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Flyers Played In A Fog

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, T

he fog that descended on this team for the final month of the regular season lifted for just a couple of first-round games against Buffalo and descended again for the entire second round. The Flyers managed maybe a couple periods of really good hockey over these four games. Not nearly enough and not nearly acceptable.

“We never seemed to get into the series,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We never got into it, never got a win.”

They played soft. They played sloppy. They were outhustled and outworked and outhit. They simply failed to show up for two of the games, getting beaten by a combined 12-4 in Games 1 and 3 - and 20-7 overall. A year after their incredible comeback from being down by three games to none against this same team, there was no sign of the heart or the desperation or the intensity that distinguished the 2010 Flyers.

That was a team to remember. This is a team best forgotten.

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Red Wings-Sharks Game 4 wrap-up: Nick Lidstrom’s team survives to fight another day

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings will end up paying a $2,500 fine (five octopuses’ worth of disorderly conduct tickets) to San Jose International Airport as the Wings chose to head west on Red Bird II despite long after the airport’s 10:30 PM curfew—the Wings landed in San Jose at 1:30 AM PDT—after defeating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Friday night, staving off elimination and reminding the ever-confident Sharks that the supposed speed bump along the Sharks’ way to a Stanley Cup championship isn’t ready to roll over and die just yet.

So the Sharks are putting tickets for Sunday night’s Game 5 on sale today at 10 AM PDT, and while the Sharks rallied from a 3-0 deficit and pushed the Wings very, very hard, Dan Boyle told the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch that it wasn’t that Nicklas Lidstrom stepped up and scored two goals, nor that the Wings’ crowd helped lift a team that looked to be on the ropes, or at least attempting to win in rope-a-dope fashion, to a much-needed, confidence-building win against a team that’s become a boogeyman. No, instead, the Sharks failed to complete their first playoff sweep because they came out flat, surrendering three goals:

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Put The Lidstrom Retirement Talk On Hold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Toronto Sun,

Think it’s fair to say that Nicklas Lidstrom retirement speculation should stop.

So he’s 41. He sure doesn’t look it.

“Looks like he took a sponge bath in the fountain of youth,” said Paul Bissonnette on the TSN panel Friday night.

The Detroit defenceman contributed a pair of first-period goals to the Red Wings’ 4-3 victory in a do-or-die Game 4 to stave off elimination at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.

“Lots of times when you get tot he end of your career you can smell it, because you can’t do the same things you used to do,” said colour commentator Ray Ferraro.

Lidstrom doesn’t have that problem.

continued plus many observations from both of the games tonight…

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Video- Jack Edwards Counts Down The Last 15 Seconds Of The Boston Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Canuck Scoring Dried Up

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Of the teams that made the second round of the playoffs, no team has scored fewer goals in the playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks.  They have only 2.27 goals per game.  This puts them ahead of Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers but neither survived the first round.  In the regular season, only New Jersey had fewer goals per game than Vancouver has had so far in the playoffs. 

In part this number is low because the Nashville series has been a defensive battle.  Vancouver has scored nine goals so far in 15 periods of hockey (4 games including three overtime periods).  Even in the Chicago series, Vancouver failed to score more than four goals in any given game.  In six of their 11 playoff games so far in the playoffs, the Canucks have been held to two goals or fewer.  This is alarming because the regular season Canucks led the NHL in goals.  Their game has changed in the playoffs and this is a negative change.

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Eastern Conference Finals Will Feature Boston vs. Tampa Bay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Boston sweeps Philadelphia tonight, Tampa swept Washington.

Two hot teams who now have some time to rest before the series starts.

Who do you like?

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Paying To Stay In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The City of Glendale wants to reach into its pocket to guarantee at least one more season of NHL hockey in Arizona.

City council is set to vote on a propsal on Tuesday to renew the existing contract with the NHL for another year and cover up to $25 million in potential losses.

“We are going to renew the contract with the NHL and put $25 million aside,” said Glendale city councillor Phil Lieberman. “There is already $20 million in our budget and we have to come up with another $5 million. The $20 million will be up for vote and if they use that up then another $5 million. So we will duplicate what we did last year.

“I think it’s a good deal that allows us to find a better solution. We do not have a signed contract or agreement with (potential suitor Matthew) Hulsizer,” added Lieberman. “I think it may pass 7-0 or 6-1, all of us want to buy more time but I don’t know if we will find someone else.”


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Red Wings-Sharks Game 4 quick take: the Captain and the crowd

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

A line from Wings coach Mike Babcock’s post-game presser stuck with me and stuck with me good, summarizing the Red Wings’ elimination-staving 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday. Here’s what Babcock said to a few members of the press corps about their broaching of the retirement question with Lidstrom:

“You guys did a real good job by talking to him about retirement yesterday, and answered that pretty good.”

Lidstrom scored two goals, the Wings got goals from depth players for the first time in this series, they earned their literal and figurative bounces, their penalty-kill was finally good in limited action and while the Wings stopped skating in the 2nd and appeared gassed at times in the 3rd…The crowd picked their Red Wings up. The crowd at Joe Louis Arena did nothing less than a masterful, Datsyukian job of injecting the Wings with the energy and belief they needed to finally eke out a one-goal victory over the Sharks via a workmanlike goal from Darren Helm, and perhaps Red Wings Nation imbued the Wings with enough self-belief to ensure that Friday night’s game wasn’t the last one at the Joe.

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Pointing At The Washington Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

The Capitals’ problem is not the coach. That’s not why they got swept in the second round against an, on paper, underwhelming Tampa Bay club.

The problem is the nucleus. Alex Ovechkin and his three co-stars are not ready yet. Some, such as Alexander Semin, may never be.

In hockey, the term “boys” is used affectionately, as in, “Ovie and the boys.” But Ovechkin, Semin, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom are not boys anymore. They have been to a few rodeos, and they keep getting bucked off.

The Capitals are becoming the Dallas Mavericks of the NHL. They have become that team with the heavenly regular season and the hellish postseason.

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Video- Wings Won’t Quit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darren Helm with the late goal in the 3rd period to send the series back to San Jose on Sunday night (8:00pm ET).

Sharks still hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

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