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GDT - WC Quarterfinals, Game 2: Red Wings (0-1) at ‘Yotes (1-0)  (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

After watching Game 1, two things became apparent to Captain Obvious:  (1)  The Wings obscene excuse for a PK and their ineptitude at draws in the D-zone cost them the game, and (2) PHX has appropriated the Ducks’ script and intend to abuse the Wings at every opportunity,  and on Wednesday DET simply had nobody to man-up and answer the bell.

Shane Doan was on a mission all night.  The final hit count in the game was 43 to 20, and you can guess which team had the 20.  Doan had nine hits, Jovanovski added seven.  Besides Stuie, can you recall any Wing responding, can you, anyone, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller?  Helm tried, but the 3 line was beach-slapped all night in game 1.  Kronwall did not register one single hit in the game - for fuchs sake.  Uncle Mike has had enough of this shit.  He is benching J-Won’t (there is 1.5 million which could have been much better spent), and Gator will center the 4 line.  Gator’s plus/minus isn’t that peachy at -11, but he will damn sure bring the lumber; he has 152 hits in 50 games, ranking third behind Stuie’s 206 in 82 games and Helm’s 188 in 75 games.  The Dogs better lock up their daughters, lock up their wives, and run for their lives, Gator is back in town.

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Something Seems To Be Off With Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

What the Penguins were missing from Game 1 also was missing from their regular season: the regularity of spectacular play. They tended to play to the level of their opponents, even when their talent level was superior.

That speaks to either a lack of discipline or lack of desperation. Although Dan Bylsma cited the desperation and urgency levels as issues in the Game 1 defeat, you can’t expect a coach to suggest that his team lacks discipline.

Unless, of course, his name is Michel Therrien.

What the Penguins need to find is a better balance between Therrien’s defensive-minded discipline and Bylsma’s offensive-oriented system. Something similar to the way they were playing at this time last year.

“At the end of the day, the playoffs are about doing details, making sure your system is perfect, that every time you step on the ice you’re prepared for every situation,” defenseman Kris Letang said. “A bad bounce can happen, but playoffs are about details, about sacrifice and about hard work. For most of the time, the team that works the hardest will win the game.”

read on

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Flyers Have The Devils Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News, “

I try not to put too much stock in ‘owning’ teams,” Pronger said. “You say we own New Jersey. Well, they own [Pittsburgh]. And Pitt owns us. It was the same thing in St. Louis. We owned Chicago. They always played well against Detroit. And Detroit somehow always found a way to beat us.

“Why is that? There’s no rhyme or reason.”

more on why the Flyers play well against the Devils…

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Can Nashville Score Enough To Win?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean, —

With players such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa gracing the roster, it’s no surprise the Chicago Blackhawks are known for their explosive offensive potential.

But Chicago’s rise to the upper echelon of the NHL this season was fueled at least as much by its stifling defense as its goal-scoring ability.

Living proof comes in the form of the Predators, who open their best-of-seven first-round series against Chicago tonight at United Center.

In six games against the Blackhawks during the regular season, the Predators managed just 12 goals. Even more telling numbers: Chicago held a quintet of top Nashville forwards — Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont, Steve Sullivan, David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist — without a single goal in a combined 28 games.


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Save Of The Night

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via Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

“After I made the first save on Smitty, the puck jumped up and hit their guy in the leg, and as it was coming back on goal, I knew I got a piece of it,” said Luongo, who made 25 saves. “But I felt I didn’t get the whole thing. So as I looked back, it was coming right on the line there, so I was able to react and swipe it out of there.

“It’s just a reaction. You’re so focused on the game that it just comes natural to react that way and not to panic.”

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Penguins Need To Find Their Passion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Fire up some playoff passion. Take the Senators seriously. Take note of the fact this series has started.

Television cameras caught Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury arriving at the rink relatively tardy on game night, slightly past 5 p.m., perhaps thinking the game was at 7:30 and not 7 p.m. That’s out of the Dominik Hasek playbook. Whether coincidence or not, Fleury gave up five goals on 26 shots and should have had at least a couple of the five.

After Thursday’s practice, Fleury vowed to bounce back from a disappointing performance, and this type of rebound (like his rebound control) is still a work in progress, he admits….

n his postgame conference, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma questioned his team’s mental focus. On Thursday, he credited the Senators for having a superior “desperation level and urgency level.”

Cliché alert: The playoffs are on.


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This Is Not The Regular Season

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Montreal’s little men played big, the hometown stars played small and my goodness, Toto, do the Capitals ever know they’re not in Kansas anymore.

See, the last two playoffs were easy for the Boys from D.C. They were cool, they scored goals, they had swagger, they won some and lost some and went home with everyone believing their best days were ahead.

Then came these Stanley Cup playoffs. Brand new enchilada. Being the favourites, having lapped the field during regular season, created an entirely new dynamic that the Caps, quite frankly, didn’t seem to handle very well in their playoff opener against Montreal.


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History Says Sharks Want To Avoid Going Down 0-2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Denver Post pointed out that the Avalanche have gone ahead 2-0 in a series 12 times since arriving from Quebec City and won each of those.  That got me to look at the Sharks record when they’ve gone down 0-2. That’s happened seven times over the years and not once did San Jose come back to win the series.

That’s 19 different series that all followed the same pattern.

Again, of course the Sharks could come back from being down 0-2. Just pointing out it hasn’t happened yet.

more on the Sharks…

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In Case You Missed The OT Winner In The Canucks/Kings Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mikael Samuelsson, his second of the game, with the game winner.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If I played for the Washington Capitals, I wouldn’t worry that Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak was just a tad more brilliant than Theodore in net Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the supposed indomitable Caps and the allegedly helpless Habs; I’d worry my team was out-shot, out-skated and outplayed in overtime of a siren-sounding loss to start the NHL postseason.

-Mike Wise of the Washington Post.  More from Mike.

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