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Chen Breaks Down Game 4

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1604 CST with Peterborough Pete’s breakdown.

Mike Chen, on The Battle of California, has posted a brief analysis of Game 4.

Even though it’s a three-game series with two at the Joe, I’m not jumping off a bridge just yet. The Sharks have given these games away, meaning that they were in control for most of the time. They know they can win at the Joe and they know that when they show up—such as the third period of Game 3—they’re the better team. Two consistent efforts, that’s all I’m asking for.

And the Wings can say the same Mike.  They know that when they show up—such as the first period of Game 3—they’re the better team.

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Maltby And Draper Play On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro the Detroit Free Press,

Maltby, whom the Wings have signed to a three-year extension worth $2.65 million, joined the Wings on March 20, 1996, almost three years after Draper was acquired during the summer of 1993….
“Both of us enjoy playing with one another,” Draper said. “There’s a real trust factor, especially playing in these big games in these situations.”

more

thanks to a KK member for the heads up!

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Guralnick Strikes Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just saw this image over at the Detroit News Wings Blog.  Great shot from photographer David Guralnick.

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The First Week In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Sporting News,

The NHL players are used to feasting like kings, but the buffet at the team’s hotel during its first week in Moscow offered up a menu more fit for a peasant.
Nick Schultz (Minnesota Wild) saw more than his share of “mystery meat.” Dan Hamhuis (Nashville Predators) wondered if the pasta was meant to be served without sauce.

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Taking Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Terry Frei at ESPN takes your calls…

Me: “Hockey Talk,” you’re on the air.
Caller: Hello? [Horns honking in background.]
Me: Go ahead, caller. You’re on the air.
Caller: I went to bed last night thinking the Wings were dead, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they pulled it out. Don’t you think the Sharks have let them off the hook and now the Wings are gonna … [In background: “HANG UP AND DRIVE, %$#*&$!”]

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Looking For Consistency

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from Tony Gallagher of the Province via the Times Colonist,

Nobody is suggesting the NHL go back to the way the game was played in the old days when a skilled team couldn’t succeed because of the mugging. Everyone agrees on that. But there needs to be a happy medium found with the hope of at least finding some standardization of what will be called.
“The difference between referee pairings is what gets you,” says Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. “Some guys call everything to the letter, other guys will let them play a little bit. The little touches are often called as restraint and we as hockey people know they have no effect on the game, no effect on your ability to keep skating. But I don’t want to go back to the way the game used to be played either, because I’m telling you, the speed on the bench is greater than it’s ever been.”

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Full House Expected At Devils New Arena

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from the Bergen Record,

Empty seats will be scarce—perhaps non-existent—when the New Jersey Devils debut at the Prudential Center in Newark this fall, Devils principal owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek said Wednesday.
“Based on the response that I’ve been seeing, there’s a decent chance that we sell out every game,” said Vanderbeek, whose team is battling the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “Even my optimistic self has been overwhelmed by the demand for the premium seats.”

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The Sharks Side

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Just in case you have not visited Sharkspage, you should make it a daily stop during the Wings/Sharks series.
PJ does a great job and always has some great photos that cannot be viewed anywhere else.

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Elimination Game Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We need some help here.  Alanah at Canucks and Beyond is very depressed.  Her Canucks are near elimination and she needs a quick pick-me-up.
I told her the Canucks steal one at The Pond tonight, then come home for game 6 with momentum.
It could happen, but will it?

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Sing It Every Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post Hockey blog,

In response to a Ranger fan’s question about why the Canadian anthem is sung before Sabres games, a Buffalo fan commented on Rangers Rap about hockey being a Canadian sport where Canadians still predominate. He also cited Buffalo’s proximity to Canada and that some Sabres fans actually hail from the Great White North.
In my opinion, the Canadian national anthem should be sung at all hockey games in North America. I love “O Canada”; it’s a great tune and a rousing anthem.

continued... And maybe this would convince Karen Newman to sing part of the Canadian Anthem in French like I requested about a year and a half ago.

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