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Keenan Trying To Stir The Pot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,

If Keenan wants to know why the Hawks are engaging in less-than-gentlemanly tactics, he should consider the pushing and shoving his team is doing after the whistle. The halos he has placed above his players’ heads have been dented and tarnished in the first three games. Bourque was penalized for slashing three times in Game 3 and could’ve been called for more.

‘‘At the end [of the game], we said enough is enough,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. ‘‘We were down two goals. It’s out of line to go out there and hurt anybody, but the message was we’re not going to take it anymore.’‘

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Crosby’s Goal Last Night - Good Or Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Flyers, facing a 3-1 series deficit, didn’t like it (imagine that) and believed Crosby had impeded Biron’s ability to make a save in his net.

“The guy makes a pass across the crease, I think I got a stick on it and it might have hit me and hit [Crosby] and his momentum carried him and threw me into the net,” Biron said. “It’s a dangerous play if you’re kicking a puck around the crease where the goalie is and it’s a dangerous play when you’re sliding in, both feet first toward a goalie who is trying to get to the puck. I didn’t really like that. It’s not the first time where he’s done that and drives the net.”

more and you decide, goal or not…

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No Hockey Talk In Colorado

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The people who are still employed by the organization (Craig Billington, Michel Goulet, anybody else) are under strict orders not to say a word to the media right now. I mean, not a word. It is common knowledge around the Avs that anyone who breaks such an order - at least when it comes to the machinations of the GM search process - will be terminated.

I don’t agree with that, of course. I mean, somewhere along the line, the dissemination of hockey information became equated to that of nuclear secrets. It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd. It’s arrogance too, is what it is. It’s “We don’t need to talk to you little people.”

I have news for Pierre Lacroix and any other person in the hockey world: guys, you’re just not that important. You’re not. You are in the business of grown men trying to put a piece of hard rubber past other groups of grown men, into a net. This is not that important. It’s entertainment.

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You Write The Caption

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Busy day today but this should hold you over for a couple hours.

My suggestion?

“Next?”

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A Rest From Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you are reading this it means I am still sleeping (I posted-dated this one just around 1:15am).

Too many late night hockey games and not enough sleep has caught up with me.

I will be back sometime this morning!

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Changing Goalies In The Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In general it is a bad thing for plan A to fail and to be forced to change to plan B during a best of seven playoff series.  An example of this is when a team has to change goalies in mid-series in the playoffs.  Despite this, the last three teams to win the Stanley Cup have all done this.  The 2006 Carolina Hurricanes changed from Martin Gerber to Cam Ward, the 2007 Anaheim Ducks changed from Ilya Bryzgalov to Jean-Sebastien Giguere and the 2008 Detroit Red Wings from Dominik Hasek to Chris Osgood.  The first team to do this is 2009 is the Washington Capitals who have changed from Jose Theodore to Simeon Varlamov.

Theodore may be a former Hart Trophy winner in 2002, but his career has not gone particularly well since.  In the first game of the series against the New York Rangers, Theodore played badly allowing four goals on only 21 shots.  He was the main reason Washington lost.  In the next two games the Capitals turned to rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov.  Varlamov has only six regular season NHL games played.  He has succeeded so far in the playoffs.  He has stopped 56 of the 57 shots he has faced and sports a playoff leading 0.50 GAA and .982 saves percentage.

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Enough Of Versus

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,

I don’t like writing cellphone posts unless it’s breaking news or what have you. But I have about had enough of Versus’ so-called coverage of the NHL postseason. How is it that they pull away from a 3-3 game in Carolina to put on a crummy open to a game in Anaheim that wasn’t going to start for another 30 minutes, much less another Esurance commercial we all know by heart?

continued and George isn’t finished, another post here.

I have to agree with George.  I am not sure why Versus makes the decisions they do, but they sure are not catering to the knowledgeable hockey fan.

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Drug Testing Still An Issue Between NHL/NHLPA

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

A gap in the NHL’s drug-testing policy may not be closed because the league and the National Hockey League Players’ Association cannot agree on how to deal with it.

According to the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, players are not tested during the playoffs and the off-season, which leaves five months — April through August — during which the players do not have to worry about passing a drug test. The league says it is in favour of year-round testing, but the union has reservations due to privacy concerns.

continued

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Vancouver Canucks Advance To Western Conference Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alex Burrows scored the game winning goal with 19 seconds left in the first OT.

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Columbus Fans Deserve A Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Tonight, the Detroit Red Wings put a 4-1 whipping on the Jackets at Nationwide Arena. With that, the Wings took a 3-0 lead in the series. It is, for all practical purposes, over.

The Jackets know what they are up against. They’re not going to quit. They’ll come out hard in Game 4 Thursday night. No one would expect anything different.

“We’re down 3-0 and we’ve got a lot of things to clean up,” forward R.J. Umberger said. “It’s not over yet. You’ve got to win four games. We still need the first playoff win in franchise history. The crowd here deserves a win. They need to see it. This city needs to see it. . . .

“Crazier things have happened.”

read on

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