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Saturday Night’s Alright For Sucking…But Can It Get Better?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pretty creative post title, eh?  Thank you.  And before we get into what promises to be a rambling, hysterical, completely unfocused post foretelling the end of all good things…let me point out that I’m not the only juvenile in the Kukla Network of Blogs (Knob for short…made that up too).  Nope, it would appear that Tony’s caught on.

Crosby’s SO goal makes Caps’ fans suck on their pacifiers, 4-3

Naturally, Tony’s feeling a little frisky considering his team’s riding a 6-gamer and coming off a big win in DC yesterday.  Us?

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job Alex

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

More on this commercial from D.C. Sports Bog by Dan Steinberg and also check this link

Thanks to On Frozen Blog for the pointer..

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Fernandez Knows He Has To Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

With even adequate netminding yesterday before a full house of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden, the Bruins easily would have pinned up their 44th win of the season. Instead, they once more suffered the inconsistencies of Manny Fernandez, his hard times ultimately leading to a gift-wrapped 4-3 Rangers win that added to the recovering spirit and playoff aspirations of the Broadway Blueshirts (now with three wins in a row under the bullwhip of new coach John Tortorella).

“I have to turn this around,” said a clearly frustrated Fernandez, who hasn’t posted a win since Jan. 8. “I can’t catch a break. It’s not even a question of good shots . . . it’s stuff you don’t usually see.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If we play within our system, the way we’re supposed to, not giving pucks away and we lose, it’s a little easier to take.  When it happens twice in a week, you can’t just file it away and not be concerned about it. You have to address it and fix it.

Because if it happens in the playoffs, we’re not going to have a lot of time to fix it. We all know momentum is huge. You have a couple of these and you could be out.”

-Wings goaltender Chris Osgood.  More on the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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Modano Admits His Head Wasn’t In The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“We expect more from Modano than what he gave us tonight,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “And without that, it’s going to be bad for us.”

Modano has one goal in his last 20 games. He was minus-3 against the Canadiens in 20:45 of ice time.

“Tonight was a mental thing,” Modano said. “You could tell the head wasn’t there, and your body’s not too far behind without focus or concentration. There are nights when it’s a struggle and that’s what you deal with. When your body isn’t feeling good and you’re not feeling light, things all add up to missed passes and the little things as far as trying to make those plays.”

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  Tags: mike+modano

Today’s Rookies And The Hall Of Fame

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

On average about three hockey players are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame annually.  Thus in any rookie class about three players will go on to have Hall of Fame careers.  Of course some years will produce more Hall of Famers and other years less, but three is the number we should expect to see in any given season. 

Can we look at the rookie crop and try to predict those three from this season?  Of course we can try, but the process is not very exact.  It is a lot like trying to predict which dog is the biggest by looking only at the end of its tail.  One certainly can make those projections, but they are imprecise at best.

Projecting rookies to Hall of Fame careers is different from picking the Calder Trophy winner or nominees (for the record Steve Mason is the likely Calder winner).  An older rookie (say 23 years old) may be a better player today than a younger rookie (for example an 18 year old), but the younger player is more likely to have a great career.  In five years when he catches up in age to the older player he should be a far better and more accomplished player.

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Turco Goes For A Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Richard Durrett of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Marty Turco skated behind his net to try to play the puck on a rim-around and missed it. The puck came out to Christopher Higgins on the side boards and he flipped in into a wide open net.

The goal put the Canadiens up 3-1 and that is how the game ended. 

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  Tags: marty+turco

Talking ‘Points’ At The GM Meetings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Other important issues that may come up over the course of the meetings:

• Detroit GM Ken Holland has proposed an adjustment to the tiebreaker system. Holland would like to see the first tiebreaker go from games won to regulation games won. The logic is simple: Reward the teams that win games outright during the regular season, as opposed to winning in overtime or a shootout, when the opposing team also gains a point.

Some GMs favor a move to a three-point system wherein a regulation win is worth three points and an overtime or shootout win worth two points, with the team losing in extra time still gaining a single point.

read on for more topics…

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Pahlsson Skating Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Sammy Pahlsson, acquired in Wednesday’s trade with the Anaheim Ducks, said he could join the lineup in a week or so “if everything goes really well.”

“Just a quick one on the ice to get a feel for it a little bit,” Pahlsson said. “I haven’t skated or worked out for a long time. I have to get some strength back and get used to skating and being on the ice again.”

read on plus Martin Havlat was injured in the game today and of course no report on the type of injury.

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  Tags: sami+pahlsson

Top 5 Finish Increases Your Cup Chances

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

Everyone loves the underdog. The upset special. The little guy who goes all the way.

But in the modern NHL, it almost never happens.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs produce plenty of upsets. It seems like every year a team emerges from the bottom of the pool to knock off a couple of favorites.

But they always fall short of the ultimate goal.

Since 1996, every Stanley Cup champion has finished among the top five in the regular-season standings.


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