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Blue Jackets OK After Loss To Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Their dressing room gave off a cool, quiet, upbeat vibe. There was none of the devastation that was seen after those poor games they played down the stretch of the regular season. Is that strange?

“It’s a good thing,” Michael Peca said.

Rick Nash said, “After eight or nine years of driving to get here, it’s nice to be done with the first one. Coming into this, we all knew that we were going to go game to game, no matter what happened. That was stressed. That is how you’ve got to take it.”

The Jackets played half-well tonight. What they took from it was the knowledge that they can play under postseason conditions. They will take this powerful knowledge and, they must hope, fix their mistakes.

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Cheap Shot Or Not?  Cammalleri On Havlat

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Mike Cammalleri delivers a right forearm/elbow to the head of Martin Havlat.

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Bad Move By Leipold

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from Sid Hartman of the Star-Tribune,

It’s hard to understand how Craig Leipold sang the praises of Doug Risebrough when Leipold bought the Wild, only to fire Risebrough, one of the best hockey executives in the game, as team president and general manager a year later….

The johnny-come-lately owner of the Wild must not be informed of all the great things that Risebrough did, taking over an expansion club and making it pretty competitive from the start….

To top it off, Leipold didn’t have the courage to face the media and call a news conference to announce his decision to fire one of the most popular sports executives in my long media career, instead staging a conference call to let the media learn what I consider to be sad news.

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added 10:59pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Minnesota Wild are building a list of candidates to replace fired general manager Doug Risebrough.

Sources tell TSN the Wild have contacted the Toronto Maple Leafs seeking permission to speak with Dave Nonis, the Leafs senior vice president of hockey operations.

Toronto has flatly declined.

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Lightning Co-Owner Wants To Take Hands-On Role

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from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),

Len Barrie, co-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, wants a hands-on role next season running one of the worst teams in hockey — as soon as he can sell a major real estate development in British Columbia….

Barrie, a one-time journeyman NHLer, has his mind on the Lightning, whose 2008-09 campaign was a disaster, ending with nine consecutive losses to ring up the second-worst record in the league. The team’s 24 wins were the fewest in the NHL.

“We’ve had a long year, we had a lot of injuries,” Barrie said in an interview yesterday. “It’s been disappointing not being able to help. I have to look after the main place [Bear Mountain] first, and we’ll see how it plays out.

“I’d like to have more of an involvement on the day-to-day stuff [in Tampa]. You can only do so many things.”

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Post Game Video

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Catch all the post game video from NHL Network below, including interviews, live look-ins, etc.

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Snow Job

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

After Game 1 Canucks coach Alain Vigneault complained that the St. Louis Blues weren’t just skating through Roberto Luongo’s crease and bumping into him a couple of times, they were spraying him with (gasp!) snow.

“I’m embarrassed to talk about that. It’s ridiculous. Nonsense,” said St. Louis winger Keith Tkachuk. “There is no way our game plan is to go out and try to spray their goalie. You have to stop on the puck - just in case he tries to play it.

“You can tell the game has changed over my 17-year career, when you complain about something like that. As opposed to runnin’ someone from behind or starting a brawl.”

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Flyers Need To Deal With Penguins Speed

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from the CP via TSN,

The speed the Pittsburgh Penguins brought at them shift after shift, period after period, shouldn’t surprise the Philadelphia Flyers—they’ve see it from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal 20 times over the past two seasons.

The fatigue and frustration it caused, and maybe the lack of discipline it provoked? The Flyers didn’t seem prepared for that, and already they find themselves in a likely must-win playoff Game 2 against the Penguins.

The Flyers, just as they couldn’t during last season’s one-sided Eastern Conference finals, didn’t handle anything the confident and under-control Penguins brought at them during a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

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Direct From The Back Seat Of The A2Y ‘60 Chevy….It’s A Frigging Game 1 Live Blog Brother

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Holy Hell.  Could this day have moved any slower.  Several comments throughout the day from some of you whose wives are literally concerned for your health. Mine too.  She actually told people that she was “on the Stress Train” today. 

As we all are. And as we all shall be for the next two months.

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No Stubble For The Wings

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Every member of the Detroit Red Wings came to the rink Thursday morning clean shaven. That’s right. No playoff beards.

To a man and to coach Mike Babcock that’s the first motivational tool the defending Stanley Cup champions feel they need to show the hockey world that they are ready. They are not the team that had leaky goaltending or fell from the NHL’s best team defensively a year ago to a tie for 19th this season.

When asked if his team would be more preoccupied with getting their game in the moment, trying to stop Rick Nash, who had hat tricks against Detroit on Jan. 27 and March 7, or in trying to get rookie goalie Steve Mason off his game, Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom kept the answer in-house.

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All Aboard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stress Train is now boarding.  Four hours and small change until the puck is dropped in Hockeytown.

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