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Beating Bubba: Keys To Round 1

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Let’s be real clear here.  This series has nothing to do with how Bubba plays, and everything to do with what the Wings bring to the table every game.  Detroit can play good hockey and beat Nashville playing their absolute best.  Every game. 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I guess stubborn is a good word,” Franzen said when he began a late-season offensive roll that included 15 goals in a 15-game stretch in March and April, as well as a club record six game-winning goals in March. Scoring 24 of his 27 goals since Dec. 15 represented more goals than the 22 he scored (12 and 10) in his first two NHL seasons. “I love playing this game. Besides, I’ve seen the alternative ... and I hated it.”

Whoa, big fella. Alternative?

“Yeah,” he continued. “I was a real late bloomer. Didn’t start playing hockey at anything other than lower-tier hockey back home until I was 19. I wasn’t drafted by the NHL until I was 25. I’d say that’s a late bloomer, wouldn’t you?

more on Franzen by Larry Wigge at NHL.com…

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The Playoff Alphabet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Need a compendium of Stanley Cup tidbits to impress your friends? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a lot of what you need to know about the Stanley Cup from A to Z.

A>  As in A.A.A. The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association won the first-ever Stanley Cup in 1893….

Z>  Zzzzz. Sometimes, fans just can’t make it all the way through those West Coast multiple-overtime games.


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Pre-Departure Stress Train Footage

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1300:  Footage below provided by jmara85.

Our crack team of engineers has been testing out different features of the Stress Train in preparation for today’s 1400 embarkation and departure.  A2Y passengers are in for more than they may have bargained for.

We’ve had a man on the ground documenting the work at the secret staging location all morning long.

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Follow The Company Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

One of the week’s more heavily linked-to sports journalism stories is a fantastic article in the New York Magazine on the NBA’s sadder-than-sadsack New York Knicks. But a great sidebar story – and one that should be of interest to NHL fans – is this New York Daily News piece by Frank Isola on the media-relations policies at Madison Square Garden for both the Knicks and New York Rangers.

For me, the most intriguing – and troubling – part of Isola’s story is this:

“(T)here is a ‘company response’ for unfavorable stories that the heads of each media-relations department are instructed to follow:

- A call to the reporter by the public relations representative explaining the objections the company had with the way in which the story was written.

- Limiting a media person’s follow-up access to the division representative about the incident in question.

follow the link to get the links and more NHL talk too…

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Enough Blood Talk

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“Blood all over the ice” made my blood boil at Hockey.com today.

Update 1:24pm ET: Also from Hockey.com today, Marty Henwood on Gary Roberts,

From the morning-after-the-night-before department of hindsight and what-ifs, the Ottawa Senators probably could have saved themselves a whole lot of hassle, not to mention a few early vacations, had they simply traded for Gary Roberts, say, half a dozen years ago.

Just in case you think you have seen this movie before, relax. You are not losing your mind.


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Thank You Ted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Hume of the Falls Church News-Press,

Since the rebuild began, Leonsis tried to sell fans on his team. But for all of silver-lining citations and what, at times, seemed like overly-optimistic opinions, he never once presented a false front. He never lied about his commitment to the team and to the fans — even the ones that had temporarily forsaken him.

In a perfect world, such behavior would be common place, but struggling sports teams seldom receive the commitment the Capitals have from Leonsis. Fans of the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates, feel free to send in your testimonials.

So as the euphoria of the Stanley Cup Playoffs washes over Washington this weekend, praise the players that willed this team into the postseason. But save something for the man in the owners’ box that made this playoff push possible.


added 10:16am, The Wall Street Journal published a Q & A with Ted Leonsis today,

The Wall Street Journal: Like most other NHL teams, the Capitals get little exposure. What can the NHL do to get a better TV deal than the arrangements with Versus and NBC—and, of course, more fans?

Mr. Leonsis: My belief, and what I’ve been advocating, is we’ve lost the TV war. That’s where the puck is. We want to go to where the puck’s going to be. We want to fight the big battle, and there we’re advantaged. The NHL has the most wired, the most affluent fans. They’re living their life on the Net. We wanna be, and we’re becoming, the leader in growing digital media.

more (not sure if it is for paid subscribers only)

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Sharks Outworked

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from Drew Remenda at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Tim Hunter said it best before the start of the 3rd period. ‘We’ve been outworked.” I thought I entered a time warp and was watching the early season version of the team. Some guys were working, some weren’t. The defense made poor choices and moved the puck slow. The forwards were too far up ice and in poor postion to support the D. Too many long pass attempts, too many turnovers, too many mistakes.


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Comment of the Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Screw it. I’m fine.  I’ll be just fine.  Starting something new and we’ll continue it throughout the playoffs.  Each day I’m going to determine which A2Y reader (of the 19) was the most brilliant, most juvenile, most something. 

Today’s is short, simple, to the point and yet slightly confusing.  How appropriate that it should come from AndrewfromAnnArbor.

From “Just Another Day”

God bless my mother-in-law because it’s 14:30 and I’m already drunk.


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The Heart & Soul Is Back In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“Last year, I think we were in shock after Game 1 in Ottawa. They came out and battled us so hard,” said Roberts, who tried to aw-shucks his way around his role in last night’s win. He said luck was the big factor since he is still not in prime shape because of the injury layoff.

“Hopefully, I’ll feel as good tomorrow as I do right now,” he said. “I didn’t have a lot of jump in my legs out there. I was just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.”

Perhaps. But Roberts had enough left in the tank to score his second goal with 1:35 left and swat around a couple of Senators who tried to rough up the Penguins at the end of the game.

Watching Roberts show the way for his youthful teammates must have gone down especially bitterly with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. He has long believed, as have the team’s fans, that Roberts is just the kind of heart-and-soul player the team lacked.


Update 2:02pm ET: From the Stats Wizards at Elias Sports Bureau, more on Roberts—

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