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No Laughing Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

On paper, this team was never a serious contender for a 25th Stanley Cup.

But on the ice, the guys wearing blue-blanc-rouge this season gave everything they had to give.

No superstars.

But no floaters.

A year ago in Boston, Milan Lucic and his teammates were laughing at the dispirited, rag-tag group of losers the Bruins were punching out in four games.

Think any of the Washington Capitals are laughing?

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Washington Must Meet The Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

In the last 25 years, the Capitals have blown a two-game lead in a playoff series six times. All six times, they finished in a total tailspin, losing either their last three or four straight games.

But if the Caps squander a two-game lead for a seventh time, this time against Montreal, they will break new ground. No top-seeded team has ever blown a 3-1 lead to an eighth-seeded team.

Normally, this column stays 100 miles away from pep talks. But, frankly, I’m sick and damn tired of the same Caps choke story. It’s beyond old, beyond sad, beyond undeserved. Eventually, no response—commiseration, castigation or comedy—applies.

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Coyotes Can’t Win The Important Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

This loss will sting for a while. The hosts couldn’t generate a whiff of pressure on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who claimed the Coyotes were “lucky” in their Game 6 triumph. The shots on goal were embarrassingly one-sided. In one pivotal moment, Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom badly fooled the referee, clutching Adrian Aucoin by the jersey and then falling backward to the ice.

It was the worst kind of dive, the kind of tomfoolery you expect in the NBA, from players such as Bruce Bowen or Dennis Rodman. It was cheap and cowardly and bogus hockey. Naturally, it led to a Red Wings goal that sealed the night.

But the sad truth is, the Coyotes simply were outclassed, stripped bare by a hockey team with great forwards and a champion’s pedigree. There was no hanging with that team tonight, and near the end of the demolition, an idiotic fan tossed a beer bottle onto the rink. Then the slimy octopus arrived on the ice, completing the nightmare.

The Coyotes didn’t want to tell you how important this game was, but it was all there, right in front of our eyes.

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Do You Consider Montreal As The Favorite In Game 7?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens have the Washington Capitals exactly where they want them.

The two teams meet tonight in the deciding game of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, and the first six games have offered proof that the playoffs represent a new season.

The Capitals dominated the regular season, winning the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record in the National Hockey League. But the Caps have blown a 3-1 lead in this series, and the momentum is with the Canadiens. Here are some reasons why the Canadiens have to be considered the favourites to win tonight:

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Any Doubt?  The Best Forty Year Old Defenseman In The History Of The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nick Lidstrom turned 40 today.

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Q: You didn’t look like a 40-year-old shooting the puck on your second goal. It looked as if you could play another 10 years if you wanted to.

Lidstrom: I just wanted to make sure I got a lot of wood on it. The puck came perfectly to me there.

read on and watch his first of two goals tonight below…

 

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Phoenix Run Ends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

And so the Phoenix fairytale ends. With a thud.

What the Coyotes can say, however, is that their dream of a surprise spring in the desert was ended by the Detroit Red Wings - still the classiest team in this National Hockey League.

The Wings, arguably, are not quite the team they’ve been in recent years, and they certainly had to fight and scrap just to find their way into post-season play.

But after being hammered in Game 6 at home, the Wings responded with a remarkable combination of skill and pure fury, pounding the Coyotes 6-1 in Game 7 to move on and face the San Jose Sharks….

The Red Wings, when they’re going, still play a different game than most NHL clubs, or a least a game that most teams can only dream of playing. They do it with speed and passing and discipline, and they delivered all three last night in the clinching game to such a degree that even Todd Bertuzzi, long a glowering, goonish presence in the league, looks composed and focused.

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Sharks Ready For The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from SanJoseSharks.com,

Thanks to a Game 7 victory over Phoenix, the Detroit Red Wings will be San Jose’s opponent in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Sharks players are excited to find out their next opponent is and are looking forward hearing when the series will begin.

“They have a tremendous puck possession and they don’t seem to get too rattled ever,” said Rob Blake.

“They’re a veteran squad that has been there before,” said Manny Malhotra. “They have experience and that always counts for something.”

That experience can make Detroit very poised as an opponent and the Sharks will have to be on top of their own game.

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Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Since there is only one game tonight, let’s award this goal by Pavel Datsyuk as goal of the night.

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The Gang Is All Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hosting about 12 Detroit Red Wings fans at the KK home tonight and crowd is in a little bit of a better mood after two periods in Phoenix.

Beer seems to be flowing more freely but one more period to go. 

Coyotes will bring everything they have and the Wings will need to match their effort.

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Do You Deserve This Dynasty?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Milbury said before Game 6 that the Wings were professional closers, that few teams had the ability to finish a series like Detroit. 

He either lied or he’s just simple.  Three straight games with a chance to slice a jugular.  Three straight episodes of disgust.

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