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MLive took a page from the Dominik Hasek book of showing your opponents some token respect.  Their headline this morning reads, “Wings Looking To Clinch Title Against Lousy Blackhawks”. 

And what is going on over there with the Khan(!)s?  Yesterday I thought it was a misprint.  Today? Not so sure.  Are there two Khan(!)s? Is this some sort of Booth nepotistic charade?  Who the hell is BILL Khan(!)?  I’ll track it down for you, have no fear.

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Ice Girls Allegations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

According to the two women, the Rangers should be penalized for slashing, spitting and verbal abuse during television timeouts in the first period of Tuesday night’s game at Nassau Coliseum, won by the Islanders, 3-2, in a shootout.
During commercial breaks, teams of three Ice Girls clean loose ice known as “snow” in the goal and the blue-painted goaltender’s crease in front of the goal line. But Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist declined to move and used his stick to whack the squeegee Kelli Higgins was using to push the snow into a pile during the first TV timeout, knocking the butt end of the squeegee stick into her stomach.
“I said ‘Excuse me’ maybe two or three times,” Higgins said Wednesday. “He didn’t move and didn’t say anything, so I gave up and went around him….”

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note:  updated the link at 8:19am Thursday for a little more information…

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Wanted- Killer Instinct

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Well, if the Leafs are to win their last two games and squeeze into the National Hockey League playoffs, they had better find it quickly.
It is killer instinct, something the Leafs have not shown a lot of lately, be it starting quickly to put a weaker opponent down by the end of the first period, or closing the deal in the third when they have a stronger one on the ropes.
Maurice, the Leafs’ head coach, argues that too much is made of this. Only the Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators or Buffalo Sabres have enough talent to say they have a killer instinct.

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Coast To Coast With Cheli

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Chris Chelios held a conference call with hockey writers this afternoon.  Entire transcript is below.  Among other things, he discussed winning the Cup in 2002.

If you look back, probably the biggest highlight has to be on the ice when we won the 2002 Cup with my two boys who were 15 and 14, or 14 and 13 at the time, to share that with two sons who love hockey as much as I do. That was definitely the highlight of my career. You know, not making it any more important than the Cup that I won in Montreal, but I celebrated that alone, and to do it with my two boys and my family, it was something special.

 

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All Robitaille

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from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week’s Facing Off, Luc compares Sid the Kid to Super Mario and The Great One, discusses a shootout experience he will never forget, hands out advice on Barry Melrose’s mullet and picks his Stanley Cup winner.
Q: Who was the best coach you ever had?
A: Scotty Bowman, and probably Barry Melrose.
Q: Wow. Melrose is going to love to hear that.
A: He was great. He was the best communicator I ever had and he was a real player’s coach.
Q: Now, why didn’t you and the rest of the guys pin Barry down and cut off that mullet?
A: We should have, but you guys at ESPN should do it now [laughs]. In those days, in the early 1990s, it wasn’t bad. But now, the mullet is totally over with.

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Props To Lecavalier

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Former NHL coach Pat Burns says that while Sidney Crosby may one day be the best player in hockey, that honour currently belongs to Vincent Lecavalier.
“He’s the best hockey player in the National Hockey League by far,” Burns said Wednesday while promoting a prostate cancer fundraiser.
“I saw a game in Tampa when he played against Crosby and he just put on a show. You could see Crosby thinking ‘I’m going to be good like that one day.’ He’s big, strong, he can skate, he can score and I’d say he’s probably the best hockey player in the league.
“And him and Marty St. Louis are probably the best duo in the NHL.”

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Late Night Live Blogging

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Battle of California will be live blogging during the Sharks/Ducks game tonight.
I may have to take a nap to catch up with that one.

Note to Alanah- stay away, you have work to do…

added 10:19pm, Link to the live blog post…

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Emmerton Signs; Hank Likely Out For Chicago Games

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Embattled Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) reports today that the Wings have signed their 2006 top pick Cory Emmerton to an entry-level contract.

Emmerton skated with some of the Wings at Wednesday's optional practice at Joe Louis Arena. He'll join Grand Rapids for the AHL playoffs. Emmerton got off to a hot start at Kingston, where he was one of the OHL's leading scorers before breaking his ankle in December. He returned late in the season and continued to put up points in the playoffs. "He's a point-producer, sees the ice well, moves the puck well, good around the net,'' Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. "He just needs to add strength and keep improving his skating.''

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Don’t Upset A Navy Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When attempting to talk Wings, Dwayne needs to be very careful these days. A2Y is bang on!!!

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And When the Trades Dry Up…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...that’s when the feces really start to fly over at the Klessel Emporium of BS and Boy Band Groupies.  We haven’t been shy here at A2Y about telling you who we’d rather not face.  You know San Jose, AKA The Team We Don’t Speak Of, is not a pleasing thought.  And recently we’ve added Calgary to the list.  I don’t want to see them either.  That’s me talking.  That’s me saying thoughts of The Enigma’s soft wristers arching into Kipper’s mitt make me sad.

But it’s definitely not the organ-I-zation talking.

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