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Slap Shot- In-Depth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

“There was a guy from the (NAHL) Cape Cod Cubs I hated, and I had one scene when I was just supposed to miss him. But I whacked him with an elbow in the head and knocked him out. The director came over and said: ‘It’s not supposed to be that real,’ but he was winking. He loved it.
“The best hits? They’re real, because they happened after 3 o’clock when all the extras were hammered. It was boring, sitting around on the set from 7 a.m., just waiting to be called.”
O’Reilly’s daughters, age 25 to 34, still don’t quite know what to make of their father’s role in hockey’s ultimate goon show. But they do know he’ll be on DVD for generations to come, which means ...something.

more... if you are a Slap Shot fan, a must read…

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Thinking Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

The seventh or eighth seed is most likely for the Flames, who have four games remaining, which means they could start their drive for the Stanley Cup in Detroit, Nashville or Anaheim.
Those three teams are scrapping it out for the top spot in the west as well as the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record.
“I would say I would want to play against Nashville if I were Calgary,” said TSN and NBC analyst Pierre McGuire, impressed by the way the Flames have returned to their gritty style down the stretch.
“I think an overall hitting game would probably be the kind of game Nashville wouldn’t be overly comfortable with even though they’re not a shy team.
“I see a team that’s really starting to come together. I see a team that’s playing more of a resilient road game. If they play their mean-spirited Calgary Flames type of game, which they’re starting to get back to—in a good way, not a bad way—I see them being able to win.”

read on

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Leafs Stars Must Step Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Yet Sundin has stayed cold. It’s possible the Leafs could yet qualify for post-season play if No. 13 remains that way.
Possible, but unlikely.
Bryan McCabe, meanwhile, was a horrific minus-5 last night, sparking unhappy memories of his nightmarish performances against Philadelphia the last time the Leafs were in the Stanley Cup playoffs three years ago.
Instead of leading his team physically, McCabe wasn’t credited with a single official hit on the night in more than 26 minutes of playing time.
What a bad time for both Sundin and McCabe, the team’s two highest-paid players, to go sour.
Last night, they weren’t just ineffective, they seemed devoid of the fire required for the Leafs to prosper in an atmosphere that was noisy and intimidating.

more

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Vanek Will Be Judged In Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t forgotten the version of Thomas Vanek that got benched in the playoffs last spring.
While the dynamic winger has been a revelation and is within yodeling distance of a 40-goal season, something rare in recent Sabres history, Ruff gave a sense he wouldn’t be impressed until he sees Vanek come through in crunch time.
Vanek finished last season tied for second on the Buffalo goal chart, but Ruff didn’t hesitate to bench the rookie in the playoffs because the passion level and a dedication to two-way play just weren’t there.

continued

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Panthers Frustrated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Miami Herald,

“It’s so frustrating because we worked so hard to make the playoffs,” said goalie Ed Belfour, who was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after showing up the officials by demonstrating a dive move to the lead referee.
“It’s frustrating to see the way the refs can control the outcome of a game like that. Down on the other end, two of our guys get blatantly tripped and they’re both watching, but they don’t call it. . . . But on the opposite side, their guy takes a dive and the hand goes up right away.
“I don’t know what this game is coming to, but it’s embarrassing. We’re trying to sell the game here in Florida and fans are frustrated. They don’t want to see that. They want to see us win and they want to see a fair game. It’s heartbreaking.”

read on... You can see Belfour’s “diving routine” via Sportsnet video at about the 25 second mark…

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Does Experience Count

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from, Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Playing at a high level at 42, Hasek might change the way the league views age in a goaltender. The NHL might be looking differently at many aspects of playoff goaltending. Coaches are certainly more open to the idea of switching goalies in the postseason, and there doesn’t seem to be nearly as much fretting about the lack of playoff experience.
Of the 16 teams in playoff positions Sunday, five — the Tampa Bay Lightning (Marc Denis and Johan Holmqvist, Vancouver Canucks (Roberto Luongo), Atlanta Thrashers (Kari Lehtonen), Minnesota Wild (Niklas Backstrom) and Pittsburgh Penguins (Marc-Andre Fleury) — will use goaltenders who have never played a postseason game.

read on and other NHL topics…

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Our Girl Kara: Are The Wings/Bubba Really That Good?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You know, the woman just irritates me.  She said she’d be boycotting the NHL earlier this year and I looked forward to her absence.  But she keeps on writing and it just makes me sad.  She was offended, shocked, dismayed by the violence.  She lit the torches. 

If the hit on Williams and the many others we’ve seen this season was part of the game—as old-school apologists suggest—I want no part of this game.

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Stormy Meeting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After last night’s Caps game…
from the Washington Post,

Afterward the players met for about 15 minutes behind closed doors. Although no one would divulge exactly what was said, when the meeting ended, all-star left wing Alex Ovechkin emerged from the locker room and smashed his stick repeatedly against the wall and a trash can until it broke into four pieces, according to those who witnessed the episode. Ovechkin’s iPod and headphones also were destroyed, crumpled in the hallway.
Ovechkin and Semin, who are close friends and who were linemates on Saturday, left without speaking to the media. Asked why he thought Ovechkin was so angry, Kolzig said: “I’m sure he’s probably frustrated with what happened and in the meeting. And that’s really all I’m going to say. It wasn’t targeted at Ovie. He’s obviously our guy. But it was something he didn’t want to hear.”

read on (reg. may be req.)

added 4:56pm, You can follow-up on any more news from the meeting at Capitals Insider...

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Hall Of Fame Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If I gave you these stats:
3 Time Stanley Cup Winner
1 Hart Trophy
1 Lester B. Person Award (Player of the Year selected by the NHLPA)
2 Frank J. Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward)
6 All-Star games
1124 games, 461 goals, 643 assists, 1104 points, +263
Playoffs- 162 games, 50 goals, 113 assists, 163 points, +38

Is Sergei Fedorov a lock for the HOF?

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Hull: Datsyuk’s Chances of Staying in Detroit Are “None.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure how many of you caught it, but Brett Hull just said Pavel Datsyuk is unhappy with Mike Babcock and will definitely be leaving over the summer.  Eddie Olczyk made a great point in return, asking what more could Datsyuk want? He’s playing in every situation, leading forwards in minutes and points.  Sounds like a lot of Hull bluster to me.  We’ll see.

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