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Anaheim Grinders Come Up Big

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

While the Wings’ top forward unit of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom was again dangerous, they did not hit the scoresheet at even strength (Datsyuk did score on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period to briefly give the Wings a 3-2 lead).
That in and of itself would have been cause for celebration for the Ducks. But throw in the line’s surprise offensive outburst and this was grinder nirvana.
“It’s the best thing you can do in hockey, scoring goals. Everyone wants to do it,” said Pahlsson, who is nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. “So, it’s a lot fun. We really love scoring, too, even if we don’t do it as much as the other guys.

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Moving Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ll be mostly occupied with moving the IwoCPO family into the new house today, so posts will be limited.  Lots of hurting Wings today, I’d imagine.  I’ll be back with a comprehensive review of the causes of said pain later today.

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The Ducks Nieds’

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

If Rob and Scott Niedermayer didn’t get along so well, if they had developed a sibling rivalry while growing up in Cranbrook, Canada, Scott wouldn’t have packed his three Stanley Cup rings and left New Jersey to share a locker room and a car pool with the brother who is 16 months his junior.
That they like each other might be the luckiest break the Ducks have ever gotten.

continued (reg. may be req.)

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Ducks Go Home 1-1

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Scott Niedermayer scored in the first OT to give the Ducks a 4-3 win.
Hard fought game and both teams gave it their all.
Next game is Tuesday in Anaheim, 9pm EDT start.

Make sure to watch the post game interviews!

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Changes Needed To Be Made

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from the Seattle Post Intelligencer,

I watched some hockey the other night—I love moving the Nielsen needle—and by the end of a fabulous Stanley Cup playoff game, I realized the NHL on TV can only be saved by two radical measures:
• The game needs to be televised north-south, not east-west.
• The game needs to eliminate one intermission.
(I understand that I’ve just lost contact with all hyper-serious NHL fans, so I’ll just speak directly to the other 99 percent of the U.S. population for the remainder of this column.)

read on

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Pick Your Hero

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2257:  So I’m thinking that may have been a bad idea.  I’ll look inward this evening and let you know.  Introspection after an OT loss is always fun.

Last time we did this was Game 6 in Calgary, so I don’t want to read any of you whining about me jinxing anything.  Pick your game winner here.  First to choose the hero gets a 3 dollar gift certificate to the Saginaw/Bay City/Midland Tri-City Airport bar.

Me? I’m going with, yep, Bob Lang.

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Sabres Ready For Road Battle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Metro News,

“For us, it’s just about that one game getting us back on track,” Sabres centre Daniel Briere said Sunday after the Sabres rolled into the nation’s capital late in the afternoon after having dropped a 4-3 double-overtime decision hours earlier.
The loss left them in a 2-0 hole heading into Game 3 Monday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m. ET).
“Last year we won three games here in Ottawa,” said Briere, whose team has won three of its five games on the road in these playoffs. “We had the best season this year on the road, so we know we can play well on the road.”

read on

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Kunitz Out For Ducks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via the OC Register Ducks Blog,

The Ducks went into Sunday night’s second game of the NHL Western Conference finals at Detroit without left wing Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz, who scored the lone Ducks goal in Friday night’s 2-1 loss in the series opener, was listed as “day-to-day” with an upper body injury. Kunitz usually skates on the club’s top line with center Andy McDonald and right wing Teemu Selanne.

Not real comfortable with any report that uses past tense before the game actually starts, but hey…there’s diggers everywhere I suppose.  I’ll believe it when the lineups are announced.

  Bruce MacLeod confirms it.

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Gold For Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Now that’s the kind of formula that wins international hockey championships.
Canada got goals from skilled players and grinders, timely saves from goaltender Cam Ward and didn’t repeat any of the mistakes it had made earlier in the tournament on Sunday during a 4-2 win over Finland in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

continued

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Gretzky Still Has The Power

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from TBM at NBC Sports,

But all the qualified people in the world won’t make a difference unless Phoenix addresses the elephant in the room, or more specifically, the legend sitting in the room as the interviews are being conducted.
Wayne Gretzky.
What most candidates would like to know is just how much power the new GM will have in the desert, since Gretzky, in addition to being the head coach, is also the managing partner of the franchise, one who has had a large voice in personnel decisions over the last few years.

read on

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