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Poor Homer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Pity Tomas Holmstrom.

How often are you going to see those three words in a row?

But really. For the second time in as many Western Conference finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ hard-headed Swede, who has made a living out of obstructing goaltenders’ vision and scoring garbage goals no longer than his hockey stick, is deserving of our sympathy. A limited amount. Certain terms and conditions may apply. See your dealer for details.

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Stars Can’t Lose To Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

“What happened to the Stars I used to know? Where is the spirit? Where is the guts? This could be the greatest game of our lives, but you are going to let it be the worst.

“Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you, Ott. We might get in trouble.

“Well… not me. I am not going to take this.

“Osgood? He’s a dead man.

“Holmstrom? Dead.

“Zetterberg? Dead.”

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Escape Clause

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

In a development that may stoke debate about Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke’s future with the club, team owner Henry Samueli has been accused of securities fraud and could soon face criminal charges….

“The only way he could get out of the deal with Anaheim without their permission is if his contract has a specific provision that provides an escape clause if the team runs into financial uncertainties,’’ a lawyer in the hockey industry said yesterday, adding a criminal investigation of the owner could qualify.

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All Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Doubt About It,

So no, my problem isn’t with the Flyers. Not their players, and not even their fans. The fights at the end of the game? Whatever. It happens. My problem is with Versus tonight. It is bad enough to watch your team lose in the playoffs, but it is even worse when you have to basically listen to the opposing team’s broadcast.

Think I am being overzealous? Consider that when the Flyers played in Pittsburgh, Versus showed footage of Flyers fans in bars at Philly. Was similar footage shown of Penguins fans Tuesday night or tonight? Unless I missed it on the way to the fridge or the John, I dont think so. Nothing. Nada. Instead they showed all the Flyers fans signs and continually remarked how “funny Flyers fans are”.

read on

thanks to the Pensblog for the pointer…

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Don Cherry Talks Pens/Flyers Game 4

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry at ESPN wonders why Crosby and Malkin were on the ice with ten seconds left in the game.

Watch below…

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Penguins Need To Look To Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Forget about this one. Burn the tape.

That needed to be the Penguins’ mind-set the instant the buzzer sounded on their 4-2 loss Thursday night.

Forget about the retaliatory penalties, the phantom penalties, the ghastly turnovers and the failure to clear the front of the net early in the game.

Forget about the rowdy, hostile crowd that must have launched into its beloved “Crosby Sucks!” chant 10 times or more.

Forget about a wasted chance to not just eliminate the hated Flyers but humiliate them with a sweep and a post-series handshake on their home ice.

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Stevens & Therrien After Game 4 ECF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. You had talked all series about the team’s execution offensively. Do you think something in their minds was different for this game? A little less nervousness, perhaps, or they had nothing to lose?

        COACH STEVENS: Yeah, but I just thought we’d come out with real good energy. We were skating with the puck. We got pucks, we didn’t just get pucks through the neutral zone, we had speed after the puck, which I thought made a difference. We got our power play, we started shooting the puck again. You know, I think we were trying to pass the puck to the net.
        They’re a very good penalty killing team, and sometimes you don’t score on the initial shot, but you create secondary chances at the net. I thought the power play did that early, and really gave us momentum. Obviously, getting the lead was big for us, but we did some really good things in the game, especially early.

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Batten Down The Hatches: Game 5 In Hockeytown Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, that was a long frigging 24 hours.  I’m not gonna lie.  I was irritated, to put it mildly, pretty much all day Thursday.  Conspiracy?  I didn’t use that word yesterday and I won’t today.  Conspiracies require a lot more brainpower, discretion and cunning than anyone in Little Gary’s inner circle is capable of.

Ineptitude?  Oh Hell yes. In spades. In bucketfuls.  The league office is gloriously overflowing with it.  Ignorance?  An unspoken job requirement.  Overturned goals are a problem. Have been for, at least, 9 years.  Deal with it?  Nah.  Ignore it.

But that’s all solved tonite.  All the bad things are going away, because this series ends tonite in Detroit.

Did you say something?  I’m sorry?

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Morrow Calls Out Referee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Stars captain Brenden Morrow was interviewed Thursday by Bob and Dan of BaD Radio on 1310-AM The Ticket and had a lot to say.

One of the first points Morrow made was to revisit a questionable roughing penalty called on Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period of a 4-1 loss in Game 1 against the Red Wings. Referee Bill McCreary whistled Fistric for the 2-minute minor for roughing Tomas Holmstrom, giving the Red Wings a 5-on-3 power play that they converted into a Brian Rafalski goal nine seconds after getting the two-man advantage to take a quick 1-0 lead.

“That was a very phantom call,” Morrow said.

Morrow accused McCreary of a retaliation penalty call on Fistric.

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Growing Up with the Pens

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo! Sports,

Malone’s father Greg also played for the Penguins, which is why Ryan grew up in Pittsburgh. Greg Malone, a New Brunswick native, also played for Quebec and Hartford and is now a scout for the Phoenix Coyotes after many years as a Penguins scout.

So not only did Ryan Malone grow up a Penguins fan, he literally grew up hanging around the team. “You definitely feel lucky,” Malone said. “I would have happily played anywhere but it’s an extra bonus to play for the team I grew up with. I’m privileged.”

Just how long he’ll be wearing that uniform remains to be seen. He’s an unrestricted free agent July 1 and his career-best season, 27 goals and 51 points, would fetch him a handsome raise over the US$1.45 million he made this season. Perhaps as much as $4.5 million on the open market. That will likely be too much money for a Penguins team that is looking to get star centre Evgeni Malkin to sign a rich, new extension this summer…

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