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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...of why you guys rule.

Sometimes, a photoshop just deserves its own post.  This is one of those times.

The whole “Bring the Beard Back” campaign?  Oh, holy mother it’s horrible.

But leave it to the 19 to make it all better.

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Oshie Named Rookie Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 2, 2009)—St. Louis center T.J. Oshie, who helped spark the Blues’ playoff surge by recording 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and a +6 rating in 14 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

  Oshie edged Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (8-7—15 in 15 games), Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (5-9—14 in 13 games), New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (5-8—13 in 13 games), Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott (9-3-0, 2.57 goals-against average), Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason (8-4-2, 2.46 GAA) and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (7-2-3, 2.53 GAA) for the award.

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What The Heck?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wings going after a new demographic?  Maybe the Amish folks?

The beards are real, sort of, the guy on the right, how did he get in there?

Check out the comments of this A2Y post and feel free to submit your own caption.

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When Krejci Scores, Bruins Don’t Lose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of WEEI,

Take a guess at the Bruins’ record this season when Krejci — fourth on the Bruins with 22 tallies — has potted himself a goal. In fact, the Bruins haven’t lost a game in regulation this season when young Krejci lights the magic red lamp — they’re an incredible 19-0-1 in 20 games this season Krejci has scored. The Black and Gold are a similarly dominant 27-2-5 in 34 games anytime the center has registered a point this season.

That tells you that the Bruins are pretty close to unbeatable when Krejci’s offensive line is clicking and throwing points up on the scoreboard, whether the slick center is picking a top corner of the net or dishing off a perfectly-placed tape-to-tape pass to a teammate for a Grade A scoring chance.

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Ryan Smyth Finished for the Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Colorado Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Ryan Smyth will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season due to a fractured right hand.

Smyth suffered the injury during the second period of last night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center.  The Banff, Alberta native is the Avalanche’s leading scorer this season with 59 points (26g/33a) in 77 games.

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Mike Green Talks About His 30th Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Green talks with the crew from the NHL Network after scoring his 30th goal last night.

added 2:37, J.P. of Japers’ Rink is disputing a 30 goal scorer from the past…

per “The Big Book of Hockey Trivia,” Phil Housley only scored 24 goals as a defenseman in 1983-84. Mike Green is the magnificent seventh NHL defenseman to score thirty goals in a season, not the eighth.

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Surgery For Lecavalier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bolts Report,

Center Vinny Lecavalier is out for the year after the team announced Thursday that the four-time All-Star will undergo surgery on his right wrist. It’s the same procedure Lecavalier was scheduled to undergo last season before he injured his shoulder.

Here is the information from the team:

Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Vincent Lecavalier will undergo surgery to repair damage to his right wrist on Friday, April 3, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

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Sipple: Mule and Tick Tock Getting Closer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Based on the fairly difficult time the Wings had re-signing Johan Franzen a few years ago, it’s been assumed here that he would be tougher to get inked again then Marian Hossa. 

Stand by.  Looks like another hometown discount for Holland.

George Sipple

Johan Franzen said he spoke with his agent over the weekend and again on Wednesday and is hoping to get a new contract worked out soon.

“We’re still talking,” Franzen said today. “And getting closer, too.”

Franzen, 29, said he’s willing to accept less money to remain with the Wings, rather than break the bank as an unrestricted free agent and end up playing on a losing team.

“The hockey is way more important than that,” Franzen said after the morning skate. “I couldn’t imagine playing on a team where we’re losing all the time. … Otherwise you’re going to have a tough career losing all the time. I don’t want to end up with that.”

Sipple also pointed out Franzen’s relationship with his Swedish teammates is contributing to his willingness to take less to stay in Detroit.  No comment from Don Cherry on that.

 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I guess my one question is, do the Sabres just pull a tank job from here on out or do they actually go down fighting?

As soon as Vanek peeled off last night, I said (to my empty living room): “(Pansy) play.” Either dump it down low, or sack up and and go to the net, drawing defenders with you.

But like so many other plays last night (and all year) he peeled off, took the easy way out, and got burned.

It was a cruel end to a tease of a game and a tease of a season.

-Kevin of BfloBlog.

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Canucks A Solid Group Heading Into The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...You might question the overall mobility of Vancouver’s blue-line corps, but certainly not its depth. When you have a talented player such as Kevin Bieksa slotted in recent games as your fifth defenseman behind the Willie Mitchell-Sami Salo and Mattias Ohlund-Alexander Edler pairings, you know it’s a decent group.

Outstanding in goal, solid on defense and now balanced offensively up front. Anyone like this team’s odds?

“Once you’re in the playoffs, I think anything is possible for any team that’s in there,” Vigneault said. “It’s a matter of getting on a roll at the right time and getting your players to believe in themselves.

“Right now, our guys are feeling pretty good about their game and pretty good about their teammates.”

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