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Prayers Go Out For Kurtis & Stephanie Foster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Tribune,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster and his wife, Stephanie, are mourning the death of their infant daughter Lila.

Lila Kimberly Foster was five days old when she died May 10 at Tampa Bay General Hospital, according to an obituary posted Wednesday on the website for the Peterborough (Ont.) Examiner newspaper. A cause of death was not given.


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Flyers Looking For The First Goal Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

This is hockey’s Mecca. These fans are the game’s true fanatics. And with fanaticism comes passion, and passion can burn both ways.

If the Canadiens bring their best effort and break their scoreless drought early, the surge of energy from the 21,000-plus fans could wash the Flyers away. This could turn into a long series, with home ice as a major factor.

But if the Flyers are able to get that first goal, as they’ve done in the first two games, the air could go out of Bell Centre in a hurry. The weight of expected disappointment could crush a Montreal team that has already gone further than anyone expected.

“The games change when you have the lead,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. “Teams play differently. It’s up to us to get off to a good start again and try to get that first goal.”


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Some Advice For Brian Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

The next time you hear Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke talk about his blueprint for success, look no further than the Philadelphia Flyers.

Truculence? Check.

A chassis built from the net out? Check.

A fleet of skilled, top six forwards not afraid to bang when that duty calls? You got it.

The difference, of course, is that Burke’s ideal roster is on paper right now, but at least Leafs fans can see how it all works in theory.


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Pete Weber- Al Look At The Voice Of The Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curt Smith of the Messenger Post,

Shakespeare penned, “To thine own self be true.” Weber is.

First, Pete loves his subject: a sheen of ice, red and blue line locus, and troops shredding the goal like Patton at Bastogne. Hockey weds speed, elan and grace: back and forth, fore and aft pinball meets ballet. Mary Martin sang, “Lovely to look at.” Hockey can be even lovelier to watch, or hear, as many announcers demonstrate.

Toronto’s Foster Hewitt proclaimed, “Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” Dick Irvin became the hub of Hockey Night in Canada. Montreal’s Danny Gallivan rewrote Oxford Dictionary — exclaiming “Savardian Spinorama” of pivoting Serge Savard. A shot was “cannonading,” whereupon a professor wrote that no such word existed. Danny jibed, “It does now.”

NBC’s Mike Emrick combines verve, a brio voice and almost preternatural prose, less waif of a moon that bright noon sun. It helps that he airs sport’s best postseason. Weber’s Predators were recently eliminated, less perfect team than Little Engine That Almost Could. Recalling Costas, why is Pete, too, a “perfect guy, for his perfect job”?

read on

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Shanny Had Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Shanahan just tweeted about this video and boy do I remember it.

2002 SCF…

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Blackhawks Better Than The Sharks

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from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,

It would be simpler and snazzier to conclude that the Sharks are choking now as they choke always, but they are not.

Nope, the Sharks are not losing these games to Chicago because of bad luck or regrettably callow performances.

In contrast to recent playoff torments when the Sharks had the most talent but the least gumption, this time they’re just flat-out losing.

Which actually might make things worse in the big picture.

The Sharks are down 0-2 to the Blackhawks plainly because the better team is winning and the lesser team is having to deal with it.


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Should Price Play?

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

But with his Montreal Canadiens down two games to none in their Eastern Conference final tussle with the sizzling Philadelphia Flyers, Martin does have one bold card to play.

Hint: It wasn’t putting Sergei Kostitsyn in the lineup for Game 2. That was just strange.

No, the move that’s there for Martin is to insert netminder Carey Price in place of Jaroslav Halak.

Risky? Absolutely. Worth the risk? Absolutely.

The Canadiens need to find a way to seize the initiative in this series starting with Game 3 at home Thursday night. So far it’s all been about what the Flyers have been doing and what Montreal hasn’t been doing, which for the most part has been putting pucks behind Michael Leighton.

And what, pray tell, will changing goalies do to help the likes of Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Andrei Kostitsyn find the net?

read on

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Henrik Sedin Is The Sporting News Player Of The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Sporting News asked 363 players, coaches and executives to pick its 2010 NHL award winners, and all cast one vote for the player of the year. Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin garnered 108 first-place votes, followed by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin with 86 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 72.

continue for a look at Henrik Sedin…

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Blackhawks Finally Home

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Quenneville also had a giggle at a question about what might constitute too much male bonding, given that the Blackhawks had been on the road since eliminating the Vancouver Canucks in the quarter finals - oh, about a century ago. One Blackhawks player confided that it was time to come home when all that was left to watch on the hotel movie channels were a bunch of chick flicks.

“I never heard of that one,” said Quenneville - this to the question about male bonding, not the chick flicks. “But I think these guys are probably fed up with the video games. I’m sure it’s pretty competitive in there as far as who was the king of the hand-held games.”


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Puck Stops Here Strikes Out Again

Blog: KK Members Blog By Chris from NOHS

So PSH, who just claimed he could be better than half the GM’s in the league (see his last comment in this post, it is amazing) completely made up an article again.  This time, however, he got caught red handed.

Remember the little article PSH wrote where he decided that since a kid left his junior team to play in the World Championship, he clearly was going to play in the KHL and was a sign of the downfall of the NHL?. Here’s a taste of the idiocy.

NHL Loses a Prospect

Over the last few years, the Russian hockey system has had top talent in Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and others depart for the NHL. Kirill Kabanov choosing Russia over the NHL might signify the end of that trend.

And from the comments:

It is clear that Kirill Kabanov is going to be in the KHL in the short term. he is abandoning North America in the playoffs to play for Belarus. It is a leaky pipeline. Players that do that rarely come back. It is a safe assumption that he is KHL property for the next few years and likely his whole career.


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  Tags: kirill+kabanov, puck+stops+here

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