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Monumental Defeat For The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Mark Recchi could barely speak as he sat in full uniform at his dressing room stall, 20 minutes after one of the biggest playoff collapses in NHL history.

“This is a pretty awful feeling right now,” said the 42-year-old veteran, barely above a whisper as he digested the enormity of the disaster at hand.

Milan Lucic, on the other hand, had no problem voicing his thoughts.

“There was definitely some complacency,” he said angrily Friday night after the Boston Bruins finished blowing a 3-0 series lead, beaten in Game 7 and bounced from the Stanley Cup tournament by the exultant Philadelphia Flyers.

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Stanley Cup Final Prediction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Will we see a repeat of the 1973 Stanley Cup Final when Montreal, coached by Scotty Bowman defeated Chicago 4 games to 2?

I am old school and it is time for an Original Six Final, the first since 1979 when the Canadiens defeated the Rangers.

So, that is my pick for the SCF, what about you?

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2010 Stanley Cup Conference Finals Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive national broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. Every playoff game also can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Western Conference

Date Time (ET) #1 San Jose vs. #2 Chicago Network

Sunday, May 16 3:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose NBC, TSN, RDS
Tuesday, May 18 10:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Friday, May 21 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Sunday, May 23 3:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 25 * 9:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 27 * 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 29 * 8:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS

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Flyers Down 3-0 In the Series & Game Tonight, Win Game & Series 4-3

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Comeback complete for the Flyers.

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Open Post- Bruins vs. Flyers For A Spot In The Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puck drops just after 7:00pm and can be viewed on Versus, TSN and RDS.

I won’t change my prediction from earlier this morning- Bruins win.

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Performance Issues In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Derek Jory of VancouverCanucks.com,

As Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault held their year-end media availability in front of gaggle of reporters, questions were aplenty, ranging from Roberto Luongo’s captaincy to the ineffective Canucks penalty kill, but the major query on most minds revolved around losing to Chicago.

“I think we clearly didn’t compete the same way in the playoffs as we did in the regular season and we have to take some time and evaluate why that happened,” said Gillis.

“It’s a little too close to it to start assessing what went wrong, but we had players that had career regular seasons and we didn’t get the same performances in the playoffs and we have to figure out why. I think before we get to changes that have to be made, we need to go through that evaluation.”

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12 NHL Thoughts

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from David Fleming of ESPN Page 2,

• Moments before they dropped the puck for Game 7 of the Caps-Habs I realized this was what I loved about the NHL: Here I am in our nation’s capital where the biggest star in town is from Russia, listening to the Canadian national anthem, sitting near team officials from Montreal speaking French about who will skate as “attaquants” while players from Milwaukee and KoPrivnice (CZE) warm up shoulder to shoulder using sticks manufactured in Mexico.

• I get why everyone in Hockeytown is worried about whether or not Nicklas Lidstrom is coming back to the Red Wings next year. But for my money, I’m just as worried that they won’t resign golden grinder Tomas Holmstrom. There are a few athlete’s I’d pay to watch play—Carolina wideout Steve Smith, Allen Iverson (in his prime), Zach Thomas (ditto) and, now, I’d add Holmer to that list….

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It’s Been A Quiet Day For A Game 7

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not anymore, Scott Ferrall joins Deb Placey to preview Bruins/Flyers tonight.

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Is It Still A Wide-Open Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

What does disturb me about the absence of Crosby and Ovechkin (and the decidedly indifferent play of talented but lackadaisical performers like Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin) is not who is or is not on TV, but the way teams can shut down star players and not worry about the supporting cast. The defensive pairing of Hall Gill and Josh Gorges pretty much concentrated on Crosby and Ovechkin and said (in thought at least) let your “other players” beat us.

And that’s the problem with the so-called “new economic order.” Teams that invest heavily in key players—and by example, the Penguins have $21 million in centres Crosby, Malkin and Jordan Staal—find themselves between a rock and a hard place. These are the players that fans pay to see throughout the regular season, and in a salary-capped world these are the players whom management has to pay top dollar in order to keep the fans coming back.

But here’s the problem: In theory the so-called “wide-open game” that was said to have evolved after the lockout has been corrupted somewhat by poor officiating (especially this season) and a loosening of restrictions on defencemen that has crept back into the game under the guise of “restoring the physicality” of the game that was thought to be lost or at least threatened after that first comeback season.

more plus other hockey topics…

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World Hockey Championships - Preliminary Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The World Hockey Championships are underway in Germany.  That is a very overstated name for a tournament that often does not include the best players in the world because it is played at the same time as the Stanley Cup playoffs and only eliminated players can participate.  Many NHL players on eliminated teams chose not to play for various personal reasons.  It is hardly a world championship tournament - that was the Olympics.  Nevertheless, it can be interesting hockey to see some of the better European players playing with and against some NHLers.

The tournament is being played in Mannheim and Cologne, Germany, with an opening day game (hometown Germany vs. USA - who have a strong level of support due to local US forces bases) played in front of 77,000 fans in a soccer stadium in Gelsenchirken.

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