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Chances Are Slim For Habs To Move On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You have to know that some people in this city have their priorities twisted out of shape when you see one of the city’s buses idling in Côte St. Luc with a sign flashing “Go! Canadiens! Go!”

Get real, folks: it’s only a number of hockey games involving the Canadiens and the Bruins. Seems to me there are a lot more important things to worry about, such as putting food on the table in homes where so many people have lost their jobs during an economic crisis that is likely to get worse before it gets better.

However, all I’m hearing and reading about these days is: “What’s better than a Canadiens-Bruins series?”

Sad to say: lots of things. Too many things. The earth won’t move if the Canadiens lose this series, which opens in Boston tonight. It won’t even if they move on to the second round.

All that’s certain is that you’re dreaming in Technicolor if you’re among those who think the Canadiens are likely winners simply because they’ve made a habit of doing it so often in the past against the Bruins.

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Updates Galore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL.com has writers covering each playoff series and is providing numerous updates in the Eastern Time Blog and Western Front Blog.

Good idea to bookmark them and check them out on a regular basis.

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Kiprusoff Is The Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff has to make a difference.

He needs to be the difference.

Incapable of shutting down the Chicago Blackhawks offence in the regular season, the Calgary Flames defence has an even bigger hole that could be exposed with Robyn Regehr out of the lineup a couple more weeks.

Even Regehr had trouble containing some of the speedy Hawks forwards as the Flames dropped all four games to the up-and-coming Original Six squad that has given new life to the Windy City this winter.

That means Kiprusoff can expect to be tested.

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Carcillo Faces Hearing Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Daniel Carcillo has a hearing with the NHL scheduled for 3pm et/Noon pt this afternoon.

The incident under review took place during the Flyers playoff series opener with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Penguins won the contest 4-1.

While there is no penalty noted on the game sheet, it is believed the incident under review involved Penguins’ Maime Talbot.

update 6:42pm, Carcillo gets a one game suspension.

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How Will The Blackhawks React?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,

How the precocious Hawks respond to the expected bullying will punctuate a season that has rekindled Chicago’s passion for its Original Six franchise.

‘‘We don’t know any different,’’ second-year winger Adam Burish said with a grin. ‘‘We don’t know what we’re supposed to do, how we are supposed to feel or how we’re supposed to act. We act like we think we should and have fun with it.’‘

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The Vancouver Crowd

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Curiously, during a 2-1 win in Game 1 of their playoff series against St. Louis, the Canucks did not announce a sell out as per usual. The GM Place atmosphere Wednesday was excellent, but some sections of the lower bowl may not have been too flattering on television (when the white towels weren’t waving).

Generally, the Canucks make a big deal of their consecutive sell-out streak, 257 and counting.

A team spokesman said that the video scoreboard flashed 18,630. He said loud crowd noise pre-empted a formal announcement. Another source said the Canucks did not want to announce attendance because the empty seats were so obvious.

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Game Day Odds And Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

At some point today, maybe…if time and certain mental issues permit…I think we should discuss how more than a decade of worrying about playoff goaltending has affected us all.  Like 34.7 (and sooner or later I have a theory I’d like to share with you about that), I think Chevaldae, Vernon, Osgood, Hasek, Joseph, Hasek, Legace, Hasek and Osgood have caused a community-wide emotional deterioration.

But now is not the time.

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Questions Start To Get Answered Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Can’t happen again. Can’t.

Tonight, for the fifth straight spring of playoff hockey, the teal tribe of hope will gather. The men. The women. The children. The drunk. The sober. And the desperate.

Desperate not to be disappointed, that is.

Can’t happen again. Can’t. The tribe members will be wearing Shark jerseys. They will parade down Santa Clara Street toward HP Pavilion. They will go inside. They will yell their throats into raw tissue. They will want to believe that the Sharks can’t possibly follow up another outstanding regular season with an early exit from the Stanley Cup tournament that decides the NHL champion.

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Fans Decide What Is Worth Reading

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog, .

..Anyway, I thought it was important to weigh in on whether HNiC should acknowledge the blogosphere in this way. Obviously, I think the answer is yes, but the show deserves a more thoughtful response than I could give in a few seconds.

Scott Morrison is right about the blogger who shall not be named, but he is wrong if he thinks ignoring the new hockey media is the answer to the accountability issue. Blogs are not going away simply because the mainstream media operates as if they don’t exist.

The accountability argument is more or less over. It really doesn’t matter whether it is a genuine problem or not because fans clearly don’t care about it. They know the internet. Most of them think they are capable of separating the wheat from the chaff on the web. They didn’t just fall off a turnip truck. They decide what’s worth reading.

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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 1: Red Wings host Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

It is a great day to be a Red Wings fan.  After 82 games of mediocre goaltending and mind-boggling, inconsistent, indifferent, uninspired, hockey by your hereos; the Wings erratic effort earned them the 3rd most points in the League and the #2 seed in the W.C. The glass half-full crowd would say that isn’t too shabby given their half-assed effort.  The $64,000.00 question (drumroll please):  Can the Winged Wheel find any heart under their legendary logo?  We know Uncle Mike isn’t too concerned about his teams defensive zone meltdowns, as a matter of fact he has “zero” concern.  We also know the Wings finished the regular season leading the league in scoring at a 3.52 g/g.  Can Ozzie stop the friggin puck?  Last season he did ratchet up his play in the playoffs; he had a 2.09 goals-against average in the regular season and a league-low 1.55 GAA in the 2008 playoffs.

On paper it seems the BJ are a good matchup for the Wings (I fully realize the teams do not skate on paper);  the BJ do not score much (2.68 g/g, 21), and their PP is dead-last clipping along at 12.7%.  You say that Mason scares you (well hot-goaltending scares the beejeezers out of me too); but he is mortal.  The BJ surrendered 14 goals in their last two games, and finished the season 3-3-4 while fighting for a higher seed.

Game On Bitches.

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