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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, it took eight months and it featured a humiliating admission from Dominik Hasek, and a two-game collapse that could have organ-I-zational consequences.  But Chris Osgood’s your starter and if there’s one thing I know it’s this:  nothing about this should make you feel anything but really frigging sick.

Does that mean the decision’s wrong? No.  Does it mean the Wings can’t win this series? Nope.

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Hometown Announcers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune,

Anyone who tuned into KSTC’s telecast of the Wild playoff game Monday night at Colorado likely came away believing Marc Joannette and Tim Peel are among the NHL’s most incompetent referees.

How could viewers have any other impression after listening to Wild play-by-play man Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay? The latter spent far too much time criticizing the officials and the former did nothing to rein him in during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.

continued… with a look at coverage through the first 3 games of the series.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marc+joanette, media, tim+peel

Price Mistake Leads To Game Changing Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Glen Metropolit scored after a gaffe by goalie Carey Price to ignite a four-goal third period and keep the Boston Bruins playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Montreal leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series 3-2 but missed a chance to clinch and now must return to Boston for Game 6 on Saturday night.


Watch the Metropolit goal…

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Artyukhin May Be Back With The Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

The representative for Russian freight train Evgeny Artyukhin said he and Tampa Bay are talking about a contract. This would be a good thing for the Lightning as the 6-foot-4, 254-pound left wing would provide some muscle and forechecking power to a team that, for the most part last season, lacked a physical edge.

The Lightning was mum Thursday, but Gandler said, “Both sides want to see Evgeny back playing in Tampa next season and for the next few seasons.”

Of a contract, he said, without giving specifics, “It think it’s doable and it should be done.”


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  Tags: evgeny+artyukhin

Elimination Game For Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Dellapina of the NY Daily News (Friday edition),

The prospect of seeing Martin Brodeur have to shake Sean Avery’s hand sometime after 10 o’clock Friday might prove too tantalizing for most Rangers fans to concentrate on their day jobs Friday.

The Rangers themselves insist they won’t have the same problem.

Tonight, the Rangers get their first of three chances to eliminate the Devils and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup tournament when they take their 3-1 series lead into Game 5 at the Rock in Newark. The trick is to make that handshake line happen by not focusing on it until a series-ending buzzer sounds.


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NHL Talk During The 1st Round

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Things we’re learning in a first round that reminds us that no matter how long we keep trying to pick this game, the predictions never get any easier to get right.

If the Ottawa Senators were the family pet, you’d have put them under after Game 2. And as noble as Daniel Alfredsson was to come out and play at about 60% in Games 3 and 4, it looks now like an ill-advised admission by Senators management that the lineup they iced in Games 1 and 2 was so far from beating Pittsburgh, even a clearly injured Alfredsson would be an improvement.

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Off-Ice Playoffs Feuding

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NBC10.com,

In the column, tiled “Beaten To the Punch,” Wise called the club “an instant repudiation of what (Commissioner) Gary Bettman wanted the league to become” and “a reminder of the NHL’s pugilistic past that just won’t go away.”

“They flat-out market and sell violence here, sanctioned, unbridled assaults disguised as sport,” Wise wrote. He also said, “Many of the women and children in the crowd looked as if they could be security for Megadeth.”

The Flyers planned to distribute 20,000 copies of the article at Thursday night’s game, but the Post sent a cease-and-desist order. So, what did the Flyers do? They put the article up on the big screen over the ice surface, Clark reported.

One Flyers public relations official also wore a long-haired wig and a black shirt with the heavy metal band’s name emblazoned across his back Thursday night.

Read Mike Wise’s original article [link may require free reg.] that appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post.


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  Tags: hockey+fans, megadeth, playoffs

All About Face-offs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On The Forecheck,

This Predators/Red Wings series is shaping up to be a real struggle no matter which team ends up winning; Nashville can claim momentum heading into Game 5, but Detroit has two games at home in what has now become a best-of-three affair, so I don’t think there’s a significant advantage to either side right now. One area in which the Red Wings are dominating, however, is the faceoff circle, and that’s where I’d like to provide more detail than what fans usually see.

Overall, Detroit boasts a 130-112 advantage in Faceoff Wins in this series, gaining possession after 53.7% of draws.

continued for numerous breakdowns from the face-off circle…

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Only as Good as Your Last Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

In the playoffs the team that won the latest game seems to have all the momentum to keep on rolling, right to a series win. But hold on, put on the brakes, there are more games to be played and fortunes can turn around quickly. All it takes is a loss and panic becomes the key word.

Early Tuesday evening, the Calgary Flames could do no wrong. The were coming off a stunning comeback and life was good. Bam, Thornton scores and we now hear the Flames are in a nasty mood, bickering within the locker room has begun. Now what?


Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Playoff Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: playoffs

Something To Prove

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

...Thornton still will need to help carry San Jose past Calgary (and very likely, for a couple more playoff rounds) before his past receives a proper burial. But he is far from the only player with an unfortunate reputation to revise. Here are five NHLers – some of them still playing, others who’ll have to wait until next year for their next shot – with something still to prove:

Marty Turco, G, Dallas

It’s hard to believe a guy who posted a .952 save percentage, 1.30 goals-against average and three shutouts for the Stars in the first round of the 2007 post-season would have to deal with questions regarding his playoff worthiness. Yet that’s precisely the situation Turco faced as Dallas prepared to take on Anaheim this spring.


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