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History Against The Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 22, 2007)—The Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Monday (9 p.m., ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS). Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 119 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 75 (63%).
This is the fourth consecutive series involving the Canucks to reach a seventh game. Vancouver defeated St. Louis in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinal, lost to Minnesota in the 2003 Conference Semifinal and lost the 2004 Conference Quarterfinal to Calgary. The Colorado Avalanche played a record five consecutive seven-game series, from 2001 through 2003.
The Stars are attempting to join a very exclusive group. In playoff history, 214 clubs have faced 3-1 series deficits and only 20 have come back to win (9.3%).

Overtime In Game 7
Of the 119 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Calgary Flames defeated the Canucks at Vancouver on a goal by Martin Gelinas at 1:25 of the first overtime to claim the Western Conference Quarterfinal on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.

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HNIC: Hypocritical Nimrod In Canada

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anyone wonder what Don Cherry's reaction would have been if an evil Euro goalie, Dom Hasek for instance, had tomahawked a golden Canadien boy? Oh, I'm sure the torches would be lit. Don Cherry's a buffoon, an idiot with a soapbox. Unfortunately, he's got a following...kinda like Don Imus did. Yeah, I'll compare the two. Why shouldn't I? Explain to me what the difference is between Cherry's blatant anti-Euro biases and Don Imus' comments that got him fired from two separate media organizations? McLennan slashes a Swede and Cherry shrugs his shoulders and says, literally, "so what?". Whatever, the guy's Dwayne Klessel without the wedding singer gig.

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Wings React

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Behind the Jersey has done some deep digging this morning… via the Daily Tribune,

Holland screamed at an NHL official following Detroit’s 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, a contest that turned testy in the final minutes on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. …
After the game, an angry Holland confronted NHL executive Frank Brown in the hallway outside the Red Wings locker room.
“You tell us to pussy-foot around the media,” Holland yelled. “Give them some (expletive) suspensions.”

more digging…

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If It’s Ok With You…Let’s Just Avoid That Whole Game 7 Thing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As you know, I went ahead and decided to miss Game 5.  So that was nifty.  Actually, the Emperor emailed me updates from the second period during a layover.  He wrote something like, “cleary, shorthanded, penalty shot, goal”.  My reaction, of course, was mild.  A slight nod of the head, or a shriek…I can’t remember.  A few minutes later, “2-0, Zetterberg, pp”.  Sitting on the tarmac, waiting for the plane to taxi, plane full of people.  So, I’m wary, cautious.  Just a double fist pump and a sharp kick to the seat in front of me. No big deal.

Then…radio silence.  Check the blackberry as we go wheels up.  2-0 Wings. 9:35 left in the second.  And there it stood for three hours until I landed back here in DC.

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Answers Please

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy & Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Two questions immediately spring to mind: Why the heck was Iginla on the ice in the first place? And what was Calgary coach Jim Playfair thinking? Maybe he should change his name to Playdirty.
The Flames are a very good hockey team, but they showed no class in losing on Saturday.

more and some Stars/Cahucks talk too

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Forsberg’s Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Reuters via ESPN,

Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche, said he would decide this summer whether he might continue to play professionally.
“I have other things than playing the world championships to think about ... I don’t even know whether I will be playing ice hockey next season,” he told Aftonbladet.

more & this will be the last time I bring up Foppa’s medical status.  UFA talk, yes, medical talk, no.  We have heard it before, from his spleen, to wrist, to foot.

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Unexpected Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning all season has bemoaned its lack of balanced scoring, and no team during the regular season had more goals tied up in two players.
The issue has remained hot in the playoffs as Lecavalier, with five goals, and St. Louis, with three, combined for eight of Tampa Bay’s 12. It got more scrutiny after a 3-0 loss in Game 5 that upped Tampa Bay’s goalless streak to 97:34.
“Something big has to happen from someone you’re not expecting it from,” Tortorella said. “All teams need that if they’re going to progress.”

more

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Win Or Stay Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If the road teams win, the home team is done.  Will it happen, stay tuned…

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Avery Could Have Helped The Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Maybe the Canadiens should have acquired Sean Avery before the NHL trading deadline on Feb. 27.
I imagine the sight of Avery in a Canadiens sweater would have upset many French-speaking fans and media, but the loud-mouthed manure-disturber might have provided the missing spark the team needed in its failed drive to make the playoffs.

continued

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Someone Step Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

Maybe it’s unfair to single out individuals in a series so grotesque you knew it had to go seven games, although that didn’t bother Canucks coach Alain Vigneault who unloaded on his veterans. Saying, “The players that have played for the Vancouver Canucks for the longest are not bringing their ‘A’ game to the table,” makes it pretty clear who has him most upset. But after all, four of the top five Dallas goal scorers—Mike Ribeiro, Niklas Hagman, Philippe Boucher and Jere Lehtinen—haven’t scored a goal in six games themselves.

more

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