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The Era Is Ending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Maybe one playoff series can be won that old-fashioned way, but not two, and not in this NHL. Since winning their last Stanley Cup in 2003, the Devils have won a total of 11 playoff games. That number wouldn’t be good enough to qualify as a success in one tournament, let alone over the course of three, for this great but now fraying franchise.
Times change. So does fashion. The Devils haven’t.
For the first time in the Lou Lamoriello Era of Excellence, that is not a good thing.

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Sharks Searching For Answers

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from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

It’s the sameness that seems to be getting to the San Jose Sharks. Give 10, 14, maybe 18 minutes of top-quality play, then disintegrate.
Or maybe it’s the history, now that Evgeni Nabokov has added his name to the pantheon of Sharks goalies who have been pantsed while trying to handle the puck.
Or maybe it’s finding out what they should already know, that Tomas Holmstrom is to be minded far more diligently than he has to date.

continued

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Senators Advance To Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via TSN,

The Senators will face either the Buffalo Sabres or New York Rangers in the conference final with the winner earning a trip to the Stanley Cup finals. While Ottawa has been to the playoffs the last 10 years, it has never made it to the finals. The only time they made the conference finals, the Devils beat them in seven games en route to winning the Cup.
Whoever faces the Senators will go up against a team that’s getting great goaltending, outstanding play from its top line of Spezza, Alfredsson and Dany Heatley (two assists in Game 5) and all the little things from the role players.

more on the game tonight…

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Digging On A Saturday Night

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh my.  Things are getting interesting in Hockeytown.  It would appear there is a hockey team in Detroit after all.  How do I know this?  Because, well, Mitch Albom told me so.

“Was that like playing soccer and outguessing the goalie?” someone asked Datsyuk after today’s 4-1 victory in Game 5.

“Maybe like baseball,” he said, grinning. Datsyuk often grins after games like these, as if his skills are a private joke between him and his native tongue. But make no mistake. That goal inflated the Wings as much as it deflated the Sharks.

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Different Goalies…Eerily Similar Results

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Different goalies…same result.  Ouch.

Last year’s Game 4 versus Edmonton.  Looks familiar, eh?

Thanks to Paul in Miami and Peterborough Pete for the pointers.

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Sharks Need To Play A Full Game

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

A team incapable of living with prosperity, coming apart at the seams before our very eyes.
A goaltender committing colossal, series-turning blunders.
If this is the Stanley Cup playoffs, shouldn’t the San Jose Sharks be the club wearing red and white?...
“We seem to keep lapsing,” Sharks centre Joe Thornton said. “You think we’d be over that by now.”

read on

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Candidates For The Phoenix GM Job

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via the East Valley Tribune,

A Coyotes spokesman said Saturday that Neil Smith, Craig Patrick and Doug MacLean are among the nine names on the team’s list of possible replacements for Mike Barnett, who was fired following the 2006-2007 season. The team plans to begin interviews this week but didn’t release any other names.

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Right To The Point

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Katrina Hancock of WDIV in Detroit, “Pavel, what happened today?”
Pavel Datsyuk, “We won.”

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Game Six Will Be Tough

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from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Two straight tough losses for the Sharks is probably too much to overcome, but these guys aren’t the Atlanta Thrashers, either. Expect Game 6 in San Jose Monday to be as hotly-contested as every other showdown between these two teams.

more on the game…

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Game 5 Highlights

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1803 EST:  Gorilla Crouch analysis below.

I’m not sure if this compares to watching an extreme closeup of Tommy Hammonds on NBC, but here are the images from today at the Joe.

Hammonds, on NBC’s Derby Coverage, literally frightens me.  I’m not real sure who he’s affiliated with, if you catch my drift.

Good stuff from Dave at Gorilla Crouch.

The big concern heading into this series from Detroit’s perspective was Specialty Teams. After five games the Specialty Teams have unquestionably been a positive in the Red Wings’ favor. They have scored 5 power play goals (22.7%), 1 short handed goal, and have held the Sharks to 2 power play goals in 23 power play opportunities for an 8.7% success rate. The Wings have completely shut down the San Jose power play over the past 2 games and have allowed 1 power play goal since Game 2 for a 95.5% kill ratio over that time span. That is simply outstanding.

 

 

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