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Lapierre Hit On Nichol Questioned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Sharks took exception to a play in the third period where Maxim Lapierre knocked an off balance Scott Nichol sending him hard into the end boards. A scuffle between the two teams ensued.

Nichol lay on the ice for a time before getting up on his own, but he left the game and did not return.

Lapierre was not assessed a penalty on the play.

After the game Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan told the Mercury News he thought the hit was “a missed call and a real dangerous play.”

Sharks’ defenceman Dan Boyle had a similar view.

“There was, as far as I’m concerned, a really dirty hit on our guy Scott Nichol.” said Boyle. “Pushing a guy from behind into the boards, I have not seen the reply yet, but you can paralize a guy and there is no place for that in hockey.”

Watch the hit below…

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  Tags: maxim+lapierre, scott+nichol

Artyukhin Goes Coast To Coast Against The Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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GDT - Game #64: Red Wings host Predators (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Panic in Detroit?  With the Wings fighting for their playoff lives Wednesday night against the Canucks, the Red Wings failed in spectacular fashion.  If you won’t take my word for it, this is what Coach Babcock had to say after that disaster: “We were poor. We were poor in goal, we were poor in the back end and we were poor upfront, we were poor in the work ethic department,” “We didn’t look like a team that’s dying to get into the playoffs in any way, shape or form.”  At Thursdays practice, he restated his sentiment: “I just, I didn’t like any of it. “I liked one line; I didn’t like any of the others. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. … I can’t explain it. It’s unacceptable. I said it last night, and it’s still unacceptable today.”

But Coach Babcock isn’t only pointing the finger at the players, he rightly recognizes his responsibility as well:  “For a long time this year we had so many injuries that we just battled to stay alive,” he said. “We don’t now. There’s no reason for us not to be a good hockey club. So will and determination, leadership and coaching, all these things, you look at them and you can’t give them a very good mark.”

The general consensus, out amongst the intertubes, has been that 94 pts is the magic number to make the playoffs in the W.C..  DET have 70 pts, and 19 games left to play.  The issue then, is whether or not the Wings can manage to win 12 of the remaining 19 games (.631 win%).  An objective look at their 63 game sample suggest it may be a very tall task.  DET are 29-22-12 and have a .556 pt % (.460 win %).  Granted, the Wings have been ridiculously shorthanded for the vast majority of the season, so the 63 game sample is skewed.  But that certainly does not explain Wednesday nights embarrassment, and general lack of work ethic. Coach Babcock is spot on - - it is unacceptable, and un-Red Wing like. 

There are games left, and the Wings have time to right the ship; but that time is right the fuch now.  Coach is juggling lines, and banishing non-performers; E-52 is in the pressbox tonight, and Howard will be looking to revert to form.  As a certain Sailor once told me, nothing is ever easy.  Every game counts, especially against teams the Wings might catch, tonight it is Bubba.  L.G.R.W.  No more excuses.

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Ducks In Front Of A Live Studio Audience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

This team reaches out to its closest fans and its farthest strangers alike. Here were all these visiting farmers, in town to discuss things like – and we’re just guessing – the merits of manure, now bumping into a bunch of Olympians and their medals.

“This is the easiest part of the job,” Teemu Selanne said, wearing his Finland jersey and bronze medal. “On the ice, that’s a lot harder. I don’t even look at this as being a job. We’re making people happy. It’s good to make people happy.”

So the Ducks, during a stretch when they’re playing 8 of 9 games at home, went on the road Thursday.

They traveled to the Hilton near the Anaheim Convention Center, set up their in-house television show – “The Element” – and taped a 30-minute Olympic special at noon.

Everyone was welcomed, including the bellmen, the people sitting around having lunch and the folks looking back over their shoulders while riding up the escalator.

The whole thing was staged in front of a lighted, fully stocked bar in the lobby. This was the Ducks hosting a happy half-hour.


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The Value Of Crosby’s Gold Medal Goal Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

It’s not the Hope Diamond, but the Crosby Reebok could still fetch a handsome reward for the person who has the stick used to score the golden goal for Canada in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics last Sunday.

The stick Crosby flung in the air is missing, presumably snaffled by someone with access to the ice or dressing rooms at Hockey Canada Place in Vancouver.

While Hockey Canada searches diligently for the historic artifact, private collectors are salivating at the prospect the stick may somehow come into the market. Brian Logie is an historian of sticks who maintains one of the top private stick collections in his London, Ont., home.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby, team+canada

Gretzky Or Chelios, Who Would You Take?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I never heard of SodaHead before, but just taking a quick look, it appears they ask the question and want their readers to respond, sort of like this…

The NHL has seen great moments since it’s inception in 1917. For decades great players have walked on and off the ice, and each have delivered astonishing performances. But there can only be one player that stands out amongst the rest. Wayne Gretsky (or Wayne Gretzkey in the voting poll) comes to mind, who led the L.A. Kings to the Stanley Cup in the 80’s. He also brought the Oilers the Stanley Cup.

Chris Chelios also would be a strong contender. Chelios is a four-time Olympian and holds just as many Stanley Cups. He also made 11 NHL All-Star appearances and still plays strong at the age of 48-years-old. But who do you think deserves the title of the greatest?

if you wish to answer, you can here and the other two candidates are Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.

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Who Is The League Executive?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don’t you think this story would have had more legs to it if Bruce Garrioch would have named the ‘league executive’?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

League executives weren’t impressed Wednesday when the Phoenix Coyotes — still being run by the NHL and reportedly losing $5 million (all terms US) per month — were allowed to add salary at the trade deadline.

A league executive told QMI Agency following the 3 p.m. deadline that he “added it up” and the Coyotes added more than $2.5 million to their payroll this season by acquiring the likes of Boston blueliner Derek Morris and Colorado’s Wojtek Wolski.

“You know where that money comes from?” one furious league executive asked. “It comes out of the owners’ pockets and they aren’t going to be happy with this because they’re already not happy with having to foot the bill for Phoenix in the first place.”


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Welcome To The World Lucy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Great news for Alanah of Canucks and Beyond and her husband.

Their little girl Lucy (Baby Looooooo) was born today and all are healthy.

Now I need to pick out the appropriate gift.

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Blame Canada Detroit Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from LZ Granderson of ESPN,

Who would have thought that after 18 consecutive postseason appearances—including back-to-back stops in the Finals the past two seasons—the Detroit Red Wings would begin March fighting for their playoff lives?

But that’s exactly where they are and, well, it’s a bit unnerving for the good folks of Hockeytown.

“Injuries,” 22-year-old fan Andrew Nendrzychi said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year. More than I can ever remember.”

Indeed, with seven players placed on injured reserve before Christmas—including star forward Henrik Zetterberg—the team started 2010 having already surpassed the 187 man games missed because of injuries it suffered all of last year.

But I gotta tell ya, while I don’t question whether injuries have contributed to Detroit’s current predicament, I can’t ignore the nagging little voice in the back of my head that keeps repeating two words: Blame Canada.


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Listen To Mike Babcock And Ryan Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) – Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada, and Ryan Miller goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres and Team USA, are today’s guests on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.

Mike Babcock’s international coaching career has been golden. On Sunday, as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team, Babcock completed hockey’s grand slam by adding yet another accomplishment to his already impressive resume. With Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory against Team USA in Vancouver, Babcock became the only coach in hockey history to guide teams to supremacy in four of the most prestigious tournaments in the game: the World Junior Championship, the World Championship, the Olympic Games and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, ryan+miller, team+canada, team+usa

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