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Oh…So It’s Over?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look, I know gut reactions after an OT loss…especially a loss like today’s…are going to be pretty extreme.  And I can tell you that this particular defeat was tougher for me to handle than any I can remember. 

But I also know this:  this team is not going to lay down.  These Red Wings, unlike the team we expected to lose last year’s Game 6 in Edmonton, are not going to go quietly in Southern California; of all places.

In fact, I’ll say right now there will be a Game 7 in Hockeytown.  And Game 6 is not going to be close…statistically.

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Selanne & Carlyle After Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Obviously you talked about the last play, how did you see it develop and did you believe the puck was suddenly there in front of you?
EEMU SELANNE: I just tried to do some forechecking job, obviously made an unbelievable play as well. I was obviously surprised to get that puck so open.
But it was good bounce and it’s great to see that go in.

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Babcock After Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Mike, 47 seconds left and they tie it up. When you go into the locker room there, how do you keep - especially with some of the younger guys, how do you keep the ball from falling on them, you were that close, and try to get them up? Did you feel you played as strongly as you could have in the overtime or was some of that nagging -
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t buy any of that. The playoffs are about adversity. Things go your way, sometimes they don’t. Their power play goals, the six-on-four goal that goes off our stick. It’s unfortunate. We had the chance to Cleary before Zetterberg missed the net. We didn’t get it out the second time. It’s in the back of your net.
But I don’t think - number one, we got a good veteran group in there. I don’t think anyone is dwelling on that. You’re just trying to find a way to get the next one. No one told us this was going to be easy.
We thought we played a pretty good hockey game here tonight. We felt we had our opportunities. They got one on the power play even though it was six-on-four. We didn’t get one on the power play in the end. That’s the game.

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Ducks Go Home Up 3-2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Can the Ducks finish off the Wings at home?
Teemu Selanne scores in OT for a 2-1 OT victory over the Wings.
Stay tuned…

Watch the post game presser (will start soon)

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Train Delay: Now Boarding

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1818 EST:  Ahhh…Andreas.  Man.

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1747 EST: Just watched the Franzen attempted clear several times.  Hard to tell for sure, it’s obscured, but it sure looks like that puck cleared the zone.  Real tough to tell though.

1735 EST:  Bertuzzi has played one normal and one short shift in the third.  Could be due to the nature of the third, and the Wings obvious defensive emphasis.  Draper on the PP now instead of Bertuzzi.

1542 EST: For Paul who’s on a plane somewhere.  Teams look fairly even, although Ducks are cycling and grinding better. As Kukla pointed out in a comment below, the Getzlaf line is dangerous, mainly due to the defensive deficiencies of R. Lang and his mates.  Wings seems to be picking up steam with 5+ minutes left.

1515 EST and the Stress Train was delayed by NBC execs.  Here now. Board if you must.  Warm beer on the house.

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Fans Favor Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little HockeyNation Poll going on at TSN.
As of this post timestamp, fans feel the Ducks will be facing Ottawa.

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Ray Emery Is a Lying Liar

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Ottawa goaltender says that if the Wings move on to face his Sens, he won’t be pondering the personal matchup he’ll have with our Miracle of Insanity.

...if the Senators happen to meet the Detroit Red Wings and former Ottawa teammate Dominik Hasek, he said it won’t be a big deal.

“You know, if it happens, if we play Detroit, I don’t think it’s a goalie-on-goalie thing,” Emery said.

“I think it’s a full team series, and that’s how I’ll look at it.

“I’ll just prepare for what shooters they have and what plays they have, different things like that, but I’m not worried about the other goalie.”

He’d better give it at least a little thought, because goaltending is just one of the reasons either WC Finalist will be favored over Ottawa.

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NHL Had Little Influence On NBC Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

NBC pulled the plug on coverage of the overtime period between the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, denying viewers in most of the United States the conclusion the Eastern Conference final’s Game 5.
A source close to the National Hockey League Saturday called the decision to prematurely end the telecast “disappointing,” but said the network’s contract with the league allowed it to pull out after three hours.

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Careful Re-signing Joe Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Eagle Tribune,

Jumbo Joe & Co. were blanked 2-0 in deciding Game 6 at the Shark Tank on May 7 - a familiar score if you know Thornton’s recent postseason history.
Hard to imagine, but re-signing Thornton after next season could be a risky move for San Jose. In the salary-cap era, what ultimate worth is tying up a potentially $8-million-a-year man to a long-term deal - one who can give you a point-a-game, but can’t lead you to victory come May and June?

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If You Don’t Understand Sasquatchese, Then You’re Really Dumb

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I thought I had met my match when Mike Babcock started opening his mouth earlier this year.  It was refreshing and challenging.  He would talk, but we were never quite sure exactly what he was saying.  Around Christmas time I’d gather the family around the Commodore 64, warm up some nog, put on some Burl Ives holiday classics and read Babblecock to the kids. 

But now…Sasquatch won’t shut the hell up and it keeps getting better.  I just found this little nugget and it makes me feel warm.

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