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Not-So-Gentlemanly Behavior

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Christ at the ABQ Journal.com,

One of the most revered traditions in sports is the handshake ceremony after each Stanley Cup playoff series, when the bloodied warriors on each team line up to offer congratulations to their foes for a job well done. Sportsmanship at its greatest.

  It’s just seems incomprehensible, though, how guys who had just been knocking the pus out of each other can all of a sudden start hobnobbing. For me, it’s not uncommon to hold a grudge against someone who takes 3 minutes to heat a pile of rice in the office microwave.

  So, is this on-ice glad-handing genuine?

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  Tags: brian+propp, chris+chelios, martin+brodeur, playoffs, rob+blake

Ahead of Their Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Simmons via the Winnipeg Sun,

Should it happen that the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup, and that’s at least a 50-50 bet, then Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be accomplishing something that has never happened in an expanded hockey world.

For Crosby, this is only season No. 3 in the National Hockey League, all of it post-lockout, all of it intended to save the Pittsburgh franchise.  For Malkin, this is only his sophomore year: Whatever and whenever this team was supposed to find itself in contention, all this has happened faster than ever before.

Wayne Gretzky was in his sixth NHL season and seventh pro season when the Edmonton Oilers won their first Cup in 1984. Mario Lemieux was in Year 7 in Pittsburgh when the Penguins won their first of two Cups.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

Turco Stands Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

froom Rory Boylen at the Hockey News,

There goes another monkey off the back of Marty Turco.

Despite being one of the world’s best players at his position, Turco is consistently one of the most underappreciated as well.

People always want more from the unpredictable tender. A year ago he posted three shutouts in the first round, but because Dallas lost, Turco, still, wasn’t a “playoff goalie.”

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Stars Talk After Game 5 WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dave Tippett, Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow, Marty Turco, Mike Ribero, Trevor Daley and Steve Ott answeer a few questions…

Q. Talk about Marty. Obviously we’ve talked incessantly about him up here. Talk about how critical he was.

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Well, there’s been a lot documented about his struggles up here. I don’t look at it as his struggles. I look at it as our team struggles up here. For us to be successful, he has to be very good. That’s what you saw from him tonight.

I thought there was so much battle in him. Our team, one of our themes all year is find a way to win and have the will to win. I think Marty exemplified that tonight. He wasn’t going to be denied in this game. He made enough saves in this game for us to get us the win.

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Babcock & Lidstrom After Game 5 WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Talk about some of the things you felt your team did not do right today, particularly some of the line change stuff.

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I thought obviously the one line change thing where the puck was shot by Turco, it hit McCarty, Chelios thought it was going in front of him and he came to the bench. That gave them their second goal, which is unfortunate. Their other goal was we just over back-checked on a two-versus-two situation.

I thought tonight, one of the keys for us when we had our quality chances, we missed the net. We missed the net 19 times tonight. We had ample opportunity, weren’t able to get it done. When they were in lockdown mode, we didn’t get enough people and pucks to the net for second chances.

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That Hockey Smell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vincent M. Mallozzi of the NY Times,

Then she opened the bedroom door.

There was her husband, Andy Oliver, who had just returned from playing a hockey game, surrounded by his foul-smelling gear, which he had let out of the bag for the first time at home.

“Tammi thought she might find a rat in the bedroom, but it was only me,” Oliver said. “I was just airing out my stuff.”

When she asked how he intended to deodorize his gear, Oliver began searching online for a solution. He came across a Canadian company, Esporta, that cleans bacteria and contaminants from sports equipment.

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NFL Ownners Look To The NHL Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters,

National Football League team owners plan to reopen the current labor deal with players possibly next week and could lead to a lockout in a move to cut costs, the head of the players’ union said on Saturday….

“Our players are prepared for that,” he told several hundred sports industry officials and executives, comparing the NFL owners’ approach to that taken by their counterparts in the National Hockey League that led to a lockout of that sport’s players and the loss of the 2004-2005 season. “We’ve had a lot of discussion and preparation for that.”

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Back To Dallas We Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stars defeat Wings 2-1 to force a game 6 in Dallas on Monday night.

The Stars are beginning to play their game and the Wings are getting frustrated by the tight defensive game the Stars play.

Stars have the momentum now, but also have the pressure of winning game 6. 

First goal is key come Monday!

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Coach Therrien Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  I guess is there any concern about Malkin and Sykora for tomorrow?

        COACH THERRIEN:  They should be ready for tomorrow.  They should be there.

        Q.  Is it just a sickness?

        COACH THERRIEN:  A sickness.  And we believe at this time of year rest sometimes can be more important than practice, and they should be there tomorrow.

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In A Musty Old Hall In Detroy-it They Prayed…It’s A Game 5 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I had every intention of going with Seger.  But..I gave it some thought this morning and I’m thinking it’s not time for a change.  Lightfoot got us here and he’ll get us home.  I love that line, and was going to save it for the Finals, but thought today was a good time to break it out.

It’s a Game 5 Live Blog.  In a musty Joe Louis, 20,000 are praying for a trip back to where the Wings belong.

Press down.  Hard.

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