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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know I have an ongoing family issue that needs 100% attention at times.
This may be an ongoing issue for some time, but really not sure what the future holds.
Anyways, I am back for the rest of the day and appreciate your understanding.

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Vancouver & Anaheim Mayors Making Bets

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the OC Register,

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan have a made a friendly wager regarding the NHL Western Conference semifinals pitting the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
The Ducks won the best-of-seven series opener, 5-1, Wednesday night in Honda Center.
If Anaheim wins the semifinals, Mayor Sullivan has agreed to wear an Anaheim Ducks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of the Vancouver City Council, and to fly the Ducks team flag at Vancouver City Hall.
In the event that Vancouver wins, Mayor Pringle will do the same with the Canucks jersey and flag.

continued…

*At least I’m not the only Canucks fan that makes stupid bets. I’ll be appearing in a Wings’ jersey on Abel to Yzerman in a few days to prove what losing a hockey bet looks like. Sigh.

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The Enigma

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com’s Larry Wigge,

Mystery or secret weapon?
Some will say the silky-smooth Pavel Datsyuk is an enigma wrapped in a riddle and, well, a mystery because he came into the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season with zero goals in his last 26 games in the postseason.
By contrast, the numbers he’s put up in the regular season have solidified Datsyuk as a star…

continued…

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30K Live Blog…Kinda

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From 30,000 feet above Colorado and the stench has reached us here in coach. It's not pleasant smelling a state that reeks of hockey failure, but it's not a cause of pain and stress. Nope. Mere hours before Game 1 against The Team We Must Now Speak of and I'm trying to explain to the mother and young child next to me why Homer's absence tonite should worry them as it worries me. I think they're coming around but it's been a tough sell. There's a 65 year old man just in front of me. He seems like a nice old gentleman, grandfatherly, sympathetic to my stress. He nods when I tell him that Zetterberg's back has me so nervous that I may have to use his air sickness bag. He doesn't want to talk to me anymore though. He's watching a movie now. I'm gonna lean over and see what it is....Saw II. Awww, that's nice. Sweet old man. A young French couple is across the aisle from me. They don't seem to listen when I tell them I believe their nation is short on sack. They perk up though when I tell them that I'm concerned that Nick Lidstrom may have finally met his match this time. They look skeptically at one another when I explain that Thornton presents too many problems. They huddle and whisper then the woman leans over and says that she and her husband have discussed it and they both agree that Thornton may see a healthy dose of Chris Chelios, as well. They think the old man may frustrate him to the point of distraction. The husband returns to his romance novel, te wife to her hygiene magazine and I'm alone again with my thoughts. I think we're past Colorado because the passengers have stopped giggling. Jeffrey, our stewardess and a San Jose native, is prancing up the aisle firing orders. "Elbows in please." "Watch those bags ladies." I stop him and ask if Rosie actually quit the View today. He chokes back a sob and nods in the affirmative. I ask him what he thinks the keys to the series are. The power play, he says. Detroit has to stifle San Jose's and the Wings have to succeed at least 20 percent throughout the series. He adjust his scarf and moves on. The pilot comes over the 1MC and announces there's turbulence ahead, they're turning the snack carts around, back to their little caverns at the back of the plane. Naturally I think of "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and "fellas it's too rough to feed ya.". That's a Michigan song, I say to the lady behind me. And that's an omen, a good one. she looks at me funny and says "what song?". The one I was just singing to myself, the Lightfoot timeless classic, I reply. She tells me to turn around or else she'll press the call button. No one ever presses the call buton, I say. They think about it but they never do. I dare you but I doubt you will. She looks at me for a minute then says, "Ron Wilson's a genius you know, a true motivator." I press the call button and Jeffrey sprints up the aisle. "Yeth?". I tell him what she says about Wilson and he says he believes players tune him out, that he's a clown. I ponder that for a moment and then decide to avail myself of the spacious restroom in the rear of the plane. I've been in here for thirty minutes now and notice there's some graffiti on the bulkhead. How odd, I think, graffiti on a plane. You just don't see much of that. I lean in closer to it and see that it's written in child-like scrawl, in crayon. "I built this team for this series," it says. "I'm hungry for Fritos and melted cheese and I've got a secret and his name is The Enigma. Remember I wrote that." There were initials underneath it.....MB. I've just been told to turn off all electronic devices. I only have one but I'll turn it off because I'm a lemming at the mercy of the bastard airline even though we all know the electronic devices don't make one damn bit of difference. Wings in 6.

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Kovalev Speaks Out on the Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev is at the centre of yet another media controversy.
Le Journal de Montreal and Radio-Canada in Quebec report that Kovalev recently gave an interview to Sovietsky Sports, saying he was unhappy with the way he was treated as a player this past season by the Canadiens.
According to Sovietsky, Kovalev added if things don’t change, wants out of the organization. The 13-year NHL veteran told journalist Pavel Lysenkov - his official biographer - that his gripe is not with Montreal journalists, but with the team itself.

continued…

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Elias Out for Devils Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Toronto Star,

New Jersey Devils captain Patrik Elias will be sidelined for the first game of the second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday because of a lingering cold.
“Patrik was here this morning and he will not be in the lineup,” Devils coach Lou Lamoriello said after the team’s morning skate. “He is much better. The way he feels, he’ll skate tomorrow and be ready for Saturday.”

continued…

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Chest Protection for Young Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Reuters via MSNBC,

A blow to the chest of a young athlete from a ball, or hockey stick, or hard collision with another player, can trigger an irregular heartbeat that leads to sudden death — and commercially available chest protectors don’t do what they’re supposed to do, according to a new report.
“A significant proportion (about 40 percent) of sudden deaths reported in young competitive athletes due to blunt chest blows occur despite the presence of commercially available sports equipment generally perceived as protective,”

The study looked at 182 cases of the deadly irregular heartbeat condition “commotio cordis”.  Of the 25 deaths analyzed, hockey injuries caused the majority:

The athletes who suffered fatal blunt chest blows were all male and between 5 and 23 years of age; their average age was 15. Thirteen were hockey players (including one goalie), ten were football players, six were lacrosse players (including three goalies), and three were baseball players (all of them catchers).

more…

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Wild’s Brian Rolston Analyzes 2nd Round in the West

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ESPN.com,

Potential Weakness for San Jose:
“Goaltending. I don’t know if Evgeni Nabokov has proven he can win the big games in the end. He has played really well so far, but now he has to deal with one of the best offensive teams in the league, so that could become an issue.”

more… *Rolston comments on all 4 Western Conference playoff teams

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Playoff Hockey Media Entertainment

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Be sure to check out the listings of hockey blogs and podcasts on Kukla’s Hockey Links page.  Many are still busy covering their teams for the playoffs; and plenty keep it up even with their teams out of the playoffs.  Lots of great choices to keep us entertained.

Also, the 2006-07 HockeyFights.com Awards are going on now. With categories like “Kocur Award: TKO or KO of the Year” and “The Biggest Let-Down Award”, you can have a little fun supporting your favorite (and least favorite) scrappers.

And finally, don’t forget to head over to the NHL’s own YouTube page for highlight videos, added most days.

Update 12:31pm ET:
If anyone’s interested, I’ve posted some audio of post-game trash-talk, depression and high-hopes with Earl from Battle of California, and J.J. of Canucks Hockey Blog.  Both were good enough to share their thoughts with me on the air, after the Canucks/Ducks game last night. Earl was actually at the game when we chatted, so he’s in a pretty good mood, yet still very nice to this traumatized Canucks fan, so I had fun!

Update 1:24pm ET:
Joe Pelletier has written a post on a group of researchers who reconciled the Conn Smythe Trophy winners prior to the trophy’s birth in 1965, with some interesting results.  Some hockey history to feed your brain.

Update 2:13pm ET:
How could I forget to mention all the celebrity bloggers covering their teams? Foolish of me. Find them here.

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Red Wings Depth to be Tested

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Helene St. James at the Free Press,

The Wings drew admirers headed into the playoffs because of their depth—but six games in, that has dwindled. Holmstrom is nursing a cut left eyelid, and while he’s officially day-to-day, that can mean anything from a Game 2 return to missing two weeks. Brett Lebda is dealing with a sore right ankle, though he should return during the series. His injury further depletes a defense that saw Niklas Kronwall suffer a fractured sacrum in his pelvis March 30, which will keep him out through mid-May. [...]
The Wings need all four lines to generate offense, but two of those lines aren’t in top shape. Henrik Zetterberg missed practice Wednesday, meaning he won’t have practiced since Sunday’s end of the Calgary series.

continued… (*more on the ailing Wings at A2Y later, I would expect)

Update 11:28am ET:
John Niyo at the Detroit News,

I’ve already gotten a half-dozen emails about the CBC mention on “Ater 40 Minutes” where they just casually threw out that Calder and Samuelsson have broken hands. Wings have denied it up till now. And I don’t expect that to change—this being the playoffs, you’re not going to get a straight answer out of anybody. But everybody saw Calder shaking hands with his left hand after the Calgary series.

more…
*thanks to KK reader Millsz for the pointer!

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