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Bettman Strikes Again: No Suspension For Brown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below: Randy Carlyle’s whining again.  Yes, even more than last night.

Via the AP,

The Red Wings were told Saturday that Brown would not be suspended for his hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.

Will post here as more comes in on this.

And meanwhile…

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Wings Don’t Expect Suspension For Brown, Rafalski Out Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Ducks said they hadn’t been contacted by the league regarding any disciplinary action against Mike Brown for his hit on Jiri Hudler in Game 1 and the Wings believe there will be no suspension.

“I’m not surprised (no suspension yet) and I don’t think there will be,’’ Wings coach Mike Babcock said….

Babcock confirmed that defenseman Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) won’t play in Game 2 Sunday. Rafalski did not skate Saturday. Dan Cleary (lower-body injury) also didn’t skate, which has been common since the playoffs started, but he is good to go.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Murphy at Inside Hockey radio:

We’ve got a great show in store for you this week. Todd Carroll will be in the studio with me, and we’ve got an excellent guest list including Conor McKenna (Team 990), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), Matt Recchi (Kamloops Blazers), Jim Cummins (former NHLer), and some surprise guests as well!

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.

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Lemaire A Perfect Fit For Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Expected to address the media sometime Monday, Sutter wouldn’t surprise anyone if he cut Keenan loose.

The question is who comes in if Iron Mike isn’t back as he said he believed he’d be for the final season on a three-year contract?

While many would jump at the chance to coach a team with as much talent as the Flames—on paper if not in practise over the past few post-seasons—few would keep their hands in the air if told it would be a one-year deal.

He’d have to be a little crazy.

Jacques Lemaire would be perfect.

Formerly of the Flames’ Northwest Division foe Minnesota Wild, Lemaire has often been accused of having a couple of screws loose.

He’s also a great coach.

And just what this team needs after struggling to return to the defensive roots that in 2004 got it past the first round in its first playoff appearance in eight years.

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Don Cherry Talks Even When He Isn’t On HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1.  Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.

HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.

Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.

The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!!  So Pat, what game were you watching?

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In the end, however, we have one general hope for this series: That it doesn’t suck.

That it’s competitive and engaging and unpredictable. That there are flashpoint moments between these teams that shift the momentum in unforeseen ways.

-Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy writing about the anticipated Pens/Caps series.  More from Greg on the matchup…

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Running The Goalie Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The NHL’s 2009 post-season has a theme rapidly developing.

If you happen to be a netminder in the greatest hockey league there is, it’s probably not a theme you’re fond of.

You could see that theme – let’s call it “The Running Of The Goalies” – on display during both second-round games played Friday night.

Skating before their hometown fans, the Red Wings were the beneficiaries of Johan Franzen’s bull-like charge into Anaheim G-man (if a defenseman can be a D-Man, surely a goalie can be a G-man, right?) Jonas Hiller for Detroit’s first goal in a 3-2 Game 1 win over the Ducks.

In Boston, Hurricanes left winger Ryan Bayda barreled into pipe patroller Tim Thomas milliseconds after Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen scored the visiting team’s first goal in a 4-1 Game 1 loss to the Bruins.

continued & watch both plays from last night that Adam refers to below…

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Who Wins Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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ESPN- Mike Brown Hit On Francois Beauchemin?  Oops

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ESPN starts off on the wrong foot in this video hightlight of game 1 between the Wings and Ducks…

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Wellwood Shaping-Up Just Fine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

When the season started he was known locally as “Kyle Well-fed.”

Nobody was projecting the former Toronto Maple Leaf to be a Stanley Cup hero in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal, much less acknowledged by coach Alain Vigneault as “our best player.”

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