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Penguins on Mission Impossible

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Wayne Scanlan at CanWest News,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have an unusual pre-game theme song for a Stanley Cup hopeful -Mission Impossible.
The mission is starting to look just that, impossible, after a 2-1, seat-of-the-pants victory by the Ottawa Senators gave Ottawa a 3-1 lead Tuesday in their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Penguins.
This is usually the point when hockey types start invoking the “stranglehold” word into a playoff series, sometimes carelessly.

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KK- Different Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have a few early appointments this morning and will be unable to update.
However, the Krew will put in an extra effort sometime this morning to make your morning reading pleasurable.

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Fakeout Yashin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Here’s the plan: Everybody immediately starts praising Alexei Yashin. Writers opine about how much he means to the Islanders, fans chant his name during long stretches when he is off the ice and shriek uncontrollably when he takes a rare shift.
Anyone who goes to Game 4 Wednesday night against the Sabres must reminisce about the good times and mention he is just inches from turning it all around. Finally, and pay careful attention because this is the most important part, shamelessly beg that the Islanders keep Yashin.

continued

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Looking At Viewership

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,

The N.H.L. remains a league in recovery from the 2004-5 lockout and the miscalculations that led to the labor strife. So it is not surprising that it continues to struggle to rebuild its United States viewership. Nationally, for example, NBC’s regular-season average viewership of 1.34 million is but 45 percent of the 2.9 million in more glorious days on Fox 11 years ago.
“Is there a prospect for monumental growth in ratings? No,” Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, said yesterday in a telephone interview. “Do we have what we consider good growth prospects in this environment? Yes.”

read on

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Intermission Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 0044:  If there’s anyone here who doubted Lang would lose that faceoff, please raise your hand so we can all point at you and laugh.  Tough loss, but not a huge surprise.  Split was the goal going in and it remains that now.

Update 0014 EST:  I posted this earlier, but it definitely bears repeating.  Battle of Alberta’s assessment of Mark Giordano.

Giordano can be a defensive liability, relatively speaking, but he can also launch a counterattack. And, he’s shown a decent knack for getting his point shot through to the net, which is clearly a skill the Flames could use right now. Calgary could quite conceivably win the next two games while still allowing 7 GA, but scoring only 2, they cannot and will not.

Update 0008 EST: If the Wings win this game, that play by Cleary will be looked back on for some time.  Amazing.

I can’t handle that live blogging stuff during the game…it’s just not possible.  But, I’ll open it up for you guys to comment here if you have the fortitude.  First period:  nervous, nervous.  Agreed with Paul below (was it you Paul?) who said inserting Bertuzzi looks like a bad decision. He looks terrible and he’s a target. Each time he hits the ice, at least three times now, it’s an energy boost for the Flames.  Lots of pressure from Calgary, little offense from Detroit.

In other words, pretty much what we expected in the Saddledome. Wings survived the first period unscathed, and that’s not a negative.

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Lecavalier Vs. Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Karen Crouse of the New York Times,

Lecavalier, who usually plays alongside Martin St. Louis, another scary scoring threat, has four of the Lightning’s nine goals and 15 of its 70 shots. He is hard to knock off the puck and even harder to read when he has the room to pass or shoot.
“I think he’s getting different looks that I’m not really used to,” Brodeur said. “I think he comes in and he’s looking at you, picking corners. That makes it a little harder for me to be aggressive. I don’t know what he’s doing.”
“Vinny’s one of the best,” Brodeur said, “so I’ve got to stay back and be patient.”

more

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Wuzzibutreadytokickflamebutt…..Bertuzzi In, Hudler Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2129:  Khan(!) had been dormant all day, but adds this.

Todd Bertuzzi will make his Wings playoff debut tonight in Game 3 at Calgary, replacing rookie Jiri Hudler in the lineup. Bertuzzi will play on a line with Robert Lang and Kyle Calder, bumping Mikael Samuelsson to the fourth line, with Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen.

Ted Kulfan reports Bertuzzi’s in, and…deep breath…Hudler’s press-box bound.

 

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Awards We Never Thought Of

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Forechecker at Fox Sports,

...and now it’s time to hand out this season’s awards, and since we’re not too far removed from the film industry’s Academy Awards, we’ll hand them out Oscar-style.
OUTSTANDING ACTING ENSEMBLE (aka DIVING by team): The nominees are…
Atlanta Thrashers (8)
Nashville Predators (11)
And the winner is… the Nashville Predators! Coincidentally, they took a diving call in each of their first two playoff games against San Jose

much more

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3 Hours To Kill So Let’s Take a Spin

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2012:  I’m watching the game on Versus!!!!!!!!!!!! tonite. If Pittsburgh and Ottawa go to OT and I miss a frigging second of the Wing game I’m throwing tantrums from stem to stern.

Haven’t seen much on our topic of choice today.  Gametime decision.  Samuelsson?  Hudler?  I think the only redeeming factor to keep Samuelsson in there is if Babcock actually thinks he can contribute physically where Hudler can’t.  I agree with Gramps below that keeping him in the lineup to man the point on the powerplay is foolhardy at best…when you’ve got Lidstrom, Schneider and Lebda who can all handle it better than Samuelsson.

I disagree, as he knows, with Gramps that we Wing fans look at Manny Legace as an illegitimate scapegoat for The Punch In The Face.  If we do, the Wing organ-I-zation, including the players, obviously share that sentiment.  To get you ready for Game 3, let’s take a spin around the land of Happiness…Wing bloggers with a 2-0 lead.

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Canes Plan To Spend Wisely

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

“In order to keep the team intact with the key players, we’re going to have to go up $3 or $4 million dollars,” Karmanos said. “We already took Step 1 with Whitney on that.
“The second thing is, and we’ll make the decision depending on what players are available, whether or not we’re going to step up from there and try to get the players that we think put us over the top. That’s always a real tough call.”
Carolina, which had a payroll of about $39 million this season, failed to make the playoffs a year after winning its first Stanley Cup.

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