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The Call Of Thornton’s Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm the Mercury News,

They played him alongside Russ Hodges. That’s saying a lot.

OK, so it was hyperbole and some humor from KNBR’s Gary Radnich on Wednesday morning. But Randy Hahn’s TV call of Joe Thornton’s game-winning goal Tuesday night is destined to become part of the Sharks soundtrack, particularly if the goal leads to a playoff run that at last won’t disappoint fans.

“HE SCORES! HE SCORES! HE SCORES!” Simple. And, no, it’s no “The Giants win the pennant!” But it packed some deep-seated emotion.

“It’s raw, it’s primal,” Hahn told us Wednesday. “It just comes from inside you. And in that moment, you know what, it comes especially on the road for me.”

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Bruins Looking For Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

After four games, the Bruins have scored only five times for an average of 1.25 goals per outing. They were denied on 27 attempts Tuesday as Price recorded his first postseason shutout.

Glen Murray doesn’t have a point. Sturm has one assist and zero goals on a team-high 11 shots. Krejci, the man with the hot stick during the regular-season stretch run (9 points during a five-game streak), has scored only the Game 2 power-play goal. Glen Metropolit, who had several close-in opportunities in Game 4, hasn’t scored in more than two months.

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Fleury Nearing Star Status

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Perhaps five goals allowed in four consecutive victories against a team beaten up physically and psychologically isn’t a large enough sampling of evidence to declare him a fully budded star.

Yet for Marc-Andre Fleury, for a goaltender with too much cumbersome playoff history packed into the back end of his 23 years, this was indeed a triumph to savor and, as he giddily warbles after some saves, let out a yell.

“I don’t see them as much as ghosts, but as experience I got through all those years,” the Penguins’ lanky goalie said late last night, after he made 21 saves and made the Senators go away in a four-game sweep that ended with a 3-1 victory at Scotiabank Place.

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Hasek Disappointed With His Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The teams now head back to Joe Louis Arena for Game 5 Friday. Babcock will have to decide whether he goes back to Hasek, who was 27-10-3 this season for the team that posted the NHL’s best record in the regular season, or sticks with Osgood (27-9-4).

“I’m pretty sure (what I’ll do), but I always like to take a deep breath first and then decide what I’m going to do,” Babcock said.

Still, it’s a decision that’s likely to be subject of great debate in Hockeytown.

But there was no discernable discussion about making a change after Game 3, when Hasek said he should have stopped a couple slap shots that found the net in Nashville’s 5-3 win.

He was, unsurprisingly, even more upset after the Game 4 loss.

“Very disappointing,” he said. “Last 60 minutes, worst hockey I’ve played in my life. I have nothing to say about it. I feel very bad about myself.’’

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Lemaire Lost Control Of His Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patrick Reusse of the Star-Tribune,

Did you ever feel cheated watching the Wild players in the spring of ‘03? Not once, not even when they couldn’t get a puck past Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to save their lives.

On Tuesday, the Wild players cheated their coach, and cheated the masses in Minnesota who stayed up in anticipation of another taut, terrific hockey game.

The Avalanche came out flying and the Wild retreated. Mikko Koivu was one exception to that, but he didn’t have much company.

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Senators Season Is Over

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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Senators’ 2007/2008 season came to an official, if not also ignominious, end Wednesday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins swept them with a 3-1 win.

The season, however, really ended a long time ago.

You can pick any number of incidents that might have been the catalyst.

But it might have starting going off the rails as long ago as last Sept. 5, when Ray Emery, on his way to a workout at the Bell Sensplex, got into a road rage episode with a senior citizen who had accidentally cut him off

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Put The Pipe Down…It’s a Game 4 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Those of you watching Versus will, all together now…thanks Gary. Ass….join the game in progress.  I’ll be here for the LB at 2100 sharp.

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No To 84 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

The league’s board of governors has rejected the idea of expanding the season by two games a team because of complications and timing, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“It’s accurate that we are no longer considering an 84-game schedule for the 2008-09 season, but that it remains a possibility for the 2009-10 season,” Daly said in an e-mail yesterday.

“I think it was a combination of it becoming too late in the scheduling process for next season to effectuate a change, as well as the fact that we weren’t agreeable with the union’s condition that it be changed on a one-year, trial basis only.”

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Evaluating The Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Even though the LA Kings failed to reach the playoffs, Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings has been keeping busy.

It is not an easy job to continue blogging when the team you cover is done for the season, but Rich has been giving daily updates on the Kings and his player evaluations have been great.

Stop by and check them out if you have a chance.

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Ovechkin Wants To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Gelston of the AP via USA TODAY,

Is he frustrated by his lack of production? Nope

Is the Flyers physical play affecting him? Nah.

Would a possible line change help? Hope so.

About the only thing Ovechkin would admit after Wednesday’s practice is that he’s had enough of the losing. Philadelphia owns a 2-1 series lead over the Capitals and Washington, which entered the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league, has lost consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 23-24 entering Thursday night’s Game 4.

“I’m frustrated we’re losing,” Ovechkin said. “It’s not about scoring, it’s about winning.”

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