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Marc Savard Discusses His Recovery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Does Savard expect he’ll be able to test out some “friendly contact” with his teammates at the morning skate prior to Game Five in Buffalo?

“I hope [so] . . . I think I’m cleared to take that kind of [contact on Friday],” said Savard, who has missed 22 regular-season and playoff games because of the concussion. “Some little bumps and gradually get back into it. If somebody hits me tomorrow, then I guess I get hit tomorrow.

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Get It In Gear Joe Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,

The playoffs are a different kind of hockey beast, an annual rite of spring that is far more life and death than the 82-game preamble. April, May and June are set aside for greatness. The stakes are high, expectations are elevated, and the best players are supposed to find that extra gear.

But you never seem to change gears, Joe. While everybody else is stepping up you always seem to take a step sideways. Or worse, back.

That is what happened last year when your Sharks captured the President’s Trophy as the best team during the regular season and then face-planted in the opening round of the playoffs. You had one goal and four assists in six game. You were a playoff bust. You always have been.

A team with Joe Thornton on it has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. A player that is averaging 1.26 points per regular-season game since the lockout is averaging 0.82 points per playoff game over the same stretch.

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Lamoriello Sends A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

The jelly jar hit the wall in the visiting dressing room at the Wachovia Center hard, smashing into bits and leaving chunks of goo on the designer suits belonging to the Devils players.

The incident itself was not a surprise. Given the poor effort late in Game 4 and the 3-1 deficit to a Flyers team that barely made the postseason, a few of the players probably wanted to trash the place themselves.

But the source of the flying jam was not in a uniform. It was a furious Lou Lamoriello who punctuated a tirade at the coaches by grabbing the jar off the postgame spread and hurling it to its sticky end.

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Vancouver Conspiracy Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Hockey News,

Ten reasons why the NHL should form a conspiracy against Vancouver, if it hasn’t already:

10. Punishment for buggering up the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony – and making Wayne Gretzky look bad in the process.

9. Their fans are still Todd Bertuzzi apologists.

8. Wipe that “oooh, we’ve got mountains, we’ve got an ocean, we’ve got fresh air” smugness off their faces.

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Two Teams Face Elimination Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Can a depleted Philadelphia lineup figure out a way to move on to the Conference Semifinal round by defeating New Jersey tonight?

Will Ottawa lose to Pittsburgh which would end their season?

Questions will be answered tonight.

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Calder Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL Live…

Matt Duchene

Jimmy Howard

Tyler Myers

added 12:23pm,

NEW YORK (April 22, 2010)—Center Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, goaltender Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Calder Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

 

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Wings Had Doubts About Jimmy Howard

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Doubts? Sure, there were doubts. Almost everyone within the Detroit Red Wings had them at the some point last summer.

Jimmy Howard, after all, was no longer a kid. He was a 26-year-old goaltender who had spent the last four years toiling in the minors. Even an organization that had prided itself on being patient began to wonder if time had run out.

“I’ll be honest. It was doubtful whether he could play in the NHL,” said Jimmy Devellano, a long-time executive with the Red Wings. “We believe in trying to give everybody maximum time to develop, because obviously when we drafted them we saw something in them. And we try not to rush development.

“But I would say Jimmy Howard took it to the extreme, because generally after four years you really should know. You really should. But we didn’t.”

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Calder 2011

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today will be the nomination announcements for the 2010 Calder Trophy.  If the early playoff results are any indication, perhaps the best player to debut in the 2009/10 season will not be nominated this year.  So far in the playoffs, John Carlson of the Washington Capitals has made a claim to being the best rookie in the NHL.  Carlson has appeared in all four Washington Capitals games and scored four points from defence.  He has a +7 +/- rating in the playoffs so far.  This is quite an impressive showing for a rookie.

Carlson will be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season because he only played 22 games this season (and the Calder cut-off is 25).  In those 22 games, he logged an ever increasing amount of playing time with six points and a +11 +/-.  Carlson is a 20 year old World Junior Championship hero who was a Caps first round pick in 2008.  He has the pedigree of a future NHL star and is playing like one so far in the playoffs.  He is a very logical front-runner for next year’s Calder Trophy.

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Top-20 Hockey Games I’ve Attended

Blog: KK Members Blog By NHLJeff

After going to last night’s awesome Bruins 2OT victory, I had a friend ask me about the best games I’ve ever been to.  I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to take some time to think about it and throw this list together. I’m extremely lucky to have seen some incredible hockey games in my life so far. I am hoping that there are no glaring omissions, but if so, I will update the list!

I wanted to post this somewhere to share it with friends and fellow hockey fans and the KK Member Blog came to mind as the perfect place.  Feel free to share your top games attended in the comments!

For some clarification on why certain games are so special to me, I am a senior at Boston University and am a huge BU hockey fan.  I have been a big Pittsburgh Penguins fan ever since learning about Mario Lemieux at a young age, and hailing from Charleston, SC, the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays are my hometown team.

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Capitals Show Hints Of Greatness

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It might seem a little early to start talking about the Washington Capitals as a team of destiny, but nights like this one start building a case, a foundation for greatness, if you will.

The Capitals gave the Montreal Canadiens a stark lesson in seizing the moment and stealing a win as they came from one goal down late in the second period to roll over Montreal by a 6-3 score.

The Capitals now lead the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 3-1 and can wrap it up Friday night in Washington. Given the way the Caps surgically carved the life out of the Canadiens on Wednesday night, one might fairly suggest Game 5 has become little more than a formality.

“We had our teeth in the apple. This smelled like a win,” Montreal defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron said.

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