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Halak In the Pens Heads?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Are the Pittsburgh Penguins letting Jaroslav Halak get inside their heads, as the Washington Capitals did?

The Penguins say no, although there is growing evidence the Montreal Canadiens goaltender is doing just that. All concerned insist they simply have to stick to their game plan: make Halak as uncomfortable as possible in his crease and everything will work out Saturday in Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference semi-final series.

“A-1 is you have to make sure you don’t let the way a goalie is playing change the way you play and change what makes you successful,” Penguins defenceman Mark Eaton said. “We aren’t going to change too much. We’ll just keep – and I hate throwing clichés out there – but keep plugging along and not let frustration set in. When you do that, you’re giving in and you definitely can’t do that, especially in the playoffs.”

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Will The Flyers Start Getting Some Breaks?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,

...But the only story that matters is this: This series isn’t over.

Predictably, the word character was thrown around the Flyers’ locker room. Mercifully, no one was heard uttering the words desperate and hockey in the same sentence. In fact, I never heard the word desperate at all. The Flyers may have been trailing the series, three games to none, but they were not defeated in any sense because they truly believed the series could just as easily have been 3-0 the other way. That may not have been entirely true, but that’s the way they felt.

“We don’t want to sit here and complain,’’ said goaltender Brian Boucher. “But I don’t think we got that many breaks to this point. We’re happy to get this win and get off the schneid.’’

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Vancouver Facing Elimination After Loss To Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chicago beats Vancouver 7-4 and can wrap up the series with a win at home on Sunday night.

added 12:58am, from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

It was maybe the Canucks worst game of the playoffs, especially given what was at stake. There is a reason they say Game 4s are the most important in a playoff series. Statistically, the odds aren’t in the favour of any team trying to climb out of a 3-1 series hole. Which is the Everestian task the Canucks are now facing.

Especially given that the team isn’t showing the slightest signs that it has the game right now to even attempt such a massive turnaround.

The Canucks didn’t look like an Alan Vigneault coached team at all.

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Flyers Win 5-4 In OT To Force Game 5 In Boston

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Simon Gagne returned from an injury and scored the OT goal.

Game 5 is Monday night in Boston.

added 10:50pm, Video of the game winner.

 

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Record Breaking Crowd At Opening Game Of World Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Adams at IIHF.com,

What a way to start the 2010 World Championship for the host country. With a loud and boisterous world record crowd of 77, 803 looking on at Veletins Arena, Felix Schutz tipped a shot into the USA net 21 seconds into overtime to give to Germany a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s annual showcase event on Friday.

“It felt more like a World Cup soccer game than a hockey game,” said Sven Butenschon. “When you hear the roar of 80,000 people, it is a different noise.”

“It was trying to yell to my linemates but they could not hear me,” added USA forward TJ Oshie.

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Blaming Crosby

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There are days I think global warming, the Kennedy assassination and the start of World War II are going to be blamed on Sidney Crosby.

Get over it people! Really, I almost fell off my chair when I read the ruckus that sprang out of Crosby breaking a stick in frustration the other night. Yep, he’s certainly the only player in NHL history to ever do such a thing. A real trailblazer for sure.

And I don’t want to hear anymore talk about the fact that Crosby has been known to curse a blue streak on the ice. Let me enlighten everyone: if the NHL started banning players who cursed like stevedores there wouldn’t be any games. The bench and the ice during a game, especially a Stanley Cup Playoffs game, is not a place for gentile society.

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The Name Calling Starts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago,

Chicago Blackhawks winger Adam Burish accused Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows and defenseman Shane O’Brien of being “clowns” for roughing up Hawks skill players during their Western Conference semifinals.

“The thing that upsets me about O’Brien and Burrows is they go and target [Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews],” Burish said Friday morning. “The clown Burrows goes after [Brian] Campbell in the middle of the ice.

“Give me a break. If you want to target someone, come find me or [Ben Eager]. You guys want to pretend you’re so tough, and yet you go and try to pick a fight with those guys. If you want to hit them and play hard, fine. But those clowns are pushing them after the whistle and punching them.”

Burish implied O’Brien acts tough only when Burish and Eager—the Hawks’ enforcers—aren’t on the ice.

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Would You Take This Bet?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News,

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas have put the odds at 8-1 that the Wings can come back and eliminate the Sharks.

The odds were developed by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which formulates betting lines for a number of top casinos.

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Canucks Obsessed With Byfuglien

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Look for Byfuglien to create room for the two young forwards tonight, and look for Kane to be his creative self with the puck. There’s a reason Kane likes to be the last one to leave the ice after the Hawks’ pregame warmups. He gives the crowd a brief show of his stick-handling ability. All of Game 4 could be like that.

Byfuglien is about as subtle as a mallet. While the Canucks look to answer with their own blunt object, Kane will kill them with craftiness. Or Toews will take over. Count on it.

Do the rules limit what the Canucks can do to move Byfuglien from in front of the crease?

‘‘Might have to bend the rules,’’ Salo said.

Sounds like obsession.

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Winnipeg Waiting For An Answer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Winnipeg will soon find out whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes franchise will return to the city it once called home.

Sources tell TSN this decision will be made within the next three weeks, if not sooner.

With Jerry Reinsdorf’s deal to buy the Coyotes hanging precariously in limbo, sources say Glendale city officials are scrambling, trying to push Ice Edge Holdings to sign an agreement of exclusivity, with ties to the existing lease, in time to position a proposal for vote at next Tuesdays Glendale city council meeting.

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