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Fisher On Underwood’s Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Don Brennan of Off The Posts,

So much for any question as to the seriousness of the relationship.

Less than two months after Carrie Underwood dove to the floor so as not to be caught by TSN cameras at a Senators game in Nashville, the country singing superstar let the world know of her feelings for Mike Fisher.

In her speech moments after being named the Entertainer Of The Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Underwood thanked her family, thanked God and acknowledged the Senators’ centre.

“Mike baby, I wish you were here!” she blurted.

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The Race For Last Place

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NYI Point Blank,

With four games remaining for both, the Islanders have 61 points, Colorado now has 66. Tampa Bay also has 66 points and three games left. If the Islanders lose in regulation on Tuesday in Carolina and on Thursday in Pittsburgh - a big if - they “clinch” a top 2 pick and the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick.

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How Far Can Avery Go?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Excuse me, but Milan Lucic sticks out his leg and injures a defenseless Nik Antropov by going knee-on-knee midway through the second period on Saturday, and it’s Sean Avery who should be suspended for kind of stupidly using his stick to tap Tim Thomas on the back of his helmet during a TV timeout?

The absence of context is the crux of the issue here, just as always. Headhunters such as Chris Pronger and Gary Roberts, who historically injure opponents, are routinely deified, notably by the sanctimonious brigade north of the border, but Avery, who has never hurt anyone but himself, must be banned for the good of the sport?

Avery has been a better pure player this time around than he was in his first Broadway run, but he hasn’t had quite the same impact. That’s because he’s trying to figure out how far he can go without being hauled in for a strip-search.

more on the Rangers…

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GDT - Game #79: Red Wings at Sabres (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET played inspired hockey yesterday against MIN, a team that had to garner at least one point to keep their playoff hopes alive.  Marian Hossa potted the game winner at 19:05 of the 3rd.  With the win, DET became only the third franchise in history to have 50 wins in four consecutive seasons (BOS 1971-74, and MTL 1976-79).  Perhaps more importantly for Wings fan, DET started the game with intensity, and played solidly for an entire 60 mins.  Babcock:  “We knew how we had to play, and I thought we were good.”  “I thought Ozzie made a few key saves at the end.”  “I thought Ozzie played good, and he’s got to feel good about that.”  DET can expect the BUF tilt tonight to have the same playoff intensity.

BUF (38-31-9) are 10th in the East - four points behind the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers with one game in hand on both teams. If the Sabres win all four remaining games, they would need the Rangers and Panthers to each lose one game to secure a playoff spot.  BUF are coming off a disappointing 3-2 loss to the NJD on Saturday night.  BUF came out flat against NJD, allowing the Devils to score twice in the first 5:38. Trailing 3-0 entering the final 20 minutes, BUF launched a furious 23-shot rally but produced only two goals in the 3-2 defeat.  Miller is 3-1-1 since returning from a sprained ankle, and has a 3.30 ga/a, having given up 16 goals.

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Ducks Frustrated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Among the NHL’s many mysteries is how the Ducks can be playing by far their best hockey of the season and yet, over the past three games, have drawn only four power-play opportunities.

The club’s frustration reached a breaking point at the conclusion of Sunday night’s 3-2 loss to the league-leading San Jose Sharks at Honda Center.

After a debatable holding penalty on Ducks left wing Drew Miller led to a power-play conversion by Sharks winger Jonathan Cheechoo that snapped a 2-2 tie at 13:19 of the third period, the Ducks spent the game’s final 80 seconds controlling the puck in the offensive zone, pressing for an equalizer that never came.

It might have been different had veteran San Jose winger Jeremy Roenick not mugged Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf in the slot during the waning seconds. There was no penalty call.

“I don’t think Ryan Getzlaf is going to miss a wide-open one-timer,” Ducks defenseman Ryan Whitney said. “He’s going to at least get his stick on the puck unless he’s hooked. He’s not just going to whiff.”

Referees Dan O’Rourke and Chris Lee handed out a combined 64 penalty minutes, including four misconducts, to four players from each side following a ruckus after time expired.

continued and watch video below of the end of the game fracas…

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MVP Race Again

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I last talked about the MVP race I supported Evgeni Malkin over Alexander Ovechkin.  I did this in part because Malkin has a significant lead in the points race.  He doesn’t anymore.  Malkin’s lead has shrunk to two points.  Ovechkin has a huge lead in goals and it would take a minor miracle for him to not win the Rocket Richard Trophy.  Since goals are a more significant measure of offensive status of a player than assists, I support Alexander Ovechkin as the current Hart Trophy leader.

There are a few other fringe candidates that might obtain support in some circles including Zach Parise, Pavel Datsyuk, Steve Mason, Sidney Crosby and Tim Thomas but none are likely to seriously impact the Hart Trophy race.  It is between Ovechkin and Malkin and Ovechkin has recently pulled into the lead.

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Lemaire Points Out Mistakes After Loss To Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

“You make three mistakes on one shift at a very late moment in a game,” said Lemaire, bristling. “I just can’t understand it. It’s like we turn the lights off on three guys.

“You’ve got to think all the time, especially against a team like this. We didn’t touch the puck in the first period. So what does it tell you? You better be sharp, especially when you’ve got a chance to be [in OT]. Wake up, you know?”

Indeed, there were three mistakes, but it was Zidlicky who caused the 2-on-1. This is a mistake Zidlicky has made over and over again this season. He routinely gets enticed into stepping up in the neutral zone, and it almost always results in an odd-man rush.

“The only thing I can say is this is how you play in this situation,” an angry Lemaire said. “After that, you’ve got it in your hands. And then you don’t do it, I’m going to say it again. OK? That’s all I can do.”

more on the Wild loss to Detroit today.  I thought I would point this out to Detroit fans too, which is included in the game wrap-

“Too bad we didn’t finish,” Gaborik said. “[Chris] Osgood was shaky out there. We could have scored a couple more goals on him.”

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“People don’t understand you’re dealing with desperate teams, no one’s going to go away with a fight. That’s just the way the league’s set up. It’s an 82-game marathon. You get to stop the marathon after 82 games and then you get into the [playoff] starting blocks to run a 100-yard dash.

“That’s your reward.”

-Flames coach Mike Keenan.  More on Calgary from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition).

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The Battling Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sidney Crosby and Keith Ballard go at it today after Ballard delivered a hip check to Evgeni Malkin.  Both received five for fighting and Crosby also had two added for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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  Tags: keith+ballard, sidney+crosby

Lightning Will Receive A Large Revenue Sharing Check

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Peterburg Times,

Owner Len Barrie said a revenue sharing check the Lightning will get this year from the league will not make it profitable.

“We’ll still be in the red for the year,” he said between periods of Saturday’s loss to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

But the bottom line won’t be as egregious. Barrie declined to give specifics, but Tampa Bay apparently can expect perhaps up to $14 million.

“It helps every team,” Barrie said of revenue sharing. “It helps every team that’s in a market that’s trying to grow and make the league stronger, and we’re in one of those markets.”

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