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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

PHOENIX – The bankruptcy hearing that will determine the future of the NHL in Phoenix and Hamilton hadn’t even commenced Thursday when more motions were filed, showing the bad blood that exists between the two sides.

Lawyers representing Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes disputed the NHL’s claim that Moyes had been removed from all positions of authority and said the NHL was violating the proceedings by attempting to appear in court as “owners” of the club….

It’s also clear from the court filings earlier in the week that Balsillie and Moyes intend to fight tooth and nail — using every legal avenue possible — to complete the sale and move the franchise north where it would most likely play the 2009-10 season in Copps Coliseum.

The NHL is doing what it can to stop the sale, and prevent Balsillie from completing his long-awaited dream of bringing a seventh NHL franchise to Canada, one close to his home in Waterloo, headquarters of RIM.


added 2:34pm, from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

No matter how tempting it might be to blame NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for the mess that is currently the Phoenix Coyotes, it wouldn’t be right to do so.

There are two primary villains in this saga and neither one is named Bettman.


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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 4: Red Wings (1-2) at Ducks (2-1)  (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Adversity, nervousness, pressure, and the “screwed factor”; all make for a long friggin day in the Hasek.  Dave Dye, Detroit News, has seen fit to throw a little gas on that fire:  “This game has become seemingly crucial for the Red Wings, trailing 2-1 in the series. NHL teams with a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven playoff have won 91.1 percent of those series (215-of-236), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.”  Here is some more real heartburn for you:  (1)  DET has a series record of 10-18 all-time when trailing a best-of-7 match-up two games to one, (2)  ANA has never lost a best-of-7 series when holding a two games to one lead.

So is tonight a “must win” game?  Will Datsyuk, Homer, or Hossa put something on the scoresheet aside from goose eggs?  Equally important, will the flipping Wings start the game at the opening whistle?  While tonights result won’t decide the series, for the Wings to have a realistic chance of prevailing, they need a win.  If they don’t win, it won’t be for a lack of talent;  Chief:  “If the Wings lose tonite, and lose this series, we will be forever jaded because the only reason for it will be lack of effort and heart.”  Babcock, via the LA Times: “We’re being tested right now,” Babcock said. “We’ve got to find out if we’re mentally hard enough and want it bad enough.” 

I’ve always had a tendency to shine my spotilght on the painfully obvious, biggest game of the season tonight, Bitches.  More below.

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Chicago Looking For A Quick Start

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Altogether, Vancouver has a 7-0 cumulative scoring edge in the first 30 minutes of the first three games, heading into Wednesday’s pivotal fourth game, with the Canucks ahead in the series 2-1. The Blackhawks understand they’ve been playing with fire too long and need to do a better job off the start tonight, or else risking falling behind by two games, and leaving the Canucks with three chances to wrap it up, two at home.

“The starts are critical in the outcomes of games. You can’t expect to come back from 2-0 and 3-0 every night and win hockey games,” said Blackhawks’ coach Joel Quenneville. “It’s not the recipe for success, whether you have an older team or a younger team. Getting off on the right foot and staying out of the penalty box is what we’re going to stress - and coming with more energy at the start.”

“We’ll try to get a lead,” assessed the Blackhawks’ chatty centre Adam Burish. “Then guys will settle down and relax and play the right way. Playing from behind like we have been, you’re having to force and having to create.


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Wings = Sharks?

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Babcock, like San Jose coach Todd McLellan, is staying the course in attempting to break through offensively.

“We’re getting to the net, but we’re not getting second chances,” Babcock said.

“When you’re shooting the puck and you’ve got people at the net, I’m a big believer, over time, that you’re going to get a tip that goes in, or you’re going to get a rebound that comes to you eventually. Right now, that’s not happening, but that’s just part of the process. Stay with it, things will go your way.”

Of course, San Jose stayed with it, and things went all the way to an early vacation.


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Time Killers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1154 EST with a shocking look at what Shark fans do every May and the return to A2Y of one Terry Foster.

A few ditties to help you pass the time. We’ll add to these as the day goes by, so check back from time to time.  Hey. How about his game for the family?  I like to call it “reasons to despise Gary Bettman.”  Ready? I knew you were.

From Snapshots,

The Red Wings-Ducks TV schedule admittedly has confused me, and I’m supposed to know about these things, so, for the record: tonight’s game airs on Versus and only Versus in the United States, and TSN and only TSN in Canada.

Also from a Snapshots pointer…


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A Look At Ken Holland

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from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

It is, he said, “an unreal life. A dream life. I can remember when I was 12, 13, 14, we had this garage. I don’t know what you call it—you drive in, it had pillars.”

A carport?

“Yeah, a carport. And it was yellow. I would sit out there by the hours. I had 10-15 tennis balls, just slapping them. My mom would scream from the window because every time I missed the net, there was the tennis ball mark.

“My mom would go out—probably she should’ve sent me to clean it—but my mom was an eager beaver. She loved to clean. She’d be wiping down all these tennis ball marks. Next day I’m out there pounding tennis balls, and I’m pretending I’m this one ... I’m that one, and all of sudden you wake up one day and you’ve spent your whole career in hockey.”


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Leading The Charge

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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Great to see the country’s “national newspaper” has taken on the task of being the propaganda arm for Jim Balsillie. Normally businessmen of that stature have to pay for such services.

The way that media outlet talks it is as though southern Ontario hockey fans are some great oppressed people straining under the rule of the tyrant Bettman, with the liberator Balsillie prepared to set them free. Guess the NHL commissioner’s trips to Calgary and Edmonton in recent months to push for new arenas to support NHL teams in those cities was also about somehow denying Canadians their national birthright.

And here I was just thinking it was about the business of hockey.


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3-1 Or 2-2 After Tonight

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Will the Ducks and/or the Canucks go up 3-1 tonight?


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Don’t Waste This

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Time for bluntness: losing this series would be worse than ‘06, worse than ‘03, even worse than losing to these cheating scumbags in 2007.  This would be the biggest waste of talent in NHL history.  This would be the most heinous missed opportunity we’ve ever seen.

Dynasties don’t lose to one-line (plus Selanne) teams.  Dynasties don’t lose to a Swiss boy, a forest myth and a deadhead. 

And Marian Hossa didn’t sign for 5 bucks to lose to this team, in this round.

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Images Of Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

In the United Center crowd the other night, a couple of intrepid fans – crashing the Blackhawks’ party – were seen hoisting Roberto Luongo-cum-Jesus Christ posters.

“Luongo Saves!”

Informed about this, the Vancouver goaltender lifts his eyes upward in an altogether doleful Messianic expression. “Must be because of my looks, not because of my play.”

Well, there is that.

It is perhaps to Luongo’s misfortune that he does so eerily resemble Christ, at least as portrayed by artists through the ages: the long, mournful face, the dark shoulder-length tresses, an appearance of suffering. A Vancouver artist actually rendered Luongo-as-Christ in a painting this year, which was not well received by serious religionists.

The flip side is a hint of satanic features in the visage, a bit of Charles Manson.

As saviour, however, the metaphor is rich.


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