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Devastating Dallas: The Keys To Game 3

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been giving strong consideration to using a Seger lyric as the title of tonite’s live blog, but decided against it. A few of you have suggested I go with a couple, more obscure Lightfoot songs.  I thought of doing that too, and taking full credit for the idea. But, I can’t.  The Wings are now 3-0 since we went with “Fitzgerald” and I’m not turning back.  Plus, I’m chomping at the bit to use a particular line and I can’t until the number reaches “1”.

On to the keys, the fact-driven, stat-backed, heavy-handed analysis A2Y has become famous for.

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No Suspensions For Ribeiro & Osgood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

The league just confirmed.

There are some fines involved, but both Ribeiro and Osgood are good to go for Game 3.

That’s important for the Stars, particularly if Lehtinen is hurt and can’t play.

Ribeiro was quite feisty today, so it will be interesting if he transfers that energy to the ice.

added 7:07pm, Sorry for the back to back posts on this topic.  At least we used different sources!

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Fines But No Suspensions For Ribeiro, Osgood

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1932 EST:  Confirmed from Mike Heika at the Dallas Morning News.  He also says Ribeiro was “quite feisty today” at practice.  Twitchy too, I’m sure.

That’s according to Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page.

Sounds good to me.  Want more on Ribeiro’s antics? Read George Malik’s observations from Game 2.

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Panthers May Look To Andre Savard As Next Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch at Off the Posts,

The talk is Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin is going to turn to an old friend for the coaching post in the Sunshine State.

Sources told me today that Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Andre Savard has emerged as one of the top candidates for the vacant coaching post with the Panthers.

a little more...

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Stars Off-Day Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

An Interview With: D. Tippett, M. Modano, M. Ribeiro, M. Turco, B. Richards…

Q Hear anything on Ribeiro?

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Haven’t heard anything from the league yet, no.

Q How do you prepare if you don’t hear anything until tomorrow?

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: We’ll hear something today. I don’t suspect anything. I suspect he’ll be a player. Looking at the situation, I can’t see how it would be a suspension, myself, but that’s for them to figure out. And from our side, I’m going to prepare like Ribeiro’s a player and move forward.

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Dallas Moms Are Sad Today, But The Downriver Puck Bunnies Aren’t

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A2Y staffers have compiled the numbers.  There are 919,000 moms in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  Every single one of them is sad today.  I’m cool with that.  Here’s something else the staffers, the underappreciated backbone of A2Y, have come up with.  Ready?

Chris Osgood’s your Conn Smythe leader.

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All Osgood Does Is Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Chris Osgood doesn’t have the flash of Detroit teammate Dominik Hasek. He’s not a spectacular puck-handler like Dallas’ Marty Turco, his rival in the Western Conference Finals. He’s a solid goaltender who doesn’t do anything extraordinarily well.

Except win.

Few goaltenders in any era can match Osgood when it comes to winning games. He was 27-9-4 during the regular season while splitting time with Hasek, and improved to 8-0 during the playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Stars Saturday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.


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Stevens & Therrien Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Flyers coach John Stevens and Penguins coach Michel Therrien met with the media earlier today…

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Flyers Plan To Remain Aggressive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times,

There is no secret to holding a lead; if there were, there would be no reason to watch a sporting event after the first team scores. But if there was a theme dominating the Flyers’ clubhouse conversation Saturday, it was that they would be better off continuing to attack while ahead rather than earning a lead and then start looking at the clock and listening for the horn.

It’s three series into a four-series tournament, but apparently the Flyers have decided that the next time they are ahead in the game, they’ll try to pretend that they are behind.

“We’ve done a great job at getting leads —- and that’s important,” Scottie Upshall said. “But keeping it is another thing. For us, we have to concentrate on having good starts. In the playoffs, you see two-goal leads just turn into tie games right away. So we have to keep playing that aggressive style of play.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Detroit Free Press,

“Redneck to me, the word came about when the Scottish and Irish come over here and worked, and they were bent over in the fields all the time and their necks got red and the Indians called them rednecks,” Cherry said Saturday (and later on “Hockey Night in Canada”). “To be a redneck is to be proud.

“This is a redneck city, a blue-collar city, and Probert and Kocur and McCarty were the gods when they were here,” Cherry said. “I’m not knocking the team ... people would rather see a good, tough team.”

more from Don…

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