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Beating Bubba: Keys To Game 3

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul McCann’s a radio guy for Bubba.  Where can you hear him? Not sure. But he’s on the radio somewhere.  And somewhere Bubba’s listening. 

We know the idiot sisters (Crisp and Weber) do the actual game broadcast, so maybe McCann’s an intermission fella.  Not sure.  Why do we care?  Because he’s apparently leading a “Pred Nation Pep Rally” outside the SoGay tonite.

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The Cartoon Character

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kevin Smith is perhaps best known for his movies Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Dogma, and Clerks. He also played “Warlock” in last summer’s action hit, Live Free or Die Hard.

An avid hockey fan, Kevin references hockey in all his films. Born and raised in New Jersey, Kevin will be analyzing his home-state Devils throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Did Sean Avery remind anyone else of the animated Harlem Globetrotters when they met up with the Scooby Doo gang? Y’know – like pulling fire extinguishers out of their pants and doing stuff on the court in the cartoon that made their non-animated counterparts in real life look like the Chicago Bulls, circa Michael Jordan. The dude flat-out turned his back on the game and started flapping his wings at Marty like he was a club-kid on Ecstasy hearing “It’s the End of the World as We Know it” for the first time.

more at his NHL.com blog…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t know how many lessons we have to learn,” murmurred a disgusted Evgeni Nabokov. “Maybe it’s good that we got this out of the way early in the series. We have to rebound. We have to show poise. We have to turn it around.”

And that chronic reputation the Sharks have for pulling the chute when the going gets tough?

“It takes men to change that,” he answered with chilling accuracy.

“Some of our boys are going to have to become men.”

more by George Johnson of the Calgary Herald…

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Flyers Execute Their Game Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“The network guys aren’t going to like you for this,” coach John Stevens was told after the Flyers handcuffed the Washington Capitals yesterday, 2-0, at times making the raucous Verizon Center sound more like the nearby Smithsonian.

Stevens smiled that Cheshire cat grin of his and walked on. From the moment Friday night’s 5-4 shootout ended, he had defended his game plan, blaming the number of goals and the Flyers’ third-period meltdown on “self-inflicted wounds” and “poor execution.” What transpired in front of him yesterday - huge stretches when the high-flying Caps did not have a shot, a neutral zone that often resembled the drive-time Schuylkill and not the European autobahn of Friday night - was what he envisioned happening on Friday.

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Montreal Fans Invade Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

White-towel-waving bleu, blanc et rouge fans poured into the Garden as soon as the gates opened and chanted “Go Habs, Go!” before anyone came out for an early skate. There were many customers Standing On Guard For Thee during Rene Rancourt’s stirring rendition of “O Canada”.

“I don’t remember playing here in Boston and having that many fans from Montreal,” said Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau. “They wouldn’t have had the courage to wear the sweaters in the old Garden.”

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Like The Penguins Need More Motivation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

In what is surely one of the stupidest and most ignorant moves going, somebody with the Senators organization decided to cover a wall near the Penguins dressing room in Scotiabank Place with a large mural. It’s a photo of the Senators shaking hands with the Penguins after the Senators eliminated them in their first-round matchup last spring.

It’s positioned so it is about the last thing the Penguins will see as they make the turn from the main hallway to enter their dressing room.

It’s right in an area where the visiting teams have been known to play their warmup game of “Keep Up,” bouncing a soccer ball around from player to player, trying to keep it from hitting the ground.

“That’s what they’ll be looking at when they play soccer,” said another player, with a shake of his head.

As if you need to give a team any other reason or motivation to want to beat you at this time of year.

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Old Sharks Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

On a Sunday night that will live in franchise infamy, the Sharks repeated their familiar and lousy act of playoffs past. They wasted away their excellence. Again. They didn’t respond well to a physical challenge. Again.

And they are halfway to an early playoff exit. Again.

“We got off to a fantastic start,” Joe Thornton said, “but we just didn’t really play well from then on in.”

They didn’t really play well?

Here’s a better phrase: They totally and completely blew it.

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Make Some Noise Denver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

I’ve definitely noticed it, and so have the players. Simply put, the Pepsi Center has been too much like an art gallery this year. Too much wine and cheese, and not enough nachos and beer. What happened to the wild and crazy Avalanche crowd that used to make a legitimate difference in games?

Why is it that, when Peter Forsberg skated back onto the ice for the first time this year, it was like the reception at a Dennis Kucinich rally? Why were there too many times this year that the Avs game-night entertainment staff had to flash the lame “Make Some Noise” banner on the Jumbotron?

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Ducks Not The Same Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been, ahem, hard to hit. Ryan Getzlaf is supposed to be the next big thing, but so far in this series he hasn’t been.

Todd Bertuzzi, on his best days, still takes a dumb penalty for every good play he makes. Scott Niedermayer, one of the best skaters in the history of the NHL, has been caught out of position more than once.

These aren’t the same Ducks, of course.

They’ve made enough changes to add players like Mathieu Schneider, Doug Weight, Jonas Hiller, Bryan Sutherby and Bertuzzi that while the core of the team remains the same, there are some different individual dynamics at work. Team chemistry is a fragile thing and doesn’t necessarily transfer from one season to the next, and so far the Ducks just don’t look as cohesive and focused as they were last spring.

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Game Changing Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

In relief, the Flames turned to Curtis Joseph and right then it seemed as if this was going to be a long and painful evening for the Flames. Only it was Marleau who was left feeling the pain.

On a hit that changed the complexion of the game, not to mention Marleau’s, Sarich caught Marleau in his own end of the ice along the boards with his head down. It was a monster collision that brought the crowd alive and left Marleau dazed and bleeding.

“We were down 3-0 and I was just trying to make something happen,” said Sarich. “I hit him and followed through. They [the referees] called it right. I didn’t think it deserved a penalty.”

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Watch the hit below…

added 8:11am, Sharkpage breaks down the Sarich hit…

 

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