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Pittsburgh Penguins Move On to Stanley Cup Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Penguins defeat the Flyers 6-0 to advance to the SCF. 

This game was over midway through the second period.  Flyers gave it their all, but the talented Penguins were just too much for them.

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Cherry Not Happy With Over the Glass Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,

Speaking shortly after Rick Nash’s delay of game penalty led to Ilya Kovalchuk’s overtime winner in Canada’s 5-4 loss to Russia in the gold-medal game Sunday, Cherry ranted that the rule was ruining games….

“The National Hockey League, the reason they put this in, this goofy stupid rule, is because they said players were tired and they were shooting it in the stands,” an emotional Cherry said during his Coach’s Corner segment on the CBC. “If the guy knows he’s getting a penalty, would he shoot it in the stands? Some fool in the National Hockey League had nothing to do (but) come up with that stupid rule and it’s cost series.”

read on

added 6:20pm, You can watch today’s Coach’s Corner segment here at CBC....

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Off Day Talk From Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dave Tippett, Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco talk today…

Q. Defensively what has been the biggest thing for you guys the last couple games?

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Well, I don’t know. We talk about we have to defend as a group. Marty is certainly a big part of that. I think the Toby Petersen line came in and gave us strong minutes in a checking role.

Like I said, from the start, we look at one of our strengths of our team is how well we check as a group and we expect everybody to do it. Doesn’t matter if it’s top offensive players or other players, that’s their main role is to check.

Marty has been very good. But our group as a whole has worked harder at the checking part of the game.

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They Meet Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Fans of a certain age may take a moment to look back in wonder on Sunday afternoon when Canada and Russia take to the ice for the gold medal game at the world hockey championship in Quebec City (1 p.m., ET).

Has it really been 36 years since the 1972 series pitting the NHL stars of Canada against the pros of the Soviet Union in the most famous series ever?

While everyone’s wondering where the time went, give a little thought to where that type of game has gone.

Update 3:58pm ET (alanah):  Russia wins in OT on a goal by Ilya Kovalchuk.
From TSN:

The Championship title is the first for Russia since winning the Gold in Germany in 1993.  Despite the losing effort, Canada’s Dany Heatley was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Canada appeared to be headed to their second consecutive Championship as they led 4-2 after two periods, however Russia stormed back to even the score at four apiece thanks to third period goals by Alexei Tereschenko and Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk snapped his first goal of the tournament past a screened Cam Ward with just over five minutes remaining in the third period to send this one to the extra period.

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Shop Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Blue Jackets will be one of the busiest teams during the off-season. I’d long speculated they could go the offer sheet route if they fail to land the help they need via the UFA market, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they go hard for Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter or Anaheim’s Corey Perry or Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester if those three are still unsigned by July 1st by their respective teams.

much more UFA and trade talk at Spector’s Trade Rumors…

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Feel The Pain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If there were any question about Zdeno Chara’s toughness, this should settle it: The towering defenseman considered not having anesthesia when undergoing recent shoulder surgery to repair a torn left labrum. “True story,” said his agent, Matt Keator. “That’s Z, right there. He cares about his body, like no one I know, and he doesn’t want to do anything that could compromise it. He asked if he could go without it, and he would have done it, but the doctors convinced him it was better to have it.

more NHL bits from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“Those players have made a commitment on both sides of the puck that leads to success,” Lamoriello said. “If you watch what they’ve done and have followed them during the year, you shouldn’t be surprised. It’s only been a surprise if you try to bring the past into the present, and the present is what you look at.”

more on the Penguins…

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A Day Off

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s a Family Day in the Iwo household.  There will be no discussion of hockey and I’m sure I won’t think about it.

Before I go…the Wings won 41 of 61 faceoffs.  Draper was 17 and frigging 2. 

Still…think back to yesterday’s game and think of one time you were happy with the way the Wings controlled the puck.  Compared to their previous seven playoff games prior to Game 4 of this series, that’s what’s missing.

A lethargic Wing team yesterday and really bad games from two important guys: Holmstrom and Chelios.

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Flyers Play The Pressure Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers said the keys to winning are doing what they did in Game 4: strong forechecking and getting quality shots on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

“The first couple of games, I think we let him off the hook,” Richards said of Fleury. “Not going to the net and trying to pass around him too much. . . . But when you get pucks to the net and he’s having trouble seeing them, there are going to be rebounds.”

The Flyers also need to move the puck easily out of their zone, keep possession enough to score, and reduce the Penguins’ chances.

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The Retail Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

In the final moments of today’s playoff game between the Penguins and the Flyers, a pile of “if-when” contracts could be triggered.

If Pittsburgh clinches, thousands of Eastern Conference championship T-shirts and hats will be rushed into production and shipped to stores. If Philadelphia wins, those contracts sit in limbo for whenever the series comes to a decisive conclusion.

This is the “chase business,” said John Horan, publisher of trade publication, Sporting Goods Intelligence. Even as Sidney Crosby and Scottie Upshall chase pucks around the ice, vendors and retailers are poised to chase the sales that victory brings. Blink and the business opportunity might go flying by.

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