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Planning On Attending The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Compliments of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, I received four complimentary tickets in the mail today.

I am giving away two tickets this week and will do the same next week.

If you could use them, leave a comment below and then I will do a random drawing to pick a winner.

You must be a KK member (register here, it is free) in order to win the tickets and you must leave a comment by 12:00pm EDT tomorrow, Tuesday April 20th.

note: moved to the top of KK so everyone has a fair chance of entering.  Original post was 4/19/2010 at 11:41am.

update: The winner of the two tickets to the HHOF is KK member drimo.  Congrats and I have just emailed you.

Look for a chance to win again some time next week.

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Carter & Gagne Out For Flyers

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(Voorhees, NJ) - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Wednesday morning regarding forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne:

“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne both suffered injuries to their right foot in Tuesday night’s game. Neither will be available to play Thursday, and both players are listed as day-to-day.”

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  Tags: jeff+carter, simon+gagne, simon+gagne

Early Playoff MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to pick leaders in any NHL awards race as soon as there is a meaningful front-runner and what to see when and if they lose their front-running status.  We are now three and four games into the first round playoff series and it is the earliest possible time to pick a meaningful early playoff MVP.  That man is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Crosby has 11 points in four games played and a playoff leading +7 +/- rating.  That is a very strong streak of four games.  It is unlikely that Crosby can keep that level of play up for the entire playoff run, but he is off to a big lead over the rest of the pack and is thus the early playoff MVP.  Should Crosby continue to play at this level and Pittsburgh make another deep playoff run (both are reasonable possibilities), a Sidney Crosby Conn Smythe Trophy is a strong possibility.

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Writing Hockey

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from Marc Fisher of the Washington Post,

“...the players mixed like hornets—swift, padded, yellow, black, red, rushing, slashing, whirling over the ice. Above the rink the tobacco smoke lay like a cloud of flash powder, explosive.”

That would be Mr. Saul Bellow, hockey writer.

The smoke is a dated reference, of course, but in his classic novel, Herzog, Bellow captured the crackling tension and the surges of near-ecstasy that can mark the best moments in hockey.

This week, as the Washington Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens in first-round playoff action, it seems a good moment to ask: What’s the best hockey writing of all time?

An anthology by Bryant Urstadt, “The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told,” includes work by recognized greats such as William Faulkner, George Plimpton and Alec Wilkinson, but Urstadt is the first to concede that hockey and great writing do not necessarily belong in the same sentence.

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If interested, “The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told” is available through Amazon.

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Morning Line

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“I didn’t talk to him. I haven’t talked to him hardly all year except to say, `Hey, how are you and where did you get your suit?’ That’s Jimmy D’s job; he looks after all those guys. I mean, I talk to the kid and once in a while I’ll say, ‘It’s about the next stop,’ but he knows that. He doesn’t need to hear it from me.”

-Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock talking about Jimmy Howard.  More on the Wings/Coyotes from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Grey Areas In Vancouver’s Game

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Tuesday was a bleak, grey, drizzly day in suburban El Segundo, where near the practice rink lies a gorgeous stretch of Southern California beach juxtaposed by a gigantic sewage treatment plant across the street. Depending on perspective, the place is either beautiful or grotesque.

The Canucks are the same way, but the beautiful part has been hard to see the last few days even for the most fervent romantics. The ugliness is impossible to miss.

Goalie Roberto Luongo is being referred to here as Bobby Lose. Against the Los Angeles Kings, the Canucks can’t kill penalties, have no answer to a 20-year-old defenceman dude and aren’t getting an inspired performance from anyone but Mikael Samuelsson.

read on

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Firing Up The Flyers Fans

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Created for the playoffs, the pregame video that is played before every home game of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Are The Devils Done?

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

As the final seconds were ticking away in the Devils’ 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight, some in the crowd of 19,709 began to chant, “It’s all over.”

Considering the way the Devils have played in this series and the way they have been dominated at even strength in the last two games, it’s hard to argue with that.

The Devils now trail the Flyers three games to one in the best-of-seven series. Another Flyers’ win in Game 5 Thursday night at Prudential Center will send the Devils to their third consecutive first-round playoff exit.

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Not A Fair Fight

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Injuries take so much of the fun out of sports. You want to see a fair fight, and right now the Avs don’t have two of their top scorers.

I don’t want to be a jerk and start saying stuff like “Just get out there and play” when I don’t know just how bad Mueller and Hejduk are feeling right this second. All I’ll say is something I said earlier today: I think the Avs need to look for bigger and stronger players in the future, maybe some guys who can better take a big hit. I’m not saying the guys they have now don’t have enough heart. I would never say that about anybody who plays this barbaric game. But what I am saying is, there is a definite pattern over the years now, of the Avs losing a lot of key guys when the going gets really physical.

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Ah, So This Is The Senators Problem

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators bit their tongues when it came to talking about the men in stripes.

While the officials didn’t do them any favours in Game 4, the Senators clearly weren’t happy with the referees.

“You guys all saw the game. I just think their were some inconsistencies,” said coach Cory Clouston.

“We have to be better at handling adversity, but it seemed like what was being called in one situation wasn’t being called in another.”

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