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Red Wings - Avalanche Rivalry is History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

[Joe Sakic:] “I was joking around that a lot of these kids were in elementary or junior high when that was going on. But they’re going to see what it’s like firsthand pretty quick, I’m pretty sure.”

So, first things first: If this upcoming series develops a sharp edge, it won’t be because of history, but because of the present—the high stakes and overheated emotions of today—not because anyone got psyched the night before by looking at footage of Patrick Roy duking it out with Mike Vernon or Chris Osgood at center ice; or Foote’s running battle with Brendan Shanahan; or even Lemieux’s infamous check of Kris Draper into the boards at the old McNichols Sports Arena in 1996 and Darren McCarty’s subsequent vengeance.

History will be an issue because of the infectious undercurrent, and even then not necessarily because it makes sense.

more…

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  Tags: playoffs, rivalries

Today in Playoffs History—April 24

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Flashbacks To: 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006

imageApril 24, 1994 • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gary Suter tallied three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of their Western Conference Quarter-final series.

Suter became the eighth defenseman in Stanley Cup playoffs history to post a hat trick, joining Bobby Orr, Dick Redmond, Denis Potvin, Doug Halward, Paul Reinhart (twice), Al Iafrate and Eric Desjardins.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Lady Byng Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

Basically, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell never has to worry about calling Lady Byng candidates into detention because the award is given out to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high level of playing ability.

This year, the candidates fit the mold well.

Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk, who has won the trophy in back-to-back years now, is joined by Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis and Buffalo right wing Jason Pominville. St. Louis was last season’s runner-up.

read on

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Conspicuous Absence

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,

...just hours after an excruciating overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, one absence was conspicuous.

Veteran goaltender Olie Kolzig had cleaned out his locker stall and left the building, skipping the mandatory meeting. He did not speak to reporters. After Monday’s 3-2 loss at Verizon Center, he stripped his name tag off of his locker stall.

Kolzig, a fixture in the Capitals’ net for a decade before being essentially replaced by trade-deadline arrival Cristobal Huet, did not play after a 5-0 loss in Chicago on March 19. In recent weeks, Kolzig seemed increasingly detached as Huet led the Capitals to the franchise’s first playoff berth in five years. Kolzig, 38, did not return a message left on his cellphone, and his agent, Art Breeze, declined to describe his client’s thought process, other than to say: “The choice will be Olie’s as to where he plays next year…”

continued… with more post-season Capitals talk (reg. required)

Update 1:20pm ET: El-Bashir hears from Kolzig and updates at his blog,

First, Kolzig said he doesn’t want to give any interviews for a few days as he collects his thoughts. He said he obviously has some decisions to make and will talk soon.

Second, he also said he didn’t remove his nameplate from his locker stall at Verizon Center out of anger. He acknowledged that the Caps’ Game 7 loss to Philly could “possibly” have been his last game in Washington, so he wanted to take the nameplate as a memento. He plans to frame it with a jersey.

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Rangers Will Move On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

INTANGIBLES: Crosby will be under extreme media pressure and that alone could enervate The Kid. If Avery succeeds in luring Pitt into a headhunting expedition, that, too, could hurt the Pens. Opening on the road won’t scare the Blueshirts; they took all three games in Newark. Motivation is high on both sides and each club is well-rested, but the Penguins will be more rusty from the longer layoff.

CONCLUSION: I picked the Rangers in seven over New Jersey never thinking that Brodeur would have such a mediocre five games. I pick the Blueshirts in six as much on a hunch as the fact that New York has been in an impressive crescendo. Add The Avery Effect to that, and ‘nuff said!

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Official Conference Semifinals Guides

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round.  Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.

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  Tags: media, playoffs

Wings Talk Food And Al Talks Octopi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At the end of the video, Al Sobotka seemed a little defiant of the ‘no twirl’ rule!

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Briere At The Top Of The Canadiens List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

There’s a very good reason for Canadiens fans to loathe Daniel Briere - and it’s not because he spurned Montreal’s courtship last July and signed an eight-year, $52-million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It’s because Briere blithely flipped the final puck used during Carey Price’s first NHL shutout into the Bell Centre stands on Feb. 16.

Even for a non-collector like Price, the vulcanized souvenir from this milestone is a keeper. And even if Briere didn’t realize the significance of the Canadien rookie’s 34-save effort that night, he did a very bad thing.

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No More Of This Type Of Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q: Hey Damien: Do you think there’s any way the Leafs and Mats might structure something for next year that allows him to play the back half of the season only, if the Leafs are in contention? It would free up cap room, allow more ice time for some promising younger talent, and lessen the wear and tear on Mats. A healthy, rested Mats could be a powerful weapon for a playoff run.

A: Interesting idea, I suppose. But pointless, and there’s no guarantee Sundin would come back as the same player he was. Moreover, he might not be inclined to sit around not getting paid for half a season if he really wants to play.

More questions answered (mostly Leafs related) from the mailbag of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star…

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Watching The Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the San Francisco Chronicle,

The Bay Area’s seasonal infatuation with the Sharks has returned, at least based on the local ratings from Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Calgary. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced that its telecast of Game 7 drew a 4.6 average rating (approximately 111,000 households) and an 8.8 peak rating (212,000), the highest since Game 7 of the 2002 second-round series with Colorado that drew a 5.7.

The rating for the series finished at 2.7, against the team’s regular-season rating of 0.9. These numbers do not include the viewers who chose the Versus or CBC telecasts.

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