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They Showed Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

On Thursday evening, a rickety old contraption pulled up in front of the Anaheim Ducks’ dressing room and someone yelled, “Redemption bus, all aboard.”
And pretty much every Ducks player, who had been lousy or invisible or yanked or hurt or not even playing in this series, jumped on board.
The redemption bus that carried the Ducks to this strange and somewhat improbable 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t necessarily a thing of beauty. Much like this game, it had its warts, noisy springs and a bit of a foul smell about it. Think “Partridge Family” meets “Christine” and you’re close to understanding this conveyance.

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The Gearhead: CT Edge Skate Blades

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

imageBy George James Malik

For as long as skate blades have been digging into ice, hockey players have tinkered with the way they sharpen their blades.  A deeply-hollowed blade is what you need to dig in on bad ice and turn aggressively, but players who have their skates sharpened more shallowly swear by the way that their skates “float” on the ice.

Over the last hundred years, skate blades have become lighter, stronger, less likely to chip or lose their edges, and blades have been designed to bend, flex, and even be replaced readily, whether steel or nylon, but nobody’s ever questioned whether to change the shape of the skate blade.

Rather serendipitously, I stumbled upon a site for CT Edge skate blades—blades that flare outwards—and I emailed them in short order.  PR director Dan Pujol graciously scheduled an interview with the CT Edge blade’s creator, Conrad Titzmann, and we spoke at length about the concept.

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Wasted Opportunity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And not just one of them.  Several.  Start with the absence of Sasquatch and a depleted blue line that couldn’t even pretend to put up any form of resistance from ten minutes onward in the third.

Then move to two 5-3’s that netted nothing.

And continue that thought when you consider what a 3-1 lead would have meant to the Wings, with 11 straight potential series clinching victories to their credit.

And we move to another pivotal Game 5 in Hockeytown.  Good news?  Yep.

Detroit has outscored their last two opponents (both “favorites”) 9-2 in Game 5’s.

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Back To Detroi Tied 2-2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ducks even up the series with a 5-3 victory over Detroit tonight.
Now a best two out of three series, with 2 of those games in Detroit.
Watch the post game interviews (will become available shortly after the game).

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Toews Ready For The Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

After starring for the Canadian junior team in its gold medal performance last winter and now the World Championship’s experience, Toews appears to be the kind of “big game” player the Hawks need.
Now the Hawks just need to play some big games.
Savard said Wednesday he wouldn’t hesitate to put Toews on the first line as Martin Havlat’s center.
“If we don’t do anything else [in free agency or via trade] and from what I saw in the World Championships, I don’t see any reason why he can’t play with Havlat,” Savard said. “He has to play with good players and he will.”

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All Aboard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2225 EST with your hard to believe stat of the night. Bertuzzi's goal was his third this playoff...his career high. He also equaled, with that goal, his career high in points(6). image

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Conn Smythe Candidates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

If the Senators finish off the Sabres and then win the Stanley Cup, Alfredsson would certainly be considered of the favorites, if not the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Incidentally, Yzerman won that trophy in 1998 when he captured his second Cup.
The prevailing wisdom is that Alfredsson is playing the best hockey of his career. But here a few of the other candidates still in the hunt for the Smythe:

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Snow Supports Yashin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

For those who wondered whether a buyout of center Alexei Yashin might be a condition that had to be met if the Islanders hope to sign free agent Ryan Smyth, apparently it’s not. Negotiations have yet to begin in earnest with Smyth, but general manager Garth Snow Thursday expressed strong support for Yashin, describing him as “a vital part of the organization.”

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Head Shots Will Be Addressed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A2Y provides his readers with a Weekly Dose of Cheli every Thursday.
At about the 4 minute mark of the interview, Chelios mentions the NHLPA and the NHL will address head shots and look for some changes for next season.
Glad to hear that, hopefully this will become a non-issue next year.

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Your Thursday Dose of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Courtesy of the guys at WDFN, here’s your weekly adventure with Chris Chelios.  Today…Sasquatch and what he’s got coming to him somewhere down the road, the brilliance of Nick Lidstrom and the necessity for the league to address hits to the head over the summer.

Listen here.

Heading out to dinner as part of a “team building” endeavor.  Love that stuff.  Since I won’t be around for the next two hours or so, I’m declaring the Stress Train officially open for business.

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