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Here We Go Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak at the Calgary Sun,

Thank you NHL for ruining Saturday night.
Sabbath’s eve is meant for hockey, that much we agree upon.
Just not morning hockey as will be the case tomorrow when the Ottawa Senators look to finish off the Buffalo Sabres.
Playoff games on a Saturday are perfect for dinnertime—at least for those of us in Western Canada. And preferably while enjoying a hamburger and milkshake while taking in the action in front of a high-def TV.

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Big Still Matters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Keenan at Sun Media,

Some figured the refined rules would hinder the taller, broader, bulkier players, who were supposed to now have more difficulty pursuing and catching the Brieres of the world.
But the Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom have shown just how effective the bigger players can be, even in this so-called new era of the sport.
Take Bertuzzi. He’s a big man. And he has been a force.
What guys like he and Holmstrom do runs much deeper than just what you see in the summary.

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One Win At A Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

“Only two NHL teams have ever done it,” I said. “But look at it this way. There have been 20 teams that came back to win after falling behind, 3-1, in a series. That means they’re 10 times more likely to pull it off after Game Four.”
“You know, I hadn’t thought about it that way,” Rex said, closing his notebook and shifting on his bar stool. “This team does have a way of making it hard on itself. They don’t seem to play their best until their backs are against the wall. Maybe they’re creating the ultimate crisis, to see how much we really believe.”
“Just think how tight the Senators will be if they lose Saturday,” I said. “Every media person in Canada will be talking about their history as choking dogs.”

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Ducks Talk After Game 4

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Randy Carlyle after the game…

Q. Teemu, the power play tonight, do you think you were a little more patient, passing on the power play?
TEEMU SELANNE: I think we did better job. I’m not so happy still you know. We can do better job. But I think we were making better decisions and we were not rushing the plays and forcing the pass.
Better job, but still I’m expecting we’re going to be better.

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Factor In Luck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Luck, though, can cause huge swings in confidence and momentum in the course of a game, ultimately deciding the outcome.
“A lot of it’s luck, but a lot of the luck you cause for yourself,” Senators centre Spezza said.
“If you’re working hard and doing things right, usually you get those breaks. We probably weren’t our sharpest the other night, and that’s probably why they got the breaks and we didn’t.”
Head coach Bryan Murray was asked what percentage of a game would typically be accounted for by lucky breaks.
“Sometimes it’s a post,” Murray said. “Sometimes it’s a rebound you don’t get to. You get a bounce like Joe Corvo ... the puck bounces on Ryan Miller.

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They Showed Up

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

On Thursday evening, a rickety old contraption pulled up in front of the Anaheim Ducks’ dressing room and someone yelled, “Redemption bus, all aboard.”
And pretty much every Ducks player, who had been lousy or invisible or yanked or hurt or not even playing in this series, jumped on board.
The redemption bus that carried the Ducks to this strange and somewhat improbable 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t necessarily a thing of beauty. Much like this game, it had its warts, noisy springs and a bit of a foul smell about it. Think “Partridge Family” meets “Christine” and you’re close to understanding this conveyance.

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The Gearhead: CT Edge Skate Blades

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

imageBy George James Malik

For as long as skate blades have been digging into ice, hockey players have tinkered with the way they sharpen their blades.  A deeply-hollowed blade is what you need to dig in on bad ice and turn aggressively, but players who have their skates sharpened more shallowly swear by the way that their skates “float” on the ice.

Over the last hundred years, skate blades have become lighter, stronger, less likely to chip or lose their edges, and blades have been designed to bend, flex, and even be replaced readily, whether steel or nylon, but nobody’s ever questioned whether to change the shape of the skate blade.

Rather serendipitously, I stumbled upon a site for CT Edge skate blades—blades that flare outwards—and I emailed them in short order.  PR director Dan Pujol graciously scheduled an interview with the CT Edge blade’s creator, Conrad Titzmann, and we spoke at length about the concept.

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Wasted Opportunity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And not just one of them.  Several.  Start with the absence of Sasquatch and a depleted blue line that couldn’t even pretend to put up any form of resistance from ten minutes onward in the third.

Then move to two 5-3’s that netted nothing.

And continue that thought when you consider what a 3-1 lead would have meant to the Wings, with 11 straight potential series clinching victories to their credit.

And we move to another pivotal Game 5 in Hockeytown.  Good news?  Yep.

Detroit has outscored their last two opponents (both “favorites”) 9-2 in Game 5’s.

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Back To Detroi Tied 2-2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ducks even up the series with a 5-3 victory over Detroit tonight.
Now a best two out of three series, with 2 of those games in Detroit.
Watch the post game interviews (will become available shortly after the game).

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Toews Ready For The Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

After starring for the Canadian junior team in its gold medal performance last winter and now the World Championship’s experience, Toews appears to be the kind of “big game” player the Hawks need.
Now the Hawks just need to play some big games.
Savard said Wednesday he wouldn’t hesitate to put Toews on the first line as Martin Havlat’s center.
“If we don’t do anything else [in free agency or via trade] and from what I saw in the World Championships, I don’t see any reason why he can’t play with Havlat,” Savard said. “He has to play with good players and he will.”

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