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No Messing Around in OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Dreger at TSN,

Six of the 13 overtime games last year were decided in the first overtime period, while the remaining seven needed a second overtime period or longer.

No such marathons this year with the average overtime this year clocking in at 6:48, with 13 of the 14 games decided in the first 12 minutes and three ended by the winning teams first shot.

No one is complaining, but it’s a trend that is difficult to explain.  Experts are required, coaches, managers, NHL executives.

One NHL coach contends lackluster goaltending is the reason why OT’s are ending so quickly. There may be something to that. Goalies have combined for a weak .880 save percentage in overtime this spring.

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Of course now that Dreger’s addressed this, the basis of Murphy’s Law would argue that at least two games in the coming round are destined to go 6 periods or more, just to make up for the shortfall.  smile

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  Tags: murphy's+law, overtime, playoffs

Empty Feeling For Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

After the final shot eluded him, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stood alone in his crease Sunday afternoon, pain radiating from his blue eyes. His teammates had skated back to their bench, and the Penguins celebrated in a giant mob to his right. For what seemed like minutes, Lundqvist bore his agony alone.

Eventually, the Rangers skated over to console him. Marian Hossa’s series-winning goal 7 minutes 10 seconds into overtime gave the Penguins a 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, sending the Mellon Arena fans into a frenzy, and leaving the Rangers to grapple with their emotions.

“It’s just empty,” Lundqvist said. “Your head is just empty. You’ve been working so hard all year, starting in May last year to prepare for this season. And then everything is over.”

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News writing about today’s Rangers/Penguins game…

I think the Hockey Gods are trying to call you out, Stephen Walkom. There can be no possible rationalization for your officials continuously putting their hands in their pockets in third periods of games.

I’m normally one of your biggest defenders, but what’s going on is casting everything – the officials, the players, and the game itself – in a not-so-positive light.

more on the game…

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Fresh Octopus Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Crain’s Detroit Business,

For Royal Oak’s Superior Fish, the Motor City’s weirdest hockey tradition — octopus tossing — is a win-win situation, with increased foot traffic, a minor bump in revenue and a whole lot of goodwill.

In a typical week, Superior Fish sells about 20 to 30 pounds of octopus to its retail clientele, at $3.95 per pound, and anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds to its wholesale customers, said Kevin Dean, who co-owns the store with brother David Dean.

When the playoffs are in full swing, the retail octopus trade may spike to 100 pounds on a home-game day.

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On a side note, I went to high school with the Dean Brothers, good guys.  Make sure to check out their website, you may be surprised by the “thumbs up” picture!

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Richards Still Thinks Of Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,

His numbers had dipped, and his contract had become a focus. Richards had seemingly gone from essential to cumbersome in a matter of months.

“Based on where the team was going and the budget situation, it was probably the right thing to do,” Richards said. “But that doesn’t make it any easier.

“I had a few uncertain moments about (waiving his no-trade clause). But I just felt it was going to get harder and harder. The way things were being run, it was turning into a dead end for me. I ended up getting pushed out, and a lot of guys had an entire season of their careers ruined.”

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Penguins Move on to Eastern Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Marian Hossa scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers today at Mellon Arena, clinching their second-round playoff series. They advance to the Eastern Conference final, where they will play cross-state rival Philadelphia.

Dates and times for the third round are pending, but Games 1 and 2 will be at Mellon Arena.

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Update 5:23pm ET: Story of the game from David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail.

Update 5:44pm ET: Live post-game press conference underway.

Video streaming is below.

(click that link to access the NHL’s pop-up player)

Update 5:53pm ET: Game video of Hossa’s OT goal below.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: marian+hossa, playoffs

Mr. May

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via the Guardian,

If Canada ends the tournament with a medal, Heatley will join goaltender Sean Burke as the most decorated Canadian at the worlds with four medals.

With his four points (three goals and an assist) from Canada’s 5-1 win over Slovenia on Friday, Heatley needs just four more points to pass Team Canada general manager and former NHL great Steve Yzerman (39 points) as the country’s all-time leading scorer at the tournament

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added 7:16pm, via CBC,

Dany Heatley notched a goal and three assists to become his country’s leading scorer in the modern era of the world hockey championship as Canada demolished Latvia 7-0 Sunday in Halifax.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Penguins Still In Control

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

A team fresh off a seven-game winning streak to start the playoffs isn’t exactly the poster team for “facing adversity,” even if that streak was broken in their last outing in New York in Game 4.

Despite the perception from outside the Penguins locker room that perhaps things have changed with Thursday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of a desperate Rangers team, Pittsburgh is light years from adversity.

At least until late Sunday afternoon, when the Penguins will have a second chance to eliminate the Rangers, this is a hiccup, a stubbed toe. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Price Drained After Defeat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“They find a hole here and there, we don’t, and we’re going home,” said Price, who was just out of his teens when he broke training camp with the Canadiens last October.

“It feels like I’ve been playing for two years straight,” he said, having suited up in junior, minor pro and NHL hockey in the space of less than a year.

“It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m drained. The difference between winning and losing is fighting through it. I just wish I could have played better.” It will be Garbage Bag Day at the Bell Centre early this week, the depressing exercise of a team emptying their dressing-room stalls for a long summer.

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Stars Can’t Choke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

Make no mistake, the Stars have to win this series. Teams don’t blow 3-0 leads, yet this seems all too possible. Some of it has to do with this team. A lot of it has to do with this town.

So call the Heimlich expert, and put him rink side at the AAC. Tonight. And hope that Turco makes his presence unnecessary.

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