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Watching The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chicago, IL (May 12, 2009) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage in HD, delivered its highest Blackhawks rating ever last evening (May 11)—a 7.82 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks Game 6 second round clinching victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

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Just Feeding You Info..That’s All

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s something we shouldn’t even be talking about today, but I’ll pass it along because I know you’ll want to read it.  I’m not even going to comment, just…pass it along.

Steve Rosenbloom

Asking for the dreaded Wings is asking for trouble.

I understand the thinking, believe me. If you love tradition and have a good hate working, then, gawd, yes, bring on the evil Wings.

If you love going old school with a couple Original Six teams to decide who gets to play for hockey’s Holy Grail, then, sure, bring on the vexing Wings.

If you somehow think it’s fitting or more satisfying or somesuch romantic cliche, then fine, bring on the abombinable Wings.

But if you’re smart, then you want Anaheim.

And one more…

Emotion and passion are wonderful parts of sports, especially in the playoffs, where everything is magnified, and that includes the big talk and the bravado. Thing is, you can’t lead with your heart. You have to use your brain.

The Ducks are your brain. The Wings are your brain on drugs.

 

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Will Boston & Anaheim Force A Game 7?

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Busy Summer Ahead For Vancouver

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It is difficult, in today’s NHL, to effect immediate and massive changes in a short period of time, which is why Gillis’s moves were restricted to a handful of changes on the periphery. He signed Pavol Demitra as a free agent, away from the Minnesota Wild. He wooed and eventually coaxed Mats Sundin to sign with his team mid-season. He claimed Kyle Wellwood off waivers. The rest of the improvements – from out of the playoffs to the third seed in the Western Conference standings and the fourth best record overall and putting the receipts for five home playoff dates into the coffers of owner Francesco Aquilini - came mostly from the holdovers, including coach Alain Vigneault, who he inherited and ultimately retained.

From now on, however, Gillis’s managing skills will be put to the test, with the Sedin twins poised for unrestricted free agency, the same as Sundin and the same as Mattias Ohlund.

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Penguins Had Their Chance

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

What a waste of the Penguins’ stirring 4-3 overtime win at the Verizon Center in Game 5. Now, they must beat the confident Capitals again in their building, a tough assignment under any circumstances, let alone without, in all likelihood, Gonchar.

Good luck with that.

You had better believe the Penguins are going to need every bit of their character and resiliency.

They’re still planning on showing up, though.

“The composure level of this team is pretty high,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “Everybody stays on board.”

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Are The Ducks Just Worn-Out?

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from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Sure, there were still about three weeks remaining in the regular season but the Ducks needed to start winning in the middle of March just to get a chance at playing in the real playoffs.

Nearly two months later, one has to wonder if their “unofficial” playoffs are taking their toll now that that Ducks are in the thick of the real playoffs. Their 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 and their lazy Sunday afternoon effort in Game 5 serve as strong indicators that the Ducks might have finally hit that proverbial wall.

“You never know. Hopefully that’s the case,” said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, one of several Red Wings who aren’t taking any chances. “They’re not going to say that, and we can’t say that because we don’t know how they’re feeling but we feel like we have four good lines in here and have to just keep rolling those four lines. They’ve got some guys in there like Getzlaf and some of the other guys that are playing big minutes in all key situations. Hopefully we can continue to do a good job with Ryan down low and make them tired that way.”

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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 6: Red Wings (3-2) at Ducks (2-3)  (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

There is an O-6 opponent waiting in the Wings, a mere 280 miles from the JLA.  The absurd division that Little Gary built may finally do a service for DET.  The Wings need to take just one more step.  I wish I had more time to find the stats (work just sucks the next few days, apologies for the GDT light), but I know that I recently read something about how well DET closes out series on the road.  Let us all hope that tonight is just one more example of the Wings Road Warrior abilities.  Perhaps some good news, Rafalski may actually play tonight, and Big Rig is probable.

Tonight, The Train keeps a Rollin All Night Long, see you on the Hasek, Bitches.

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Luongo Feels He Let His Team Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo blamed himself for the demise of Canada’s last club in the Stanley Cup playoffs last night.

The Canucks’ captain, considered one of the game’s premier goalies, couldn’t stop enough pucks to force a deciding seventh game against the young and restless Chicago Blackhawks, a team that battled back to overcome two separate one-goal disadvantages to take the six-game series with a madcap but entertaining 7-5 victory.

“I let my teammates down,” said a choked-up Luongo, who cut short his postgame interview because his emotions were getting the best of him.

“It was pretty wide open, but I had to make the saves.”

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added 8:14am, Video of Luongo with the media after the game…

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Advantage Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

“Right now we feel more energy and more excited than Pittsburgh,” the flamboyant Russian said after last night’s 5-4 overtime win at Mellon Arena.

“It’s going to be hard for (the Penguins) to come back because those fans (at Washington’s Verizon Center) are going to be crazy and we’re going to be flying out there.”

It’s never wise to question Ovechkin, who has seven goals and six assists in the six games of this series, but given the swing in momentum thus far, don’t place too much stock in it either.

The vast majority of the series has seen the teams glued to within a goal of each other, three have gone to overtime and only one has had a winning margin of more than one goal.

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Watching Clocks, Spin The Hours Away

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh. No. He. Didn’t.  Sorry, I know the “d” is silent.  Yes. I broke out the Seger fifteen hours before the Live Blog.

Elliot in the Morning, here in DC, was talking this morning about watching his Caps last night and being too amped up to sleep, going to bed at 0100, getting up at 0400.  Not complaining, just stating a fact. If I wasn’t so concerned about keeping the hands at 10 and 2? I might have called in and welcomed him to our cozy little piece of the world. 

Three time zones away Gary.  Anyone in the East have to travel across even 1?

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