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Remember, It’s A Marathon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

NHL playoff fatigue is setting in and the symptoms are widespread: General soreness. Low energy. Difficulty concentrating.

No, we’re not talking about the players. It’s hockey fans who are prying eyes open Wednesday morning after the late nighter from Vancouver, wondering how it could be that there are still first-round games to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs — and how viewers can possibly stay sharp for another seven weeks and three days.

You heard me. June 18 is the last possible day for the Stanley Cup final, 52 days from now. (Here’s an encouraging thought: three days later, at summer solstice, daylight peaks and we begin losing light in the slow march toward summer’s end).

The point is, it is vital to pace yourselves, people. Hockey playoffs are a long haul. Don’t fall prey to first-round burnout when there are three rounds to go (hockey widows love to hear that one). Drink plenty of fluids, including some not involving alcohol.

As a wise hockey coach once told me, if you over-extend on a single shift early in a game, you’ll never be as strong for the rest of the game. Who knew his words would apply so perfectly to hockey fans swept up in Games 6s and 7s of the opening round?


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Throwing an octopus in Detroit doesn’t just result in a $500 fine—it’s a misdemeanor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 10:57 PM with a written story from WDIV: I had planned on getting a little pre-doubleheader nap and was watching WDIV Local 4’s evening news when I shook myself up with a start, because WDIV reported that a second Red Wings fan had his day in court after throwing an octopus, and as it turns out, the new City of Detroit rule against throwing octopi, c.i. 38-5-4, is not like a traffic ticket for going 10 over the speed limit, the kind of civil infraction where you can just pay your fine and go on your way.

The City of Detroit’s $500 fine comes with a disorderly conduct charge on the side. In other words, it’s a misdemeanor, and if you throw an octopus at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Police won’t look the other way just because you’re a Red Wings fan, nor will they look the other way if you, as the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa suggested, show good taste in the timing of your octopus throw.

You will be charged with a misdemeanor, you’re going to be tried in court, and you will face possibly paying court costs, community service, and possibly even jail time if you tick off the judge who sentences you for a charge that’s hard to disprove. Just as importantly, you’re all but certain to be not only removed from the game you’re attending, but also booked (and possibly even have a mugshot taken) at the main police department branch on Beaubien Street.

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Who’s Favored?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am only picking the game seven matchups for tonight.

Buffalo 5-3 over Philadelphia and Vancouver over Chicago 4-3.

Now let’s see what the experts say about all the games tonight….

Presented by Sports Interaction.

Boston at Montreal

• Boston   -105
• Montreal   -115

• Over +5.0 -110
• Under +5.0 -110

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Red Wings sound like schoolkids regarding watching tonight’s Nucks-Hawks game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 5:52 with video and stuff: After today’s crop of practice updates popped up, Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji’s posted a mid-afternoon column which includes a Chris Osgood update (coach Mike Babcock says he’s too rusty to back up Jimmy Howard) and a dissection/analysis of the Wings’ possible goaltending opponents, but as the Wings have both a 10 AM practice on Wednesday and may end up having to hustle home to pack up for a cross-continental trip…

Wakiji’s main focus involves the fact that most of the Wings’ players don’t plan on watching tonight’s Canucks-Hawks game, which will determine whether the Wings end up playing the Sharks (if the Canucks win) or Predators (if the Canucks lose). The Wings ended up sounding like they were ten years old, with the exception of coach Babcock:

“I stayed up late and watched the games (Monday) night,” Babcock said. “The one thing about it, like I said (Monday) is after you watch them, you can’t sleep anyways.”
“I don’t know if I’ll be able to,” Niklas Kronwall said. “It’ll be tough not to, I think. It’s a big game, especially with the comeback that Chicago’s had so far. It’ll be definitely interesting.”
“We’ll see if I can stay up,” [Nicklas] Lidstrom said. “I’ll start watching it anyways. I’m afraid they (his four sons) will, even though they have school tomorrow. They might sneak up and watch it.”

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Twitter Complaint

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,

Following the Sharks’ series-clinching overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, Sharks veteran Jamal Mayers - via twitter - publicly criticized Kings coach Terry Murray for what is alleged to be a post-game show of disrespect.

“Kings battled hard! Tough series with 3 OT games! Too bad Murray didn’t have class to shake hands like players (who bled) and Asst Coaches,” Mayers wrote in a tweet.

Meanwhile, teammate Devin Setoguchi also questioned Murray on Twitter.

“Would like to know why coach of the Kings Terry Murray never shook our hands??,” Setoguchi wrote. “Might be a first??”

In response to the backlash, Murray tells The Dreger Report he was among the first to leave the Kings bench to congratulate the Sharks’ coaching staff and says shaking hands with all opposing players - while more prevalent post-lockout - has never been customary.

“It has always been about the players, my opportunity to complement the opponent is through the media which I did several times in the series,” he said. “And last night I said that they were good enough to win four series in this year’s playoffs. That’s high praise coming from me.”

Social media is an excellent vehicle for sharing information, but in this case - did Mayers and Setoguchi’s messages cross the line?

more and Mike Gillis talks…

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Do Flyers Have An Edge At Home?

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News,

Sure, the Wells Fargo Center has been a howling, orange-clad cauldron of noise, but the Sabres have won here twice in this series and also won here on March 5. And get this: In the last 10 Game Sevens in the NHL, the home team is just 2-8—and the road team has won the last four straight.

more , including audio from Daniel Briere, Mike Richards and Peter Laviolette

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Red Wings practice updates: Johan Franzen’s somewhat iffy for a Thursday start

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 3:10 PM with more video and pictures: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen’s ankle sprain is apparently a little more severe than the Wings had hoped, but MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Franzen did skate again today…But it’s entirely possible that, should the Wings’ second-round series start on Thursday, Franzen will be touch-and-go:

“He’ll play if he’s ready and if he’s not ready he won’t play. It’s just that simple,’’ [Wings coach Mike] Babcock said. “But it’s my anticipation that he’ll be ready. Now, I’ve been wrong before, but the Mule’s going to play.’‘

Franzen, who hurt the ankle in Game 2 vs. Phoenix, when he sustained facial injuries on the hit by Shane Doan, said he’s feeling “better and better.’‘

“It’s not hurting, that’s for sure,’’ Franzen said. “Skated a little bit yesterday, a little today. Hopefully go a little harder tomorrow.’‘

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Sabres to Play Exhibition Game in Germany

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Buffalo Sabres will play an exhibition game against Adler Mannheim at SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 4, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. Tickets for this game will go on sale to Mannheim season ticket holders on May 15 and to the general public June 1.

Sabres forward Jochen Hecht, who hails from Mannheim, played five seasons with Adler Mannheim, most recently in 2004-05. Hecht, who is in his 11th full NHL® season and his eighth as a member of the Sabres, is a three-time German Olympian (1998, 2002, 2010). In 764 career NHL regular-season games, Hecht has 177 goals and 264 assists for a total of 441 points.

“I am very excited to return to my hometown and play against my former club,” said Hecht.


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Your Masterton Memorial Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 26, 2011)—Goaltender Ray Emery of the Anaheim Ducks, forward Daymond Langkow of the Calgary Flames and forward Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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New Dallas Stars Owner On The Horizon?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Tom Gaglardi has agreed to a price and most of the terms for buying the Dallas Stars – and if he can steer it through bankruptcy court with the bankers in charge of the sale, the Vancouver businessman will be the NHL team’s new owner.

It is expected Gaglardi, 43, will soon enter an exclusive negotiating period of roughly 30 days to complete the purchase of the NHL team and a 50-per-cent share of American Airlines Center. The last hurdle, according to a source familiar with the sale who requested anonymity because the deal is not official, is taking the Stars through bankruptcy court so Gaglardi will not be hampered by any debts left by current owner Tom Hicks….

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to clarify the situation. He said in an e-mail message Monday the source’s information is “partially true and partially inaccurate. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to specify which is which.”

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