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Five Games Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For us in the eastern time zone, another late game to watch.  But what else is there to do except watch hockey!

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324 Players Surveyed. Who’s Your Cup Favorite?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

C’mon now.

You have to ask?

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Can Columbus Make It A Series?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

If you’re a Detroit Red Wings fan, the first two games of the team’s series against Columbus have been bliss. If you’re just a neutral observer, the first two games have been depressing.

Why? Because Detroit is too good.

Now I’m not ragging on the Wings; I just hope the Blue Jackets can harness what will surely be the awesome energy of Nationwide Arena when the teams square off again Tuesday night. As far as the Jackets should be concerned, one goal in two games does not a series make.

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A Look At the Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I take a look at the last (or first) six days of playoff action at my NHL.com contribution today.

Hockey 24/7 continues and I am taking it all in.

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Special Teams Play Is Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs everything is magnified. The battles, the intensity, the pressure, the energy, the excitement, they all rise to a higher level. The swings in momentum that can occur within a shift, a period and a game are often the moments that dictate the outcome of a series.

A hot goalie, or a streaky scorer can dominate a series, but there may not be a more important part of the playoffs than special teams.

All year teams work diligently to improve their special teams, understanding the importance of scoring a power play goal at a critical time, or killing off a string of penalties to preserve a lead. No series has exemplified that importance more than the Vancouver, St. Louis series.

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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 3: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

It is a great day to be a Red Wings fan.  Wings are up two games to none, Game 3 is tonight at Nationwide.  The “19” immediately recognize this familar patch of playoff landscape.  Mike Wilkinson, Detroit News, offers a friendly reminder:

During the last 17 years—call it the Nick Lidstrom era—the Red Wings have won the first two games of a playoff series 17 times, including the current series with Columbus. They came out on top in 13 of the previous 16, losing three times: 1993 to Toronto; 1999 to Colorado and 2001 to Los Angeles. Six of the series were sweeps; three went five games; five went six games and two went to a deciding Game Seven.”

This years edition of the Dynasty also appear to have vivid memories, Brett Lebda, via the Windsor Star: ” This is a very important game.” “We don’t want to give them any life. Sometimes when you let teams back in a series, they get some life and it turns into a series you could have avoided.” 

Skate to throat, Bitches.  See you tonight on the train.

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Take That Rangers Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post,

Last night was the first time I had been in Madison Square Garden for a professional sporting event. Some quick, cheap observations, became no playoff series has really started until you start picking on the opposing fan base….

They were profane. Look, there’s plenty of bad behavior in Verizon. Just yesterday someone forwarded me pictures of a Caps fan urinating outside the building on Saturday, in broad daylight. But I’ve been to dozens and dozens of games there, and the profanity last night was on a different level. TVMA would be putting it kindly.

There were dads cursing their brains out in front of little kids. Massive, rink wide “Bleep-hole” chants. Massive “These Refs Suck!” and “Bett-man Sucks!” chants. Repeated “Po-ti Sucks!” chants. Invitations for Poti to perform sexual acts. All variety of curse words directed at the officials. Homophobic slurs directed at people in Caps gear. I passed Bettman in the concourse; just as I noticed, so did a nearby Rangers fan. “I [bleeping] hate that guy!” the fan said to his buddy.

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Sharks Confident

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from Cecile Nguyen at SanJoseSharks.com,

“We put ourselves in a bit of a hole here but we have a good team,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. “We’ve been the best team all year. We have to prove it now and I think the guys know that we need to step up. We’re not nervous or overly worried. We’re not going to go out there and try to do too much. We’re just going to do what we have done all year.”

A day after their Game 2 Stanley Cup Quarterfinal loss to the Ducks, the Sharks’ locker room following practice Monday afternoon remains positive.

“We’re confident. All the guys in here are confident,” center Joe Pavelski. “We’ve had some good practices and guys are hungry. There’s a sense of urgency in Game 1. There’s more of a sense of urgency in Game 2. And now obviously Game 3 we got to have it.”

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In Other News - Hasek With Another Comeback

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Russia Today,

The 44-year-old goaltender signed a contract with HC Moeller Pardubice for next season.

Pardubice is Hasek’s home town, and he started his career in the colors of the local club.

“I’m really glad I could sign a deal with this club,’’ Hasek said. “It’s a club where I spent the most years. I’ve never even thought I could play for any other club in the Czech Republic. I’m looking forward to the next season.”

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Talking Tough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers have the reputation of being a tough team. But the Pittsburgh Penguins are also a tough team. It just depends on how you define the word “tough.”

“Toughness is if you can go out and play your game the way you want to play it and not be deterred from it; then you’re being tough,” Penguins interim head coach Dan Bylsma said.

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

One of the most obvious storylines of this first-round playoff series between the Flyers and Penguins has been the hitting.

In the first two games, the Penguins were credited with 80 hits, compared to 66 for the Flyers. In Game 3, however, the Flyers outhit the Penguins 29-18, and Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, who had 14 hits in Game 2, had none in Game 3.

While real-time statistics like hits seem to vary building by building, the Penguins admit the Flyers dictated the physical play in Game 3.

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