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The Other Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector has gathered some information on a few teams not involved in the playoffs.
At times you have to feel for the fans of these teams, they deserve to be rewarded and hopefully the future will be brighter for them.

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Islanders Need To Attack

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from Joe Gergen at Newsday,

Certainly, the mind-set will have to change tomorrow night if the Islanders hope to tie the series.
“We might have been doing too much watching and not enough attacking,” said defenseman Sean Hill. “It’s nice to be close, but we were in position to steal that game. With the amount of offense we had, we have to take some solace in that.”
For a team whose mantra in the final week was “desperate times call for desperate measures,” perhaps the situation wasn’t desperate enough.

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Three Games Tonight

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The Western Conference is featured tonight.  Another long OT game is OK, my batteries are re-charged.

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JFJ Appears Safe In Toronto

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from the National Post,

The embattled Leafs GM, whose team has yet to make the playoffs in the post-lockout era, and whose future within the organization has been the subject of much speculation since the NHL regular season concluded last weekend, received a cautious endorsement from his boss yesterday afternoon.
“As long as myself and the board are convinced that John can get us a championship, he’s got a job,” Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president Richard Peddie said. “We still have to go through the assessment. I still want to see his plan. But John has got my support at this time.”

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Babcock On A Friday Morning

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Babcock gives us about 12 minutes of his wisdom this morning.  Thanks to the Jamie & Brady Show at WDFN for the use of the audio.
Listen now!

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Spotted Last Night

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from Ryan Dixon at the Hockey News,

• So Pavel Datsyuk scored his first NHL playoff goal since 2002. Does that put one monkey out of work or does he team up with his buddy on Marty Turco’s back?
• Initially I was picking Buffalo in four games; I’d like to change that to three. That’s because rather than subject themselves to a fourth straight defeat, the Isles will forfeit Game 4.

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Flames Play Soft

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

So, imagine what was running through the mind of the Calgary GM as he watched the likes of finesse players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg knocking his Flames off the puck in the game’s early going.
Or, as he saw Red Wings pest Tomas Holmstrom annoy Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for much of the game without fear of retribution.

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An interesting stat at Red Wings Corner,

The Red Wings had 37 hits in their Game 1 win over the Calgary Flames, Thursday. It was the highest hit total this season for the Red Wings and just the 15th time in 83 games that Detroit has had as many as 20 hits in a game.

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Stop The Booing

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

We know why we boo, but there still seems to be something definitely classless about jeering a nice, clean-cut superstar like Sidney Crosby, who will almost certainly become a Canadian icon before the 19-year-old reaches unrestricted free agency in 2012, and someday, even be named to the Order of Canada.
And to do it in so-called Hockey Country of all places.

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“Kids” Everywhere

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Therrien coaches 19-year-old Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and 18-year-old forward Jordan Staal, but the most important teenagers in Therrien’s world are 14-year-old Elizabeth and 13-year-old Charles.
Therrien, now divorced, fought for and won custody of his two teenage children.
NHL coach and single dad.
Now, that’s a resume.
Why not juggle chainsaws and do brain surgery at the same time?

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Of All The Nights Not To Sell Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta be brief this morning…heading to the airport. 

One thousand people made statements last night.  They’re not coming back, not spending their extra cash, until the Wings prove the money isn’t a downpayment on disappointment.  Last night may have convinced a few of them that this Spring may be a little different.

Game 1 isn’t a series, but it can set a tone.  The Wings established a presence last night.  And all of a sudden, they don’t look quite so squishy soft as more than a few mainstreamers claimed.  And all of a sudden, a few writers in Calgary were searching for cheesy metaphors.

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