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Hawks Grow Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

“At the end of the game, the last five minutes, I’ve never been in a building that I’ve heard so loud,” said Adam Burish, who scored a third-period goal. “I’ve been to concerts, sporting events—there’s nothing I’ve experienced as loud as that.

“We couldn’t hear what coach (Joel Quenneville) was saying. Guys were relaying it. It was like a game of telephone on the bench. Guys were relaying what he was saying all the way down the bench. There was a time when they were playing some kind of loud rock music. You couldn’t even hear what song was playing. It was pretty cool.”

The Hawks are going to the conference finals for the first time since 1995, and it’s hard to overstate what that means for a franchise that was all but dead until the last few seasons. But suddenly, on the wings of a young roster and a marketing plan that brought the franchise into the 20th Century (yes, I know it’s the 21st), the Hawks will soon be one of the four teams left in the NHL playoffs.


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Finish It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dan Cleary said it yesterday,

“You have to put a foot on their throat…”


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IIHF Talks Tough

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The International Ice Hockey Federation announced what appear to be tough new rules to deal with players who are under contract in one league and jump to another league.  They have announced the played would be banned from playing for four to six months, the player would be banned from international competition for one to three years and the offending club would be banned from the transfer market for three to 24 months.  These rules do not come into place for over a year (June 1st, 2010) which is after the 2010 Olympics. 

That means that these rules will not be in effect this summer - meaning there may be disputed player transfers this summer as there were last summer.  These rules also seem unenforceable.  The IIHF was unable to do anything when Alexander Radulov jumped from the Nashville Predators of the NHL to Ufa Salavat Yulayev in the KHL.  They were unable to prevent him from playing.  Why do they think they can prevent players like him starting in 2010?

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Chicago In The Western Conference Finals

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Lead by the youngsters Patrick Kane (3 goals) and Jonathan Toews (2 goals), the Blackhawks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 7-5.

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Capitals Finally Get An OT Win - Force Game 7

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David Steckel deflects a shot from Brooks Laich and we move on to game 7 in Washington.

One more thing, Bruce Boudreau needs to bet some better collar stays to prevent his shirt collar from pointing upwards.

added 10:44pm, Game highlights via Versus can be watched below…

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Watching Hockey In Canada

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

That was a heck of a hockey game NBC missed Saturday afternoon, though there won’t be any tears shed at peacock headquarters. Even though The Messiah Tiger Woods wasn’t at the top of the leaderboard at The Players championship, NBC still drew a 2.8 rating for golf on Saturday and a 3.4 on Sunday.

In Gary Bettman’s most vivid dreams, the NHL gets those kinds of ratings. In reality, hockey’s high water mark this playoff season on NBC is 1.4.

On this side of the border, hockey dominates everything as it always does. But there will be a lot of tight collars at the CBC if the Vancouver Canucks join the rest of Canada’s NHL entities on the golf courses of North America after tonight. The Canucks are driving ratings, but the rest of the field isn’t doing much to stir Canadian interest.

Saturday’s Washington-Pittsburgh game, in the prime Hockey Night In Canada slot, drew 1.37 million viewers. That’s a strong number, but a little more than 100,000 above what CBC draws during the regular season. You’d think a playoff game involving the league’s biggest stars in a series that has been nothing short of magnificent would do better.


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Rafalski Skates

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from Monday’s late afternoon practice at the Honda Center: Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski participated in his first practice in 12 days, said he felt good and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday. Rafalski has missed the first five games of the series with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

“If the coaches and myself feel I can contribute in any way, then there’s a good chance I’ll play, but we’ll see what happens,’’ Rafalski said. “Until I get on the ice, I can’t really tell when I’ll be able to play. Practice went well today, skated well yesterday for 25 minutes (with the reserves before the game), a little longer today.’‘

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Ducks Have Fun At Practice

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Carlyle mostly had his team put Game 5, a 4-1 loss, behind them. He had the club scrimmage with opposite-handed sticks for the first part of practice to lighten the mood.

“How are we going to lift the spirits of people other than go back to some of the goofy things you did when you played hockey (as a kid)?” Carlyle said.

“Wrong-handed scrimmage and ball hockey are all things that they remember, and you could see a lot of smiles on the faces, a much lighter approach.”


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Of All The Days

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ahhhh…my apologies.  Crazy day in the capital(ol).  I’ll be back in form tonite or tomorrow.  For now?  Cindy Brady’s in frigging tears.

The only thing more discouraging than the Ducks’ effort in a 4-1 loss in Game 5 in Detroit is hearing them talk about it afterwards.

Cindy’s sad.  I’ll catch up with you guys soon.  We have much to discuss.


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Watching In Detroit

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from SnapShots at Mlive,


Detroit-Anaheim Game Achieves 17.1 Household Rating / 35 Share in Metro Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit attracted an all-time record audience for Sunday’s Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.

Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 5:00-7:45 PM telecast registered a 17.1 household rating / 35 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of nearly 330,000 homes (one rating point equals approximately 19,270 households).


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