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The Game Has Improved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

The learning curve has passed, and you’ll notice the hockey is better and more high scoring this spring. Look at these comparisons between the 48 games played in Round 1 this spring, to the 47 games played in Round 1 back in the ‘04, the final playoff before the lockout:

• Shut outs: 14 in ‘04, eight in ‘08.

• Games in which one team scored four goals: 16 in ‘04, 26 in ‘08.

• Games in which one team scored five goals: six in ‘04, 13 in ‘08.

This spring it has become clear that NHL players have learned how to play the game now without a rodeo breaking out. Officials have found the balance between calling every, single little ticky-tack foul, and maintaining the standard.


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Get Off The Babysitter Joel….It’s A Game 2 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Shane, Avs Talk

Wings fans, feel free to poke fun at the team we cheer for - it’s what you do in sports - but never question the loyalty of our true fan base.


Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey, according to authorities.

It’s a Game 2 Live Blog.

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A Tidbit For The Confident Dive Fan

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Official A2Y attorney at large, Okie Jeff, posted this over at the KK forum this morning.  For the Dive fans and bloggers who have begun to frequent our happy home the last few days, I give this to you.

Jose Theodore allowed four goals in 21 minutes before being pulled in favor of Peter Budaj in the Avalanche’s loss. Theodore has a 17-9 career record in first-round games, but he’s 2-14 in the second round and has lost his last 12 second-round decisions.

Live Blog kicks off at 1445 EST.  Yes, Dive fans, you’re more than welcome to join us.  Your viewpoints are valued, as always.

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Therrien Now Involved In War Of Words

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from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

The news conference was winding down and Martin Straka’s critical third-period interference penalty on Sidney Crosby wasn’t rehashed.

So Penguins coach Michel Therrien today took it upon himself to unload and perhaps ignite a war of words.

“Where I’m kind of disappointed, that there’s this gamesmanship happening before this series about Sidney drawing peanlties,” Therrien began. “I’m kinda disappointed, this is a star player that plays into traffic, a powerful skater…. and we all know what (Rangers coach) Tom Renney is trying to do, he tried to do it before we started before the series, and I see his comment today.”


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Give These Guys A Break

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from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

I would like everyone to give referees ... a break.

Why do I suddenly feel like the guy on the All-Bran Cereal Bars commercial, where everyone spits out their water or laughs hysterically when he says they taste good?

It’s true. After spending the past two weeks scrutinizing call after questionable call on our TSN panel (TV factoid: debating referee rulings is a can’t-miss way to kill five minutes), I’m starting to suffer from some warped form of Stockholm Syndrome. I’m feeling sorry for the men in stripes.

Has there been the odd horrendous, brain-cramp, WTF?!? call in these playoffs? Of course. But there have also been countless occasions where we’ve looked at a replay a dozen times in Super-Duper HD Slo-Mo, and still haven’t been able to tell if the right call was made.

read on

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The HNIC Towel

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from the Hamilton Spectator,

Different societies have different status symbols. North America has cars, houses and jewellery. Many African countries have the cellphone. In some parts of Asia, it’s a rare white truffle.

In pro hockey? It’s the towel.

If you’ve been watching Hockey Night In Canada even a little bit, you’ve seen the one. The white one with the round HNIC logo that’s draped over a player’s shoulder while he’s doing an intermission interview.

Unbelievable as it may sound in a sports world where pocket change is counted in the thousands of dollars and most players make an average Canadian’s annual salary in a matter of minutes, in dressing room currency these swaths of woven cotton are absolute gold.


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McConnell- A Friend To The Fans

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

John H. McConnell died yesterday. He wasn’t quite 85 years old, and he had an incredible life. It began in a house that did not have electricity. It ended in a hospital where he donated a tower…..

He liked the players, and told them to play for one another. He liked the game, the toughness of it, the stress it put on team play. He thoroughly enjoyed sitting in his box, up there in the corner above sections 106 and 107, and seeing the arena fill up for a major-league sport right here, in Downtown Columbus. I have no doubt he was happy that the Jackets will play on, indefinitely, beyond him. That was the point.

When they showed his face on the Jumbotron, he’d wave and the crowd would cheer. That’s not a normal owner-fan relationship, but it’s not surprising in this case. McConnell’s intentions were always transparent and pure and it was impossible not to like the man, and admire him. The jamokes in section 216, row Z, had a bond with him.


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Melrose Recaps Friday Games

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John Buccigross and Barry Melrose give us a three minute recap of the action last night.

Watch now…

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These Guys Are Good

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Hey, Jaromir, who’s laughing now?

Behind closed doors, that well may have been the message being bellowed inside the jubilant home locker room last night among a group of exhausted—and, in this case, euphoric—Pittsburgh Penguins.

Earlier this week, Rangers star Jaromir Jagr raised some eyebrows in the Steel City for claiming Pittsburgh’s terrific tandem of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin “are not Mario Lemieux.”

Maybe not.

But they are damn good in their own right. And no one should know that better this morning than Jagr, who, from ice level, had the best view in the house of just how lethal that Crosby-Malkin combination can be.


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It’s a Game 2 Saturday.  Want Some Keys?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1240 EST:  Dandenault stays.

Spring time in the nation’s capitol (al).  Absolutely perfect weather. A day made to take the top down on the jeep, load up the family and drive down (over, up? I have no idea) to Maryland’s eastern shore and thank all that is holy for the opportunity we have to enjoy all of nature’s wonders.

So I think I’ll break out the Pepe Lopez, sit cris-cross applesauce on the floor and rock back and forth for the next 7 hours until the game starts.

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