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Samsonov Finds His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

Not sure how many people have noticed but Sergei Samsonov is well on his way to resurrecting his NHL career. The 29-year-old Moscow native is turning into quite the reclamation project for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The former first-round draft pick has 21 points (11-10) in 24 games since arriving.

“It’s been a great change for me personally and a good fit overall,” Samsonov told Sportsnet.ca.

continued

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Blues Under Pressure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Lous Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are in crisis mode. They can’t score goals, can’t win games, and the coach is questioning his players’ commitment. Big, bustling crowds have come into Scottrade Center with renewed hopes and dreams, only to go home disappointed.

continued

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The Cup Changes Everything

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via Crain’s Detroit Business,

The National Hockey League will be in Detroit on Tuesday to film Zetterberg in a commercial called “Walkout” — a spot “designed to highlight the distinct intensity and drama of playoff hockey seen through the eyes of the players,” according to an e-mail from Michael DiLorenzo, NHL director of corporate communications.

The ad will show Zetterberg walking onto the ice for a road playoff game with 20,000 fans rooting against him. The league didn’t say where the spot would be filmed.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Stagnant Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

Is it too late for a trade-deadline do-over?

Too bad, because the Vancouver Canucks are suddenly looking like a team that needs some big changes.

The Canucks have lost three straight games since general manager Dave Nonis virtually stood pat on deadline day.

continued

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Take That Rangers Fan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier Post,

With about 5 minutes remaining in Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Carter got tripped up by Brandon Dubinsky along the offensive right wing corner.

A Rangers fan in that section called for a dive and Carter turned back at him and smiled.

On the ensuing power play, Carter scored on a pass from Scottie Upshall and pointed to the fan behind the glass as if to say, “That one’s for you.”

“I had a buddy there in the corner heckling me,” Carter said. “So when I scored that goal I happened to turn that corner. I gave him a look and we had a good laugh. All in good fun.”

more on Jeff Carter…

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  Tags: jeff+carter

Leafs In Playoff Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

It hasn’t worked the past two springs, but they’re at it again. Just when it appeared the only bit of drama left for Leafs’ fans would be found in the draft lottery ping-pong balls, Toronto has ratcheted up its game.

Taking 13 of a possible 16 points since mid-February has brought the Leafs from the back of the pack to within shouting distance of the playoffs.

They sit six points behind Philadelphia, the team that currently holds the eighth and final post-season berth in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have a game in hand.

read on

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Rangers Getting Their Points Across

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

More to the point, the Rangers are making good a prediction I made when ninety-percent of you were chortling derisively: Yes, the Rangers WILL soar to the division’s top and have a wonderful opportunity to take the conference title.

Sure, Montreal is formidable—but emphatically beatable—and inconsistent Ottawa should rebound under Bryan Murray. The Devils funk could last a lot longer than many suspect which leaves no major detour on the Rangers Thruway.

Most importantly, New York now has what I call “backup-ability.”

more

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Toskala The Man In Toronto

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Toskala did not immediately win over the Leafs’ fans, who were certainly clamouring for a new hero in goal after Andrew Raycroft wobbled badly. But Toskala was playing in the Eastern Conference for the first time and he also had to grow accustomed to being the go-to guy every night.

“When I changed teams, it takes a little time to get comfortable, but [playing a lot] makes you mentally stronger,” he said. “I think every time you play it makes you better.”

In that case, he should be Superman pretty soon. There is no end in sight for Toskala’s consecutive starts, not with the Leafs having to win almost all of their final 15 games to have any hope of making the playoffs.

more

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  Tags: vesa+toskala

Injury To Smyth May Be His Shoulder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via All Things Avs,

Just sitting around here waiting for some official word from the Avs on Smyth’s scary injury from last night. But a person I talked to with some knowledge of the situation says Smyth’s left shoulder - not his head or neck - might be what causes him the most problems.

added 6:48pm, from All Things Avs,

The Avs are going to announce soon that, while Smyth’s head and neck checked out well on CAT scans, the left shoulder is likely separated - but things will be officially known in the coming days.
Translation: he’s got a shoulder separation, at least. I’ve also been hearing about a possible broken collarbone - the most commonly broken bone in the human body.

As for Svatos, the Avs are saying the full extent of his left knee injury will be known in the coming days.

more

added 6:51pm, The official word from the Avalanche…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Paddock Points At Emery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Paddock admitted he should have kicked Emery off the ice when he wasn’t working in practice to send a message to the team that you have to work hard to be rewarded with playing time.

In fact, Paddock said it’s his No. 1 regret and ultimately what probably cost him his job.

“One of the things I would do over is the (Emery) stuff. Not really the tardiness,” said Paddock in a conference call with reporters.

read on

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  Tags: john+paddock, ray+emery

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