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Kovalev’s Charitability

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Alex Kovalev said making a hockey DVD for charity was prompted by his own heart troubles as a child in Russia.

The Montreal Canadiens star forward released a two-DVD set on Monday called “Alex Kovalev - My Hockey Tips And Training Methods.”

All proceeds will go toward helping kids around the world with cardiac problems.

Also on Kovalev, a story out earlier today in La Presse [French] and summarized by Kevin Mio at Habs Inside/Out:

Alex Kovalev could shatter some long-standing Canadiens records this season if he continues to put up points on the power play. With 16 goals and 26 assists with the man advantage, Kovalev is within four goals of Yvan Cournoyer’s record of 20 set in 1966-67. Kovalev is also eight points shy of Mats Naslund’s points record set in 1985-86 when he had 19 goals and 31 assists on the power play.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+kovalev, charity

Player Has Brain Surgery Following College Game Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rick Couchman at Hockey.com,

Someone is going to die, someday, but luckily for Tom Pohl, he came out on the fortunate end of things.

There was a close-call in Minnesota last night, but it looks like the hockey fraternity dodged a bullet this time, and considering the events, it could have been tragic.

Let’s face it, some collisions are so significant that you can’t help but wonder how people survive. Especially when it involves someone’s skull smashing into the boards.

continued… *Pohl is in intensive care at the Mayo Clinic, but doing well so far

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, College Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: college+hockey, injuries, minnesota+gophers, tom+pohl

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam Weinman at Rangers Report,

When Brendan Shanahan walked off the ice and saw a large group of media around his locker today, he correctly guessed that the conversation around the team had changed.

“Let me guess: today you’re not going to ask when a good time is to start resting everybody,” he said.

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Cats on a Hot Win Roof

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,

Break out the sun screen and beach chairs. The Florida Panthers are in hot pursuit of a playoff spot.

With a franchise-record seven-game win streak, the Panthers are biting at the heels of the eighth-place Philadelphia Flyers. And with two games coming up against the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes, they’re even flirting with what was unthinkable two weeks ago: a South-least Division title.

“There’s a good energy going around,” Panthers defenseman Steve Montador said. “There’s a little bit of a buzz.”

continued…

Update 4:28pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail wonders if this is the Year of the Panther.

Update 5:33pm ET: Apparently Florida is the story of the day. Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca also checks in with some thoughts.

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Rumor Roundup

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Spector scans the NHL, looking at speculations out of Columbus, Atlanta and Edmonton.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Repeat Performances Rare

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

This June will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Detroit Red Wings winning their second straight Stanley Cup championship. During the ensuing decade, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Yankees, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots repeated as champions in their respective sports.

Detroit remains the last NHL team to do so.

The Devils came close in 2001, the closest of any team since those Red Wings, but like many former Cup winners, their reign at the top of the hockey world came crashing down in defeat.  That’s exactly what the Anaheim Ducks now are hoping to avoid.

more…

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  Tags: stanley+cup+champions

Avs Can’t Open Playoffs at Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Denver Post,

Even if the Avs win the division and are the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed, they will open their first playoff series on the road.

The NCAA’s Frozen Four is at the Pepsi Center on April 10 and 12, and the logistical reality is that the NCAA would have claim on the building from April 9 — the opening day of the NHL playoffs — through April 12.

The NHL has assured Avalanche officials that the team will retain the home-ice advantage in the first round as the No. 3 seed, with four of the seven games played in Denver, if all are necessary. The league hasn’t said how that would work, but it likely would be under a 2-3-1-1 schedule, with the third through fifth and seventh games ticketed for the Pepsi Center.

more


*maybe it would be easier for everybody if they just skipped the playoffs? (kidding, kidding…) smile

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The Masterton List

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Hockey News,

Below is the list of the 29 candidates for this season’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.

ANAHEIM DUCKS: Todd Marchant, ATLANTA THRASHERS: Johan Hedberg, BOSTON BRUINS: Glen Metropolit, BUFFALO SABRES: Paul Gaustad, CALGARY FLAMES: Owen Nolan

and the list goes on…

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: masterton+trophy

Decisions in Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Vogl at The Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres’ coach could face his toughest decision of the season Wednesday when his suddenly impressive team returns to the ice to face Tampa Bay. The Sabres have won two in a row and, at times, looked dominating doing it. All four forward lines were solid, with a player from each scoring Saturday during a 6-2 victory over Toronto.

But once again, Connolly could become a factor. The oft-injured center might be healthy enough to play against the Lightning. He sat out the three games last week, and the team has three days between games this week. That might be enough time for Connolly’s sore hip to get enough rest.

So, what’s a coach to do? Does he stick with the same lineup, reward the 12 forwards who spent the weekend playing well? Or does he risk disruption by inserting Connolly, one of his finest all-around players and a guy who can make a difference when healthy?

more... with Sabres one point out of 8th in the East

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: lindy+ruff, tim+connolly

Underrated Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,

When the Devils started this season with their nine-game road trip and a roster that had some around the league holding back smirks, it seemed unthinkable that they would have the best record in the Eastern Conference with 10 games to play.

Few doubted that a Lou Lamoriello team would be competitive, even one that lost its No. 1 center via free agency, was missing a top defenseman with a serious eye injury and had a plan in place to use goalie Martin Brodeur less often. But first place in the conference?

“If you looked on paper at our roster and compared it to some other teams in the conference, possibly not,” captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “But I think some guys on this team are underrated as far as putting up numbers.”

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: martin+brodeur, nhl+standings

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