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Homer’s Good To Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul just posted over at KK Hockey that Tomas Holmstrom has been cleared to play and will be flying out to San Jose today and is likely for Game 4. Yes, the obvious questions are: when does the flight leave, and if he's cleared, can he play tonite? Bruce MacLeod with a bit more, and news that Zetterberg practiced for the first time in a week this morning. Helene St. James says it's definite that Holmstrom will NOT be playing tonite. Last blog entry from Ted Kulfan? 27 April.

Babcock said definitely no Holmstrom (eye) and Lebda (ankle) for Game 2.
Easy Ted. Don't pull a muscle.

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Holmstrom Cleared To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Detroit area doctors cleared Holmstrom today.  He is flying out to San Jose to join the team.
Looks like if all goes well, Homer will be in the lineup for game 4.

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Datsyuk’s Goal The Catalyst?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to the Stats NHL Blog, the Wings’ two-goal comeback on Saturday was a 2007 rarity.

John Kreisler noted how getting a two-goal lead meant so much in the postseason. He reported that in the first 47 playoff games this spring, teams taking a lead of two goals or more were 34-0.

According to Kreisler, there were 126 regular-season games—better than one in every 10 played—in which teams trailed by two or more goals and won. On two dates (March 1 and April 7), it happened five times apiece.

Read more here, including the suggestion that if the Wings return the Cup to its rightful home in Hockeytown, Datsyuk’s game winner could very well be the goal that will have set the stage.

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Youngsters Shining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

With the four series all heating up over the weekend, the number of young players contributing in prominent roles for their respective teams caught my attention. Some of them are guys we’ve heard about and who had high expectations associated with them, while others just sort of appeared.

continued

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Just Imagine If The Rangers Lost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

When Michal Rozsival’s slap shot found the back of the net in the second overtime in the Rangers’ 2-1 win Sunday, it not only gave the Blueshirts life in their series against the Buffalo Sabres, but it also prevented a controversy over an earlier disallowed goal by Rangers defenseman Karel Rachunek.
Imagine the mess if the Sabres won the game to take a 3-0 series lead. There would have been days of debate over whether Rachunek actually tried to kick the puck into the net, as officials ultimately ruled he did.

read on- much more playoff talk…

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Thanks The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The weekend represented everything that is the NHL today and in general, if you boil it down to its simplest terms, you’re left with one unavoidable conclusion.
The people who run the NHL should get up every morning and thank whatever supreme being they believe in — apparently the almighty dollar — for the players. Despite all the encumbrances from above, the players are carrying this league and if it is ever to find its salvation, it will be the players who lead it there.
That might seem to be only common sense. And it is. But unfortunately, the people who run the NHL still fail to grasp that most basic of concepts.

read on

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NHL- The Blog Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Information from Sports Business Journal (paid sub),
Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index identifies the top issues discussed over the past week on some of the top sports blogs.
The percentage of talk last week breaks down like this…
NFL Draft 43%
NBA Playoffs 25%
A-Rod 10%
Mike Penner, LA Sports Writer 9%
NHL Playoffs and Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock 7%

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Fitzpatrick Breaks Attendance-Gate Wide Open

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now, we bring you the return of Jamie Fitzpatrick. Jamie, you may recall was mentioned several months ago after his misguided attack on the fans of Edmonton—a fan base, I might add, that proved to be worthy, respectable adversaries even as they were Punching Us In The Face last spring.

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Coaching In OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the blog of Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,

With three of the four playoff games reaching double overtime, it’s obvious how terrific goaltending has been for these teams. It used to be that teams would attack in the first 7-10 minutes of the first overtime to try and end it, but now they’re a little more cautious. I think we have so much more open hockey that once you get to overtime, you don’t get those outnumbered situations. You try to draw a power play instead and that’s when the goalies take over. It happened repeatedly in the Rangers’ Game 3 win over the Sabres.

continued

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NBC Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game 3 of the Rangers/Sabres series drew a 1.3 rating and a 3 share in the overnight ratings.
Game 2 on Saturday between the Wings and Sharks drew a 1.0/2.

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