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Your Gameday Dose Of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta hand it to Chris Chelios.  Two-and-a-half hours before Game 1 and there he was on WDFN, and here is on A2Y.  Today he discusses playoff pressure, Big Brett changing picks on the fly, postseason officiating and the importance of one H. Zetterberg.  Listen here and turn up your volume, the recording is low today.

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Tick, Tock…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Three hours and change, or the equivalent of one half of a Vancouver/Bubba Sr. game.  Speaking of which, the die-hards who stayed up and watched that entire game are just waking up.  A few of them are commenting below.  You can tell they’ve had no sleep because they’re using terms like “dratto”.  Of course, that was Jeff from Oklahoma…which explains his vocabulary.

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Everyone Wanted Information

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 12, 2007) – NHL.com experienced record traffic on the last day of the National Hockey League’s regular season Sunday, April 8, 2007, due in part to the heated competition for a coveted spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the site’s offering of original content that includes exclusive stories, video interviews with players, and the highlight show NHL On the Fly: Final.

NHL.com experienced 1,724,406 user sessions and more than 15 million page impressions on Sunday, April 8, which marks a 51.4% increase in sessions and 40.4% increase in number of page impressions compared to traffic experienced on the last day of the 2005-06 NHL regular season (April 8, 2007).

Sunday’s traffic also surpassed numbers experienced on the 2007 Trade Deadline Day (Feb. 27, 2007), which is historically one of the busiest days of the year for NHL.com, with an increase of 10.7% of sessions and 11.5% of page impressions.

All audience figures courtesy of Nielsen//NetRatings SiteCensus.

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Mullets Everywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Back by popular demand, we bring you the Second Annual Melrose Mullet Madness Gallery!
Just like the playoffs, the mullet is another tried and true tradition in hockey. It’s the only cut that we know that has its own motto: “business in the front, party in the back.” The only hairdo to earn a line in one of the best movies of all time, “Cool Hand Luke.” You remember, don’t you? When Dragline yelled out “mulletheads!”

read on for mullet talk and pics…

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Do The Right Thing, CBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHL Fanhouse,

But there’s one area where the CBC is going backward, not forward, and that’s with its online product.
Last night, the CBC debuted Hockey Night Online, an online only pre-game and post-game program. Unfortunately, as my friend Paul Kukla discovered, the Web cast only works for folks who have Canadian IP addresses.

read on

added 2:37pm, I just made a quick call to the CBC, and they are restricted from showing the streaming material in the US.  That answers that but maybe we can get that worked out for next year?

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The Pressure Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

They will be at the center of every game, usually the hero and often the goat, talked about more than any other player. Commentators will make excuses for them, searching for errors made by other players, and fans will curse or praise them depending on whether their team wins or loses, not on the actual quality of performance.
They are the goaltenders.
When these playoffs are over and a champion has been declared, one will leave an indelible story for the history book, an imprint on the collective memory of the sport as the one, the masked man, who best fought off the fear and insecurity and pressure to lift his team to the top of the mountain.

read on

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Mats Sundin Declines Team Sweden

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Mats Sundin has turned down an invitation to play for Sweden at the world hockey championship in Russia.
“It’s sad, but I can understand his decision,” coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson said Thursday.
The 36-year-old Sundin, whose Toronto Maple Leafs missed the NHL playoffs, was one of the key players on Sweden’s team last year when it won the Olympic gold medal.
Alexander Steen of the Leafs is the only NHL player who has accepted an invitation to play for Sweden so far, but several others are expected to join the squad.

continued…

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The State Of The Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals,

Another season has come to an end long before we would have liked, but we remain committed to improvement and patience in our plans to rebuild our franchise. The final standings show that we amassed the same number of points in 2006-07 as the prior season. And while that is true, this year’s team was better in many areas, and we demonstrated continued growth and improvement.
The power-play and the penalty-killing units both showed slight gains. We scored more goals and gave up fewer. We realize that more improvement is needed, and we will be directing our attention in that area during the summer. In the next several months we will be focused on doing what is necessary to achieve even greater strides for the 2007-08 season.

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Satan Doesn’t Want The Attention

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Shortly before the 2004 trading deadline, Satan scored a goal in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena. Instead of the usual celebration, he took off his glove and put his hand to his ear, mimicking a telephone conversation. In other words, Sabres GM Darcy Regier had better get on the phone and trade him.
This did not go over well with the fans and almost a month later, in the Sabres’ last home game, Satan was chosen the first star. He came out and instead of lifting his stick in the usual salute to the crowd, he waved goodbye. This was a sincere attempt to say thank you for the good times and goodbye but by then the fans were not having any of it.
“Last year it was a little more noticeable,” Satan said of the booing. “It’s a little quieter this year but at least they remember me.”

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Thrashers Lose The Blue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Blueland Blog,

Well, I promised I’d post pictures of Kari and Sutton with their blue hair, but as you may have heard if you were listening to the radio this morning, the blue hair is gone.

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