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It Happened Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brenden Morrow was skating along the boards, interfered with by the Avs Jeff Finger and taken into the glass partition between the benches.  Finger gets 2 for interference, Morrow gets stunned and was down on his knees for a few minutes while being treated by the Stars trainer.

Morrow is back on the ice, after missing a few shifts.

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  Tags: brenden+morrow, jeff+finger

Holmstrom Out With Groin Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mlive,

Tomas Holmstrom didn’t skate and won’t play Sunday vs. Nashville due to a groin injury he suffered in practice on Friday. Holmstrom said he’ll have an ultrasound on Sunday. He said he’s concerned about it, that it’s worse than it’s felt before.

“I pulled something in the groin area,’’ Holmstrom said. “I couldn’t push away (in practice Friday). Of course I’m concerned. I had something earlier this year but it went away, but never this bad.’‘

more on the Wings…

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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Could Be One Of Those Days & Nights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

14 seconds into the Bruins/Caps game…

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It is playoff run time folks, every point counts and the passion is here!

added 2:42pm, Chara left the game with a shoulder injury, not expected to return.  He hit a Caps player along the boards and it looked like a right shoulder injury.

added 2:55pm, Chara back for the 3rd priod.

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Chemistry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s what I know about chemistry.  In tenth grade I failed it, and I mean miserably.  The innocent young maiden sitting next to me tried to help by drawing the entire periodic table on her thigh then letting me look at it during tests (and only during tests you sick bastards), but even that didn’t work.  I applaud her efforts though.  Sweet girl. Grew up on a farm, then moved to the big city to try to get into acting, only to find talent alone…nevermind.

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  Tags: babcock, cleary, downey, drake, draper, hasek, holland, holmstrom, hudler, maltby, mccarty, osgood, samuelsson

Didn’t Expect This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie of the Ottawa Citizen,

So here’s my “Whoa! Didn’t see that coming!” list. The top 10 surprises of the season, presented in Lettermanish reverse order for dramatic effect. You’ll have to add your own drum roll….

No. 5: Owen Nolan

C’mon, admit it. You thought he retired three years ago. After missing two full seasons, then spending another in Phoenix (formerly hockey’s version of the Witness Protection Program), Nolan has re-emerged as a force in Calgary. He scores (15 goals), he hits, he fights and he’s a major reason no one wants to face the Flames in the playoffs.

read on for nene more…

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Boot Camp Training Prepared Predators

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

“For eight hours, we had to crawl under barbed wire while they’re throwing grenades and smoke bombs,” said Nichol, eyes lighting up following a 2-1 overtime win.

“We had to pull a Humvee a mile-and-a-half, we shot M16s and handguns, we flew in Black Hawk helicopters ... It was all about building teamwork and it was probably one of the hardest days of my life.”

“We were running through the woods and swamps and through holes and these night stalkers—who fly in at night and they never leave a man behind—are trying to grab one of our guys and they couldn’t,” said the 33-year-old Edmonton-born grinder.

“They said it was the first time in 25 years they couldn’t (capture) one of our guys. They were all pissed off. We had to stick together.”

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A First For Parise

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from Fire & Ice,

Parise’s fight came 3:47 into the third period against Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle. Parise actually inadvertantly started the altercation by kicking Boyle’s left skate out from under him in the right corner.

“If I did, I didn’t try,” Parise said. “I wasn’t trying to slew foot him or anything. I was just going for the puck. We got back in front of the net and he tried to slew foot me and he got me in the face, so it just escalated from there.”

Parise said he had not been in a fight since midget. “First and probably last for a while,” he said. “I don’t see it happening again anytime soon. It was all kind of a blur when it happened…It was fun. Something you’ve got to do.”

more and the judges at HockeyFights.com chime in too…

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  Tags: dan+boyle, zach+parise

Alfredsson Concerned About His Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Alfredsson thought he was just going to miss a couple of days as a result of the cross-check from Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin, the Senators’ leading scorer just isn’t ready to return to the lineup.

“It’s doubtful (he’ll play tonight) as it feels now. It’s been going slower than I thought it would, which is very frustrating,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “I still have trouble moving freely. I experience pain when I try to move too quick or do stuff. It’s getting better, but not at the rate or speed I would like.”

Alfredsson plans to meet with Senators Dr. Don Chow either tomorrow or Monday in Ottawa.

“I thought it was spasms and it would be gone in a couple of days, but that hasn’t been the case,” said Alfredsson.

read on

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Don’t Review Everything

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

You could make video review apply to offside goals, pucks hitting the netting, goals scored with too many men on the ice—the list is endless. But at what point do we take the human element out of the game and turn everything over to the video police for further review? Hopefully never.

Never mind the time involved reviewing every goal for every potential flaw or mistake on the ice, think of the impact on the game. There are enough stoppages and interruptions to the flow of the game. Do we need more?

In the end, the game itself is played by players who make mistakes.

read on and more NHL topics…

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No More Dark Days In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Mariotti of the Sun-Times,

There was Bobby Hull, back from the darkness. There was Stan Mikita, back from the cold. And there were the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks, back where they belong in the bosom of Chicago sports on a memorable evening when an illustrious past was attached to a hopeful future.

‘‘I spent so many years proudly wearing the Indian head sweater,’’ said Mikita, who arrived with Hull for the center-ice ceremony in a custom ‘57 Chevy. ‘‘But tonight, I’m even more proud to be welcomed back and to be part of the great moments that lie ahead for this franchise.’‘

read on

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  Tags: bobby+hull, stan+mikita

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