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Questioning The Wild OT Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

There is no excuse — none — that Jacques Lemaire didn’t use Marian Gaborik on the 1:32 4-on-3 to open overtime. I know this is Monday morning quarterbacking. If the Wild scores, it’s a forgotten element.

Gaborik should have been on the ice. Lemaire said he went with the same crew he’s gone with all year — Koivu, Brunette, Zidlicky and Bergeron, and that 4-on-3 is about puck movement and knowing what to do.

Sorry, don’t buy it. In must-wins, you should use your best weapons during the best opportunities. Here, Sami Salo hands the Wild a gift by errantly sending the puck into the scorer’s table. And Gaborik’s on the bench. There isn’t a team in this league whose best scorer would have been on the bench in this situation.

Enough said on that.

This was a heartbreaking loss for the Wild, which held the Canucks, now first in the Northwest, without a single shot in the third period.

read on

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Winning Four Out Of Seven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Japers’ Rink,

Winning the Stanley Cup is relatively simple:  All you have to do is win four games out of every seven in the playoffs.  With that in mind, I thought I’d look at the top cup contenders and check, for every seven game stretch in the season, how often they won 4 or more and how often they had a losing record.  I treated losses and overtime losses as the same thing, since they’re the same in the playoffs.

continue and a chart explaining the above…

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The Oilers Are Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Put tags on the Edmonton Oilers’ toes.

And put a noose around Craig MacTavish’s neck.

The 2008-09 Edmonton Oilers are deceased and MacTavish’s coaching career here likely ended at the same time he made a call in a stick measurement which will be remembered for years and years after all other details of last night’s 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks are long forgotten….

The measurement came after Dennis Grebeshkov and Zack Stortini had scored late third-period goals to get the Oilers back in it, MacTavish called for a stick measurement on Teemu Selanne. Instead of a power play, the Oilers ended up a man short when Teemu’s stick was judged legal.

“We had some what we thought was really good, reliable information,” said MacTavish, a stand-up guy right to what was probably his end in Edmonton.

“Visually it looked to be not even close. I was that sure, I made the call. Obviously it was a terrible mistake.

read on


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Vancouver Has Two MVP’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks have done a great job down the stretch reeling in the Calgary Flames in the battle for the Northwest Division title.  The biggest reason why may be the play of a pair of youngsters.

You can colour me surprised because if you had told me at the beginning of the season that Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler would be the top two players on the Vancouver Canucks, I would have said ‘I don’t think so.’  Valuable guys yes, but most valuable?  Well that’s exactly what they are.


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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, ryan+kesler

To All 19 A2Y Readers: Thank You And Farewell

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As many of you have pointed out, the writing’s been slow here the last two weeks.  I could easily blame that on blogger apathy and an outright disgust with the way our Wings “prepare” themselves for their Cup defense.

But that’s not the case.  In reality, I’ve been cutting back the last ten days as I prepare to transition from Kuklas Korner to one of the Detroit dailies where I’ve been hired on to provide a “voice of the fan” outlook on the playoffs, the Wings in the future and the Michigan sports scene in general.  Contractually, I can’t reveal which paper I’ll be joining and I can’t post the link here. But I can dole out some details.

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Hall Of Fame To Look Harder At Women

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have often suggested that the Hockey Hall of Fame should induct some women, but at the same time never been able to suggest one for this year’s class.  There are always a few ex-NHL players who seem to need induction now, thus making the women wait.  The Hall of Fame is addressing this issue.  Starting in 2010, they will consider male and female candidates separately and induct up to two female hockey players per year in addition to the up to four male ones.

This is a good move to get some of the phenomenal female hockey players who have been dominant players and pioneers in their game into the Hall.  I look forward to seeing Cammi Granato, Cassie Campbell, Manon Rheaume, Angela James, Hayley Wickenheiser, Danielle Goyette and others getting their inductions in the years to come.

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Keenan Defends Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

“I think he’s had a year of growth,” Keenan said. “Again, he’s 23 years old. People forget that. He’s learning. He’s learning more about his game. He’s learning more about the defensive aspect of his game. He’s learning more about the offensive aspect of his game.”

In 76 games, Phaneuf has 11 goals and 45 points with a plus-minus rating of minus-13.

“He will have fluctuations for a while yet, because of his age and his inexperience,” Keenan said, of the former Norris Trophy nominee. “He’s had some very strong games. For example, I told him he was a force in the Pittsburgh game. He was probably the best player on the ice. Because (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin were non-decript. They didn’t want anything to do with them. They certainly knew he was on the ice. They were looking for him. And he was a force in our game against Minnesota, and he was very much a part of the game last night.”

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, mike+keenan

Staying Fit Allows Kozlov To Play On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers coach John Anderson routinely offered his oldest players the option of skipping a morning skate. Former Thrasher Mathieu Schneider, 39, frequently took him up on it. Kozlov didn’t.

His work didn’t start when the season did.

“I was here most of the summer, and he was in the gym every day,” Anderson said.

Kozlov learned those work habits when he broke into the league with the Detroit Red Wings. He was an 18-year-old Russian kid who could bench press 130 pounds twice.

“I was so skinny,” Kozlov said. “Detroit was patient with me.”

He watched his Russian and Canadian teammates. He learned from Steve Yzerman, who didn’t smoke, didn’t drink and always worked out.

“Fitness is No. 1,” Kozlov said. “If you’re not going to take care of your body, it’s going to be tough to play. When I was 18, 20, I didn’t go to the gym every day. Now, I do.”


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  Tags: slava+kozlov

Diggers Miss Yet Another Boat: Uncle Mike Opens Up To LeBrun

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

While Dave Dye was talking about how the Wings’ greatness actually prevents them from winning personal awards, and Ansar Khan(!) was babbling about the beauty of an extended layoff…we spent the day gnashing teeth and wondering what the hell this team is going to show us in two weeks time.

None of the Diggers, apparently, saw fit to drill down a bit and get to the point:  are the Wings ready to defend this thing?  Well…Pierre LeBrun apparently thought that was a decent question to ask Mike Babcock.

...losses to the New York Islanders and Nashville Predators in Detroit’s past two games have driven home a somewhat frightening point.

“The message I think that was sent was that we’re not ready yet,” Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told ESPN.com.

We got that message a long, long time ago Mike.  Ansar?  You get it yet son?  Might want to look into that.  We won’t hold our breath.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“My point is that, six games from now, we’re going to play a team that’s been in the playoffs for a month and half.  That team will have engaged physically every night for a while now. They’ve had their heart and soul in it. They’ve built momentum. We’ve been in a different scenario. We’ve had another good season; we’ve got 107 points right now, 49 wins, we’ve had good individual numbers. But the reality you and I both know is that they’re going to drop the puck and the team we’re playing is going to battle for every inch of ice.

“There’s no switch to prepare you for that, so we have six games to make a conscious decision that we want to win, and if you make that conscious decision, that means you’re all in.”

-Wings coach Mike Babcock.  More on the Wings from Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.

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  Tags: mike+babcock

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