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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.

continued…

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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.

continued

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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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Good Luck Jason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Mercury News,

(Jason) Reitman told the league to call him if he could be of any help and they asked him to blog.

“This year is a little depressing because my two teams, the (Vancouver) Canucks and the (Los Angeles) Kings, neither of them are in the playoffs,” he said, adding that the invitation came “when the Canucks still had a chance.”

“Now the Canucks aren’t in it. So what I decided is that I’m going to write a kind of mythical blog about what the Canucks and Kings would be doing had they still been in,” he said. “In my version, for the first time

more

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The Lack Of Experience Matchup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

There has been a lot of talk about the importance of experience in this series and both teams offer a mix of seasoned veterans and raw rookies. Much has been made of the fact that the Habs have 10 players with no NHL playoff experience and that group includes 20-year-old goaltender Carey Price.

But the Bruins have 11 players looking for their first playoff experience and folks might be surprised to learn the group includes No. 1 goalie Tim Thomas, 33, and Marc Savard, who is the team’s leading scorer.

Price never seems to get rattled and he said yesterday that, while he expects to be nervous when the puck is dropped tomorrow, he doesn’t expect to be overwhelmed by the surroundings.

read on

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Reflective Fedorov

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thanks to Peter Gower over at the MLive message board for the pointer to a great story in today’s Washington Post on Sergei Fedorov.

They were at MCI Center the following year. Konstantinov watched in a wheelchair as Fedorov and the Red Wings won their second straight Stanley Cup, defeating the Capitals in four games. Konstantinov was wheeled down to the ice afterward for the celebration.

“Scotty Bowman’s speech before the last game we play was, ‘Guys, I don’t know much to say about hockey but one thing I like to say is I’d trade all my rings for this win tonight, and let’s do it for Vladi,’ ” Fedorov said. “That was most incredible moment in my career in how humanly and great Coach was.”

 

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Ranking The Playoff Goaltenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun ranks the playoff goalies…

16. Dan Ellis, Predators

Playoff appearances: 0

Came into prominence just this season. He is the wild card in the playoff dance, a relative unknown who could make a name for himself by felling the Big Bad Red Wings.

read on

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