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Flashback with Ted Leonsis

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Mirtle’s blog, an interview from April 2007 with Ted Leonsis,

And on this Saturday afternoon last April, they were awful.

I knew they were awful. Leonsis knew they were awful. And the fans in the building, at least those wearing Capitals colours, knew it, too.

It was with that uncomfortable knowledge that we all watched the third period together.

I’ve only met Leonsis the once, but there were two things I realized right away: (a) this is one competitive guy and (b) I’ve just met the biggest Capitals fan in the world.

more… on what a difference a year makes

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Ducks Not Using Their Heads

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

The inspirational message on the chalkboard in the Ducks’ locker room before their 2008 Stanley Cup playoff opener Thursday was this quote from author Robert Louis Stevenson: “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.”

After watching the Ducks’ lopsided 4-0 loss to the Dallas Stars, a weak first attempt to defend their 2007 Stanley Cup championship, I suggest unveiling a more appropriate quotation before Game 2 on Saturday night at Honda Center.

This one, from noted puckhead Willie Shakespeare, would fit: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

And speaking of the heads that were crowned in June, why did some of the guys in the home black forget to use them Thursday night?

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MLB Writer Takes a Shot at the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mychael Urban, national writer for the official site, MLB.com:

Does the U.S. media have an East Coast bias? Sure. Our country was founded there, as were all of the big-time sports leagues. (Save your e-mails, hockey fans. We’re aware that the NHL was founded in Canada. We’re also aware that you aren’t “big-time” until your TV ratings top those of “Golden Girls” reruns on Lifetime.)

Very original—I’m sure it took him all night to come up with that.

Now, if only I paid enough attention to baseball to be able to toss insults back…

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Closure

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look. I am sick and frigging tired of all the whining about Nik Kronwall’s hit last night.  I’m going to say this one time and one time only:  He did NOT leave his feet.

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Canadiens Get Physical

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

“I think the players decided that they didn’t want to get outhit,” said Carbonneau, whose players delivered a dozen more hits at 37-25. “That wasn’t something I talked to them about.”...

The physical play from Canadiens such as Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Kovalev filtered down the lineup. “When you see your star players on your team getting physical, it sets the tone,” Kostopoulos said.

“The knock on us has been that we’re a soft team,” Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins added. “But I just don’t see that. We have proven and proved again in this game that we can hit.”

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Sens Must Stay Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC at From the Pressbox,

I’m not covering Ottawa-Pittsburgh, but had an interesting conversation with an NHL coach yesterday about the Senators.

“Every rumour I’ve heard about the Senators this season…Well, now I believe them,” he said.

Why?

“The playoffs are about playing for each other. Teammates are supposed to be motivated by watching each other block shots, watching each other making sacrifices, watching each other play with pain.

The whole idea is to feel that you can’t let down the other 19 guys, so you do something extra, too.

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Sidney Crosby Maturing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

It’s easy to sometimes forget that Crosby is only 20-years-old. We’ve already read and heard so much about him for half a decade that it’s scary to think he’s going to be front and centre for another 15-18 years.

But already I see a noticeable change in his maturity. I vividly remember coming to Pittsburgh for the team’s rookie camp in August 2005 and a shy, 18-year-old prodigy from Cole Harbour, N.S., coming down the escalator at the airport and looking down nervously at a throng of media awaiting his arrival. He patiently answered all the questions, like he always has, but his answers were naturally limited by the inexperience of youth.

Now in his third NHL season, his answers to the media are deep and analytical.

more… including the tale of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and some confusion about who the heck is Sidney Crosby.

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Today in Playoffs History—April 11

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageApril 11, 1936 • Detroit coach Jack Adams steered the Red Wings to their first Stanley Cup championship with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the best-of-five Stanley Cup Final. The Red Wings, who had entered the NHL in 1926-27, became the last of the League’s “Original Six” teams to win the Cup.

April 11, 1965 • Detroit Red Wings center Norm Ullman set NHL individual and team playoff records by scoring two goals just five seconds apart in Game Five of their Semi-final series against Chicago. Ullman scored at 17:35 and 17:40 of the second period in a 4-2 Detroit victory. The goals were scored in almost identical fashion—snapshots from about 50 feet out, using Chicago defensemen as screens to beat Glenn Hall.  Chicago won the best-of-seven series 4-3. 

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Game 1 Observations

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We said it yesterday and last night did nothing to change my stance on this:  the Wings don’t need to play perfect hockey to win this series.  Limit mistakes, generate consistent offense, exhibit a few violent tendencies…and steady play in net.  That’s really all that’s necessary.

Game 1?  Pretty much according to that script, only better. 

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Report: Jonathan Toews to be Named Hawks Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Rosenbloom at RosenBlog (Chicago Tribune):

Jonathan Toews will be the Hawks’ next captain, and I’ll be surprised if Jonny T. Good doesn’t get the “C” by noon today.

And also from Tim Sassone at the Daily Herald:

They didn’t do it this season because the Blackhawks wanted Jonathan Toews to focus on being a rookie in the NHL.  But by opening night next season, it’s more likely than not that Toews, at age 20, will be wearing the “C” as captain of the Hawks.

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