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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“It’s still the same game, it’s just higher intensity,” Hossa said in comparing the regular season to the playoffs. “We have to battle through the traffic and make hockey more simple.

“Every experience is big and definitely I’m learning. Sometimes it’s a longer process but I’m here and hopefully I can help this team go far.”

more on Marian Hossa…

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Expect More From Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

A year ago, the hockey world observed Sidney Crosby as though he were a brand new organism unearthed in the excavation of some long-forgotten hockey rink.

As the teenage scoring sensation and anointed savior of the game prepared for his first playoff series against Ottawa, we poked and prodded and mostly wondered. How would the league’s scoring champ adjust to life in the pressure cooker of the postseason? What could he accomplish? How would he lead his team? Where would he lead his team?

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Sammy Wants In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1355: HSJ says it’s Mac for tomorrow. See below.

Updated 1352: Teddy Kulfan squeezed a quality quote out of Uncle Mike regarding Samuelsson’s wishes to play Game 1.

Babcock said “he just told me if it was up to him he wants to play. But my kid wants to play for us tomorrow, too. He’s one of those guys that’ll skate again tomorrow and we’ll see how he reacts.”

Updated 1338:  We have a situation.  Deep Digging Captain Khan(!) says Mac’s playing.  Anti-Digger MacLeod says Downey is.  Thanks to solo16 for the pointer.

Al Sobotka better be putting reinforcements behind the end boards because William Tell says he’s ready to play.

Khan(!)

Forward Mikael Samuelsson (groin) said he felt good after practice and believes he’s ready for Game 1 vs. Nashville Thursday. But coach Mike Babcock said the final lineup decisions on Samuelsson, Tomas Holmstrom and Brad Stuart won’t be made until Thursday morning. Babcock said there’s no reason to believe Holmstrom won’t be ready, but they just want to make sure. Stuart, coming off a broken right index finger, continues to maintain he’s ready to play.

No reason to believe Holmstrom won’t be ready, eh?  Translation: Homer’s not feeling good.  My words, not Khan(!)‘s. Just so there’s no confusion.

 

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Corey Perry Healing Fast

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

The sight of Perry taking part in a couple of drills was encouraging for the Ducks as it appears their leading goal scorer this season could be in position to return sometime during the Western Conference quarterfinals against Dallas.

Perry skated for the first time since his right quadriceps muscle was severed just above the knee when he was cut by the skate of Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore in a game March 6.

“Today, it felt great,” Perry said. “That’s why I stayed out and did a couple of drills with the team. If it continues to be like that, it could be quicker than everybody thinks.”

more…

*Plus more from the LA Times on expectations of a rough series between the Ducks & Stars

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Playoff Flashback

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ian Winwood at The Guardian,

Brendan Shanahan tells a great story about the attitude of hockey players when it comes to the play-offs. The gritty superstar (translation: a goalscorer also capable of beating someone up) was talking about the time the Detroit Red Wings, for whom Shanahan then played, reached the Stanley Cup Finals. The year was 1998, and the Wings - who just a decade previously were dubbed ‘The Dead Things’, so awful was their play - were on their way to capturing their second consecutive championship, sweeping the Washington Capitals in four straight games. Every game was crucial; every player wanted to play.

One player in particular - Martin LaPointe, if memory serves - wanted to play very badly indeed. The physical (translation: homicidal) winger, however, was injured, and rather badly at that; the muscles in his groin were shredded like so much beef jerky.

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More Playoff ‘Red’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

[Jamie Langenbrunner] had on his official “Rock Your Red” T-shirt for this morning’s media availability at The Rock following a team meeting and did several television interviews with it on. “I’m Rockin the Red,” he said, though he had to endure some ribbing from his teammates.

More than one player expressed displeasure that fans have to buy the T-Shirts and won’t be get them for free at the game tonight. Their first concern, obviously, is with gettign ready for the Rangers tonight. All of them, including the coach, were itching for the puck to drop.

“I’m anxious to get going,” Sutter said. “I wish this game would have been played last night, our first game. I’m like everybody on the team, just anxious to get it started. You go through a whole season, an 82-game season, and there’s ups and downs, peaks and valleys, to set yourself up to play playoff hockey and we’re there now and I’m excited about it, anxious to get it going and I’m excited for the players. That’s what it’s all about.”

more on the Devils…

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Flames Have A Fighting Chance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Make no mistake, this is going to get ugly.

It has to, or the Calgary Flames have no chance.

Round 1 of what is shaping up to be a slugfest goes tonight at HP Pavilion, where the underdog Flames will begin their attempts to get the league’s hottest team off its game.

And what better way to do it than by waving some chum named Eric Godard around the Shark Tank and seeing who bites first.

“Oh, I think you’re going to see some fights. That’s kind of the way the team makeup is this year,” smiled Craig Conroy, whose club has nine players with at least three fighting majors this season.

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The Hockey Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don’t miss the NHL.com’s debut of “The Hockey Show”... your premium pass to what’s happening around the league!

Join hosts Carrie Millbank and Steven Lee today as they preview the “Journey to the Cup.” It’s All Hockey, All Access, All The Time!

Watch it right here at KK beginning at 11:30am ET.

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2008 A2Y Stress Train Movie Trailer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I find it hard to believe anyone reading this isn’t already aboard the Stress Train, saddled up to the bar in The Hasek Club Car, counting down the hours until the real pain begins.

But…if you need convincing, if you’re still on the fence, or you’re just confused about what the idea behind the Stress Train is.

Then you must watch this, the world premiere of the official Stress Train Movie Trailer, debuting tonite in theaters worldwide; courtesy of Gabe.  Check the sidebar to the right.

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Introducing “Bubba” To The World

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m pretty sure Bubba doesn’t read the New York Times.  I feel pretty darn comfortable saying that.  I’m also fairly certain they’ve never visited PensBlog, because Bubba’s a little sensitive.

So I doubt they’ve had a chance to see the serious-minded comments we made when asked to preview the series at each of those spots.

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