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Only The Beginning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So Sidney Crosby didn’t get to score the winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday night at The Joe, or make a big pass or a significant defensive play. Instead, he sat nailed to the bench for the final half of the game, his left knee throbbing and useless after an illegal second-period bodycheck from Johan Franzen.

There were also three separate outbursts of boos after the Pittsburgh Penguins had won the game, with Detroit fans recognizing that Crosby was a tad slow getting over to shake the hands of the dethroned champion Red Wings.

Finally, all in all, Crosby didn’t have a major offensive impact in the series, managing one goal and an assist in seven games.

But it would be a terrible mistake to suggest Crosby did not lead the Penguins to this championship. He did, as his reverential teammates would attest.

read on

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Hershey Bears Win The Calder Cup

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Overlooked in the excitement of the Stanley Cup being won on Friday, there was another important cup victory in the AHL.  The Hershey Bears won the Calder Cup.  I will review the finals, but first links to the first, second and third rounds.

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What Is Ahead At KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First off, a few days of relaxed posting, then we turn our attention to the NHL Awards Show in Vegas and the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.

Shortly after the NHL Draft, the UFA signing period begins.  Then hopefully, maybe late July or early August, I can take a vacation, the first one in four years!!!

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Looking Ahead At The NHL

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from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of the New York Times,

Because most N.H.L. teams try to copy the formula of the Stanley Cup champions, the Penguins’ victory could signal a continued movement from the defense-oriented tactics that dominated the N.H.L. after the Devils won the Cup in 1995.And yet a curious shift in the officiating during the finals loosened the zero-tolerance posture on obstruction penalties that referees had used for the last four seasons. Infractions like hooking, holding, tripping and interference were staples of the dead-puck era, among the tactics used to restrain skill and shift the game’s delicate balance in favor of defenses.

In the six games of last season’s finals, 30 obstruction penalties were called. Through six games this year, only 16 had been called. Four more were called in Game 7, for a total of 20.

The players and coaches had no problem with the officiating. It will be interesting to see if this slackening of rigorous enforcement signals a new standard for next season.

more on the Penguins, Wings and the NHL overall…

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Nothing Else Needs To Be Said

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from Matt Saler of On The Wings,

This warms my heart: “Mr. Ilitch … kept walking when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman approached him under the stands and tried to shake his hand after Friday night’s game.” No more words need to be said, eh Wings fans?

more from Matt regarding the Wings…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, mike+ilitch

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Nick (Lidstrom) was waiting and waiting, and Crosby didn’t come over to shake his hand.  That’s ridiculous, especially as their captain, and make sure you write that I said that!”

-Kris Draper of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the Wings from the CP via TSN.

added 6:52pm, via the Detroit News,

...there was a response to Draper’s accusation from Tom McMillan, the Penguins’ vice president of communications.

“There’s nobody who respects the traditions of hockey more than Sidney Crosby,” McMillan told the Post-Gazette. “It was a young team celebrating its first Cup and some of the guys might have been a little late getting into the handshake line.”

There are photographs showing Crosby in the post-game handshake line.

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  Tags: kris+draper, sidney+crosby

Watching Game 7 On NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck The Media,

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC drew a terrific 7.51 Million Viewers on Friday night, with a 3.0/11 among Adults 18-49.  It made NBC easily the top draw on Friday night, and is likely the highest-rated hockey game in many, many years, and may be the most-watched hockey game of the decade…

continued

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You Know The Season Is Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Crosby Fans Celebrate

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from Patricia Brooks of the Chronicle Herald,

In the very rink where Sid the Kid’s dreams began, hundreds of fans dared to hope that this would be his year.

That Sidney Crosby would bring the Stanley Cup back to where it all began.

“It’s coming home,” yelled Barb MacDonald seconds after the buzzer sounded.

“Are we ever going to party,” she said, shaking the pompoms she held.

Cole Harbour Place erupted and the 1,500 people who’d gathered to watch Game Seven of the Stanley Cup final on the big screen jumped and hugged like players on the ice to celebrate their hometown boy.

read on

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Responding To Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the three western Canadian teams only the Canucks have the cap space to afford Bouwmeester. The Oilers don’t need another high-priced defenseman while the Flames will likely have to address scoring depth at forward…I doubt there’s anything to the “whisper” of Doan wanting out of his contract and I don’t believe he’d be able to get out of it even if he wanted to…Lots of speculation about the Canadiens but it’s all coming from outside Montreal. I do believe the Habs will have trouble retaining Komisarek but I wouldn’t rule out his re-signing.

read on for more response from Lyle and where these rumors are originating from.

Yes, it is that time of year folks, prepare yourself for even more trade and signing talk…

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