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The Worldly Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

For Alex Ovechkin and four of his Washington Capitals buddies, this was not a typical day at the office. Instead of skates and sticks, Ovechkin, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Staffan Kronwall and Karl Alzner wanted a thrill away from the hockey rink. They found it — on a Go-Kart track.

“It was so much fun,” said Green, one of the organizers of the off-day excursion to Allsports Grand Prix in Dulles last month. “They were FAST — like racing ones. It was sick. It was like real racing — we weren’t just putzing around out there.”

What was interesting wasn’t five professional hockey players hanging out and driving Go-Karts at 35 mph, but rather the composition of the group: two Swedes, two Canadians and one of the most famous Russians in the sporting world.

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CBA Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

While the players initially benefited from the new labour deal — increases in league revenue led to an increase in the salary cap — they feel they’re once again bailing out bad owners and poor marketplaces.

“Why should we pay for the owners’ negligence?” remarked one player. “The players have gone out of their way to promote the game, do interviews and commercials. There are some owners doing the job and doing it well, but it’s all done individually, not by the league.”

The longer the players live with the labour pact, the better they understand its shortcomings. In the NBA, the players’ escrow contributions are capped at 10 per cent. In the NHL, there is no cap and potentially no limit to how much the players could lose.

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Vancouver GM Says Canucks Looking Forward, Media Looking At The Past

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canucks GM Mike Gillis was on Team 1040 in Vancouver yesterday and discussed the media in Vancouver.

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Islanders Shutout Wings 2-0…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...coach Scott Gordon tells you how it was done.

Plus, a great save by Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald sure helped too.  Watch below…

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Giguere Pulled Twice In Loss To Oilers

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from Dan Wood of Duck Blog,

The question now is whether the Ducks or the Edmonton Oilers have enough left in the tank to drive for the Stanley Cup playoffs over the season’s final seven games.

That task will be considerably more daunting for the Ducks in the wake of a wild Friday night rollercoaster ride that featured a franchise-record 54 shots on goal but resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Oilers at Honda Center….

“It’s a tough loss,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “You’re going to feel it here for a little while, but when you leave the rink tonight you have to put it out of your mind and make sure we’re ready to come to the rink tomorrow to work and prepare for Colorado on Sunday.”

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Hossa Would Like To Sign An Extension By End Of Regular Season

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Ritch Winter, Marian Hossa’s agent, tells Sporting News Today that he is optimistic a deal will get worked out, allowing Hossa to re-sign with the Red Wings.

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Anaheim Back In The Playoff Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A couple weeks ago I wrote that Anaheim will likely miss the playoffs.  This no longer seems true.  A five game winning streak has put the Ducks back into a playoff spot.  Right now (their game with Edmonton is still underway) the Ducks are seventh in the West Conference with 80 points.  They are only one point up on ninth and missing the playoffs.

If I was a top seed in the west, I would be hoping that Anaheim will not be my eventual opponent.  They have a very talented team for a lower seed.  Only two years ago, they won the Stanley Cup.  Their team is no longer as strong as it was in 2007, but many of the key pieces in a cup winner remain.

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No Thank You Mr. President

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Heading into tonite?  Detroit and San Jose tied at 107 points apiece. Oh, the drama. Every shift from this point forward so important. Every point so precious.  Nothing short of laser focus could be expected from a defending champion.  Laser. Focus.

The Islanders?  56 points behind the Wings.  Fifty. Six.

Final score?  Islanders 2, Wings 0. 

Unbelievable.  And the Schizophrenia continues in Detroit.  Uneffingbelievable.  And I don’t want to read a frigging word about the posts. Not one word.

Oh, and the fun part?  No Wing fan anywhere, no one who’s watched this team this year, is surprised in the least.  All aboard.

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Jonny Ericsson?  Strong As The Mountains, Walks Tall As The Trees

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’re damn right I did.

I brought back DLR, Van Halen and Diver Frigging Down.

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Long Week…You’ve Persevered Without Me

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aloha.  This week has sucked. Well, it’s been busy…that doesn’t mean it sucked.  I mean…nevermind.

Sorry for the lack of posts and big thanks to Okie for picking up the slack.  We’ve got a big pre-playoff week ahead of us and we should all be fully stressed no later than next Friday I’m thinking.  In the meantime, I caught this over at Malik’s and agree completely.

“We don’t worry about our playoff matchup.”

Instead, Babcock said, the Wings “hope for distance.” By that he means the shortest distance traveled in the playoffs is always the best route. So, playing Anaheim or Edmonton in the first round wouldn’t be as beneficial as playing St. Louis or Nashville.

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