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Spotted Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon at the Hockey News,

• So Pavel Datsyuk scored his first NHL playoff goal since 2002. Does that put one monkey out of work or does he team up with his buddy on Marty Turco’s back?
• Initially I was picking Buffalo in four games; I’d like to change that to three. That’s because rather than subject themselves to a fourth straight defeat, the Isles will forfeit Game 4.

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Flames Play Soft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

So, imagine what was running through the mind of the Calgary GM as he watched the likes of finesse players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg knocking his Flames off the puck in the game’s early going.
Or, as he saw Red Wings pest Tomas Holmstrom annoy Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for much of the game without fear of retribution.

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An interesting stat at Red Wings Corner,

The Red Wings had 37 hits in their Game 1 win over the Calgary Flames, Thursday. It was the highest hit total this season for the Red Wings and just the 15th time in 83 games that Detroit has had as many as 20 hits in a game.

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Stop The Booing

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

We know why we boo, but there still seems to be something definitely classless about jeering a nice, clean-cut superstar like Sidney Crosby, who will almost certainly become a Canadian icon before the 19-year-old reaches unrestricted free agency in 2012, and someday, even be named to the Order of Canada.
And to do it in so-called Hockey Country of all places.

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“Kids” Everywhere

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Therrien coaches 19-year-old Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and 18-year-old forward Jordan Staal, but the most important teenagers in Therrien’s world are 14-year-old Elizabeth and 13-year-old Charles.
Therrien, now divorced, fought for and won custody of his two teenage children.
NHL coach and single dad.
Now, that’s a resume.
Why not juggle chainsaws and do brain surgery at the same time?

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Of All The Nights Not To Sell Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta be brief this morning…heading to the airport. 

One thousand people made statements last night.  They’re not coming back, not spending their extra cash, until the Wings prove the money isn’t a downpayment on disappointment.  Last night may have convinced a few of them that this Spring may be a little different.

Game 1 isn’t a series, but it can set a tone.  The Wings established a presence last night.  And all of a sudden, they don’t look quite so squishy soft as more than a few mainstreamers claimed.  And all of a sudden, a few writers in Calgary were searching for cheesy metaphors.

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Rick DiPietro Cleared to Practice with Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The New York Islanders’ playoff chances improved late Thursday night, as the team announced that goaltender Rick DiPietro has been cleared to play and will take part in a full practice on Friday.
DiPietro, recovering from two concussions, did not dress in Thursday’s 4-1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres and watched the game from a luxury box at HSBC Arena.
Wade Dubielewicz started Game 1 of the best-of-seven series and stopped 31 of 35 Buffalo shots.
DiPietro sustained two concussions 12 days apart last month. He skated on his own Tuesday, but hasn’t practiced with the team since a loss to the New York Rangers on March 25. He missed the final seven games of the regular season.

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Coaches Keep An Eye On Each Other

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from the Star Tribune,

In the NHL, not only is practice open to reporters, it’s open to opposing coaches. On Thursday, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire and goaltending coach Bob Mason watched Anaheim’s entire practice from the stands. Even though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said it didn’t bother him, he also told reporters of Lemaire’s presence—twice—without being asked as he began his news conference.
Round 1 of the playoffs isn’t even two games old, and already there’s a little gamesmanship going on.

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Perspective

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A great game, a perfect game really.  But just one game, and only the first.  Big, fat recap in the morning after we’ve had a chance to digest this one. But, while we’re on the subject of perspective; the first star tonite goes to the grandfather of A2Y reader Teamdub.  He’s a Bronze Star awardee who probably won’t make it through the night.  One of our nation’s real heroes and a member of a dwindling generation that was full of them.

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Back At It Tomorrow

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from the AP via the Sporting News,

“If you win, you feel like you’re on top of the world. If you lose you feel like you’re never going to win another game,” said Mike Modano, whose Stars have now lost five straight overtime playoff games. “But you have to forget about that.”
With Game 2 starting at 6 p.m. in Vancouver on Friday night—less than 42 hours after Game 1 finally ended—there isn’t much time to dwell on the past. With players on both teams in need of intravenous fluids between overtime periods and after Wednesday’s marathon to stay hydrated, they’re happy to forget about it.

read on and Canucks have some injuries to deal with…

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Evidence That I’m Losing It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m actually going to pay the Detroit News a compliment.  Nah, not really. They’re liveblogging the game.  Dana Wakiji and Terry Foster. 

Wakiji

Guess who I rode up with in the elevator?
Here’s a clue: they held the elevators for them. Yes, it’s the owners of the Red Wings and Tigers, Mike and Marian Ilitch. Mrs. I asked if I was staying the night since I had a wheeling computer case with me. I’m just hoping it’s not actually the whole night, as in the Canucks and Stars.

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