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Sabres Need To Run The Table & Get Some Help Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres’ rough road to the postseason is now a rock-strewn, virtually impassable trail. The Sabres handed over the game in hand they held over the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers. They remain four points back of the tie for eighth place, but now only three games remain.

“A lot of strange things have happened,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’ll pick up the hope tank, try to fill it up and hope a lot of things go right for us.”

Things are so dire, the hope tank needs to be large enough to house all the crumbling debris from Memorial Auditorium. In basic terms, if the Rangers or Panthers win just one of their three games and go to overtime in another, the Sabres are officially eliminated.

“Tough situation to be in,” Sabres captain Craig Rivet said. “We’re going to have to win the next three games, and obviously with the way the standings are now, we’re going to need some help from some teams.”


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Rangers Must Win To Control Their Destiny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the Ny Post,

The only way for the Rangers to ensure that they maintain control over their destiny is to defeat the Canadiens tonight at the Garden in the franchise’s most critical regular-season game since the lockout.

Leading Florida by only the victory tiebreaker (40-39) in the contest for the East’s final playoff spot with three games remaining for each team, the Blueshirts’ magic number for clinching a fourth straight playoff berth stands at six points.

If the Rangers run the table with victories tonight, on Thursday in the home finale against the Flyers and then on Sunday in the season finale in Philadelphia, they’re in, regardless of how the Panthers fare tonight in Philadelphia, Thursday in Atlanta and at home on Saturday in their finale against the Caps.

But one slip, one defeat in either regulation or extra time, and control would be ceded to Florida.


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April Storms

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Never been a big spell-check fan.  You know that already though.  I’m betting Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) is feeling the same way today.  See this?


Brad Stuart snapped a scoreless tie by scoring on the power play at 18:41 of the second period. He beat goalie Ryan Miller with a blast from just inside the blue line, as Tomas Hailstorm (two assists) provided a good screen.


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Bruins Ready For A Playoff Run

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the surprises this season has been the success of the Boston Bruins.  Last season they finished eighth in the East Conference taking the last playoff spot.  Most predictions had them finishing in the same territory this season.

Very early in the season in became clear that they would exceed expectation.  Tim Thomas is having a Vezina quality season in goal.  That was unexpected.  While Zdeno Chara was expected to have a good season on defence, the development of Dennis Wideman was not expected.  At forward, Marc Savard has continued to become a well-rounded player (his defence is much improved) and young players like David Krejci, Phil Kessel,, Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic all took big steps forward.  Boston has a talented (mostly) young core that took a huge step forward this season.  It places them first overall in the East Conference and the favorite to win the East Conference in the playoffs.

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Catch A Canes Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lindsey Hall of the N.C. State University Technician,

If you’ve never been to a hockey game, here’s a word of advice – go. If you’ve carried that anti-hockey, “It’s a boring sport” sentiment around, just give the game a chance. We have a successful, winning team just down the road from campus. They just set a franchise record Saturday with 11 consecutive home wins and have won 8 games in a row.

A whiteboard in the hallway leading to the Canes bench dons the message “Good teams find a way to win.” This team is more than good, and they’ve certainly found a way to win. Good things are happening in the RBC Center.

The ever-growing fan base in North Carolina knows a little bit about Southern hospitality, and the hell of a time that’s called tailgating.


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Wha Am I?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’m an 18 year old kid, and I think a lot of people get stuck with the idea that I’m some freak of nature that lives and breathes hockey and eats pucks all day or something, but I just like to have fun and do normal teenager stuff like play video games and hang out.

I just have a bit of a different lifestyle, but other than that I like to think I’m pretty normal. Even when I play video games I’m more into war games. I don’t even play NHL09 any more because I scratched the disk. I’m more into Call of Duty and games like that. No SOCOM though. The guys on the team that play that are losers. They all have their PSPs with their headsets and they all talk to each other. What a bunch of dorks. I don’t even have a PSP.

much more or just click if you want to find out who it is…

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Sabres Sign Travis Tuenbull

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (April 6, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed free agent forward Travis Turnbull to a two-year entry level contract. Turnbull, the son of former NHL’er Perry Turnbull, recently completed his senior season at the University of Michigan.

Turnbull will finish this season with the Portland Pirates on an AHL ATO, and his NHL contract will begin next season.

Turnbull (7/7/1986, 6’, 193 lbs.) posted career highs in points (28) and penalty minutes (74) this season, as Michigan advanced to the NCAA East Regionals. Turnbull never missed a game in his college career, and set the Michigan record for consecutive games played with 166. The native of Chesterfield, MO, finished with 90 points (40+50) and 241 PIMs in 166 career games with the Wolverines.

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Habs Now Really Hurting On Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The defence corps for the Montreal Canadiens took a major hit Monday, as TSN learned that the Habs will be without leading scorer Andrei Markov for three weeks and Mathieu Schneider’s season is over.


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While In Vegas, You May As Well Play Poker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

The National Hockey League took its first shift Monday in this sun-drenched city during a press conference to highlight its move of the 2009 NHL Awards here June 18. While explaining this year’s event will feature more players, celebrities, business partners and fans than ever before, the League also announced it will be staging an all-day celebrity/pro athlete charity poker tournament June 17.

“For years there has been a charitable component to the Awards program,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the Ghost Bar outdoor patio in the Palms Hotel Las Vegas high above the famed strip of hotels and casinos. “I am pleased to announce today that the NHL will team with Pokerstars.net and the NHL Players’ Association to present [the poker tournament] in connection with the 2009 NHL Awards.”


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Rangers Fans Deserve Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Soldwedel of the Blue Seats at the NY Post,

Even if they squeak into the playoffs this year, does anyone—even the most starry-eyed idealist among the Garden Faithful—believe the Rangers can compete for the Stanley Cup? Measuring them against potential opponents that have put on far better performances, and against rivals of equal quality like the Panthers, to favor the Blueshirts in any series is either great hope or boundless delusion.

Negative critiques are often met with the harshest criticism, but it’s about time the fans lobbed some harsh criticism of their own at the Rangers franchise. Put pride and loyalty aside for a moment to see how people like James Dolan and Glen Sather have hoodwinked the fans, proving P.T. Barnum right year after year. The only reason the Rangers continue to be a poor performer is because the fans enable it. So long as fans continue to shell out money and throw their support behind a disappointing team, the people counting the cash will have no reason to change their tactics.


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