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Canucks Relieved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Province,

The victory exorcised the ghosts of playoffs past — Game 7 home-ice losses to Calgary in 2004 and Minnesota in 2003 — and placed Linden on an even higher pedestal in Canuck folklore. He now has 10 points in nine career Game 7 appearances and his six goals are the most of any active player.
And at age 37, the Medicine Hat native was thankful to get a one-year contract extension from management that reshaped the franchise.
“I know how hard they worked putting this team together and I know how much this city wanted this,” added Linden, who had four shots in Game 7. “And we wanted it just as bad. We’ve had our heart breaks in Game 7, too. For me it was such a grind all day.
“It’s just a relief for me now.”

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No Shadow On Jagr

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from the Buffalo News,

The Eastern Conference semifinal between the Sabres and New York Rangers will start Wednesday, and both teams have a player who fills an important niche. The Rangers have Jagr, one of the most potent offensive players of his generation. The Sabres have Chris Drury, who earned Selke Trophy votes this season as the NHL’s best defensive forward.
It would seem logical for the Sabres to make sure Drury is on the ice whenever Jagr is. But the Sabres enjoy making other teams adapt to them, so coach Lindy Ruff said Monday he will not alter his game plans just to make sure Drury and his wingers shadow Jagr and his linemates.
“No. No,” Ruff said. “We didn’t do any changing on the fly this year. We didn’t pour anybody over the boards. We’ll get matchups that we like.”

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Wings Tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I just did a quick search and would have been able to purchase a group of 12 tickets in Row 9 of the upper bowl for $108 each.
I do wonder if the Wings will be able to sell-out this round.

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The Islanders Lost Momentum

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from David Kolb of MSG Network,

Momentum was on their side.
Yet the team never capitalized.
What went wrong?
While Coach Ted Nolan could be the best off-ice coach in the NHL, his in-game managing could be questioned. Nolan kept his faith in certain players that were either playing too much or were simply miscast.
For instance, for some time Chris Simon was playing not only on the first line, but had significant power play duty as well.
The same can be said about Randy Robitaille, a player that by no means deserved the ice time he received. He proved time and time again that he is amongst the worst defensive forwards in the NHL.

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Canada Happy

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey Night In Canada has been given back its traditional Saturday night time slot for the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.
The CBC complained at the start of the post-season when it was denied a Saturday prime time game on the first weekend.
The network will air the second game of the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators series Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT.

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Playing In The Sand

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from the Toronto Star,

Sure the beer may be cold, the hangovers pulsing and the aging legs on fire, but those post-game grins aren’t memories saved from something once-young: a passion for the great game burns in the desert.
And with the NHL playoffs airing in Dubai via satellite, that passion has gone global (sort of). Witness the just-completed CAE Dubai Mighty Camels tournament (won by the host club, but that’s beside the point). The DMCT is home to a mind-boggling 18-team, three-tier round robin, stacked with over 100 Canadians – Maritimers and Albertans, mostly – nearly all of them lost in their 30s, working all over the Middle and Far East. These guys take the DMCT seriously. Very seriously. Almost as seriously as the beverages.

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Emery Tweaks Hand

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from the Ottawa Sun,

In obvious discomfort after taking a shot on his catching glove yesterday at practice, Senators goalie Ray Emery smashed his stick and left the ice.
The Senators’ top ‘tender was quick, however, to assure the gathered press corps he’ll be ready for Game 1 against the Devils on Thursday in New Jersey.
“As long as I’m ready when they sing the songs, that’s all that matters,” Emery said in reference to the national anthems after emerging from the training room.

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Tuesday Deep Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You know, I’ve got a buddy in San Jose…or somewhere close to it.  Not sure exactly where.  One of the ten or so high school friends I still talk to on an amazingly regular basis…who can say that at age 38?  He kind of staggered into our Michigan high school our senior year, or was it junior?  For some reason, it’s a blur.  Anyway, he came from California and wasn’t received all that well.  Those of you who grew up in Michigan understand.

But, he kinda grew on us with those seven or eight layers of clothes (mostly pastel), that ridiculous accent and a few mannerisms we found to be funny as hell.  And, to his credit, he stayed loyal to the hundred or so pro teams in California.  Still loyal to them now, so this series should make for some interesting emails.  Better do your research Kelly. I’m coming after you.

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Counting The Chickens In The Hockey Hotbed of NoCal

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, they’re frothing in California at the prospect of an Anaheim/San Jose Conference Final.

All 8 people, combined, who care about hockey out there, that is.  I present to you Shaved Ice, a blog I’d never heard of until tonite.  I’m sure it’s because I’m so isolated.

The Sharks need to play Detroit next. The Red Wings have been beaten down, bruised and frustrated by a physical Calgary team. They are poised for their annual postseason collapse, which would have happened in Round One if Calgary could have mounted any sort of offensive attack. We need the Wings now because tackling the Ducks in Round Two will be too emotional. If…wait, I mean when we beat the Ducks, and we will beat the Ducks, it will be a huge accomplishment. I fear our guard could be down and a hungry Dallas/Detroit winner will take advantage.

The Ducks have to be the final step before we play for Lord Stanley. It is hockey destiny. GO CANUCKS!

 

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KK Challenge - Conference Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Oh Tony, if only you could have found an extra goal in the first round!
Tony had 216 total goals in the first round and 215 were scored.
Therefore the KK Challenge continues for the Conference Semi-Finals.
Again, how many total goals will be scored in this round?  Select the correct amount and win a $100 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com or IceJerseys.com.
You need to be a KK member (register on the left sidebar under KK Sections) and answers must be submitted in the comments of this post.  Your guess must be timestamped by Wednesday, April 26th- 5:00pm EDT.
If more than one person gets the correct amount, a random drawing will be held to select the winner.

note:  this post will be a sticky occasionally through Wednesday evening.

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