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The Brashear Suspension

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When I commented on Daniel Carcillo’s suspension, I assumed that suspensions would get harder to come by as the playoffs went on.  This does not seem to be the case yet.  In fact Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals was suspended for six games after two altercations in game six of the Caps series with the New York Rangers.  During the pre-game warm up, Brashear shoved Colton Orr of the New York Rangers.  For this he was suspended for one game.  Orr was a healthy scratch in the game, so nothing further occurred between the two of them.  In the game he gave a late hit to the head to Blair Betts.  The hit came from behind so Betts was taken by surprise by it and suffered a broken orbital bone (the bone surrounding the eye).  For the hit, Brashear was suspended for five more games giving him a total of six games in his suspension.

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Sharks GM Apologizes To Fans And Owners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

“I apologize to our fans and I apologize to our owners because they deserve better,” Wilson said.  “And believe me, I take full responsibility. You bring in people and you bring in situations and if there’s any enabling or entitlement that comes from that, then that belongs right here and nowhere else.”

Wilson noted that he usually waits a week to calm down after a playoff exit, “but you don’t deserve me having a week.”

Wilson, who said this was by far the most painful playoff exit yet, said at various times that fans “should be pissed off” and “should feel cheated.” That last point prompted someone to ask him if he felt cheated, too.

“I don’t feel cheated. I feel responsible. I’m part of it. If I’m part of the problem, then I better be working to find us solutions here.”

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The NHL Is Running The Phoenix Coyotes

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from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

The National Hockey League, which loaned the Phoenix Coyotes money in February to keep the team in business, is now running the franchise and has promised Glendale that the NHL would reimburse the city for parking fees and security costs owed by the team, Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley said.

“The NHL is in charge of the team right now,” Beasley said. “We have assurances from the NHL the money will be paid . . . .We are sitting down with the NHL and working confidentially with them, and the city expects to be paid in full.”...

We have been told from the NHL that they are responsible for the team,” Beasley said.


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Should Be A Fun Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Key Matchup
The battle in net. This series will be won or lost within about two feet of Hiller and the Anaheim goal. The Columbus Blue Jackets had no answer for the big, talented Wings, who made life miserable for Vezina and Calder Trophy candidate Steve Mason in goal. Will the Ducks be able to keep sight lines open for Hiller? Can they do it without taking too many penalties? The answer had better be yes if the Ducks want to stay close.

This one should be fun, and tough. But there’s simply too much offense, too much talent, too much Red Wings for the Ducks to come up with two straight major upsets. Red Wings in six.


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Late Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

‘‘I like to coach one of those games.  You know why? In baseball, they don’t let the coach do whatever he wants to do. In hockey, if you want to fight, let’s go fight. You get a two-minute penalty. In baseball, you get a 10-day suspension.’‘

-Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Calgary Flames Media Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Al Cameron of the Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald, from Mike Keenan’s press conference:

Also interesting was Keenan’s somewhat condescending point (or maybe I’m just a little over-sensitive) that, yes, he’s been a member of the media in the past, and yes, he knows the pressures we’re under from higher-ups (yes, you editors know who you are!) to draw conclusions and pass judgement on hockey matters, but maybe, just maybe, we don’t know the full story in all cases..

A bit more from Keenan about this year’s playoffs here, mentioning that he plans to be behind the bench next season, and a few other points.

And what did Miikka Kiprusoff have to say today? Another posting from Cameron:

Hey, whaddya know? Miikka Kiprusoff, for the second straight year, has elected to blow off the media and, by extension, blow off the fans of the Calgary Flames by not speaking on garbage bag day.
Yes, I know his job is to stop pucks for the Calgary Flames, not speak to the media, but at some point he’s got to say something to the people who pay a good chunk of his salary by buying tickets to see him play.
No such luck this year. Thanks for nothing, Miikka . . .


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Your Conference Semi-Finals Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The following officials have been selected to work together in the Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal series (previous playoff games listed in parenthesis):


Bill McCreary (270) & Eric Furlatt (31)

Paul Devorski (155) & Dennis LaRue (41)

Marc Joannette (59) & Kelly Sutherland (34)

Kevin Pollock (86) & Dave Jackson (59)

Brad Watson (99) & Tim Peel (29)

Dan O’Halloran (67) & Mike Leggo (29)

read on for the linesmen…

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Oh…It’s on

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Even I am sometimes surprised at the quality of venom where the Poultry are concerned.  And you know what?  You frigging need that kind of hate.  You thrive on it.  It sustained you from 1996 through 2002, then it lay dormant.

But it’s awake now bitches.  That acid is bubbling and it is poised.  2007 is a disgusting scab, pried from your knee, halfway off, fiddled with then busted wide open when you grew tired of looking at it. 

And it grew infected over the course of 23 months.  Now it needs to be dealt with, sterilized, removed once and for all.

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What If Saturday’s Game Goes Deep Into OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

What if Saturday’s Penguins-Capitals game on NBC runs late, what with the Kentucky Derby scheduled for early evening on the network?

If the game goes to one overtime, it will remain on NBC.

If it goes beyond one OT, it will switch to Versus, except in Pittsburgh and Washington.

Two years ago, NBC famously sent a game in the Eastern Conference finals over to Versus to switch to Preakness pre-race coverage.

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“We Make Everything History”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The interviews had ended, and Alex Ovechkin walked through the crowd in the Caps’ dressing room and into the shower area. As soon as the door closed, one could hear a distinctive scream.

“Flipping right!” ... or something like that. Kids are reading, so we’ll keep it PG.

The weight of the world probably was lifted off his shoulders. For one night. Now come No. 87 and the rival Penguins. Put your seat belts on.

“We believe,” Ovechkin said. “It doesn’t matter [if] we lose 2-1, 3-1 [in the series]. ... We come back. Not many teams do in history, [but] we do. We did. We did it. This year, we make everything history.”

continue for more on game 7 of the Rangers/Capitals series…

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