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Muckler Can Spot Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Way back when he was just getting his feet wet in management, John Muckler, then the Buffalo Sabres newly-minted Director of Hockey Operations was following the playoffs on television when he noticed this guy named Dominik Hasek moping up for the Chicago Blackhawks in a one-sided Stanley Cup loss to Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Muckler was so impressed with Hasek’s competitive nature that he made certain that then Sabres general manager Gerry Meehan make a play for the goalie who was seemingly stuck behind some guy named Ed Belfour.

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Costly Turnovers

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Daniel Alfredsson’s first period power-play goal came after Kalinin had taken a hooking penalty, while trying to prevent a second Fisher breakaway.
“It was disappointing,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We were not very good with the puck and he was one of them. I don’t have to get in his face. Everybody saw it. We won as a team and lost as a team all year.”
Again, Kalinin stands out on a rough night all around. The official giveaway count was Sabres 19, Senators 8.
“Overall, five-on-five, we weren’t too bad,” said Jason Pominville.
“But we have to improve the turnovers and the special teams.”

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Sens Didn’t Cave

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Sens only allowed 20 Sabre volleys to be directed at Emery last night, an extraordinarily low total from the NHL’s highest scoring team, and only 10 of those came after Buffalo erased an early 2-0 lead with a goal off the stick of low-scoring defenceman Toni Lydman in the game’s 29th minute that tied the game 2-2.
That, you could argue, was the most important result of last night’s 5-2 Ottawa victory, that an early lead was surrendered and yet the Sens didn’t cave. In the opener of a second-round series between the clubs last year, after all, favoured Ottawa blew a big lead and lost a 7-6 overtime decision from which it really never recovered.

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Sens Look To Steal Another Game

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from the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators have accomplished one goal by stealing a game here, but they can take a commanding 2-0 lead home with a victory in Game 2 tomorrow night.
Spezza said the Senators’ next goal is to break an 0-8 playoff record after winning Game 1.
“Now we have a chance to steal two before we go home,” said Spezza. “We just have to get rid of those second-game blues. I know we’re going to talk about that all day (today), so maybe we can finally just shake it.

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Harder To Play Against

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Nobody took the Red Wings’ first-round flop last spring, when Detroit was ousted by the Edmonton Oilers in six games, harder than the passionate Babcock. How could the first-place team perform so poorly in the playoffs? Babcock endeavoured to find out.
His father, a hard-rock mine pit boss, instilled in him a long time ago that if you want to get your employees to work hard and perform, the boss has to exhibit an even more inexhaustible work ethic. So Babcock scoured the game tapes from the Oilers-Red Wings series and arrived at training camp last September with a new message and the video evidence to support his new theme.

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Name That Idiot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s a fun game to keep the Stress Train at the station.  Just a little family fun I invented all by myself because I enjoy entertaining you.  Gather the kids.  Grab yourself a warm one and a block of cheddar.  Yes, Wing fans…it’s time to play:

Name That Idiot!

Here are the rules.  I’m going to give you a few short passages from a renowned idiot’s latest babbling effort, and you try to Name That Idiot.  It’s easy, fun and rewarding.

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Real Time

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NHL.com is beta testing real time scoring.  Check it out if you have a need for it.

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Saskin Gone

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The NHL Players’ Association’s team player representatives voted unanimously today to fire executives Ted Saskin and Ken Kim “for cause,” after a union-commissioned report concluded Saskin had quarterbacked a campaign to hack into player email accounts.

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Chris Chelios just mentioned this on his weekly conversation with WDFN in Detroit.  It is at the end of the audio and you can listen at A2Y.  Chris mentioned they will start from scratch to find an new leader.

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Your Thursday Dose Of Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris Chelios just got off the air in Detroit and thanks to WDFN, here’s what he had to say about playing without Mathieu Schneider, against Sasquatch, with the Miracle of Insanity and the demise of Ted Saskin.

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Wings Address Media

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Babcock, Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk and Hank Zetterberg all addressed the media via conference call today.  Transcript of the whole frigging thing is below.

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