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All Positive For Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

As the Canadiens take a well-deserved day off, here are 10 reasons why they are the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference:

1. Alex Kovalev: He’s the Habs’ most valuable player, and coach Guy Carbonneau believes he deserves consideration for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP. Not only has Kovalev rebounded from a disappointing 2006-07 season, but he has made the other players around him better through his actions on - and off - the ice.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Vancover Sun,

“I wish I had the answer for you, but I don’t,” Luongo said when asked to explain the Canucks’ disappearing act after the first period. “I just try to do my job out there and make saves. Obviously, I needed to make one extra save tonight to give our team a point.”

The Flames won it when they scored two power-play goals—one of them a 5-on-3—41 seconds apart midway through the third.

“We took three straight penalties and they scored,” he said. “Not much you can do about it. For me, I have to put it behind me and get ready for tomorrow night. It’s obviously a big game for us.”

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Priceless View

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Maher at the Calgary Sun,

Needless to say, an ice-level site wouldn’t get high marks from this PBP guy, but a willingness to try it with an open mind isn’t out of the question. For a colour commentator, a spot between the team benches is great.

When TSN play-by-play guys Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert are asked to take up such a location, you have to marvel at how they handle it.

Hockey PBP announcers need to have an overview of the game and see numbers of the players for identification. That’s not always as easy to detect at ice level.


For colour men, like TSN’s Pierre McGuire and Glenn Healy, the insights they provide from that location are priceless.

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Phaneuf The Humanitarian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Flames,

The Calgary Flames Hockey Club announced Tuesday Dion Phaneuf has been named the recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award. The Scurfield Award is presented each year to the Flames player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service.

In his third professional season, defenceman Dion Phaneuf has not only established himself as an elite player but has also proven he is a proud Albertan who truly understands how important it is to use his profile to enhance the work of local charities and make a positive impact on his community.

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The Don Cherry Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

The movie is still in the development stages, with the younger Cherry’s script being massaged by award-winning writer Paul Quarrington. Once CBC gives it the green light, shooting is expected to start this summer with next spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs the target launch date.

Tim Cherry says the movie has been a long time in the works.

“I’ve been bugging Dad for years to do this,” he says. “I don’t know why he caved this time.”

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Miller Has Been Average

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

This isn’t meant to hang this loss solely on Miller. The Sabres needed a GPS to find the net until Derek Roy, the only player performing to the numbers in his contract, scored a couple goals to give the Sabres the 2-1 lead. Buffalo allowed a short-handed goal. Once again, the Sabres fell apart at home.

It’s all true, but when was the last time Miller won a game by himself?

He’s ranked 21st in goals-against average and 25th in save percentage this season. He made his 29th consecutive start Tuesday night.

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The Nashville Clown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets had lots to say about Nashville winger Jordin Tootoo, who took a run at defenseman Rostislav Klesla and had two fights in the third period, one with Jan Hejda and another with Jason Chimera….

Hitchcock had lots to say about Tootoo after the game. He even took a swipe at his good friend Barry Trotz, coach of the Predators. Here’s what he said: “That’s embarrassing. (Tootoo) is too good a player to do that stuff. I find it really embarrassing, but the (Predators) must allow it, so what the heck. I just don’t like the clown shows.”

Trotz, when asked about Tootoo taking a shift with 45 seconds left, said: “It wasn’t to send a message or anything. It was just to get him some ice time.” Apparently, this was delivered with a straight face.

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Traveling Broadcasters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

...Hughson and Simpson were the first Hockey Night team to announce two NHL games in a day, and, perhaps, the first anywhere.

But single announcers have done it before. Unlike Hughson and Simpson, however, they found themselves in mad, hectic dashes to reach the second venue.

In the 1990s, Mike (Doc) Emrick called an afternoon Flyers game in Philadelphia for Fox Television, after which he planned to rush to a New Jersey Devils game at the Meadowlands that night. But time was tight, so a police escort was arranged to take him to a heliport 15 blocks from The Spectrum.

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On the Bubble

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the New York Times, a few words from the representative bloggers of all the NHL teams still fighting for their playoff lives:

Included in the west is my own overly-optimistic blurb on the Canucks. But I think my favorite of the bunch would have to be from the Edmonton Oilers blogger… gotta love that hockey hate… smile

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  Tags: eastern+conference, hockey+bloggers, playoffs, western+conference

It’s the Fifteen Days Before The Playoffs Start Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nothing says live blog like a game in St. Louis in front of the bitter Blues fans.  Oh yes, they hate them some Wings.

Whoa..I know.  We haven’t done an LB in a while. We’ve forsaken tradition for the ease and comfort of the chat.  But I’m feeling rebellious tonite, so it’s a return (if temporary) to the days of yesteryear.

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