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Shocked In Chicago

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Hold the coronation.

The Chicago Blackhawks may have as good a chance as anyone to be the next great young team in the National Hockey League, but then, that’s what they said about the Washington Capitals. And the Los Angeles Kings.

As those noted hockey analysts, the Gershwins, would say: it ain’t necessarily so.

After several days of absorbing the local love for disposing of a pack of pesky hounds from Nashville, the Blackhawks ran into quite a different herd Saturday night at the United Center. Not that they didn’t know in advance that the Vancouver Canucks could light it up offensively if you let them — they just didn’t expect to be 40 minutes into their Western semifinal series and already down 5-0 with 22,184 fans sitting in stunned silence, and starting goalie Antti Niemi on the bench licking his wounds.


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Marco Sturm Out Of The Playoffs Due To Knee Injury

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via Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog,

Marco Sturm has been diagnosed with a right knee injury that will knock him out for the rest of the year. Sturm suffered the injury during yesterday’s opening shift after attempting to throw a check on Matt Carle.

“It’s unfortunate news for our hockey club and certainly for him,” said Julien, “who battled through a major injury last year and was really looking forward to these playoffs.”

It’s expected that Shawn Thornton, a healthy scratch in Game 1, will re-enter the lineup tomorrow.

via Shawn Roarke tweet,

Sturm’s injury is torn ACL and MCL in right knee. He could be out at least 7 months.

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Player Notes

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Nashville Predators will come up with the money to re-sign Patrick Hornqvist, but they don’t have enough for unrestricted free agent defenceman Dan Hamhuis, who’s probably a $4-million US guy, not a $2.2-million man. Hamhuis is exactly what the Minnesota Wild need — a solid shutdown guy.

• Here’s something I can definitely see happening: Coyotes unrestricted free-agent defenceman Zbynek Michalek signing with the Ottawa Senators to play with his winger brother, Milan. They were teammates on the Czech Olympic team. but they could easily be NHL roomies as well.

• The Capitals will be overhauled this summer: they’ll let goalie Jose Theodore walk away, going with Semyon Varlamov as their No. 1 guy. Second-line centre Brendan Morrison and defenceman Shaone Morrisonn are likely in the same boat as unrestricted free agents. They’ll have to decide whether to trade forward Tomas Fleischman, who had a solid season with 51 points, but was scratched in the biggest game of the season Wednesday against Montreal, which is never a good sign for long-term employment.


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GDT - WC Semifinals, Game 2: Red Wings (0-1) at Sharks (1-0)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Game 1.

GOOD - - Both Mule and Buckets finally score a freaking playoff goal.  Nabakov lets in 3 on only 23 SOG.
BAD - - DET goes 0-5 on the PP and has only 4 SOG.  Kronwall needs to meet Joe Pavelski (2 G 1 A).  DET has only 23 SOG.
UGLY - -  Allowing 3 first period goals in the span of 1:19. 

Eaves may not play, J-Won’t will be in if Eaves can’t go.  Patrick Marleau will return to San Jose’s lineup, Jed Ortmeyer going to the press box.

Thank the hockey gods DET isn’t playing a Sunday Matinee - the Wings finally catch a scheduling break.  Game On, Bitches(!)

Continue Reading »

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Will Capitals Answer Wake-Up Call?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

(Mike) Green has to get a whole lot better in his end despite his 143 points the last two seasons on the Capitals blue-line. You saw exactly what the Canadian Olympic team management brain trust saw when they excluded Green from consideration, feeling that Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings was a better fit, with and without the puck.

As for(Alexander) Semin, he’s not scoring, so he’s excess baggage. His work habits have to get considerably better in traffic. He had 44 shots against Montreal, but looked like he had inherited Derek Boogaard’s hands.

This is a wake-up call for the Capitals

more hockey topics…

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Good Game, Bad Results

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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Were you encouraged by the way the Flyers, from the middle of the second period on, fought back and fought back again against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoff series?

Or were you discouraged by just how one-sided was the overtime, which ended after 13 minutes, 52 seconds when the Bruins’ Marc Savard, in his first game back from a concussion, launched a rocket from the faceoff dot that got by Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher?

Questions, then. And a wild, incredibly entertaining afternoon.

From his vantage point, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette sees the glass as decidedly half-full.

read on

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2nd Chance To Win Two Tickets To The Hockey Hall of Fame

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Here is your 2nd chance to win tickets to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Compliments of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, I received four tickets last week and gave away two of them at that time.

If you could use them, leave a comment below and then I will do a random drawing to pick a winner.

You must be a KK member (register here, it is free) in order to win the tickets and you must leave a comment by 12:00pm EDT Sunday, May 2nd..

note- moved to top of page so everyone has a chance to win.  Original post was 4/30/10 at 10:36am.

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Hockey Notes Today

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• It is entirely possible that the next round of the Eastern Conference playoffs will feature Matt Cooke vs. Marc Savard.

• The best way to score on Antti Niemi: Shoot.

• Doesn’t the fit seem right: Ken Hitchcock and the New Jersey Devils. Discipline meets discipline.


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Bad Blackhawks

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

All we heard about leading up to Game 1 of the Blackhawks’ second-round playoff series against Vancouver was about bad blood, but all we got from the Hawks was bad hockey.

Disastrous hockey.

This had to be their worst game of the season. Their dumbest, too. And weakest. They got outskated, outhustled, outfought—out-everythinged.

Every Canucks line was better than every Hawks line. Heck, every Canucks line scored.

The Canucks came into this year’s series intent on attacking the Hawks. They did exactly that. They took the Hawks’ puck-possession game and killed them with it. Faster and better. Smarter and tougher. If there’s any other way to indict the Hawks, they’re guilty of that, too.


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Jordan Staal Injury Options

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

a) had a foot amputated Friday night;

b) has just undergone season-ending surgery;

c) stubbed his toe tripping over a dog that he might or might not own;

d) is listed as day-to-day, and could return any time;

e) will run this morning’s Pittsburgh marathon before playing his usual huge high-impact, quality minutes for the Penguins this afternoon in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Canadiens.

Options B and D were the ones most popularly floated on a day that saw both teams get full value from their Bureau of Sketchy Details, Half-Truths and Disinformation.

read on

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