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Shanahan Talks Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Shanahan joins Deb Placey to discuss the playoffs.

Of course, Shanny has some stories to tell like the Wings going into Vancouver down 0-2 in 2002.

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It’s All About Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

When the Montreal Canadiens take on the Washington Capitals Wednesday night, both starting goaltenders will be ones who opened the series on the bench.

In other series, we’re seeing a lot of unheralded goaltenders playing well. As interesting as these playoffs have been, what’s happening in net is even more fascinating.

And that makes sense because the playoffs are all about goaltending.


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Who Is This Former NHL Player?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sudbury Nothern Life,

While playing junior hockey in Ontario, (he) enjoyed a summer working with the Ministry of Natural Resources as a forest firefighter.

Flown in to fight fires across northern Ontario, (he) became quite fond of flying, obtaining his pilot’s license soon after hanging up the skates. These days, he calls Dallas, Texas home, keeping busy with his second career as a pilot with American Airlines.

read on and a great story too…

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Yapping Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The latest to exercise his chompers is Caps defenceman Mike Green, who apparently told Sports Illustrated that the Habs “don’t have very much.”

Well, that’s an inconvenient truth if there ever was one.

But at the same time, it’s just not cricket to do so much jawing in the playoffs. Whatever happened to not giving one’s opponent bulletin board fodder?

“They don’t seem to be afraid of it,” said Josh Gorges, who admitted it’s tempting to shoot back because “it’s kind of fun in a sense to say things and talk in the media, but it’s not our style, it’s not the way we handle ourselves.”

read on

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The NHL/Washington Capitals Steroid Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Epstein of Sports Illustrated,

“I don’t know whether the NHL has a steroid issue or not,” Judd (Polk County sheriff) says, “but they certainly are very uncomfortable with us asking questions about it.” The lesson of baseball’s steroid era is a simple one: transparency—not obfuscation or passivity—is always the better course.

read the story from the April 26th edition of SI…

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Lady Byng Finalists

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Per NHL Live…

Pavel Datsyuk

Brad Richards

Martin St. Louis

added 12:28pm,

NEW YORK (April 21, 2010)—Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Continue Reading »

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Planning On Attending The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Compliments of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, I received four complimentary tickets in the mail today.

I am giving away two tickets this week and will do the same next week.

If you could use them, leave a comment below and then I will do a random drawing to pick a winner.

You must be a KK member (register here, it is free) in order to win the tickets and you must leave a comment by 12:00pm EDT tomorrow, Tuesday April 20th.

note: moved to the top of KK so everyone has a fair chance of entering.  Original post was 4/19/2010 at 11:41am.

update: The winner of the two tickets to the HHOF is KK member drimo.  Congrats and I have just emailed you.

Look for a chance to win again some time next week.

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Carter & Gagne Out For Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Voorhees, NJ) - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Wednesday morning regarding forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne:

“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne both suffered injuries to their right foot in Tuesday night’s game. Neither will be available to play Thursday, and both players are listed as day-to-day.”

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Early Playoff MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to pick leaders in any NHL awards race as soon as there is a meaningful front-runner and what to see when and if they lose their front-running status.  We are now three and four games into the first round playoff series and it is the earliest possible time to pick a meaningful early playoff MVP.  That man is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Crosby has 11 points in four games played and a playoff leading +7 +/- rating.  That is a very strong streak of four games.  It is unlikely that Crosby can keep that level of play up for the entire playoff run, but he is off to a big lead over the rest of the pack and is thus the early playoff MVP.  Should Crosby continue to play at this level and Pittsburgh make another deep playoff run (both are reasonable possibilities), a Sidney Crosby Conn Smythe Trophy is a strong possibility.

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Writing Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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