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The Voice Of The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Best of Newsday,

Sam Rosen was sitting on a battered couch in a cluttered hallway deep inside Madison Square Garden last night, awaiting the start of yet another in a quarter-century-long parade of Rangers games.

If there had been a photographer around, it might have made a poignant portrait of an aging TV voice, preparing for the red light to go on so he could tell one more version of an old, tired story.

But then Rosen opened his mouth, and the facts that he is 61 and has been the Rangers’ voice for 25 years - the longest active term for a play-by-play man with a New York-area team - were beside the point.

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Settle In For Some Playoff Hockey Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Five, count ’em, five games on the docket Tuesday. Three should be great, one OK and one just a last gasp. I’ll let you figure out which is which.

If Game 4 of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series is anything like Game 3, players are in for a rough ride and viewers a real treat.

There is little in hockey better than the Pennsylvania rivalry that has re-emerged over the past few seasons and there may be nothing better than a Flyers-Pens game in Philadelphia. Emotional isn’t enough to describe it. Crazed is closer.

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Habs Season Coming To An End

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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Hard to believe it was just last fall that owner George Gillett and president Pierre Boivin arrived in Toronto for a press conference at the Royal York Hotel all full of bounce and optimism for the club as it entered its 100th anniversary season. Gillett certainly gave no hint his ownership of the storied franchise was in any sense in doubt, while Boivin seemed to suggest the Habs were beyond the point when they would be anything but successful on the ice.

“Today, if you recruit and operate well, are well-managed and well-coached, and have strong fan support, there’s no reason you can’t have a team that’s going to contend . . . forever,” said Boivin.

Those words sure sound a little haunting now, don’t they?

In fact, you could argue that the Florida Panthers, or even the bedraggled Maple Leafs, would have put up a better battle in the first round against Boston than the Habs have.

read on

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Covering The Playoffs

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from Dave Strader at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Hello again from on the road covering the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Versus.

This trip has been a true case of Planes, Trains and Automobiles for me. As I mentioned in my last blog entry, I drove my car from Glendale, Ariz., to Troy, Mich., before the playoffs began. After three flights to three different cities and several taxi cabs, I’m now on the train from New York City to Philadelphia for Game 4 between the Penguins and Flyers.

Last night at Madison Square Garden was a great playoff atmosphere. As I mentioned on our telecast, there are so many great venues and fans around the NHL, but there is something unique about MSG

more of this very entertaining story…

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Capitals Owner On Game 3 Victory Over The Rangers

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from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

I thought we played the way we needed to play last night. While aggressive, we weren’t focused on hits for the sake of hitting. We were more focused on scoring and playing tight, frustrating defense. Our penalty kill was very effective and we buried our chances scoring 4 goals. We are a bigger and faster team and if we control the pace of play, we are difficult to shut down for long periods of time. I think our goaltender’s stats are now better than their goaltender’s stats too. Who would have thought that was possible?

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Risebrough Moving On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

It was exactly a week ago that team owner Craig Leipold told Risebrough he would not renew his contract after nine years and eight seasons spent building Minnesota’s second NHL expansion franchise.

“Yes, I was in shock, because there was no discussion about it,” Risebrough said at press gathering in St. Paul. “There was no discussion that day, or about my extension. And that’s OK.

“I totally appreciate the situation; a guy like myself makes decisions, and sometimes they’re difficult. For somebody who has made a decision like Craig has, I respect that he’s come to that decision, and he’ll have to live with that decision.

“There wasn’t a lot of discussion about it, which I was fine with. I’m moving on, and he’s going to find a new GM.”

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Former Ref Art Skov Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

No one likes someone who blows the whistle, but it was pretty difficult not to like former NHL referee Art Skov.

The genial Skov, 80, died Sunday after suffering through declining health in recent years.

“He was a real players’ referee,” said retired NHL linesman Matt Pavelich, who worked many a game with his fellow Windsorite.

“He did his job well and he was well respected by everyone in the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard someone saw anything bad about Art.”

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

5 1/2 minutes of the best saves, goals and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Five Games Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For us in the eastern time zone, another late game to watch.  But what else is there to do except watch hockey!

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324 Players Surveyed. Who’s Your Cup Favorite?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

C’mon now.

You have to ask?

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