittsburgh Penguins. Truth is, can anyone say they’re surprised? The Penguins have a better, all-around skill set than the Flyers.

On the other hand …

As Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday, “We’re 0-2. We have to play better if we expect to win a game.”

Flyers’ defenceman Braydon Coburn is “doubtful” for Game 3 Tuesday at the Wachovia Center. He has no structural damage to his left eye.

“We’re still waiting to hear how his eye is,” Holmgren said. “Right now, it’s swollen shut. There are no fractures. He’s doing better. We have no reason to think there’s anything wrong with the eye.”

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John Niyo: Q/A With A2Y

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you haven’t noticed, John Niyo’s been ramping up the coverage since the Conference Final kicked off.  He’s been good enough to answer a few of our questions and his replies are below.  Great stuff from one of the Detroit News’ better writers.  See below for his thoughts on the Wings’ decisions when and when not to retaliate, Dominik Hasek’s mood in the room since Osgood’s ascension to the number 1 job, slushy ice in Dallas and more.

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Comebacks Not Likely

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com:

Can the Stars make a sudden turnaround and take control of the series? Sure they can, but I don’t see it happening. Led by coach Mike Babcock, the Wings are on a roll and are determined to erase the memories of losing to the Anaheim Ducks in last year’s Western Conference Final.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have showed they can adjust to any style of play their opposition throws at them. The Flyers are trying to be physical with the young Pens, but it hasn’t worked for them to this point. Talent-wise, the Flyers just don’t match up with Pittsburgh and must play perfect games from here on out in order to extend this series past five games.

Once again, the Flyers can make a make a comeback, but I don’t see it happening.

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  Tags: playoffs

Playoff Justice

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Al Strachan at FoxSports,

This is NHL playoff justice. Anything short of an ax-murder is likely to be ignored. But don’t blame the current dispenser of justice, Colin Campbell. It has always been this way.

There has been the occasional exception. When Gary Bettman was in the first few months of his regime, he didn’t understand hockey tradition very well (insert your own cheap shot here) and seeing Dale Hunter deliver a cross-check to Pierre Turgeon after a goal, decided that Hunter had earned himself a 21-game suspension.

But since then, the NHL has followed a firm policy. First of all, suspensions, when they occur, are much shorter than they would be for a similar incident in the regular season. Secondly, every effort is made to keep the stars in the game.

At one time, the league used to defer playoff suspensions. One of the more notorious examples was the vicious slash that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall delivered to Edmonton’s Kent Nilsson in the 1987 Stanley Cup finals.

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  Tags: chris+osgood, mike+ribeiro, playoffs, suspensions

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