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Kings Assistant Coach Hardy Arrested

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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was arrested in Washington, D.C., and has been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse, a report on KABC-TV’s website said. Hardy was taken into custody overnight and that “the complaint came from a woman in her 20s who claimed to be a relative of Hardy’s,” according to the report.

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added 2:39pm, Helene Elliott of the LA Times has some updated information on this.

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This May Fix The Problem

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some emails,,,

Hi Adam. I have noticed that there seems to be an abnormal amount of sticks breaking this year. Not just from slashing, but from players taking shots, passing and taking passes etc. Unreal!

Is this situation being studied or is my imagination running wild?

The shattering stick epidemic has been around for as long as composite sticks have. And since wooden sticks are all but extinct among NHL players, I’m afraid fans will be stuck watching players fumble around sheepishly after their sticks explode for a long time to come.

Personally, I hope a composite stick breaks at a crucial juncture of Game 7 of the Cup final. If enough fans and teams were sufficiently disappointed and incensed, the stick industry might have to seriously consider alternatives. But right now, the status quo will remain in place.

more questions & answers…

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Watching A Winner

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from Rock Mamola of ChicagoNow,

You simply cannot compare the Stanley Cup run of the Blackhawks to the World Series run of the 2005 Chicago White Sox.  As much as we can all debate if this is a Bear town or a Cubs town or a White Sox town…..the Blackhawks are never in the conversation and no matter what the season, baseball is king in Chicago.  Either side of town grabs onto a winner and we celebrate like none other. 

If the Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup can be compared to anything, look to the 2005 Fighting Illini run in the NCAA Tournament.  A team masses gravitated to because it was the hip thing to do, and the bars and clubs around town benefited.  I can remember seeing a sea of orange and blue walking the streets of Michigan Avenue while the comeback kids of Champaign fought tooth and nail to beat Arizona to advance to the Final Four.  How much Illini basketball have you watched since?  That is my point

Hockey is no different from NCAA basketball in this town because everyone watches a winner, but when the results are not matched or improved upon…..the passion for the team fades away.

more and Rock, it wasn’t a strike, it was called a lock-out…

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Afternoon Line

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(Don) Cherry made it sound on Hockey Night in Canada like the story was solely Europeans crowing about their success, but the majority of those I talked to in the goaltending world this week were North Americans talking about what Finland, Sweden and other countries are doing so well.

They’ve taken note—and rather than burying their heads in the sand, are in favour of proactively working to get better.

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, discussing Don Cherry’s response to an article wrote on European goalies.  Read all about it here.

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Don’t Overpay For A Goalie

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We bring you back to a conversation with Red Wings GM Ken Holland on the eve of the June 2008 Stanley Cup finals. With the avid attention of about five or six hockey writers, Holland was espousing his belief that NHL teams should not overspend on goalies. It ran against the long-standing belief that goaltending winning championships, just like pitching wins pennants. His point was, his team had a decent goalie in Chris Osgood at the time, but certainly not an expensive high-end guy like Martin Brodeur or Roberto Luongo or Miikka Kiprusoff. And, of course, the Wings won the Cup again that June.

Look at the four remaining goalies left in the NHL playoffs. San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov is certainly the most polished of the four—a respected, elite netminder without too much to show for it when it comes to success in the NHL playoffs. The Hawks began the season debating long and hard between Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford as the backup to Cristobal Huet before finally putting Crawford, not Niemi, on waivers on the eve of the NHL season opener in Helsinki. Niemi got the nod over Crawford, barely.

more plus other playoff notes…

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Appears Laperriere Will Play Tomorrow

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via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Judging from the line combinations at practice right now, Jeff Carter will sit out tomorrow night’s Game 4 and Ian Laperriere will play.

As I type, Carter is centering a line with wingers Andreas Nodl and Riley Cote, while Laperriere is playing right wing on a line with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe.

That means Carter, Nodl and Cote are likely to be scratches tomorrow night.

I’m also told Carter brought just two sticks with him to Montreal and did not plan on playing in either Game 3 or 4. He is targeting his return on Monday night in Game 5 in Philadelphia.

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Difficult Time For The Bowman Family

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from Adrian Dater at Versus,

Scotty Bowman has his name on the Stanley Cup a record 11 times, and he very much wants a 12th because it would be right next to the name of his son, Stan. Anybody want to bet against him?

“It would be a special thing,” the 76-year-old Bowman said Thursday night from his residence in Amherst, N.Y., while watching the first period of the Canadiens-Flyers game. “But, one thing at a time. It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow night with San Jose.”

Bowman probably would be with his son in Chicago, but he is staying close by another of his five children at the moment in Amherst. His son, David, is under hospice care, and it’s a tough time for him and his wife of more than 40 years, Suella. David was born with hydrocephalus, a serious neurological disorder that left him partially blind and mentally disabled.

Stan, the general manager of the Blackhawks, is just as affected by his brother’s condition, and the team knows he could be called away at any time. But soldiering through difficult personal situations has been a hallmark of all the Bowman family.

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It Is An Outrage

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Let’s see here. Hockey Night in Canada pays the NHL $110 million a year. Meanwhile, NBC pays, well, bupkis.

So you’d think, wouldn’t you, that would mean the NHL might just once in a while throw a bone to the CBC and the people who actually watch the games. But as is almost always the case with the NHL, you’d be wrong.

If there were ever any doubt the NHL has almost no regard for Canadians and the network that broadcasts games to them, let there be doubt no more. The league’s decision to cater to NBC by having Game 4 of the Montreal-Philadelphia Eastern Conference final at 3 p.m. Saturday is nothing short of an outrage.

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Watching The Experts

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Okay, having cleared our throat… here’s how we’ve rated the Canadian network TV raters

After 40 Minutes (Hockey Night In Canada): They used to say Fred Astaire gave Ginger Rogers class and she gave him sex appeal. Well, Kelly Hrudey has given the frothing Mike Milbury a little class and Milbury has given Hrudey a dash of passion. The combination has spawned the go-to 2010 playoff panel.

Typically, Milbury rants about the enervation of the sport (in one fit of pique, he walked off the set, half in jest, half in earnest). Meanwhile, Hrudey has become the Jackson Pollock of the telestrator, putting computerized squiggles on the strategic bones of the game. It works because Milbury’s unpredictability and Hrudey’s pointed barbs about the San Jose Sharks or Roberto Luongo carry bite. It also seems to focus host Ron MacLean into his best work. Now if they would stop sapping the energy by going to P.J. Stock in his video prison set. Rating: B+

TSN: Their panels change so rapidly during the playoffs, it’s a wonder they don’t get a too-many-men-on-the-set penalty….

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Looking For Respect

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from Andy Potts of The Moscow News,

Commentators in North America, where the Stanley Cup play-offs are nearing their conclusion, were sniffy about the outcome.

In the Toronto Sun a columnist claimed “nobody out of Europe cares” about a contest which “ranks lower than cricket” and suggested Russia’s excitement over this men-against-boys win might be almost as embarrassing as their Olympic loss.

But, as Bykov put it after the game, a clash between Russia and Canada is never meaningless.

“The Olympics is still incomparable with the World Championships, but in any event this tournament deserves respect and every team wants to win here,” he said.

“Any game between us is an event - if we see Sergei Fedorov fighting on the ice for only the second time in his life, that says it all.”

more and watch the Fedorov ‘fight’ with Downie here....

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  Tags: team+canada, team+russia

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