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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Looking back at Thanksgiving 2007 and the only thing more painful than watching our Czech Miracle of Insanity try to get off the ice in the last 90 seconds was the 23 second shot Fox gave us of William Clay Ford attempting to put his glasses on.  Again and again the old man tried to find his nose, and it just wasn’t happening.  Riveting. 

Tonite the Wings wrap up a 9-game stretch against the division that Gary built. We can be thankful for that.  Why?  Not because the hockey’s been boring, as in previous years, but because Detroit’s performance has been mediocre—at best—against teams we’ve traditionally owned.  Detroit’s now lost five times to teams within the Central, the same number they pointed to in April of last year.  Only Columbus has yet to defeat Detroit.  And they probably won’t tonite either.

Why?

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Shot To The Ribs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Now that Ottawa has lost a fifth game, isn’t it about time talking heads on radio and television stop making comparisons between them and the Canadiens team of the late 1970s, which lost only eight games in 1976-77? Yeah ... Martin Gerber and Ken Dryden; Wade Redden and Larry Robinson ... Guy Lafleur and any of the Senators’ forwards.

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, ottawa+senators

Countrymen Everywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinel,

At any time inside both the Panthers’ and Rangers’ dressing rooms this season, you can hear Czech spoken.

Both rosters have six players from the former Czechoslovakia, now split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia….

“It’s not something I can’t be without, but it definitely helps, no question,” Vokoun said. “You’re always close to people who grew up the same way and have gone through the same things. It’s very good for family life.”

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  Tags: florida+panthers, goalies, tomas+vokoun

Military Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Edmonton Sun,

The Hockey Night in Canada tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks is military appreciation night, with fans being encouraged to turn their seats over to service men and women in Edmonton.

So far, close to 6,000 fans have returned their tickets for use by local soldiers.

“It was an incredibly good idea and a great job by our fans giving up their tickets,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “Seeing the fatigues in the lower bowl ... if you don’t get inspired by something like that you must not have a heart.”

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, edmonton+oilers, fans

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Patriot-News,

“Quite honestly,” said Boudreau, elevated Thursday from his position as Hershey’s head coach in the wake of Glen Hanlon’s firing, “I caught myself saying, ‘Ovechkin is up. Ovechkin? Holy smokes.’ That’s what caught me most of all. I was here in front of 20,000 people. It was a good situation.”

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau, coaching, washington+capitals

Who’s #1 In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Chris Osgood, it appears, has supplanted Dominik Hasek as the No. 1 goalie in Motown, though the 42-year-old Hasek won’t concede as much.

“There are 60 games left and I know the way I practise and the way I see the puck, I know I’ll play better,” Hasek said. “I want to see more determination out of myself. I haven’t done my job.”

read on

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  Tags: chris+osgood, detroit+red+wings, dominik+hasek, goalies

Lehtinen Out With Abdominal Strain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

Stars right wing Jere Lehtinen will be out indefinitely with an abdominal strain, but might not need surgery as the team originally thought, coach Dave Tippett said after Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Earlier on Friday night, the club said Lehtinen would undergo surgery on Monday, but Tippett said that was “premature.”

“We’ll continue to look at it,” Tippett said. “We’ll do some tests and see how it reacts over the next few days.”

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  Tags: dallas+stars, injuries, jere+lehtinen

The Great Jagr, But…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News (Sunday edition) via the Santa Barbara News Press,

I simply don’t have any great playoff memories of Jagr past 1992….

Maybe Jagr is more Scottie Pippen than Alex Rodriguez. Maybe he’s the sidekick who could never get it done on his own. Jagr floundered with the Penguins when Lemieux wasn’t there. He actually made the Washington Capitals a worse team. They are paying about $4 million a season for Jagr to not be on their team.

He’s all flash and no grind, and that’s a major sin in hockey.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, new+york+rangers

Uh, Guys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Empty Netters,

Steigerwald loses all his street cred however when he says Lyndon Slewidge is maybe the greatest national anthem singer in the league. Jeff Jimerson might have something to say about that.

We will acknowledge that Slewidge’s ability to go alternate between English and French during “O Canada” does give him a distinct advantage over Jimerson, but we subscribe to the school of thought that a language doesn’t really exist unless it comes out of Jimerson’s mouth.

Karen Newman doesn’t even need to move her lips!!!


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  Tags: karen+newman

Frolov Out With Strained Groin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Inside the Kings,

Alexander Frolov will be out for at least the next two games with a strained groin. You probably remember his strained groin from the end of training camp. Well, this is the other one. It’s always something, isn’t it? So they will shut him down for a few days, perhaps even a week’s worth of games, and see how it goes.

Scott Thornton out too...

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  Tags: alexander+frolov, los+angeles+kings, scott+thornton

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