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Flames May Have Favorable First Round Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Losers of seven of their last 12 and three of their last four, the Flames had to count on Edmonton to clinch Calgary a playoff spot in what is admittedly the toughest division in the toughest conference.

So much for learning from last year’s playoff abomination and building momentum heading into the spring dance.

That said, as the Flames limp into tonight’s regular-season finale in Vancouver, there is a silver lining in the dark clouds hovering over Mike Keenan’s crew.

The Flames have a winning record this year against both possible first round opponents—San Jose and Minnesota.

In other words, as poor as the Flames have been of late, they will have a chance at a first-round upset.

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Looking At Tim Taylor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Cressman of the London Free Press,

Taylor, 39, is calling it quits. A bad hip required surgery last September, forcing him to miss this season, and it became apparent as the year went along it was time to retire. A tough decision after being named Lightning captain last season.

So why did he last a dozen years and win two Stanley Cups? He was never a big goal-scorer in the NHL. His best was 20 with Boston in ‘97-98.

What makes the Taylor story so good is how he made a career for himself through playing excellent defensive hockey.

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In Other Words- No Head Hunting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Given the combative nature of his team’s rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers this season, Penguins coach Michel Therrien urged referees working Sunday’s regular-season finale not to swallow their whistles.

“We want to make sure that the referees and the league will call the right penalties,” Therrien said Friday. “You saw a game (Thursday), Toronto-Ottawa, (Senators captain Daniel) Alfredsson got hit to the head. You don’t want to see those types of things happen just before the playoffs. You have a team that’s out of the playoffs (Toronto) and has nothing to lose.”

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Weight Does Not Enjoy Sitting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

If being scratched for one of the few times in his long career was a message sent to Doug Weight, it was momentarily lost on the veteran center.

“I don’t need a message,” Weight said, when asked about being in street clothes Sunday for the Ducks’ shootout win. “I’ve played 1,100 games. The message was I have to be at the rink at 7 o’clock [to work].”

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Failure To Communicate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I told the referee what order I wanted to shoot and I put my finger up and told him to give me a second, because I wanted to check with Shanny [Brendan Shanahan] to see if he could go first after he’d been on at the end of [OT],” said Renney, whose team has gone first at essentially every home game.

“I looked up, the referee was gone, he came back and he said, ‘You’re going to shoot second.’

“I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to shoot second. He said, ‘You told me that.’ I said, ‘No, I said to give me a second.’ He decided I couldn’t change my mind, or he couldn’t change his, which was unfortunate. No shots had been taken. I was very, very clear.”

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A Different Canadiens Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

But there is one big difference between this year’s team and those of previous glory years: the success has come without a single French-Canadian star. This year the team counts just six Quebecers on its 24-man roster, and the leading scorer among them, Guillaume Latendresse, has managed only 27 points. Once nicknamed the Flying Frenchmen and revered in the province as emblematic of Quebecers’ talent, the team’s DNA is now practically indistinguishable from any other in the National Hockey League.

“Teams are becoming less representative of their community and more brand names,” observed University of Ottawa sociologist Jean Harvey, director of the Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society.

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Make The Playoffs And Become The Favorite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHL Blog at the NY Post,

Should the Capitals make it into the post-season, I think they automatically become a favorite to win the East and Bruce Boudreau must be a favorite for Coach of the Year. The management has assembled a spectacular cast around their Russian star and Boudreau has so obviously righted a team Glen Hanlon left in shambles.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Coach Sutter was not a happy man after the Devils loss last night.. from Fire & Ice, .

“We didn’t do anything tonight. We were terrible. That’s what happens when you don’t prepare to play a game that’s meaningful and every game at this level is meaningful. It shows the difference in preparation right there tonight. They were prepared to play and you have a team that’s not focused to play. You go through things with them and talk to them to you blue and red in the face.

“Tonight was a lack of professionalism on our hockey team’s part. If anybody wants to tell you different, they’re liars. That’s about all. Thanks guys.”

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Canes Can Only Sit & Watch Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The Canes gave away a house, a car and the jerseys off their backs. They may have given away the division title as well with a 4-3 loss to the Panthers on Friday—Florida’s first win at the RBC Center since December 2002, in arguably the only game of the 16 since that really mattered.

“Everybody’s sick about it,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “There’s not a good feeling. I don’t know what to tell you. There’s not a good feeling about it, nothing positive to take from tonight.

“We needed to win a game to be in charge, win our division, have home ice in the playoffs, and we lost that. It’s gut-wrenching.”

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Bubba-Licious

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We wanted Bubba, now we got him.  We wanted Ellis instead of Kipper, Luongo or even Jose Three or Four.  We got him.  We wanted Arnott instead of Iginla.  Got that too.

But we weren’t displeased with Edmonton once.  And LA was a nifty matchup once too.

Whatever. Whoever.  The playoffs suck no matter who the opponent is.  8 months of irritation leading up to full-blown physical pain and suffering.

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