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Biron Embraces the Moment

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Watching Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Biron embrace the moment is one of the best stories of these NHL playoffs. He embodies the axiom about the value of the journey over the destination. And while the Stanley Cup dream is the ultimate, Biron’s career-long anticipation of his first postseason action in the NHL makes him a prime example of the wait giving weight—as in richness—to the moment.

continued…

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  Tags: martin+biron

Enough Whining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stop the whining…

more at my blog at Hockey.com…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Noted by Rick Sadowski in the Rocky Mountain News:

Red Wings forward Darren McCarty is convinced Forsberg will play.

“I’m pretty sure, unless Forsberg’s leg’s going to fall off, he’ll probably be in there for Game 3,” McCarty said. “They’re a veteran team. They’re well-coached and they’ve got guys that have been in different situations like this before. It’s not like they’re a young team.”

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  Tags: darren+mccarty, peter+forsberg

Escalating the War of Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

Kostopoulos earned a two-minute roughing minor on the play, but the war of words has escalated ever since.

“Kostopoulos, he’s a tough kid and I’ve got a lot of respect for him and [Steve] Bégin,” Philadelphia head coach John Stevens said. “But to go up and blindside sucker Kimmo Timonen on a play at the end there, that’s cowardly, in my opinion.”

Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau has been anything but quiet about the criticism of his player.

“That’s one team that shouldn’t talk,” Carbonneau said of Stevens’s comments. “They played 82 games and had the most suspensions in the league.”

And over at the Philadelphia Daily News, Rich Hofmann also expects things to get nastier in this series, citing this quote from Carbonneau:

“I think [Timonen]  deserved it.  That’s why they didn’t call any (major) penalties on it.”

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  Tags: guy+carbonneau, john+stevens, tom+kostopoulos

Dealing With Interference & Crease Crashing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

A couple of old favorites are getting a lot of attention in the playoffs.

No, not the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars — although they appear to be in the process of setting up a titanic struggle for the Western crown.

The two old favorites are interference and crease crashing.

Actually, the latter is a variation of the former, but either way, it’s fairly clear that the recently reconstructed competition committee is going to have to deal with these issues over the summer.

continued

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Today in Playoffs History—April 28

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

April 28, 1996 • A sold-out crowd at the Winnipeg Arena said good-bye to the Winnipeg Jets following a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game Six of their Western Conference Quarter-final series. It marked the final game for the Jets before moving to Phoenix and becoming the Coyotes.

Here are the final moments of that game, committed to YouTube for posterity.

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*historical info via NHL media

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Hair Styles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Others will say it’s been ugly around here since the playoffs began.

It all depends, of course, entirely on your view of hair style.

On the one side of the Canadiens’ dressing room, you have the long, flowing, golden locks of Russian star Alexei Kovalev - hair so long and blond that, Saturday night, some Montreal fans showed up in wigs that made them look like they were extras in the Broadway musical Hairspray.

On the other side, you have the buzz cut, playoff choice of most of the Montreal dressing room, with players like Tom Kostopoulos, the one who decked Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen the other night, looking like they’ve just been deloused and are about to be issued their prison garb.

read on

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Grumbles From a Grumpy Old Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

So I figure I’ve earned the right to complain about a few things I’ve seen during this season’s playoffs. If you agree with me, give me a call and perhaps we can further discuss our issues over a glass of prune juice. 

In any case, I remember when…[...]

• The NHL didn’t feel the need to pander to corporate sponsors by endorsing a contest where an NHL legend - in this case Mark Messier - brings the Stanley Cup to your house.  The news release for the Bring Home the Stanley Cup promotion reads like this: “Known as ‘the Holy Grail’…the Stanley Cup ™ (sic) is one of the most celebrated sports icons and is the ultimate goal of hockey’s greatest players.”

Then leave the Stanley Cup ™ to them, not to some painted-up slob whose fingers are greasy from eating too many potato chips.

more…

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  Tags: playoffs, stanley+cup

The Russians At The World Hockey Championships

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Capitals Insider,

I’m hearing that Ovechkin and Semin joined Team Russia last night, but Ovechkin is still waiting for insurance on his 13-year, $124 million contract. Insurance for Ovechkin’s contract might cost the Russian Hockey Federation as much as $800,000. The Russians have said they will pay, but Ovechkin is contractually prohibited from going on the ice until coverage is in place.

more

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

In addition to Ovechkin, the list includes Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Semin, Maxim Afinogenov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Denis Grebeshkov, Dmitri Kalinin and Alexander Radulov.

Kovalchuk, Afinogenov, Kalinin and Grebeshkov were on the ice against the Swiss last night.

The Russians who weren’t dressed, according to a Hockey Canada observer at the game, were “enjoying hot dogs and poutine in the stands.”

more

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“The Kitchen Is Closed”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Huh?  Well, Mike Lange of course….  Hear it at Empty Netters...

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  Tags: mike+lange

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