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Ovechkin Felt Powerless Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“I don’t know why, but last game, I don’t feel that power or something,” Ovechkin said to the throng of media. “I talked to Bruce, and how I said, I didn’t play my game at all last night. It’s not about Montreal. It’s all about me.”

That may be true. But the Canadiens also deserve credit. In fact, they’ve held Ovechkin without a goal four times in five games this season and without a point on three occasions.

Ovechkin saw all three Canadiens defensive pairs early and was matched up a lot against Jaroslav Spacek in the third period. It wasn’t just Spacek, though. It was the combination of Montreal’s veteran defensemen getting in Ovechkin’s face and the Habs’ forwards diligently applying pressure from back side. The end result? Ovechkin had nowhere to go with the puck.

“He’s been played like this,” Boudreau said. “It’s not a secret. Everybody plays him like this.”


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Alberts Hit On Richardson Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Andrew Alberts hit on Brad Richardson last night.  Alberts received five for boarding and a game.

Will the NHL take further action?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: andrew+alberts, brad+richardson

Bruins Want A Review Of Myers Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

If it’s up to the Bruins players, 19-year-old Sabres defenseman and Calder Trophy candidate Tyler Myers would be one of the first players to be penalized under the blind side, head shot “Savard” rule the NHL adopted last month.

Johnny Boychuk was drilled in the side of the jaw by an elevated Myers’ shoulder – that was either a lateral hit or a hit from behind—during the third period, and went down in a heap before quickly recovering and hopping back into the play.

It ranked high on the dangerous scale, but ultimately didn’t put the tough Boychuk out of commission with a head injury. That’s both the good and bad news….

“I didn’t see him coming, I didn’t have the puck and I felt like it was a shot to the head, I guess,” said Boychuk. “Then they called it the freakin’ hit of the night in the arena with the fans going crazy.  He was coming right at my head.

“[He hit] me right on the side of the jaw. I guess they’re letting that go now. I expected a physical game no matter what. It is playoffs and everybody is going hard and putting everything on the line because they want to win the Cup.”

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added 1:05pm, Watch the hit below…

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: johnny+boychuk, tyler+myers

Souray’s Trade Request

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In 2007, the Edmonton Oilers signed Sheldon Souray to a five year contract worth $27 million.  The deal was a bit ill-conceived in that Edmonton had publicly announced that they would sign some free agents and Souray was one of the few remaining.  Souray was not likely to be a difference-maker during his contract, but he was as big a name as the Oilers could find to sign. 

Three years into the deal, the Edmonton Oilers finished in last place and Souray has decided he wants out.  He requested a trade from the Oilers.  Technically, he has a no trade clause until the beginning of July, but he seems willing to waive it to be moved to almost any team.

One moral of the story is that last place teams tend not to be attractive draws to players who have some control over where they are going.  Even signed players with some power may want out of a situation that they would otherwise have been happy with if their team is winning.

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Laperriere Will Refine His Shot Blocking Technique

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Parrillo of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As the blood poured from his mouth, Ian Laperriere wasn’t thinking about the seven teeth he’d just lost, the 100 or so stitches it would require to close the wound, or the prospect of having dinner through a straw for a while.

Instead, the first thought that crossed his mind was: How could he have been so stupid to block a slapshot with his face.

“I was mad at myself because it was my fault,” the veteran winger said Thursday after the Flyers went through a brisk practice for Friday night’s Game 2 of their first-round series against New Jersey at the Prudential Center.

“I won’t make the same mistake. I promise you that. What I did was stupid. I was too far away from him, and I went down on my knees and the puck came up.”


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  Tags: ian+laperriere, ian+laperriere

Lucky Puck Holders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

When hockey scout Paul Henry returned to his Ontario home the other day, he found a package waiting for him containing a puck with the number 139 written on it.

The puck came from Buffalo Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller, who sent 139 of them to friends and associates across North America with an explanatory letter.

“Being a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey team was a dream come true,” Miller wrote. “The Olympics was everything I thought it would be and more … As a gesture of my appreciation for helping me make my Olympic dream come true I have endorsed a special Olympic hockey puck.”


Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+miller, team+usa

Caps Must Stay With It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

It felt like a playoff game. It was a playoff game. Thanks Caps fans for being loud and proud.

A little luck some on ice calls makes a big difference. We must overcome it all because that is the business we are in.

We must stay with it. We must stay strong and confident.

Onward. Go Caps.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Sabres Fans…I Understand You. I Always Have.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What to do, what to do.  Wings lose a playoff game.  Just one.  Just one, itty, bitty widdle round 1 opener and the options are truly endless.  I could have taken a realistic, dispassionate point of view and typed out a level-headed analysis, describing in great detail my opinions that they (the Detroit Red Wings) were too soft on the puck, too loose on the PK, etcetera, etc.

Or not.

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Watching Versus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 16, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, earned a .5 National HH rating and averaged 478,000 viewers for its triple-header night of action to open the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 14, making it the most-watched opening night of the postseason on cable since 2004.  The HH rating and average viewership was up 25 percent and 22 percent, respectively, compared to VERSUS’ first night of last year’s Quarterfinals coverage (.4 HH rating and 392,000 viewers).  Wednesday’s opening night telecasts were also the most-watched among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54 on cable since 2002.  This record-breaking night was garnered without the advantage of the team markets as VERSUS’ Quarterfinals coverage is non-exclusive and blacked out locally. 

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Like a Hawk: Troy Murray on Chicago’s Cup Chances

Blog: KK Members Blog By David Morris

As the Chicago Blackhawks prepared to honor former centerman and current WGN Radio Hawks color commentator Troy Murray with a Heritage Night on January 14, 2010, at the United Center, they were celebrating a player who embodies, perhaps as much anyone in the Hawks’ eighty-four year history, the spirit of the team.

So how does Murray see their Cup chances this year?


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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, mark+messier, stanley+cup, steve+yzerman, troy+murray

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