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Pens, Wings & Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Both of the following stories were written before Game 5 started, but now I can post them since the Wings won…

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?

I’ll go out on a limb and say yes.

If the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final for the second consecutive year, did the 2008-09 season actually take place?

Hmm, that one is a little tougher.

I presume since I watched about 1,000 NHL games this year it actually did take place. So I guess the answer is yes. The thing is I don’t get the sense the Penguins are in a significant better position to beat the Red Wings this year than they were a year ago, assuming, of course, the Red Wings dispose of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final as expected.

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from Hooks Orpik at PensBurgh,

Would the Penguins be where they are now if they still had Hossa and less depth?  We’ll never know for sure.  Sidney Crosby scored 6 goals last spring, he’s got 14 now.  Malkin had 22 points last post-season, this time around he’s got 28 in fewer games.  Crosby and Makin have carried the weight, showing that the decision for depth over top-flight skill has apparently been a good one so far.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

“Elite” Enough For You?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Unbelievable game. And hats off to Cristobal Huet.  Who could have ever expected him to play to that level in this game?  Not me.  And none of you did either, not even the Hawk fans.

Chris Osgood played the best playoff game of his life.  It’s as simple as that.  It was a Hall of Fame performance from a HOF goalie. 

And this guy can just go ahead and suck it.

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Wings Defeat Blackhawks In OT, Advance To SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darren Helm with the OT, series clinching game winner.

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Ericsson Out Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter, -

Ericsson acute appendicitis, underwent surgery this afternoon. He won’t be available for Detroit’s next game.

- Correction ... Ericsson is expected to return to action for the Wings’ next game. That’s the team statement at least.

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  Tags: jonathan+ericsson

Fellas, It’s Been Good To Know Ya…Now Hit The Links.  It’s A Game 4.9999919 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Seriously.

Is this guy going to deny the Detroit Red Wings a spot in the Finals where providence has decreed they belong?

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No Tin Foil Allowed!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Keep the tin foil on your heads, not on your mock Stanley Cups.  If you can do that, Puck Daddy has a contest for your creative talents…image

What we want are 3-D handmade Stanley Cup replicas that stray far away from the usual foil-wrap jobs. Build one with matchsticks. Build one with marshmallows. Build one with three dozen people contorting their bodies in a field. We want the most outlandish, creative and inventive “replicas” of the Stanley Cup you can conceive—as long as you don’t create a traditional “foil” version and, in the end, it looks like the Cup.

Judges (TBA) will determine the winners based on creativity and execution of concept. If you want to place your No-Foil Replica in some sort of scene, that’s fine; just know that in the end, the Cup’s the thing. Since this contest requires more than a few mouse clicks and a silhouette of Gary Bettman’s head, we have some actual, pretty cool prizes for the top placers.

more details and all the prizes here

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Going Through The Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

It sounds like the makings of yet another reality TV show.

Contestants are told to sing, while being asked such philosophical questions like if they prefer a gun that is loaded with bullets, or poetry. As they answer, pieces of candy are thrown at their heads.

For the 100 players willing to undergo these 20-minute “no-holds barred” interviews at this week’s National Hockey League draft combine in Toronto, the grand prize - being drafted by an NHL team next month - seems worth any humiliation.

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  Tags: nhl+draft

Reaction to the Steroids Report in Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:

I just got off the phone with Brooks Laich, who is the NHL Players’ Association representative for the Caps. He said he was made aware of the steroids report early this morning and is in the process of calling all of his teammates. Here’s most of what Laich had to say:

Q: Do you have any idea what the suspect in the steroids case is talking about?
A: I have no idea. As far we know it’s just speculation. The guy didn’t say if it was 10 years ago that he sold to the Capitals. Whether it was five ago that he sold. We have no idea. I’ve already been in touch with our players, and there’s nothing on our side to report.

Q: What was your reaction to the sheriff coming out and repeating what a suspect said without offering any additional evidence?
A: I watched the video of it. I was kind of surprised he would say it. But he was also very careful in saying it because of the wake it would cause. As far we’re concerned as players, it’s just accusations of a desperate man trying to get some publicity, I think. But we’ll see how it plays out over the next couple of days.

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Update 6:18pm ET: Given that steroids are such a big topic today because of this story, it might interest some people to catch an interview with Sean Hill that Toronto’s AM 640 will be broadcasting at 6:40pm ET. Hill was the first NHLer to ever fail a steroid test, back in 2007, so the topic is likely to come up.

Statements released by the Capitals and the NHL are below:

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  Tags: drug+testing, steroids

Big Game 4.999999919 Tonite In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We don’t talk too much about series clinching Game 5’s around here.  So, I’ll be referring to tonite’s matchup as a Game 4.99999919.  I’m sure it will make a huge difference. 

That’s still like 7 hours away though.  And I guess, based on some math I just did, that we could be looking at around 10 hours until I can talk about the stuttering idiot of a Pittsburgh DJ I heard last week on my way home from Hockeytown after the Wings OT winner in Game 2.

I’m smart that way, not tempting fate.  I never have.  I guess when I become an “elite” blogger, I’ll consider it.  But not yet.

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Don’t Tell Anyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

You don’t get a spot at the best table with the hockey cognoscenti if you mention the possibility that NHL players might – shhh – use steroids or human growth hormone or other performance enhancers. Nope. No sport has come under less scrutiny for PED use than the NHL, mostly because nobody in the U.S. Congress follows hockey or knows who Gary Bettman is and mostly because the cadre of hockey analysts who are ex-players, coaches or general managers act like gate-keepers, preferring to drop juvenile nicknames on each other than speak truths.

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