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1988 Draft Picks: Canucks and Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas News,

Mike Modano’s frustration grows at the same rate as the Vancouver Canucks’ lead in this first-round series that appears to be almost over.
The Stars lost a 2-1 game to the Canucks on Tuesday to let Vancouver fly home with a 3-1 lead in the series.
The winning goal came off the stick of Trevor Linden, the second pick of the 1988 draft. That’s worth noting only because Modano, the first pick that year, didn’t register a single shot on goal in more than 24 minutes.

continued…

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Frustration as Atlanta Gets Thrashed

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NY Daily News,

“I think the mentality of the team right now is: We can’t let up at all,” winger Sean Avery said after the Rangers’ first home playoff win in 10 years. “We just want to come in (tonight) and just hammer them even harder.”

Then there was the moment of confirmation that the Thrashers had again lost their composure. Kovalchuk reacted to an Avery hit by challenging The Grate One to a fight and punching him with his gloved hands, getting both sent to the penalty box for the remaining 16:09 of regulation.

more…

Here’s some video of Sean Avery and Ilya Kovalchuk, not being very friendly, from HockeyFights.com:

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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.

continued…

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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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