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Two Different Styles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

Thomas, the 33-year-old American veteran, and Price, the 20-year-old Canadian hotshot, are very different men behind the masks.

There’s the 5-foot-11-inch Thomas, the perpetually written-off underdog with the athletic style who leaves the crease in tatters when he pulls out all the stops. There’s the 6-foot-3-inch Price, the picture-perfect puckstopper with the fluid movement, stickhandling deftness, and pads-down technique, seemingly produced on the butterfly-goalie assembly line in his native Vancouver.

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  Tags: carey+price, tim+thomas

The AO Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

The Flyers’ rationale heading into the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals that begin Friday night in Washington is simple. If Ovechkin spends more time exacting revenge on irritants such as Mike Richards and Scott Hartnell, he’ll spend less time firing rubber in the direction of Marty Biron.

“The big knock on Peter Forsberg was that you could get him playing more of a physical game instead of trying to score,” Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher said. “I can see Ovechkin going that way. He seems like he might have that in him, where he’s more worried about hitting guys than he is scoring. If you can push him that way, yeah, that’s good. We’ll see. It’s his first playoff series, right?”

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Goodbye Joe?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Could this be Joe Sakic’s last postseason before retirement?

Could this playoff run — however long it lasts — be the last Avalanche fans see of him in a Colorado uniform before he stands at a podium, likely wipes away a tear or two, and says it was fun while it lasted?

Sakic has always had that knack of avoiding crushing contact — not running from it, but minimizing it with deft and instinctive maneuvering. That’s one of the secrets of his longevity, resilience and long-term effectiveness.

He has the same sense of anticipation for oncoming questions.

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  Tags: joe+sakic

On The Course Early

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

But I have this feeling at least one of the five cup favourites is going out.  One (or more) of Pittsburgh, Montreal, Detroit, San Jose or Anaheim will be golfing in round two.

I wish I were smart enough to predict which one.  But it wouldn’t really be an upset if you saw it coming, would it?

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Canadiens And Their Hockey Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber at TSN,

And now, Montreal has fallen madly in love with other Russian dolls. A year ago, many of the Canadiens’ problems could be traced to Russian players that included Alex Kovalev’s critical comments of the organization and Sergei Samsonov’s stunning ineptitude.

Now, the Russians and Belarussians have become the city’s - and perhaps destiny’s - darlings.

After head coach Guy Carbonneau praised Kovalev in March, the 21,273 fans at the sold out Bell Centre took up a chant of “MVP!” for the team’s most valuable player.

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Good God I’m A Genius

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve considered some serious research the last two nights, scouring the geek stat sites, flipping through thumb charts, even dipping into the book report I did on the 2003 draft.  Wanna see it?  It’s right here for you to peruse.

My intent?  To provide you with some quality, unbiased, fact-based predictions you can take to the bank and impress your neighbors with.

That was the intent. But I got bored looking at stats, so I got wasted instead.

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A2Y To Emrick:  We Apologize

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yesterday I blasted a pretty good guy based on some pretty bad information.  How silly, how stupid, of me to consider that Ansar Khan(!), Deep Digger Captain, would have his facts straight.  When I read this from Khan(!) Tuesday morning, I should have considered the source before pointing you guys to it.  I should have considered the very real possibility that the leader of our diggers had his head up his ass.

Khan(!)/8 April

Emrik said Europeans have “smashed a lot of the stereotypes (about being soft), but it still raises its ugly head when you talk about Detroit.

“Do they have enough character? Are they going to be stamped as the Euro skill players, and can Nashville intimidate them? And that’s the story for this series,” Emrik said. “In the regular season (these teams), played eight games with no fights. They’ll probably have a couple in the first game.”

Thanks Khan(!). Good stuff. Inflammatory. We dig that.  Only, umm, you tool…Emrick didn’t say it.  Mike Milbury did.

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Strap Yourself In For The Ride

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail (Wed. edition),

Welcome to the fourth season.

There are actually five in hockey, by a measure once offered up by no less than Wayne Gretzky. There is the exhibition season, which means nothing. There is the regular season, which runs quietly until the trade deadline. Then comes the stretch season, which ended rather dramatically last weekend. Now begins the playoff season, leading up to the Stanley Cup final, which Gretzky always considered a separate season.

As season No. 4 gets under way tonight, perhaps a playoffs primer is in order:

Goaltending: Some say the position has become too dominant and requires a hockey equivalent of the lowering of the mound in baseball.

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Forsberg Takes Avalanche Back in Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Branch at the New York Times (Wednesday edition),

“I wish I had played 40 games instead of 9, but that’s just the way it is,” Forsberg said in the locker room Sunday. “On the other hand, I should be pretty rested coming into the playoffs.”

Ploy or not, fans have found themselves attracted, again, to Forsberg’s rare blend of grit and artistry. He played his first nine N.H.L. seasons with the franchise, helping lead it to Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001. His vaunted place in local lore was cemented when, during the 2001 playoffs, he had his ruptured spleen removed after helping the Avalanche clinch a spot in the conference finals.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Working The Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The National Hockey League has named its 20 referees and linesmen for the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.

The list is headlined by veterans Paul Devorski, Kerry Fraser, Don Koharski and Bill McCreary, all of whom have worked more than 1,500 regular season and playoff games.

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