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The Business Side Of The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Ladurantaye of the Globe and Mail,

It’s spring, and many will be staring at our television sets in the hope a Canadian team will hoist the Stanley Cup. Five Things takes a look at the business of playoff hockey….


When the regular season ends, it also means an end to regular paycheques for NHL players. Mind you, they’re not playing for pride alone. An elaborate system of shares exists to ensure those who carry their teams deep into the postseason are rewarded. This year, after the Cup winner is determined, $6.5-million will be split among the 16 teams that made the playoffs. While the exact method of distribution hasn’t been determined by the NHL Players Association, last year the Ducks were given 25 shares worth $75,000 each, for a total of $1,875,000.

more & some of the topics have been brought up on KK in the past, but there is some new information too.

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Breaking Down The Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein and Lew Serviss of the New York Times,

Leetch, whose Rangers No. 2 jersey was retired to the rafters of Madison Square Garden in January, has watched the world of the defenseman change considerably from the one he knew for all but the last of his 18 seasons in the N.H.L. His final season was the first played under rules intended to eliminate obstruction and encourage offense.

Under the anti-obstruction rules, backchecking forwards can no longer slow down a forechecker after the puck is fired into the zone. As a result, when a defenseman skates back to retrieve the puck, the opposition is close behind. “You were hit a lot more,” Leetch said.

Speed, always important, is even more vital now. The ability to turn quickly from skating backward to forward “and go back and get that puck and make a play quicker is a distinct advantage now,” he said.

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Today in Playoffs History—April 12

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Flashbacks: 1938, 1941, 1945, 1960, 1979, 2007
April 12, 1938 • The Chicago Black Hawks captured the 1938 Stanley Cup title with a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the best-of-five Final.

Eight American-born players—Carl Dahlstrom, Roger Jenkins, Virgil Johnson, Mike Karakas, Alex Levinsky, Doc Romnes, Louis Trudel and Carl Voss—skated for Chicago in the Final.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

What The…?  Yes, It’s A Game 2 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Despite the fact that I can’t participate until afterward, I’m setting all of you up for success.  Creating circumstances for your happiness.  It’s what I do.  Yes, it’s a Game 2 Live Blog.

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Thoresen May Play Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Capitals Insider,

There’s some positive news to report regarding injured Flyers forward Patrick Thoresen. I’m told that his injury is not as serious as originally thought, and that it’s possble he’ll play tomorrow.

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What A Night Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This isn’t a newsflash, but Friday night’s compelling, dramatic contests illustrate vividly why the Stanley Cup playoffs represent the most compelling championship tournaments in all of sports. Not to be too hyperbolic, but what a night of hockey.

Whether it was the wild and woolly shootout in Washington, where the Capitals erased a two-goal deficit to beat Philadelphia 5-4 on Alexander Ovechkin’s first playoff goal, or the Pittsburgh Penguins’ offensive machine firing on all cylinders as they beat Ottawa 5-3 behind 54 regulation shots, or the second straight overtime game between Colorado and Minnesota, or the war that is the New Jersey Devils-New York Rangers series, it was a night knee-deep in tension and drama.

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added 12:55pm, from the responses most KK readers made today, sure sounds like everyone thought the games were great last night.  I wonder how Joe Pelletier enjoyed them?

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Don’t Forget About The Canoe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Reminder:  If you’re going to the Joe today, A2Y reader Voox is offering a lucrative prize to anyone who can get a sign on the air that mentions Pierre McGuire’s A2Y nickname.

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USA Beats Canada At Women’s Wold Hockey Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

The United States defeated Canada 4-3 on Saturday to win the gold medal at the women’s world hockey championship in Harbin, China.

Jenny Potter scored a pair of power-play goals while Natalie Darwitz added two more at even strength to pace the United States to its second gold medal in tournament history.


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Boring Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,

In the first eight games there were three shutouts. The losing team scored one goal in three more.


There are hockey fans out there who love the defensive battles and the cycling down low. I’d rather watch cycling in France….

The post-season represents a chance for the NHL to show off its game to potential fans, and so far this year it’s failing to do so for two reasons:

1. No fighting.

2. It’s soccer on ice.

Pass the NoDoz.


I am not sure what games Kirk has been watching, but I for one have certainly found the vast majority of the games to be exciting and intense.

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Is Biron Good Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Ovechkin fetched the loose puck and slid it back to Green. This time, Green fired a shot over Biron’s glove hand to tie the game at 4.

It was a good shot. A shutdown goaltender - a wartime goaltender - stops it.

It isn’t time to overreact. This isn’t Roman Cechmanek wandering around while opponents fire pucks into his empty net. It was Biron’s first playoff game, and he acknowledged a case of nerves.

“There were some jitters early in the game,” Biron said. “We’ve got to get into our rhythm.”

Flyers coach John Stevens, asked merely to evaluate Biron’s play, immediately took the opportunity to mute possible criticism. He has a series here, after all.

“Obviously you have a 4-2 lead there,” Stevens said. “Guys stepped in and teed up from some difficult places to see. . . . We’re in this together here.”


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