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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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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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Deep Into The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

One of the silver bullets of sports analytics is the successful forecasting of playoff outcomes. The answer, in hockey, is quite simple. Regression analysis over the recent history of the NHL has indicated that the best predictor of success in the playoffs is simply regular (full) season success.

Below is a chart showing the winning percentage of playoff teams, grouped by their exit round, since the big-bang expansion of the late 1960s. It shows that the average winning percentage is dramatically higher for teams that persist deeper into the playoffs.

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Biron Understands His Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,

“The key is always more emphasis on the goaltender. If we believe it or not, it’s always going to be that way and goalies are always going to be at the forefront of the playoffs because it’s an important position.”

Good thing Biron knows that, because the Flyers’ playoff hopes rest on his shoulders, particularly against Washington. The best-of-seven series will open tonight at the Verizon Center.

Stacked together, the Flyers and the Capitals match up very well. Each has a crop of scoring forwards, though Washington does have Ovechkin, a player who can take over a game by himself.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Washington Times:

Is [Bruce] Boudreau ready to be an international folk hero?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I just stay in the house. I turn off the TV because if I see myself, like most people, [they] wish they were 30 pounds lighter.”

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