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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

About 15 minutes later, in what was mostly a deserted press room by then, Babcock poked his head in and said “the Mule [Franzen] is in. Pass the word.”

via Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail...

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Monday Morning with Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The transcript from today’s press conference with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

Note: Babcock’s comments notwithstanding, Bill has updates on Franzen, as does Eric Duhatschek.

Q. Here we go again. Latest on Johan Franzen.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t even know that. I don’t know the answer, sorry. I was talking to the League guys, and I never got in the medical room to know. I know he’s out there flying around. And I know it’s decision time.

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  Tags: johan+franzen, media, mike+babcock

Mule’s In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Multiple media sources confirm.  Franzen’s in.

The Detroit Red Wings will get a big boost with the return of one of their leading scorers.

Swedish forward Johan Franzen has been cleared to play for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Franzen has been suffering from concussion-like syndromes and has not played since Game One of the Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars.

Frazen competed in a full practice Sunday and appeared ready to go.

“It’s better, I don’t feel anything anymore.  It’s good.  There will be so much adrenaline, it doesn’t matter what shape you’re
in.”

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Gang of Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse,

Can anything stop the Red Wings in their quest to win their fourth Stanley Cup in 12 years?

To get some answers, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with two of the leading lights among the Detroit hockey blogging community. Today I’ll be talking live to both Bill Houlihan of Abel to Yzerman from the Kukla Empire and George James Malik of Red Wings Snapshots at mlive.com. When it comes to Detroit hockey, both are hip deep in the middle of things, so I expect a lively and provocative hour.

We’ll be kicking off our discussion at 12:00 p.m. U.S. EDT, so come ready with your questions. And yes, if you must, bring along the snark.

Go here to join them at noon. (But seriously: you don’t need to bring the “snark”—with Bill in the room, I’m pretty sure the room will be thick enough with it…) smile

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One Short Elevator Ride - One Lasting Impression

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Girls in the elevator: We are here to see Soundmurderer (see Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival).

Me:  I am here for the Stanley Cup Finals.

A distinguished elderly woman in the elevator whispering (too loud) to her husband:  That’s Gerry Fisher!

Girls:  Who is Gerry Fisher?

Me:  Some fighter.

Jiri Fischer looks at me and smiles.

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High Noon: AOL Live Chat

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1708 EST:  Transcript of the chat can be found at the link below.

Eric McErlain will be hosting a live chat at 1200 EST.  His star-studded panel features George Malik and yours truly.

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Vladdy Still On Our Minds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,

Try as they might to block it out, fans of the Detroit Red Wings — hell, hockey fans everywhere — can still hear that sound. The sickening crunch of metal as the limo lost its battle with that tree on Woodward Avenue, ending the career, and almost the life, of their Vladimir Konstantinov.

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Memorial Day - 2008

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For all those who serve and have served Our Country.

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Update 12:22pm ET (alanah): From Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

While you might not think spending the morning and early afternoon of Memorial Day in the bowels of the second-oldest building in the NHL sounds like a fun way to kick off the traditional start of summer, I couldn’t disagree more.

For most of the past 15 years, I have spent Memorial Day covering some aspect of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

more…

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Let Homer Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

The next time the NHL wants to send a message, try dialing 1-800-FLOWERS instead of disallowing goals. Since when did Tomas Holmstrom’s play in front of the net become a threat to competition in the NHL? Is scoring so rampant that the NHL can nit-pick like a PGA Tour official over some arcane rule? The way the league is hounding him—Saturday’s disallowed goal was absurd—you’d think Holmstrom, not Chris Pronger, was the one suspended eight separate times.

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The Longest Game In NHL History

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood was impressive in his 4-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

But Osgood wasn’t forced into overtime, obviously, quite unlike his late Detroit goaltending colleague Normie Smith on March 24/25, 1936.

Smith would make 90 saves to shut out the Montreal Maroons in the sixth overtime period at the Montreal Forum, outlasting Maroons goalie Lorne Chabot (66 saves) in what remains the longest game in NHL history.

continued and a must read if you are into ‘hockey history’ and worth a visit for some great photos too.  Part 2, which has some ‘puck intrigue’ can be found here...

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