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from Marc Fisher of the Washington Post,

“...the players mixed like hornets—swift, padded, yellow, black, red, rushing, slashing, whirling over the ice. Above the rink the tobacco smoke lay like a cloud of flash powder, explosive.”

That would be Mr. Saul Bellow, hockey writer.

The smoke is a dated reference, of course, but in his classic novel, Herzog, Bellow captured the crackling tension and the surges of near-ecstasy that can mark the best moments in hockey.

This week, as the Washington Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens in first-round playoff action, it seems a good moment to ask: What’s the best hockey writing of all time?

An anthology by Bryant Urstadt, “The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told,” includes work by recognized greats such as William Faulkner, George Plimpton and Alec Wilkinson, but Urstadt is the first to concede that hockey and great writing do not necessarily belong in the same sentence.


If interested, “The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told” is available through Amazon.

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Morning Line

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“I didn’t talk to him. I haven’t talked to him hardly all year except to say, `Hey, how are you and where did you get your suit?’ That’s Jimmy D’s job; he looks after all those guys. I mean, I talk to the kid and once in a while I’ll say, ‘It’s about the next stop,’ but he knows that. He doesn’t need to hear it from me.”

-Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock talking about Jimmy Howard.  More on the Wings/Coyotes from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Grey Areas In Vancouver’s Game

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Tuesday was a bleak, grey, drizzly day in suburban El Segundo, where near the practice rink lies a gorgeous stretch of Southern California beach juxtaposed by a gigantic sewage treatment plant across the street. Depending on perspective, the place is either beautiful or grotesque.

The Canucks are the same way, but the beautiful part has been hard to see the last few days even for the most fervent romantics. The ugliness is impossible to miss.

Goalie Roberto Luongo is being referred to here as Bobby Lose. Against the Los Angeles Kings, the Canucks can’t kill penalties, have no answer to a 20-year-old defenceman dude and aren’t getting an inspired performance from anyone but Mikael Samuelsson.

read on

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Firing Up The Flyers Fans

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Created for the playoffs, the pregame video that is played before every home game of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Are The Devils Done?

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

As the final seconds were ticking away in the Devils’ 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight, some in the crowd of 19,709 began to chant, “It’s all over.”

Considering the way the Devils have played in this series and the way they have been dominated at even strength in the last two games, it’s hard to argue with that.

The Devils now trail the Flyers three games to one in the best-of-seven series. Another Flyers’ win in Game 5 Thursday night at Prudential Center will send the Devils to their third consecutive first-round playoff exit.


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Not A Fair Fight

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Injuries take so much of the fun out of sports. You want to see a fair fight, and right now the Avs don’t have two of their top scorers.

I don’t want to be a jerk and start saying stuff like “Just get out there and play” when I don’t know just how bad Mueller and Hejduk are feeling right this second. All I’ll say is something I said earlier today: I think the Avs need to look for bigger and stronger players in the future, maybe some guys who can better take a big hit. I’m not saying the guys they have now don’t have enough heart. I would never say that about anybody who plays this barbaric game. But what I am saying is, there is a definite pattern over the years now, of the Avs losing a lot of key guys when the going gets really physical.


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Ah, So This Is The Senators Problem

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators bit their tongues when it came to talking about the men in stripes.

While the officials didn’t do them any favours in Game 4, the Senators clearly weren’t happy with the referees.

“You guys all saw the game. I just think their were some inconsistencies,” said coach Cory Clouston.

“We have to be better at handling adversity, but it seemed like what was being called in one situation wasn’t being called in another.”


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Pavelski Call

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Joe Pavelski scored the OT goal for the Sharks last night, which evens the series with Colorado at 2.

Watch Sharks TV broadcaster Randy Hahn with the call, then watch the same play below with Avalanche play by play man Mike Haynes making the call.

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Blackhawks Missing

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

Paging Marian Hossa. Paging Marian Hossa. Please report to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And bring the rest of the Blackhawks’ best players with you.

Hossa was brought here with a monstrous $62.8 million contract for exactly this time of year. Big money, big goals, the biggest part of the season. Same goes for Jonathan Toews, the young, brilliant captain who hasn’t beaten Pekka Rinne either. And the Hawks will need more from Patrick Sharp, as well.

From all of them. The Hawks need their best players to be their best players, no more fooling around. Hurt or injured or just ineffective, they need to take notes from David Legwand, the Nashville forward who disappeared in Game 2 and then came back with a goal and two assists on Tuesday night. Show up, guys. Do something.


added 9:33am, from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

We waited for the playoffs through six months for this?

The Blackhawks embarrassed themselves with their effort and performance in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss here that gave the Predators a 2-1 series lead.

You’d have thought it was a game on a long road trip in the middle of December and not a critical playoff game the way the Hawks showed up without any emotion or energy.


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Additional Pressure On Captain Luongo

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from CBC,

Don Cherry says Roberto Luongo should give up the captaincy of the Vancouver Canucks.

“Next year he should ask not to be the captain,” the Hockey Night in Canada commentator said in his Tuesday night edition of Coach’s Corner on CBC-TV.

Cherry did not blame the Canucks’ goalie for the team’s 5-3 loss Monday night in Los Angeles, which put his team at a 2-1 disadvantage with the Kings in the best-of-seven round in the NHL playoffs.

“I’m not saying that’s [his] fault,” said Cherry.

But he said it could have had a demoralizing effect on the team to see Luongo taken out of the game after letting in four goals.

continued and a link to watch Coach’s Corner is available there too….

added 9:10am on 4/21/10, You can now watch the video below…

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