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Big Moment- Osgood Stops Christensen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris Osgood robs Erik Christensen at the door step to keep the score at 2-1 Detroit with 3:05 to go in the second period.

added 10:47pm, via Dan Wood of the OC Register,

“I actually bent down and told him, ‘Nice save, Ozzie,’” Christensen said. “I had him along the ice. He was going one way. I was going the other way. He just reached out and it was right in his glove — unlucky for me, lucky for him.

“It could have changed the momentum completely.”

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  Tags: chris+osgood, erik+christensen

Thrashers Not Moving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I avoided the story yesterday of a possible move by the Thrashers to Hamilton for a good reason, it isn’t going to happen…

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

As one of the growing number of former Thrashers beat writers out there, I’ve been getting e-mails inquiring about the Hamilton Spectator’s report that a group from Vancouver is hoping to purchase the Thrashers and move them to Hamilton. While I don’t doubt that it true there’s a group interested in doing such a thing, I highly doubt it’s possible. I e-mailed one of the owners of the team, Bruce Levenson, about the rumor and this was his response: “There is no truth to this rumor,” he wrote.

There’s a lot to consider about the situation in Atlanta. For one, the ownership is split and they’re still in the process of fighting for control of the Thrashers, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. Getting these guys to agree on anything, such as the sale of the team to a group that wants to move it to Hamilton, is out of the realm of my imagination. There’s also the fact that the naming rights of Philips Arena are contingent on there being an NBA and NHL team playing there. Plus, Chris Vivlamore, my old editor and the new Thrashers beat writer, reported today that there is a commitment letter between ownership and the league to keep the team in Atlanta.


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Odds Against The Caps

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Takes,

We have the odds stacked against us now so what else is new? Eighty-five percent of the time, the team that wins Game 5 and then plays Game 6 at home wins the series. We have faced long odds before. We must remain upbeat; play one shift at a time; win out period by period; and we must stay focused for a full 60 minutes. If we do that, we can come home for a Game 7. Pittsburgh is a great team and played very well last night although I thought we deserved better. Our play was of high quality and we played to our capabilities.

I was thinking as I walked out of the building last night that in ten years of ownership, nine seasons of play and five playoff series; WE have never been up 5 men to 4 in OT. I remember losing two games to Tampa on a 5 on 3 and 5 on 4 in OT. I remember losing Game 7 last season to the Flyers in OT on a 5 on 4 and last night the same fate awaited us.


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Tampa Bay Fans Need To Hear The Truth

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from John Romano of the St. Peterburg Times (Monday edition),

Coach Rick Tocchet, general manager Brian Lawton and co-owner Oren Koules will be part of a “Town Hall Meeting” at the St. Pete Times Forum beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a used equipment sale, there will be autographs, there will be tours….

Now, I would not expect these Lightning officials to start confessing their woes like they’re on Oprah’s couch. Let’s face it: This is a private business, and a team is not required to open its financial books for the rest of us to see.

On the other hand, a sports franchise and a community share a certain symbiotic relationship. A team can not survive without ample public support, and the fans do not give their love generously when there are trust issues.

So that is what tonight should be about for the Lightning. Fans do not want to hear platitudes. They do not want to be fed a line of hooey. They need as much of the truth as a team can offer.


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Wings Put Pressure On Ducks All Game Long, Win 4-1

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Series heads to Anaheim with the Wings up 3-2 in the series.

added 8:17pm, Video highlights from the TSN broadcast.

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Russia Defeats Canada In WC Finals

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from TSN,

Team Russia beat Canada 2-1 on Sunday to win the gold medal at the World Hockey Championship for the second year in a row. Alexander Radulov scored a spectacular goal in the second period that stood up as the eventual game-winner, and Ilya Bryzgalov stood up to a flood of Canadian chances in the third period to keep Russia ahead.

The win marked Russia’s first back-to-back world titles since they won in consecutive years in 1989 and 1990.


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While We Live Blogged?  They Prayed. In A Musty Old Hall In Detroit.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back to Gordo.  Because we need this one.  We need it badly.  Not just because it’s the “biggest game of the year” or the “turning point of the series.”


We need it because the last time the Wings played the Poultry in a Game 5 we got shafted, and then stabbed in the temples by a slow-moving puck.

Continue Reading »

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Versus Promotes Game They Are Not Broadcasting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Puck The Media,

From VERSUS’ NHL Twitter Feed:

Versus coverage starts at 5:00PMET w/ ANA at DET! Go to versus.com/nhl & scroll to the bottom to find your VS channel!

The only problem is the game is not on Versus.  The game is on regional networks in the US, plus the NHL Network, TSN and RDS.

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Julien Claims Canes Are A Trapping Team

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Sunday morning, Claude Julien dipped into the universal bag of coaching tricks and started casting aspersions at the hurricanes, the team that happens to hold an unexpected three-games-to-one lead on his heavily favored Bruins entering Sunday night’s Game 5.

Early in his Sunday morning presser, Julien accused Carolina of playing the trap—as ugly an accusation as he could come up with, I guess—to such great effect in taking control of the series. Then, he further the attack by suggesting it was hypocritical of Carolina Maurice to adopt such a cynical defensive system after railing against it during his tenure as the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“They played four guys back and they just wait for us in the neutral zone,” Julien said. “That’s something a little surprising from Paul because I know he used to complain about that last year when he was in Toronto—us killing them with the trap. They’ve created a pretty tough situation for us getting pucks in, but we have to find a way to get pucks in and play more in their end.”

The Hurricanes, by the way, haven’t played the trap in this series.

read on

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IIHF President Facing Kickback Allegations

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from Alan Adams of CBC,

The International Ice Hockey Federation is investigating allegations of IIHF president Rene Fasel accepting kickbacks involving the IIHF’s marketing partner and Fasel’s childhood friend.

The Zurich daily SonntagsZeitung reported Sunday that Fasel benefited financially from marketing contracts awarded to Infront, which handles the television and marketing rights to the world hockey championship until 2017.

The newspaper alleged that Infront paid 400,000 Swiss francs ($412,000 Cdn.) in fees to company run by a childhood friend of Fasel identified as “Y.S.”

The newspaper quoted “Y.S.” as saying the only reason his company was successful was because of his relationship with Fasel.


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  Tags: rene+fasel

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