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Buffalo is Feeling the Hate

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

There is nothing like a little hatred to get a team going in the playoffs, according to Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. In other words, if Sean Avery didn’t exist, they would have had to invent him.
You could say that this was a classic case of an agitator agitating in reverse, although no one did say it after the Sabres beat Avery and the Rangers, 5-2, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Neither side acknowledged that by talking big before the series, Avery might have stirred the Sabres into something bigger.

continued…

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Just To Be Safe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve decided to continue my new-found tradition of flying across the country just hours before a playoff game begins.  I’ll be around just in time for the beginning of Game 1, blogging from Seattle of all places.

And yes, I’m 2-0 flying on game days.

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Devils Not Selling Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

The Devils played their first three home playoff games before a total of nearly 6,300 empty seats, but goaltender Martin Brodeur could have sworn Continental Arena was packed to the rafters.
“I think the towels made it,” Brodeur said with a smile Tuesday, referring to the white towels given to fans to spin over their heads in the playoffs. “It fills up the empty seats.”...
The Devils, who open their second-round series at home Thursday night against Ottawa, have yet to sell out this season at 19,040-seat Continental Arena — a 26-year-old building with the all the charm of a warehouse. The Devils say they play hard no matter what, but the empty seats start conversations.
“It’s brought up,” center Scott Gomez said. “It’s something that’s definitely noticed. How can you not notice it?”

read on

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Russia Wants To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Moscow Times,

It’s been 14 years since the Russian national team last won the World Ice Hockey Championship, but with Moscow hosting this year’s tournament there will never be a better time to end the drought.
For Russian fans, a championship would be especially sweet in a tournament the Soviet Union virtually owned for three decades.
From 1954, when it first took part, through to the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Soviets won 22 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals, failing to finish in the top 3 just once.
The international hockey scene has changed a lot since then, however, and Russia hasn’t been able to dominate the way the Soviet Union once did.

read on

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KK- Uh Oh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I make mistakes and thanks to a heads-up KK reader, it will now get corrected.
In the Conference Quarter-Finals KK Challenge, I stated the total goals scored was 215, even after counting it over about five times.
The KK reader sent me a quick spreadsheet, I counted and counted again and the correct goal total was 216, therefore making Tony a winner of the $50 gift certificate.
Sorry for the mistake but nothing lost, the $100 gift certificate is still up for grabs for the Conference Semi-Finals.  Good luck to everyone and belated congrats Tony!

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Some Big Crystal Balls

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Predictions aren’t for fools,  they’re for hockey media.  Do we really need to play the games? Nah. The experts have it all sorted out and can assure you exactly what’s going to happen.  Check out the links below to get the exact picks, but if you want to save yourself some trouble, I’ll tell you now:  they can virtually guarantee you that the Anaheim Ducks and the Buffalo Sabres are moving on. The only games worth watching (or so it would seem) would be the Sharks/Wings and the Sens/Devils. 

Hmmm.  All I have to say is that no one in the hockey universe predicted last year’s Stanley Cup finalists.  Regardless, it’s all in good fun. Here’s some predictions to snack on till pucks start dropping tonight:

-Canadian Press
-ESPN’s Buccigross
-Globe & Mail—Duhatschek
-Globe & Mail—Wharnsby
-Mike Knuble (*sorry, had to throw this one in)
-NBC Sports Crew
-Sporting News West and East
-Sportsnet—McCormick and Kelly
-The Hockey News
-TSN’s Crew
- Washington Post - El-Bashir

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Inmates? Present.  Asylum? Overrun.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

 

 

First off, if you haven't seen it by now: Zetterberg didn't practice today and apparently had a heat pack on his back yesterday. Uncle Jack Adams Mike said that he's "resting." Oh. Good. I've been nothing but an observer the last two days. Watching in awe as stressed-out Shark and Wing followers waged an epic battle. Delicate, but surprisingly feisty, San Jose fans sandal-to-boot with Wing fans who are so crude that tears of joy spring to my eyes with every reference to California life choices. If you haven't seen the ongoing, mulit-post discussions, read them here. All the things A2Y was founded on reared their heads: stereotyping, tasteless blasting of the other team's fan base simply because they're, well, the other team's fan base, photoshop magic, give and take regarding a Rocky reference, crude Sailor humor that you just can't compete with if the high road is your only avenue to get there (nice job figuring that one out later in the day, Ian...you're coming around son) and, yes, even a little hockey talk. No matter the result of this series, the last two days have set the stage for some truly epic exchange of trash. I've never been prouder. And this one from O-Joe really sums up the whole evolution, a decided victory for Wing fans. "Ian, where did you get the impression that me suggesting you are gay is, in my mind, an insult? All I said was that when the subject of identifying dicks is the topic, I suspect you are an expert on the matter." Classic. Back later with some, sorry, series analysis.

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Panthers Sign Peltonen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Sports Network,

The Florida Panthers signed left wing Ville Peltonen to a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Peltonen appeared in 72 games this season with Florida and recorded a career- high 17 goals and 37 points.
“We are pleased to have guaranteed Ville’s return to the Panthers,” said general manager and head coach Jacques Martin. “He is an extremely skilled and talented player who possesses a great hockey sense.”

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The Man Everyone Loves To Hate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blueland Blog,

Nightmare Scenario:
Rangers versus Red Wings for the Stanley Cup
I’m already sick of Avery, and who really wants to see Detroit (and Hasek) win again aside from Detroit fans?  Detroit used to be a bit of a sentimental favorite because it was tough to cheer against a guy like Steve Yzerman. now?  It’s remarkably easy to pull for whoever is shooting on Dominik Hasek.

more..wth most likely SCF scenario too…

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Demers Likes San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jaques Demers at USA TODAY,

I had picked the San Jose Sharks to come out of the West, and I’m sticking with that. Joe Thornton is another player who has been criticized over his past playoff performance, but I think that he, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo will prove too much for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings are capable of surprising the Sharks, but it will be tough. I believe San Jose will prevail in seven games in a highly competitive series that really could go either way. But I can guarantee one thing: This series will be one that you’ll remember for a long, long time.

more picks…

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