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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Do or die?  Nope.  But it’ll be a long row down 2-0 and every one of you knows it.  Voox:  this is a big night my friend.  No glass can be empty. 

I’m on the train to Gabe’s for the first game of a West Coast A2Y meet-up.  That, in itself, should ensure us victory.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If you look back in Detroit, [Tomas] Holmstrom, whatever it is he just really grinds on people. Pittsburgh had [Matt] Cooke last year – same thing. Patty, I think for his part is maybe a little in between those guys. He plays with a good edge but I saw a few times last night that he held up because it wasn’t the right opportunity to take a hit or a run. When he does crash into the boards it just means that he thinks it’s a little late and he might put our team at a disadvantage so he does a good job of paying attention to that kind of stuff.

-Ryan Miller on Buffalo teammate Patrick Kaleta.  More on Kaleta from Erin Pollina at BuffaloSabres.com.

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Momentum Continues To Build

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 16, 2010) – The positive business momentum for the NHL continues after a record-breaking 2009-10 season. Through the first two days of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the League has earned triple-digit percentage increases in video starts and mobile consumption, while unique visitors and page views on NHL.com have shown double digit percentage increases over last year, further validation of the League’s digital strategy. The NHL on VERSUS is also off to a fast start with record ratings and increases for opening night of the postseason.

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Sharks Keep Hearing The Same Question

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Austin Murphy of Sports Illustrated,

Marleau got right up to the edge of bristling at one point. Asked if the Sharks needed to be on guard against that familiar, creeping, “Here-we-go-again” feeling—he made no attempt to disguise his displeasure with the question.

“No, things are good” in the room, he replied, a mild edge in his voice. “I know you guys always want to bring that up. Things are good.”

It irked him, apparently, that some doubters dared to discern a linkage between San Jose’s most recent Game 1 pratfall and the club’s recent history of premature capitulation. Just because the Sharks have spit the bit against mostly lower-seeded teams in the first or second rounds of the last four postseasons, it doesn’t mean this group of guys is destined for a similar fate. “This,” Marleau points out, “is a totally different experience.”

He’s right. A first-round loss to the ‘Lanche, with it’s unproven goalie, undersized corps of defensemen and overall inexperience would be infinitely worse than San Jose’s abrupt exit from the first round of last year’s playoffs. Eighth seed though they were, the Anaheim Ducks came into last April on an infernal roll, behind the play of a sizzling goaltender, Jonas Hiller.


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Branding The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Favorito of New Jersey News Room,

Their approach, using social media, traditional marketing, the power of the best radio platform (WFAN), a consistent TV spot (MSG2) and a series of fun and smart promotions (“As Seen ON TV Night” was a good one for collecting your best new pocket fisherman), has given the team a very nice bounce at a time where every other winter sports team in the area is hitting the links and packing their bags.

The best evidence was provided this week, when New Jersey not only sold out its first home playoff game, but sold it out on a weeknight which has been the most difficult of all to promote. Team owner Jeff Vanderbeek, the quietest of owners in a market where teams, rightly or wrongly, are known by who writes the checks, has steadily put the trust in the business side of the franchise. The results are a Devils brand that is gaining steam even in a challenged economy, with success starting to mirror the results that have been achieved by Lou Lamoriello and company on the hockey side.


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Bob Cole In the Spotlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

It’s great to see the CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada giving Bob Cole an important NHL playoff assignment. Bob has been more than a little sour about his forced semi-retirement, so he should be bucked up by getting the Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins series, arguably Hockey Night’s lead match-up in the first round.

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Ovechkin Felt Powerless Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“I don’t know why, but last game, I don’t feel that power or something,” Ovechkin said to the throng of media. “I talked to Bruce, and how I said, I didn’t play my game at all last night. It’s not about Montreal. It’s all about me.”

That may be true. But the Canadiens also deserve credit. In fact, they’ve held Ovechkin without a goal four times in five games this season and without a point on three occasions.

Ovechkin saw all three Canadiens defensive pairs early and was matched up a lot against Jaroslav Spacek in the third period. It wasn’t just Spacek, though. It was the combination of Montreal’s veteran defensemen getting in Ovechkin’s face and the Habs’ forwards diligently applying pressure from back side. The end result? Ovechkin had nowhere to go with the puck.

“He’s been played like this,” Boudreau said. “It’s not a secret. Everybody plays him like this.”


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Alberts Hit On Richardson Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Andrew Alberts hit on Brad Richardson last night.  Alberts received five for boarding and a game.

Will the NHL take further action?

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  Tags: andrew+alberts, brad+richardson

Bruins Want A Review Of Myers Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

If it’s up to the Bruins players, 19-year-old Sabres defenseman and Calder Trophy candidate Tyler Myers would be one of the first players to be penalized under the blind side, head shot “Savard” rule the NHL adopted last month.

Johnny Boychuk was drilled in the side of the jaw by an elevated Myers’ shoulder – that was either a lateral hit or a hit from behind—during the third period, and went down in a heap before quickly recovering and hopping back into the play.

It ranked high on the dangerous scale, but ultimately didn’t put the tough Boychuk out of commission with a head injury. That’s both the good and bad news….

“I didn’t see him coming, I didn’t have the puck and I felt like it was a shot to the head, I guess,” said Boychuk. “Then they called it the freakin’ hit of the night in the arena with the fans going crazy.  He was coming right at my head.

“[He hit] me right on the side of the jaw. I guess they’re letting that go now. I expected a physical game no matter what. It is playoffs and everybody is going hard and putting everything on the line because they want to win the Cup.”

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added 1:05pm, Watch the hit below…

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  Tags: johnny+boychuk, tyler+myers

Souray’s Trade Request

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In 2007, the Edmonton Oilers signed Sheldon Souray to a five year contract worth $27 million.  The deal was a bit ill-conceived in that Edmonton had publicly announced that they would sign some free agents and Souray was one of the few remaining.  Souray was not likely to be a difference-maker during his contract, but he was as big a name as the Oilers could find to sign. 

Three years into the deal, the Edmonton Oilers finished in last place and Souray has decided he wants out.  He requested a trade from the Oilers.  Technically, he has a no trade clause until the beginning of July, but he seems willing to waive it to be moved to almost any team.

One moral of the story is that last place teams tend not to be attractive draws to players who have some control over where they are going.  Even signed players with some power may want out of a situation that they would otherwise have been happy with if their team is winning.

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