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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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Coburn & Timonen Talk Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  We keep hearing that you’re not feeling that well, and that’s why there’s been this uncertainty.  Do you have concussion symptoms, and if so, what are they?

        BRAYDON COBURN:  Right now, I’m just kind of dealing with some things with the eye and stuff like that.

        So every day it’s been getting better.  Tomorrow we’re reevaluating it again.

        Q.  Do you think you’ll play tomorrow?

        BRAYDON COBURN:  Yeah, I think there’s a good chance.

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Scouting the Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Spector at the National Post,

“Being a fourth-line player, let’s face it, I didn’t get a lot of ice time. I basically did a job where I knew I was a small piece of a team,” [Dave] Brown said. “I saw all the other pieces around me—skill guys, checkers, goalies, defencemen, penalty killers, power-play guys—and I was basically looking at them from the bottom up. I saw a lot of things from the bench, watching.

“I probably had a 13-year apprenticeship as a scout when I was sitting on the end of bench.”

And when he left the ice, he did so with the respect of many. Even Stu Grimson, whose career Brown nearly ended one night in Calgary in a hellacious rematch, after Grimson had beaten Brown in a fight in Edmonton two nights before.

“I always tell people, beating Dave Brown the first time I fought him was both the single greatest achievement of my career, and the single biggest mistake,” Grimson said yesterday. “He’s a good guy, a hard worker, and has a real humble disposition. A good man.”

more… on “The Toughest Flyer”

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  Tags: dave+brown, fighting

Killing Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am going for a haircut, make a stop at the coffee shop and just breeze through the day.

Maybe return home around 1:15pm ET today and see if I can find anything to watch on TV.

I don’t have a care in the world today, nothing on my schedule, just plan to relax.

You too?

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Time For Malkin To Step-Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Seems hard to believe that about a week ago Malkin was being talked about as possibly the best player in the game. He was mentioned frequently as a leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy, which goes to the MVP of the playoffs. While Sidney Crosby struggled to score, Malkin was a goal-scoring machine.

But look what he has done lately. His only point in the past three games was the second assist on Malone’s score that gave the Penguins a two-goal lead midway through the third period of Game 3. He has managed only seven shots on goal in those three games, compared to 10 in the final game against the New York Rangers. He has been charged with eight giveaways.

There’s no Conn Smythe candidacy in those numbers.

more

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

New Technology

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

- Forget the Glow-Puck. What we need is the Glow Puckbunny. Whenever Elisha Cuthbert is present in an NHL arena, she will automatically illuminate so as to be easily located by television cameras—and young defencemen. If some sort of chip has to be installed to make this technology work, I volunteer.

- Install an invisible electric fence surrounding the goal crease. It’s simple keep-dog-in-yard technology. When, for example, Tomas Holmstrom’s large booty makes contact with the crease, he will receive a brief, yet painful shock. If this fails to deter the crease intruder (knowing Holmstrom, he may actually enjoy it), the linesmen will have the authority to shoot him in the neck with a tranquilizer dart. This was suggested by Marty in Dallas. Thanks for your e-mail, Marty.

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All Aboard: Keys To Game 5

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don’t even know what to write.  I’m embarrassed that I woke up so stressed today. I know it’s all part of the deal, the price we pay for having a team this close, but man. 

It’s bad today.  It’s frigging bad.  Stupid damn Free Press.  Anyone see their “exlusive pictures from Wings practice” gallery this morning?  Check this out.

The Detroit Red Wings right winger Dan Cleary (#11) practices on goalie Chris Osgood (#30) for game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday, May 16, 2008.

 

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Hockey In The Dark Days Of Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun Times (Owen Sound),

Canada won the world title and McReavy scored the championship-winning goal. His hockey career would later take him to even greater heights, but until he died in 2001 at age 83 he never forgot that dark time in Europe in the days before the start of the Second World War.

While men from around the world were playing hockey, Adolf Hitler was putting the finishing touches on his takeover plan of Austria. Neighbouring Czechoslovakia was next on his list and within 13 months it too would be in German hands. War erupted six months later.

“I remember him coming back and saying that was a pretty scary time,” says Father Tom McReavy, the hockey player’s only surviving sibling.

Pat McReavy was only 20 and a long way from home.

more (long, but a great story)

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  Tags: pat+mcreavy

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