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“We Make Everything History”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The interviews had ended, and Alex Ovechkin walked through the crowd in the Caps’ dressing room and into the shower area. As soon as the door closed, one could hear a distinctive scream.

“Flipping right!” ... or something like that. Kids are reading, so we’ll keep it PG.

The weight of the world probably was lifted off his shoulders. For one night. Now come No. 87 and the rival Penguins. Put your seat belts on.

“We believe,” Ovechkin said. “It doesn’t matter [if] we lose 2-1, 3-1 [in the series]. ... We come back. Not many teams do in history, [but] we do. We did. We did it. This year, we make everything history.”

continue for more on game 7 of the Rangers/Capitals series…

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Take That!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Vindication. It’s something no player ever wants to have to achieve. But there’s no better time to do so than during the playoffs. Over the years many players have made a name for themselves with just a single post-season performance. This year there are likely to be a few as the playoffs go on, but through the first round we noticed quite a few.

Thus we present THN’s Top-10 Vindicated Players From Round 1….

1. Chris Osgood, G, Detroit
Osgood had a horrendous regular season; poor enough to earn THN’s anti-Vezina Trophy in our upcoming annual awards issue of the magazine. A 26-9-8 regular season record is impressive, but was also indicative of the team he plays for, not Osgood’s individual play. His 3.09 goals-against average was 41st of the 47 NHL goalies who played at least 25 games and his .887 save percentage was even worse at No. 45….

2. Michael Ryder, RW, Boston
Another former teammate coming back to haunt the house he once lived in; this time after basically being run out of town by the fans….

read on

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Is Versus Providing You With Enough Hockey Coverage?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Ciskie of the Fanhouse,

The word “fail” sure seems to be commonly associated with Versus, doesn’t it? Fair or not, the network gets a lot of flak from hockey fans for its coverage of the sport.

Last week, the NHL’s cable television partner bailed from the epic ending of the Carolina-New Jersey game so we could listen to their people drone on about a game that hadn’t started yet. To make matters worse, they were back at it again Tuesday, as two epic Game 7s were contested in the Eastern Conference.

Surely, no one had a problem with Versus deciding to air the Rangers-Capitals game. We’re not stupid out here. We know that this stuff is driven by ratings, and we get that the Rangers and Capitals will likely draw the network a bigger number than the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils would.

That said, we do expect Versus to keep their word.


My opinion- What do you expect from a network that has Dwayne (Eklund) making hockey predictions!

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Any Fears?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What scares you the most about the opponent your team will be facing in the Conference Semi-Finals?

For example: As a Wings fan, I fear a Wings neutral zone turnover, then watching the Ducks storm the offensive zone, create some havoc around the goal and the next thing you know, the puck is in the net.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ll guarantee you one thing, they won’t be getting to Louie as easily as they got to [Miikka] Kiprusoff, and we’ll take it from there. Actions speak louder than words.”

-Shane O’Brien of the Vancouver Canucks talking about the Chicago Blackhawks.  More on the series from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.

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Devils Expect Sutter Back Next Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that he has no reason to believe that Brent Sutter won’t be back as his head coach next season.

He also made it clear that he wants Sutter to come back.

“There should be no discussion on this,” Lamoriello told me today. “I have no knowledge of anything. You have to speak to Brent about this. Even to get into discussions about this makes no sense.”

Although Sutter has admitted to being home sick, he has said repeatedly that he makes decisions about his future after every season and this one is no different. That said, he has not commited to coming back next season either.


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Red Wings v. Ducks, W.C. Semi-final Preview

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Until the puck drops on Friday for game one of the W.C. Semi-final,  I’ll post anything and everything that is worthwhile in the Red Wings/Ducks series in this thread.  Look for updates between now and the GDT, Bitches.  My apologies for missing the last GDT and L.B., family emergency.

UPDATE:  Khan(!) has notes from Wings practice on Thursday, Drapes still out Games 1 and 2, more below.

Continue Reading »

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The Playoffs From A Marketing Standpoint

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Not that the NHL would ever admit it cheers for certain teams, but the league must be beaming at the results of the playoffs so far. Because in terms of marketing the sport to casual fans, Gary Bettman and his buddies are looking at a huge summer.

The only Stanley Cup final permutation right now that doesn’t result in huge media coverage – let’s call it the ‘nightmare scenario’ – would be if Anaheim met Carolina. This is not meant to besmirch these two great teams; they simply don’t have the name recognition that draws in the ESPN crowd.


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Hart Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Will Washington Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, the top goal scorer in the NHL again this season, repeat as the winner of the Hart Trophy? Or will the title of most valuable player go to Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk?

The voting members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association had a tough challenge this season under the terms of the Hart, which is awarded to the “player adjudged most valuable to his team.”


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Try And Deny It Now: Datsyuk Best In NHL

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nominated for the Byng, the Selke.

And now the frigging Hart.  And nice frigging job from Khan(!) to get the word and get it out there.

The Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk is one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. The official annoucement is due in about an hour. Don’t know for sure who the other two finalists are, but it’s safe to assume Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin are the other two.

Datsyuk is the first Red Wing to be named a Hart finalist since Sergei Fedorov won the award in 1994.

Great comment from Aphaea a few minutes ago, and anyone in the MSM with a pair will pick up on it too.

To think there might be three Russians as finalists for the Hart. Screw you, Don Cherry.



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