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Roberto Luongo is Mortal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Josh Peter at Yahoo! Sports,

This just in: Roberto Luongo is mortal.
Casual fans might be asking, “Roberto who?” But the puckheads among us must be asking, “Roberto Luongo is mortal? You can’t be serious, can you?”
We’re serious. Very serious.
The Anaheim Ducks did more than beat the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In a 5-1 victory, they dispelled the myth that Luongo, Vancouver’s splendid goaltender, can single-handedly carry the Canucks into the Western Conference finals. The Ducks did this in astonishing fashion, too.

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Note: No disrespect to the Ducks—their goals were well-earned, and Luongo has struggled against them all season—but Mr. Peter’s entire article seems to be prefaced on the idea of The End of Luongo.  Well, Luongo got scored on 4 times in regulation in the first game of the Dallas series as well.  Just because he didn’t dominate in Game #1 of the 2nd round, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of this series.  (Just thought I’d point that out. Hmph.)

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ASG Moved To Sunday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday night, Jan. 16, Atlanta’s first NHL All-Star Game instead will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27.
That is the Sunday between the NFL’s conference championship games and the Super Bowl.
The game time “has not been formalized,” Brown said.
Preliminary events, which typically include a skills competition and a young stars game, now will be held on Jan. 26.
The NHL played this year’s All-Star Game in Dallas on a Wednesday, the first time since 1989 the game had been played in mid-week.

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Bruins Extend Toivonen’s Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Boston Bruins have agreed to a one-year contract extension with goaltender Hannu Toivonen.  Per team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“We feel that Hannu has shown the dedication and the proper attitude the whole year,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “Hannu has the right head, the right heart and all of the tools to be a good NHL goalie for many years. We felt that it was imperative to get him signed at this point.”

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Nieuwendyk to Return to Florida Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Florida Panthers Press Release,

Joe Nieuwendyk will return to the Florida Panthers as the Special Consultant to the General Manager, the team announced on Thursday.
Nieuwendyk will work with the team’s hockey operation personnel in a variety of facets that includes scouting, drafting and signing of potential players, as well as player development.

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Games For Thursday, April 26th

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little late, but just in case you are not sure what stations will be broadcasting the games tonight.
In case you ask, the Wings/Sharks game is exclusive with Versus tonight.

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Holmstrom Out Longer Than Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

This morning, Wings coach Mike Babcock said Holmstrom was day-to-day, and that he hoped Holmstrom would play at some point during the series.
As relayed Wednesday by Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom, Holmstrom said doctors have told him he had to be inactive for several days after Sunday in order to avoid further damage to his eye. Holmstrom was told that if there is any re-bleeding, it would affect his eyesight permanently.

read on

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Canucks Can Bounce Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at the CBC,

So, forget the opener and the key then becomes Game Two. Win it and the Canucks have a chance going home. Lose it and it becomes a matter of time before the end arrives, essentially of whether Roberto Luongo can steal a game or two to preserve hope. Remember, though, Anaheim is the only Western Conference team he did not and still has not beaten this season, though Game 1 remained close longer than it should have because of him.

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Too Much Time Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro The Maven,

Right now, my Blueshirts in five prediction is teetering on the brink of overconfidence, not to mention the 5-2 loss.
Maybe overconfidence was the cause of the opening game defeat in Buffalo, although I prefer to go back to the warning I posted right after Tom Renney’s lads swept Atlanta last week.
Namely, that the worst thing that could have happened to the Rangers was the four-straight wins, only because it gave New York a much-too-lengthy sabbatical.

read on

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KK- Back For Who Knows How Long

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know I have an ongoing family issue that needs 100% attention at times.
This may be an ongoing issue for some time, but really not sure what the future holds.
Anyways, I am back for the rest of the day and appreciate your understanding.

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Vancouver & Anaheim Mayors Making Bets

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the OC Register,

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan have a made a friendly wager regarding the NHL Western Conference semifinals pitting the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
The Ducks won the best-of-seven series opener, 5-1, Wednesday night in Honda Center.
If Anaheim wins the semifinals, Mayor Sullivan has agreed to wear an Anaheim Ducks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of the Vancouver City Council, and to fly the Ducks team flag at Vancouver City Hall.
In the event that Vancouver wins, Mayor Pringle will do the same with the Canucks jersey and flag.

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*At least I’m not the only Canucks fan that makes stupid bets. I’ll be appearing in a Wings’ jersey on Abel to Yzerman in a few days to prove what losing a hockey bet looks like. Sigh.

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