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Young Stars Emerging in the Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Spector at FoxSports,

The Stanley Cup playoffs are the time for the NHL’s best players to shine, and many have stepped up once again.

Veteran stars such as Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg; Dallas’ Marty Turco, Brendan Morrow and Brad Richards; Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere and Pittsburgh’s Marian Hossa continue to prove they’re among the game’s very best in leading their respective clubs to the conference finals.

That’s not to say young and emerging stars haven’t been sharing the stage with those established players.

Sidney Crosby is the most hyped and recognizable of the bunch but several others have earned a share of this year’s spotlight.

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Flyers Need To Play Smart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

If the Philadelphia Flyers plan to intimidate the Pittsburgh Penguins and set a physical tone for the Eastern Conference final in Game 1 tonight, they do so at their own peril.

That’s because even the best penalty-killing team in the league would have a tough time stopping the Penguins power play these days. If the Flyers create a conga line to the penalty box in an effort to make a point, the Penguins will demolish them.

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The ‘Homer’ Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chilling Out by John Glennon at the Tennessean,

If the first round of the NHL playoffs earned notoriety for the so-called “Sean Avery rule,’’ then this round of the postseason should focus on a “Tomas Holmstrom rule.’’

Specifically, here’s what it should be: Any goal scored by Holmstrom gets automatically reviewed by the NHL.

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Stick It Mitch

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

When I was growing up, a young innocent impressionable Sailor-to-be in mid-Michigan, I liked Mitch Albom.  No, that’s too weak.  I read everything he wrote and I didn’t care about the subject.  Read his books several times, the compilations of his columns.  They were called “Live Albom” and I think there were four of them.  I was a Mitch Albom fan and so were my friends.  All of us avid followers of all Michigan teams.

We read his stuff on the young Yzerman-led Wings, Kirk Gibson, Joe Dumars and Barry Sanders.  Ate up every word.

But then Mitch strayed.  He strayed to tv and radio and piano and politics and descriptions of how he spent his Tuesday afternoons.

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Pens Won’t Change Gameplan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

While much of the hockey world substantially discounted the Flyers’ chances of upsetting the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final when their best defenceman was lost for the rest of the playoffs due to a blood clot in his ankle, the Penguins say they are not counting on anything when the series opens Friday night.

“We’re not going to assume anything,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after the game-day skate Friday morning. “Obviously, it’s a big loss for them. But it’s a prime example of when guys go down, other guys step up.”

However, Timonen’s loss is enormous for the Flyers.

read on

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Pittsburgh Vs. Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

In case you haven’t heard, the Penguins and Flyers are rivals.

If you ask us, this rivalry is on par with some of the all-time greats:

read on for video comparisons and watch out for the falling anvil!

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Masterton Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Left wing Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs, defenseman Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings and right wing Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers are the finalists for the 2008 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) announced today.

The award, under the trusteeship of the PHWA, is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

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CHiPs Gets in Trouble Over DUcK

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via USA Today,

A California Highway Patrol captain has been placed on leave while authorities investigate whether he tampered with a speeding ticket issued to Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf.

Ken Rosenberg, whose office is decorated with Ducks memorabilia, is accused of removing the ticket filed by an officer who stopped Getzlaf March 14 after he was spotted driving about 84 mph on a toll road.

“We received information that this particular citation may have been improperly processed,” CHP Assistant Chief Steven Lykins said.

Citations are normally sent to court and processed within 10 days, but a copy of the ticket didn’t get to court until April 28 — 45 days after it was issued.

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*forgive me for the post title; I couldn’t restrain myself…

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Well Marty, What Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, Bubba Sr. must be a little distressed today. 

Stars Blog/Dallas Morning News

That almost felt like the series last night. Maybe because, for Stars fans, it’s the same ol’ same ol’ against Detroit. How do teams get that kind of gorilla off their backs?

In the back of their minds, maybe closer to the front, has always been the Turco Dilemma.  He’s failed consistently against the Red Wings, a blight on a pretty good record. He can’t win in Detroit, in fact can’t even keep it close.

 

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Sens May Have Their Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The top candidate to be Senators’ coach next season may already have the job.

While GM Bryan Murray has insisted he has no plans to return behind the bench next season, two league executives told the Sun yesterday they believe Murray has been asked to “at least consider the possibility” of doing both jobs by owner Eugene Melnyk.

Murray, one executive noted, “is a tremendous coach. He gets the most out of the players.”

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