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Talking to Penguins Talbot and Hall (Updated)

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Update 1:01pm ET: Interview with Ryan Whitney & Brooks Orpik now added below.


Q. What do you feel like you did better in Game 3 than you had done in the previous two games, and what do you feel like you have to do better still in Game 4?

ADAM HALL: Well, I think we were just able to do a better job limiting our turnovers and forechecking, and I think that was kind of a key to help creating more offense for us.

MAXIME TALBOT: Yeah, we made some little adjustments. And obviously I think that the desperation in and the crowd got us going. Yes, we had a little slow start, but I think after that yesterday it was a cliche but we talked about getting the first goal, and that was huge for us. And we got it, and it was a different game for us. Because it’s easier to play, when you play against the Detroit Red Wings and they have the lead, it’s kind of hard to come back because they’re so smart and experienced.

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  Tags: adam+hall, brooks+orpik, maxime+talbot, quotes, ryan+whitney, transcript

Well Deserved Praise

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ben Wright at Blueland Blog,

I was told John Kincade mentioned it on the air yesterday so I don’t feel like I’m spilling the beans, but I wanted to be one of the first to congratulate Craig Custance on an upcoming career move. Craig is leaving the AJC to become the national hockey writer for The Sporting News. Craig has done a great job as the Thrashers beat writer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working alongside him as both of us covered the Thrashers in our own ways. I’ve learned plenty from Craig and he’s been nice enough to let me jump in on interviews on many, many occasions.

KK passes on our congratulations as well. We’ve cited many, many stories from Craig over the past couple seasons and he’s always done a thorough job covering the Thrashers for both his newspaper and in the online format. We’ll look forward to his national perspective in The Sporting News.

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  Tags: craig+custance, media

Thursday with Osgood and Draper (Updated)

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Update 1:11pm ET: Added another interview to this post. Below you’ll find words from Niklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg.


Q. Chris, this week all your teammates and coaches have been saying that your ability to bounce back from losses or bad goals and things like that is really one of your strengths.  How do you do that so easily, and last night is a game that’s easier or tougher to get past?

CHRIS OSGOOD:  It’s over.  We didn’t come into the series thinking we were going to win four straight.  We were hoping to.  But to say we expected it to be a hard series would be right on.  Just play the game tomorrow.  I mean, the next day, just keep doing the same thing as I’ve been doing.  That’s about it.  I haven’t really put any thought into last night, this morning.

I thought it was a real good game.  Both teams played real well, and somebody has to win and lose every night.  We were on the short end last night.

Q.  If I could get you both to comment on this.  Mike Babcock came in this morning, the morning after a loss, jovial with the media and joking.  Can you talk about the way he kind of sets the mood for the team and kind of understands when to go at you and when to give you your space and how his feelings for that kind of thing?

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  Tags: chris+osgood, henrik+zetterberg, kris+draper, niklas+lidstrom, quotes, transcript

The ‘World’s’ Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Like millions of others in the know, I see the NHL playoffs for exactly what it is: the greatest sports tournament on the planet. But there’s one aspect of the Stanley Cup chase that grows more embarrassing with every year.

I refer to the “Bring the Cup back to Canada because it’s our game and nobody else, especially the soft Europeans and frigid Russians and easily-pleased Swedes and largely-disinterested Americans” routine. That’s right – the same act that has the preposterous “No team with a European captain will ever win the Cup” corollary.


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Thursday with Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  You mentioned last night that you thought you’d overplayed Datsyuk and Zetterberg, if I understand that.  Can you explain what you meant and maybe talk a bit about how you assess their play through the first three games and maybe what you’d like to see from them going forward?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  Well, our plan going into the game last night was, if you look at the game sheet, was to have our shifts at 35 seconds.

So you say that as a coach, you know that means 40.  When they end up at 51 seconds and you pile that on over a period of time, 29 or 28 shifts end up to be too many minutes.

Don’t get me wrong.  These guys are elite, elite players and they’re trying to win.  And sometimes in doing that, instead of just doing your part, you’re on the ice too much.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, quotes, transcript

Suddenly, It’s All About Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Let’s make this as simple as possible. Should the Pittsburgh Penguins win Game 4 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, this series is going seven games. If the Pens lose game 4, this series is over in five games and that other team is declared the winner of the Cup by an ever-so-slight margin — the voting wil be that close!

This series is all about the Penguins. How they play will determine the Cup winner. If they play poorly, the team they are playing will be awarded the Cup. If they continue to play like they did last night in Game 3, they will win the Cup. The other team has no control of this series; it is all about Pittsburgh.

Sometimes I even forget who the Penguins are playing and as most of the media reports today prove, it is all about the Penguins.


Update 12:50pm ET: And more from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com:

Don’t yank that plug just yet. No need to call in the priest, either. Last rites on the Pittsburgh Penguins can wait.

The beak still has a little twitch in it.

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Penguins Hang On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

But they barely survived by a margin as thin as Crosby’s unfortunately wispy beard, and weren’t even the best team on the ice.

In what was the most physically intense and entertaining game of the three played so far, the series began to live up to its hype and promise.

Crosby, freed from having to play against five-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom on every shift, was the first of the many stars on either club to actually play like a star.

But while the Penguins showed desperation in winning their 17th straight home game, the Wings were still superior, outshooting the home side 16-5 in the final period as Michel Therrien’s team frantically tried to hang on to victory.

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Cherry & Melrose Praise The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don and Barry liked the play of Pitsburgh last night.

Watch below and note, the video is a bit choppy at times…

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Report- Chicago vs.Detroit In Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks are expected to play the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in January in the NHL’s Winter Classic, Comcast SportsNet reported Wednesday night, with an official announcement perhaps coming this week.


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Sundin Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Will Mats Sundin commit the ultimate act of betrayal in the eyes of Toronto Maple Leafs fans and bolt as a free agent this summer, possibly to the Montreal Canadiens?


KK will not become the Mats Sundin network.  As many of you know, this type of story will continue to grow and grow until Mats make his decision.  We will pick and choose carefully when pointing to Sundin stories.

Update 12:12pm ET: (alanah) To hear Sundin’s comments for yourself, they’re on video from the Canadian Press.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

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