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Nobody Likes A Delicate Genius

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

As a Red Wings fan there is a lot to be happy about.  There is also a lot to get pissed off about.

The happiness comes from the Red Wings, the best Organ-I-zation in sports, and their fans.  The two greatest forces in hockey.  The anger comes from everything outside of that.

As the first post since the Wings were eliminated, you might expect some sad reflection and wondering on what could have been.  Maybe on any blog other than A2Y that would happen.  Over here, cocky arrogance is never replaced with quiet melancholy.  It’s not in our DNA to get all emo and pout.  Real Red Wings fans remain optimistic.

There will be those who cast doubts on the future of the team.  The lips on their mouths flapping in the wind like the wizard sleeves they are to anyone who will listen.  You can almost hear the Delicate Genius’ wizard sleeves slapping together when he writes this:

In Hockeytown, when the team wins, it feels like destiny, and when it loses, destiny took a breather, sure to be back next year, ready for a kiss, right?
Well, at the risk of having my head taken off, don’t be so sure.

Sure, Mitch.  We’ll listen to what you have to say.  You’ve been so good to Red Wings fans writing the semi-annual article in between feeling up old ladies you meet on your book tour.  Of course, this blog was created as an opposing force to the moronic drivel Red Wings writers like the Delicate Genius offer us.  So why stop now?

 

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Flyers Win Third Game In A Row - Force Game 7 In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, another game 7 on Friday in Boston.

Flyers have all the momentum now after winning their third game in a row after starting the series down 0-3.

Can Boston find enough offense on Friday to defeat the Flyers?

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Montreal Continues Their Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

This is Montreal’s first trip to a conference final since it won the Stanley Cup in 1993, the last time a team based in Canada won an NHL championship. Now Canada has another team to get behind with the Habs reaching the final four.

“I would think the whole country would probably be pushing a little bit (for us) and should we win tonight, we’ll probably get a pretty good rallying cry from the whole country,” Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri before the game.

Sure, there are worldly explanations for what happened here or really, what the Habs have been doing throughout a post-season in which they knocked off Washington, the NHL’s top regular-season team, and now the defending Stanley Cup champs, both in seven games.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh’s two scoring powers, could produce little in this series. Looking as if they might be tired after two runs to the Cup final — with an Olympics squeezed in there as well — each could manage only one goal in these seven games against Montreal.

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Habs Going For Number 25

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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A New Stanley Cup Champion Will Be Crowned This Season - Montreal Defeats Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Montreal moves on to face the winner of the Boston/Philadelphia series while Pittsburgh packs up their gear.

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Not So Fast Glendale City Council, You Are Breaking The Law

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

While it will wait until the minutes from the Glendale, Ariz., council meeting are available before proceeding officially, the Goldwater Institute plans to intercept the city’s plans to hand over as much as $25-million (all currency U.S.) to the NHL.

Carrie Ann Sitren, a lawyer for the conservative watchdog group which monitors public spending, said Wednesday that it is illegal for a city to hand over complete authority to a city manager, as Glendale did, to cut a deal without public discussion or a final vote of approval from council. On Tuesday night, Glendale council voted 7-0 to give city manager Ed Beasley the authority to forge and agreement with the NHL to pay up to $25-million of the Phoenix Coyotes’ operating losses for the 2010-11 season if the league is unable to sell the team.

“By delegating the power and responsibility of [council] to the city manager, the city has violated the law,” Sitren said.

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Open Post- Habs vs. Pens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game starts just after 7:00pm EDT on Versus, CBC and RDS.

I say Penguins win in a blowout or Canadiens win in regulation in a low scoring game.

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Business Side Of The NHL Grows During The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (May 12, 2010) – “As far as perspiration-based entertainment goes, it’s pretty hard to top what the National Hockey League has offered up this spring,” says the Toronto Star. And Milton Kent of AOL Fanhouse adds, “the National Hockey League is a big-time deal again… people are definitely talking about, and more importantly, watching, the NHL again.”

  As the Eastern Conference Semifinals near their conclusion with Game 6 and Game 7 tonight, the compelling action on the ice is helping to fuel substantial business success off the ice. All North American TV partners are showing strong increases in viewership, the NHL’s digital platforms are experiencing explosive growth, and attendance is averaging above capacity.

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Setting The Stage For Game 7

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

So here we are back in Steeltown, dear friends, a badly underestimated destination and home of the most charmingly decrepit arena in the NHL.

We love all things rustic, don’t get us wrong – and there are some wonderful touches to this old barn, like the “Flood like a champion tonight” signs next to the Zambonis – but this place takes things to a new level….

Herewith, a few observations from practice: when the Pens came out for their morning skate (they were up first at 10:30), they found an extra veteran on the ice.

It was Vladimir Malkin, a shorter, balder version of his superstar son Evgeni, who was shimmying around in his leather jacket a pair of pointy black street shoes and whipping passes back and forth with Maxime Talbot.

The elder Malkin, who once played for Russian team Magnitogorsk, hammed it up with the players as they came out, firing shots at the net from bad angles.

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Canadians Love Their Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Southern of 680News,

Canadians are more in love with hockey than ever.

A new survey by MasterCard found 83 per cent of Canadians watch hockey every week.

Many spend more than four hours glued to their television sets.

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