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KK- Moving Slow

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The last three nights, going to bed around 2:00am ET, waking around 6:30am.

Not good, so I slept in an extra hour or so today, went out for a quick breakfast at the local ‘Coney’ and of course, was asked about hockey and more hockey.

Hockey, hockey, hockey on everyones mind these days!

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Late Evening Line

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This is what we waited a year for?

-Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune.  Read more about Chicago’s loss to Nashville tonight.

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Franzen Can Thank Modern Medicine

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It used to be that, even with the surgical progress they made, a player needed time - sometimes a year’s worth - in order to get his legs under him again. Franzen, doing skating drills by himself long after most of the Red Wings’ regulars had left the ice the other day, was digging in this way and that way and showing no signs of any lingering after-effects.

This, of course, represents astoundingly good news for the Red Wings, his NHL employers. In each of the past two seasons, as Detroit advanced twice to the Stanley Cup final, Franzen has been their most consistent sniper, with 25 goals in 39 playoff games.

That he is back here, playing, with the Red Wings down a game to the Phoenix Coyotes in their Western Conference quarter-final playoff series is one of the reasons Detroit is favoured to win by so many.

It really is a comeback for the ages. “It used to be a season-long injury, then it became a six-month injury and now it’s a three-to-four month injury,” said Holland.


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Crosby With The Save

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Crosby had a decision to make. Should he risk a collision with Fleury and try to make the save? And if so, does he slap it away with his forehand or poke it with his backhand?...

“It’s a split second, but 8,000 things go through your mind,” Crosby said. “It was one of those delicate things you’re watching, not sure what to do.”

Crosby might not have been sure, but Fleury was. When Fleury saw the puck trickling past him, he was hopeless.

“I knew I couldn’t get there,” Fleury said.

So Crosby did.

more and watch the ‘save’ below…

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Big Hit By Andy Sutton On Jordan Leopold Tonight

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added 8:56pm, Video below from Versus feed, with slo-mo.

make sure to check out the HockeyWebCaster’s channel at YouTube, who supplies KK with many of the hockey videos.

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Turco Wants To Be On A Winning Team

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

He declined interview requests for a couple of days after Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk announced Tuesday that the veteran goalie would not return to the team next season. However, as he lined up realtors Friday to sell his house, Turco said he was ready to turn the page.

“It was hard and it is hard, but they are moving on and I have to move on,” Turco said. “I haven’t been happy for a little while, and I believe I’m a pretty happy person, so it’s time to find a way to be happy again.”

After his four-year contract with the Stars expires on June 30, Turco will be able to shop himself around the NHL as an unrestricted free agent. He got a late start in the pro game after four years in college and two more in the minors, so this is
Turco’s first look at free agency. He said his criteria is simple.

“I want to win,” he said. “I want to find a team that is ready to win, an organization that is building to win now, and an organization that believes I can be a big part of that winning. That’s the most important thing to me.”


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It’s Jimmy’s Show Tonite.  We’re Just Here To Live Blog It

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Do or die?  Nope.  But it’ll be a long row down 2-0 and every one of you knows it.  Voox:  this is a big night my friend.  No glass can be empty. 

I’m on the train to Gabe’s for the first game of a West Coast A2Y meet-up.  That, in itself, should ensure us victory.

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Afternoon Line

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“If you look back in Detroit, [Tomas] Holmstrom, whatever it is he just really grinds on people. Pittsburgh had [Matt] Cooke last year – same thing. Patty, I think for his part is maybe a little in between those guys. He plays with a good edge but I saw a few times last night that he held up because it wasn’t the right opportunity to take a hit or a run. When he does crash into the boards it just means that he thinks it’s a little late and he might put our team at a disadvantage so he does a good job of paying attention to that kind of stuff.

-Ryan Miller on Buffalo teammate Patrick Kaleta.  More on Kaleta from Erin Pollina at BuffaloSabres.com.

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Momentum Continues To Build

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NEW YORK (April 16, 2010) – The positive business momentum for the NHL continues after a record-breaking 2009-10 season. Through the first two days of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the League has earned triple-digit percentage increases in video starts and mobile consumption, while unique visitors and page views on NHL.com have shown double digit percentage increases over last year, further validation of the League’s digital strategy. The NHL on VERSUS is also off to a fast start with record ratings and increases for opening night of the postseason.

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Sharks Keep Hearing The Same Question

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from Austin Murphy of Sports Illustrated,

Marleau got right up to the edge of bristling at one point. Asked if the Sharks needed to be on guard against that familiar, creeping, “Here-we-go-again” feeling—he made no attempt to disguise his displeasure with the question.

“No, things are good” in the room, he replied, a mild edge in his voice. “I know you guys always want to bring that up. Things are good.”

It irked him, apparently, that some doubters dared to discern a linkage between San Jose’s most recent Game 1 pratfall and the club’s recent history of premature capitulation. Just because the Sharks have spit the bit against mostly lower-seeded teams in the first or second rounds of the last four postseasons, it doesn’t mean this group of guys is destined for a similar fate. “This,” Marleau points out, “is a totally different experience.”

He’s right. A first-round loss to the ‘Lanche, with it’s unproven goalie, undersized corps of defensemen and overall inexperience would be infinitely worse than San Jose’s abrupt exit from the first round of last year’s playoffs. Eighth seed though they were, the Anaheim Ducks came into last April on an infernal roll, behind the play of a sizzling goaltender, Jonas Hiller.


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