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Evening Line

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“Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it.  It’s been great, it’s been a fun year. This group of players, they deserve all the credit in the world because they’re a group that a lot of people counted at the start of the year, and with the leadership in that room and the work ethic that these guys have, they deserve all the credit.

“It’s been fun for me, but coaches don’t block shots, have to stand in front of pucks in the net or finish checks, the players are the guys who have to get on the ice and find the results, and our group has been very good that way this year.”

-Phoenix Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett, via Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips.

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Bad Goal Of The Night

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Keith Ballard with the ‘deflection’.

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Players Beat Up Coach After Winning Championship

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A KK reader in Germany passed this on to me and I just shake my head at times when I read stories like this.  I will give you the Google translated version, then click to read the rest.

If you check below, I will then give you the translation (all lower case, it was easier for him) from the KK reader too.

from sportal.de (translated),

Everything could be so beautiful in Jesenice, but then was the master of ceremony the first of a sad story with an accident, a fight and six ads.

Coach Mike Posma had properly celebrated with his players a day after winning the championship. At the end of six players to the 42-year-old coach beat hospital. DThis was now the president of the association, Slavko Kanalec confirmed. “His injuries, although only slightly, but Posma remained overnight for observation at the hospital,” said the club chairman.


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Rask Over Howard?

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from Chris Iorfida of CBC Sports,

Let’s preface this by stating unequivocally that Jimmy Howard is having a tremendous rookie season, as we know Detroit Red Wings fans (and some of the team’s beat men) are known to scour the internet for any perceived slight to one of their own.

Howard has allayed doubts over his NHL future that began to creep in after spending a healthy number of seasons in the AHL.

A consensus has seemed to emerge among many hockey pundits that the Calder Trophy trio of finalists will be Buffalo’s teenage defenceman Tyler Myers, Colorado centre Matt Duchene and Howard.

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t seriously entered the discussion among most observers, and it seems to be solely related to the fact that Howard has started 21 more games (as of April 5).

Because nearly all other statistical indicators favour Rask over Howard….


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Canucks Update Their Injuries

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from Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

The Vancouver Canucks received good and bad news Tuesday.

The good news is Christian Ehrhoff is expected to recover from a left knee strain suffered Sunday in time to re-join the Northwest Division champions for the NHL playoffs next week. The bad news is shot-blocking specialist Ryan Johnson will miss four to six weeks after breaking his foot while blocking a shot in the same game against the Minnesota Wild.


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Iginla Takes The Blame

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the eve of their biggest game of the season, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla delivered an extraordinary mea culpa Tuesday, putting the blame largely on himself for the position the team find themselves in, hanging onto their playoff lives by a thread.

“I’m going to be around 70 points,” said Iginla. “It’s not enough. If you compare it to the other top teams, there are probably one or two in each conference that get in producing like that.”


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Goals, Hite And Saves Of The Week

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First the goals of the week in the NHL, followed by hits and saves below.

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Panther Shows Emotion In Practice

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from TSN,

With a disappointing season winding down, tempers boiled over Tuesday at the Florida Panthers’ pre-game skate when forward Nathan Horton got into a heated exchange with assistant coach Mike Kitchen.

The two sides had to be separated by head coach Peter DeBoer.  Horton then smashed his stick against the boards before leaving the ice.

The incident occurred after Horton was attempting to interfere with a drill that Kitchen was working on in the neutral zone with the team’s defencemen.


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They Know How To Win

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

There’s a simple reason why another Penguins vs. Red Wings final wouldn’t surprise me.

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m watching two games at once: Nashville at Detroit and Atlanta at Pittsburgh.

Both the Penguins and Wings score late in the third period to force overtime, gaining points. Then it occurred to me that’s what championship teams do, they find ways to win. Oh sure, they have great players, but I think it has more to do with their innate ability to play under pressure, and actually work harder than the opposition.

I was reminded of the stories told by the Edmonton Oilers after losing to the Islanders in 1983.

After losing in Game 4 on Long Island, the Oilers players walked by the Islanders locker room expecting to hear champagne bottles popping and laughter. Instead, they heard very little, except tape being removed and players quietly congratulating each other.

Peeking inside, they saw wounded warriors, bandages and braces strewing all over the room, and the scars of battle all over the players’ bodies. Winning had come with a price, and the Islanders were prepared to pay that price.

continued with more hockey topics…

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Babcock Talks Wings

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Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock took part in a media conference call today,

Q. Obviously now moving on to your next season, was there a transition for you moving from the international stage at the Olympics back to the regular season grind of the NHL and trying to get into a playoff spot?

        COACH BABCOCK: None. No. I mean, we played the next night in Colorado. We needed the win. We talked about it. We found a way to win. We’ve been real fortunate in the fact that we were able to get on a great run.

        I really thought probably after the Olympic break that if we could ? we’d be playing Chicago on Sunday for hopes of getting in the playoffs. So our run’s been fantastic. It’s great to be in.

        Now we can make prudent decisions with our players. If guys needed to be ? need to take a day off because they’ve got a pull or their shoulder’s bad, we can give them that. We couldn’t over this stretch. We just had to find a way to get points.

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