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Remember The Nylander To Edmonton Talk…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canwest via the National Post,

Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee says he was caught in the middle when free-agent centre Michael Nylander called him last July to say he wanted to play for his club.

Nylander’s wife had told her husband there was absolutely no way she was going to move to Edmonton so he could play for the Oilers. Having loved her previous time in Washington, she reportedly ordered her husband to get on the blower to the Caps and was standing right beside her man as he called.

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  Tags: michael+nylander

Dumb Move By Blue Jackets GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Not enough was written, probably, about the job Adam Foote did against the Wild. There’s no question Marian Gaborik heard “Foote-Steps” the whole series, just like there’s no question Foote turned out to be a tremendous acquisition at the trade deadline. There’s also no question he’s making the Columbus Blue Jackets look like a ship of fools for letting him go, and for throwing him under the bus afterward with a lot of specious, not-for-attribution accusations.

There’s no question about what happened, though: GM Scott Howson went to the local press and whined about Foote playing some hardball over his contract, then slimed his character, and the media there ate it up.

Whether it was all true or not (and I have my doubts), it was just dumb of Howson to do that.

a little more on that topic plus Dater explains why he picked the Wild in round 1…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,

“Alex scored 65 goals. It’s a big deal in the media, everybody talks about it, people are always talking about him, the cameras are always on him, the other team is really, really aware of him,” said Fedorov. “He’s got more pressure on him than I had when I started in Detroit.”

more on Fedorov…

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  Tags: sergei+fedorov

Today in Playoffs History—April 20

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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Flashbacks to: 1950, 1967, 1993, 1997

April 20, 1950 • New York center Don Raleigh set a Stanley Cup record with his second overtime goal in as many games as the Rangers downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game Five of the 1950 Final.

The win proved to be the Rangers’ last of the series as Detroit went on to win the final two games and the Stanley Cup.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Patrice Bergeron May Get Clearance To Play Tomorrow Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC mentioned on the pre-game of the Sharks/Flames game that Patrice Bergeron will see a doctor tomorrow morning and if the doc gives the go-ahead, Bergeron will play tomorrow night for the Bruins against Montreal.

The Bruins have been playing for Begeron in this series and if he does come back tomorrow, it could be a huge, emotional factor for the Bruins.

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Wings Move On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nick Lidstrom’s goal seemed to take a little steam out of the Predators.

added 7:00pm, Watch the game highlights from the NBC broadcast…

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Canadiens Didn’t Expect This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at his Viewpoint Blog at CBC,

Funny, but wasn’t this the kind of scenario supporters of the Montreal Canadiens had always worried about…

- Having a rookie goaltender and dealing with the pressure of the playoffs. After giving up five goals in the first four games of the series, Carey Price has now been beaten five times on consecutive nights by the Boston Bruins, though he was hardly solely to blame for the latest defensive collapse.

Included in that total, was in each of the past two games, with a chance to put the Bruins out of their misery, the Canadiens gave up four goals in both third periods. Not good.

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Late, Late, Late…a Game 6 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just walked in the door golf fans.

It’s a Game 6 Live Blog

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Flames Need ‘Kipper’ Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff’s lucrative contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season.

The Calgary Flames could sure use an advance performance worthy of that salary.

As in tonight.

Or else this season is kaput.

Trailing three games to two, the Flames are down to their last life as they head into tonight’s Game 6 in their best-of-seven series with the San Jose Sharks.

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Montreal Fans React

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Amy Luft of the Montreal Gazette,

First came the high fives, then the expletives, as Habs fans at home watched their team lose a hard-fought Game 6 against Boston last night.

“I don’t (expletive) believe it,” said Joel Beaulé, 34, who remained calm throughout the third period while cheers and chanting gave way to sweaty brows and nervous faces at the Peel Pub on Peel St.

“We can’t just expect (Boston) to lie down and die for us,” said David Soares, 22, who watched last night’s away game at McLean’s Pub on Peel St. Soares showed his support for the team by wrapping the cast on his broken left arm in red, blue and white.

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