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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Host Game 1 & 2 Of the Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Blackhawks sweep the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final and will be the heavy favorite to win the Cup.

San Jose just seemed to be fighting an uphill battle in every game and could not get a key goal throughout the whole series.

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World Hockey Championships - Playoffs

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After a preliminary round and a qualifying round, the World Hockey Championships in Germany have gone to the playoffs.  Here are the results:

Quarterfinals

Czech Republic 2 Finland 1 (shootout)  Petri Kontiola opened the game with a Finnish goal in the first minute.  The Czechs finally tied it on a third period goal by Jakub Klepis.  The game played to a tie as goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Tomas Vokoun were only beaten once each.  Due to the need for a quick winner, some sort of skills competition was played with the Czechs winning.

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To Wear The Foot Guard Or Not

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from Arpon Basu of the CP at the Toronto Sun,

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges was still coming to grips Sunday with the broken strap on his foot guard that limited his mobility and allowed Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux to open the scoring in a 3-0 Game 4 win for a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference final.

“It’s frustrating,” Gorges said after a brief team meeting Sunday at the Canadiens’ suburban practice facility. “I came back to the bench and, it was no fault of anyone, but I was ready to just yell. But who do you yell at?”

Gorges said the strap broke about 15 or 20 seconds before the goal 5:41 into the second period and he was unable to push off on his skate because he stepped on the strap as Giroux easily skated around him before roofing a shot short side on Jaroslav Halak.

After playing most of the season wearing the plastic guards - which prevent foot injuries when blocking shots - Gorges is considering abandoning them for Monday’s Game 5 match-up in Philadelphia where the Canadiens will be playing to keep their season alive.

read on and skate issues from last night is brought up too…

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Open Post- Game 4 WCF Sharks/Blackhawks

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The only question for today is- Will there be a game 5?

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Wings Need A Player Like Armstrong

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Red Wings are looking for some sandpaper on the third line next season. If defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom signs for $6 million, down from his current $7.4 million, they’ll have some money to go after a free agent. How about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ (try the Atlanta Thrashers) Colby Armstrong?

• When they say Teemu Hartikainen needs work on his skating but is a bulldog like Tomas Holmstrom, that’s good enough for me. Holmstrom hasn’t been able to skate for the last 12 NHL years and he’s won four Stanley Cups. The Red Wings will probably give him a new two-year deal for about $2.75 million a season.

more hockey talk…

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Does Any Team Want Spezza?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Who knows? Maybe there’s a team out there that wants to make a splash and they’d be willing to trade some of their young guys, but then you’re going to have to wait for those guys to develop. I think you can still win with the guy, but you just have to make sure you have the right players around him.”

POSSIBLE SUITORS

TAMPA BAY: The Bolts first need a GM. The next man in the door will have to decide what to do with C Vinny Lecavalier. The Senators wouldn’t want his $7.27-million annual cap hit, potentially all the way through 2019-20.

COLUMBUS: The Jackets have been looking for a No. 1 centre since they came into the league. Neither former Senator Antoine Vermette nor Derick Brassard has been able to grab the job. Brassard would be offered up, along with the fourth overall pick in the draft.

EDMONTON: The Oilers would love to get Spezza. They’d offer D Sheldon Souray, possibly Andrew Cogliano and underachieving C Shawn Horcoff. That’s just not the answer for the Senators. Won’t make them better.

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Sharks Proving They Can Almost Win

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The Sharks will lose this series. But they can also use this series. They can keep proving to the hockey world that this is not the same old Sharks team that has fallen out of the playoffs by losing to inferior teams.

Of all the subtexts to this postseason, that one has been the most frequently texted. The Shark players are well-aware that with only four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup tournament, the rest of the hockey world is watching them against Chicago.

In that sense, the Sharks have made their point. We tend to forget that most of the continent seldom sees them play, being stuck out in our little Pacific time zone corner of puckishness in the Bay Area. In two of three games against Chicago, the Sharks have earned full marks, playing well enough to almost win, but not quite.

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Hockey Talk On A Summer-Like Sunday Morning

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• No matter what happens with the San Jose Sharks, this isn’t a choke job. They’re getting beaten in the Western Conference final by a more complete Chicago team and there’s no shame in that.

• If you could re-work the 2006 entry draft, the order would go like this: 1. Jonathan Toews (3rd pick); 2. Nick Backstrom (4); 3. Jordan Staal (2); 4. Erik Johnson (1); 5. Phil Kessel (5).

• Why stats can sometimes be meaningless: Alexander Semin outscored Toews by 16 points in the regular season. Who would you rather have when it matters?

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Staying In Phoenix Costing Players Some Money

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In choosing to re main for the time being in Glendale, Ariz.—the time being defined by the city’s politicians’ willingness to inflict the cost of business on its citizens—rather than relocate immediately to Winnipeg, the NHL is going for at least one more year in a market that never has demonstrated the ability to generate the revenue necessary to turn the team into a profitable enterprise.

This is not a felony, but in sacrificing immediate additional guaranteed revenue north of the border—and for the second time in a year now, following the Jim Balsillie debacle—Gary Bettman and the power brokers on Sixth Avenue are taking money out of the pockets of every player in the league without giving them, or their representatives in the NHLPA, a seat at the table or a voice in the process.

You don’t hear much these days about the partnership between the league and the players, and this is why. It’s not a partnership when one side dictates terms to the other.

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Is Volchenkov Headed To Washington?

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The A-Train appears to be getting ready for departure.

Five weeks before the opening of the NHL’s unrestricted free agent market, sources have confirmed that Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov has put his Ottawa house up for sale.

All signs point to Washington as his next destination.

Talk is the Capitals are prepared to offer Volchenkov a salary in the $5 million-range, which would be a $1.8-million raise from his 2009-10 stipend. There is also the belief that the Caps will have star winger Alex Ovechkin call his comrade and sell him on moving to the D.C. area.

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