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Pittsburgh’s Good Fortune is Detroit’s Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Monroe News.com,

Pennsylvania officials secure funding for new hockey arena in Pittsburgh.
Detroit Red Wing fans lose sleep.
How are those two statements related?
Had plans fallen through for the new $290 million arena in Pittsburgh and the Penguins had moved to Kansas City as had been rumored, the Red Wings likely would have jumped to the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
And if that had happened, the Wings would not have as many games starting after 10 p.m.

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Scott Mellanby Likely to Retire After 21 Seasons

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From AJC,

The salting of gray in the last playoff beard of the Thrashers Scott Mellanby was a hint. The declining number of late-game shifts, the blur of younger players streaking down the ice, the accelerated aging process of the athlete - they all foretold his immediate future.
So, this is how it would play out for Mellanby: A four-and-out postseason dusting by the New York Rangers that at times tweaked his pride and tested his captaincy.
There are no guarantees how a long career ends in any business. Especially in sports, where sentimentality is the first victim of keeping score. Getting swept by the Rangers in an experience that Mellanby perfectly described as “deflating,” is hardly the way a 21-season-long run is supposed to finish.

“I think it is. It has been a great, fun ride, but I think it’s time,” he said.

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*Hat-tip to hockeyfights.com forums

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Are Fans too Hard on the NHL’s Referees?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

I used to be convinced all sports fans really wanted from their officials was a fair shake. Now, after another round of zebra-related whining as it relates to the first round of the NHL playoffs, I think they’re only there to serve as a loser’s lame excuse.
In a sense, I identify with guys such as Bill McCreary, Don VanMassenhoven and Rob Shick. Because when you work at The Hockey News, or as a sports journalist in general, you tend to catch hell from all sides.

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Roberto Luongo Playoff Leader with .950

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ben Kuzma of The Province,

The Canucks workhorse has seldom given up rebounds, let alone goals in a tight quarterfinal series with the Dallas Stars.
“They [Stars] probably have doubts and it plays in their heads, that’s for sure,” Burrows said Wednesday. “You could even see last game that they were trying back-door plays to try and get an easy goal.”
Luongo leads all playoff goalies with a .950 saves percentage and is second with a 1.49 goals-against average. Another strong outing tonight will propel the Canucks into the second round for the first time in four years and launch a campaign to have a street named after Luongo.

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Leafs Nation Mailbag

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

More from Damien Cox today on The Spin,

Q: Damien; I enjoy your insight into the game and share many of your views. I have never subscribed to the view that Leaf fans would not stand for a complete over haul of the club. An overhaul that would leave the club in a non competitive position for a period of time, perhaps with the playoffs being a distant dream for another couple of seasons. Do you think that the Board will give, or should give JFJ, should he be retained, the latitude to blow up this ship and rebuild from the bottom up? I for one would welcome it.
Jeff Ostic, Fergus, Ont.

A: You’re not the only one, that’s for sure. The “blow up the Leafs” support group may be larger than the Green Party these days.

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Second (line) Helping

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep, that's a Skynyrd reference to start your day. And one line from one tune off the "Second Helping" album seems to fit nicely. "People said he was useless, them people all were fools." Now who would we be referring to, and is our claim foolish? Your call, Lang or Samuelsson. Something's gotta be done about the second line and it needs to happen tonite. All the diggers are scratching their heads, and we'll bring you their riveting game-day stories, followed by a little IwoAnalysis. Oh...and name the song.

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Patrick Lalime Re-Signed by Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Patrick Lalime on a 1-year contract.
Lalime, 32, 6’3”, 189 pound netminder appeared in 12 games with the Blackhawks this past season posting a record of 4-5-1 with one shutout, a 3.07 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. Lalime made his Blackhawks debut on February 7th when he shutout the Vancouver Canucks by the score of 3-0. The last time a Blackhawks goaltender had a shutout in his debut and won the game was back on October 8, 1957 when Glenn Hall defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by the score of 1-0.

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*Hat-Tip to Spector where I stumbled across this news

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The Boss is Still Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Just a reminder that Paul Kukla will again be unavailable today due to yesterday’s family medical emergency, and won’t be able to respond to emails, etc.  Thanks again to everyone for the nice comments sent his way.

If you have any information or inquiries to direct to Kukla’s Korner today, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Alanah) by email at am@kuklaskorner.com

Thanks, everyone.

 

 

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Goal Reviews and the Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herremann at amNewYork,

Oddly enough, for the second time this week, the action was frantic in Toronto, perhaps hockey’s greatest hotbed. They’re not playing hockey there now, but they’re watching it in league headquarters. And for the second time in two games, the watching went against the Islanders.
Actually, this time, the trained eyes in the NHL’s home office didn’t make the ruling. They just conferred with referee Mike Leggo, who had ruled that Brendan Witt’s apparent tying goal with 1:42 left in Game 4 didn’t count because Sabres goalie Ryan Miller had been pushed into the net.
The Islanders have video that suggested otherwise, but, hey, as they say up north, “That’s hockey.”

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Stanley Cup Goes Hollywood

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com, a photo gallery of famous faces and NHL hockey hardware.

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Also, if you want to know what Miss Minnesota thinks of playoff hockey, Nicole Swanson is keeping a v-log on YouTube.

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