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Chara A Marked Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The Canadiens are not hiding the fact that Chara is a marked man. Pancaked early in the game by the Habs hard-charging duo of Tom Kotsopoulos and Steve Begin, Chara did not look anything like the Norris Trophy candidate who was dominant at times during the regular season.

During the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the opener, there was speculation that Chara still might be nursing a nagging shoulder injury. Confronted with that idea yesterday, the hulking defenceman deflected away the suggestion with the same ease that Habs goalie Carey Price deflects away shots.

“That’s gone now,” he told the first wave of reporters when asked about a potential ailment. “Everything’s fine.”

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Dallas ‘D’ Is Just Fine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd-Engel of the Star-Telegram,

Between Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, the Ducks have the beginnings of the Mount Rushmore of current NHL defensemen. The Stars, well,...

“Are you saying we don’t have any Rushmores here?” coach Dave Tippett asked.

Yeah, that is kind of what I am saying. Nor, apparently, am I alone.

Tip admits that he has fellow NHL coaches calling and asking “what are you doing?” with regard to his six defensemen. What he tells them is, “We are doing fine.”

And despite all evidence pointing to the contrary, they are doing just fine. Better than fine, actually, which is saying a lot since Anaheim basically has pinpointed Dallas’ D as an area of interest.

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Beating Bubba: Keys To Game 2

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Must win? Of course not.  Even for Bubba?  Maybe.  Heading to Nashville tied 1-1 leads to the possibility of a 6 game series, which does not sound fun.  Going there up 2-0 all but guarantees a quick resolution, and plenty of rest/preparation for whichever left coast opponent awaits.

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Poetry In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

When we started Empty Netters, we have to admit poetry wasn’t exactly something we anticipated readers would submit to us. Maybe we’re a little close-minded, but we’ve never put hockey and poetry together. That’s just us. Regardless, here’s another poem. This one is from EN reader J.T. Koladish:

Cup Number Three

It was the night before the playoffs and all through the air

The hopes of a Stanley Cup hung everywhere

Mellon Arena was dressed up and clean

The city of Pittsburgh seemed so serene

I got off my knees and jumped into bed

I turned on Mike Lange, and here’s what he said:

read on and Empty Netters has a bunch of NHL bits too…

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Saturday Morning Fun

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Big, big, big frigging day.  First teeball game of the season.  Birthday/bowling party immediately after. 

And to set the right tone, I just gathered the family around the computer to take a gander at this little nugget.

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Beer & Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Douglas Murray’s invention doesn’t have huge cashflow, but he’s tapped into college kids’ hearts.

While at Cornell University, the San Jose Sharks defenceman and some friends came up with the UberTap, a quick spout for beer kegs.

Surely it must have him drowning in success.

“Not right now,” he said. “But we’re making some kids happier.”

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The ubertap website...

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Can The Devils Bounce Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The cows are coming home—but what can the Devils do about it? Well, they can moan ‘til the cows come home about bad breaks and questionable, late-third period officiating in Game 2, but when all is said and done, the Rangers come to The Garden Sunday night seeking a three-game series lead; and for good reason.

Namely, Opportunism—with a capital O.

continued

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Yo Adrian - Relax!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via All Things Avs,

Sorry to inform you, Minnesotans. I mean, we in Denver know you’re so much smarter about hockey than us Cowtown folk, but last I checked hooking is against the rules. We know, we know. It can’t happen in the last minute of a game. That’s “not right.” That’s not hockey.
OK then.

So, suck it up, get the pacifiers out of your mouths and LET’S….PLAY…HOCKEY!

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Fans Going Crazy Over The Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Times,

This was playoff hockey, something Washington hasn’t seen since 2003, and perhaps no one has seen anything quite like this before in Washington, which has seemed to transform like never before, into — yes, a version of Hockeytown.

“It’s hard to get wilder than it has been the three previous [home games],” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “But I had to grab the guys and tell them they were up because they couldn’t hear me.”

Veteran great Sergei Fedorov, who has been part of Hockeytown with the Detroit Red Wings, said the crowd support was incredible.

“I had a broken stick and I couldn’t hear it break because it was so loud,” Fedorov said.

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In case you missed Ovechkin’s game winner, watch it now…

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Emotional Ride After Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,

Knuckles still white? Oh, and did you think you had curses like that inside of you?

Up and down and round and round she goes. Welcome to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pass the antacids. Heck, pass the bottle.

It’s tough to imagine going through four series like this. But that’s what the eventual Stanley Cup champion will have to do. And then it’s time for a summer of therapy. Not for the players, but for the fans. This is nuts.

“Oh yeah, we feel it too,” Eric Belanger insisted after the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.

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