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Stop The Booing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

We know why we boo, but there still seems to be something definitely classless about jeering a nice, clean-cut superstar like Sidney Crosby, who will almost certainly become a Canadian icon before the 19-year-old reaches unrestricted free agency in 2012, and someday, even be named to the Order of Canada.
And to do it in so-called Hockey Country of all places.

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“Kids” Everywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Therrien coaches 19-year-old Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and 18-year-old forward Jordan Staal, but the most important teenagers in Therrien’s world are 14-year-old Elizabeth and 13-year-old Charles.
Therrien, now divorced, fought for and won custody of his two teenage children.
NHL coach and single dad.
Now, that’s a resume.
Why not juggle chainsaws and do brain surgery at the same time?

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Of All The Nights Not To Sell Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta be brief this morning…heading to the airport. 

One thousand people made statements last night.  They’re not coming back, not spending their extra cash, until the Wings prove the money isn’t a downpayment on disappointment.  Last night may have convinced a few of them that this Spring may be a little different.

Game 1 isn’t a series, but it can set a tone.  The Wings established a presence last night.  And all of a sudden, they don’t look quite so squishy soft as more than a few mainstreamers claimed.  And all of a sudden, a few writers in Calgary were searching for cheesy metaphors.

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Rick DiPietro Cleared to Practice with Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The New York Islanders’ playoff chances improved late Thursday night, as the team announced that goaltender Rick DiPietro has been cleared to play and will take part in a full practice on Friday.
DiPietro, recovering from two concussions, did not dress in Thursday’s 4-1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres and watched the game from a luxury box at HSBC Arena.
Wade Dubielewicz started Game 1 of the best-of-seven series and stopped 31 of 35 Buffalo shots.
DiPietro sustained two concussions 12 days apart last month. He skated on his own Tuesday, but hasn’t practiced with the team since a loss to the New York Rangers on March 25. He missed the final seven games of the regular season.

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Coaches Keep An Eye On Each Other

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star Tribune,

In the NHL, not only is practice open to reporters, it’s open to opposing coaches. On Thursday, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire and goaltending coach Bob Mason watched Anaheim’s entire practice from the stands. Even though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said it didn’t bother him, he also told reporters of Lemaire’s presence—twice—without being asked as he began his news conference.
Round 1 of the playoffs isn’t even two games old, and already there’s a little gamesmanship going on.

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Perspective

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A great game, a perfect game really.  But just one game, and only the first.  Big, fat recap in the morning after we’ve had a chance to digest this one. But, while we’re on the subject of perspective; the first star tonite goes to the grandfather of A2Y reader Teamdub.  He’s a Bronze Star awardee who probably won’t make it through the night.  One of our nation’s real heroes and a member of a dwindling generation that was full of them.

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Back At It Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Sporting News,

“If you win, you feel like you’re on top of the world. If you lose you feel like you’re never going to win another game,” said Mike Modano, whose Stars have now lost five straight overtime playoff games. “But you have to forget about that.”
With Game 2 starting at 6 p.m. in Vancouver on Friday night—less than 42 hours after Game 1 finally ended—there isn’t much time to dwell on the past. With players on both teams in need of intravenous fluids between overtime periods and after Wednesday’s marathon to stay hydrated, they’re happy to forget about it.

read on and Canucks have some injuries to deal with…

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Evidence That I’m Losing It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m actually going to pay the Detroit News a compliment.  Nah, not really. They’re liveblogging the game.  Dana Wakiji and Terry Foster. 

Wakiji

Guess who I rode up with in the elevator?
Here’s a clue: they held the elevators for them. Yes, it’s the owners of the Red Wings and Tigers, Mike and Marian Ilitch. Mrs. I asked if I was staying the night since I had a wheeling computer case with me. I’m just hoping it’s not actually the whole night, as in the Canucks and Stars.

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Cheechoo Has Knee Sprain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP/TSN via TSN,

San Jose Sharks leading goal-scorer Jonathan Cheechoo underwent an MRI on Thursday and is listed as day-to-day with a knee sprain.
Cheechoo, who was not using crutches but was heavily wrapped, is listed as ‘‘extremely doubtful’’ for Game 2 but a final determination on that won’t be made until Friday.

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added 7:00pm, from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,

San Jose coach Ron Wilson had no problems sharing his anger.
‘‘But the league apparently has addressed it, and we’ll just go forward. Cheechoo, I don’t know when he’ll play. Hopefully he’ll be able to come back this playoff. I don’t know right now,’’ Wilson said.
Asked if that meant Cheechoo wouldn’t return in this best-of-seven series or this postseason, Wilson said he did not know. Game 2 is Friday night in Nashville.
Predators coach Barry Trotz studied eight different angles of the collision near the Nashville blue line nine minutes into the second period. Hartnell was ejected and given a five-minute major for kneeing.
‘‘The more I look at it, the more I realize it’s probably not even a penalty. He went to hit him, Cheechoo tried to get out of the way. Unfortunately, they locked knees, and Cheechoo got the worst of it. In terms of the elbow in the face, which I think was claimed, he hit his mouth on the ice,’’ Trotz said.

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Your Gameday Dose Of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta hand it to Chris Chelios.  Two-and-a-half hours before Game 1 and there he was on WDFN, and here is on A2Y.  Today he discusses playoff pressure, Big Brett changing picks on the fly, postseason officiating and the importance of one H. Zetterberg.  Listen here and turn up your volume, the recording is low today.

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