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Biron On His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Bottom line, after one period it was 0-0. And the Penguins had expended an awful lot of adrenaline. “With Marty playing like he did, he allowed us to regroup between periods,” Stevens said. “He really gave us a shot of confidence that allowed us to get back to playing.’

They go back to playing tomorrow afternoon at the Wachovia Center. They still trail in this series, but they have been the better team over the last three games. Not by much, not by more than a big save here, a hit post there. But this series is now close enough to steal, close enough that one man, one play, could ultimately decide it. That might frighten some goalies. If nothing else, Biron has proven he’s not one of them.


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I thought the second period was more of a free-for-all than the third. I was really proud of the players today; they gave everything they had today. I was really proud of the fans. The fans were great, even when we were down 3-1 or 5-3, they weren’t leaving us. The fans, when we were down 5-3, brought us back as much as the players brought us back. I saw significant impact of people in the building; how they can impact the team’s fortunes. We got some energy because of (the fans).”

-Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock after game 4 tonight.  Many more post-game quotes at ColumbusBlueJackets.com (including the Detroit side).

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Brodeur Stands Out In Victory Over Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Martin Brodeur had a nice little scratch on outside of his right ankle as a reminder of a first period collsion with Chad LaRose.

That was the only mark of significance on Brodeur after another record-setting night at Prudential Center.

Brodeur made 44 saves to post his 23rd career playoff shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record for career playoff shutouts and gave the Devils a 3-2 lead in the series with a chance to wrap it up in Game 6 Sunday in Carolina.

“It’s nice, but it’s all about winning,” Brodeur said of tying Roy’s record. “I play on a great team. I think shutouts will happen when you play so many games in the playoffs and you’re successful in the playoffs also. It’s like anything. It’s nice to be on top.”


added 12:16am 4/24/09, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Now the Hurricanes must beat the game’s greatest goalie of all time in two consecutive games to reach the second round. They’ll need a few bounces to go their way.

As we walked through the arena hallways with Carolina coach Paul Maurice following his news conference, he stopped dead in his tracks.

“Ah, here we go,” Maurice said.

He bent over and picked up a penny from the concrete floor. After witnessing a legend at play Thursday night, he’ll need every bit of luck he can get.


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6-5 Win Puts The Detroit Red Wings Into The Western Conference Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Crazy game, Wings had a 2 goal lead twice tonight and the Blue Jackets batted back to tie it each time.

One of the stories of the series, Columbus never had the lead in the four games. 

added 10:12pm, To answer the 20 or so emails I have received regarding the Too Many Men on the Ice penalty Columbus took late in the 3rd period that lead to Franzen power play goal, the penalty had to be called, no matter the score, the time left on the clock, etc.

If the Columbus player who came onto the ice had not played the puck before the player he was replacing was on the bench, the call would probably have not been made.  It is a call that is made 100% of the time, no judgment involved in that type of call.

added 10:20pm, Video of the game highlights below…

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Players You Love To Hate

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TSN did a Top 10 countdown today…

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Gainey Calls Out Tampa Bay GM Lawton

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens general-manager Bob Gainey has lashed out at Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart Bryan Lawton and the team’s ownership for “disgraceful” behaviour in leaking names they were interested in during trade talks for superstar centre Vincent Lecavalier.

Gainey said the wild speculation over Lecavalier, a Montreal native, was a significant distraction that helped derail his team in the second half of the season.


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  Tags: bob+gainey, brian+lawton

Time To Make Some Front Page, Live Bloggin’ News

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Skate. Throat.  Push down firmly.  No one knows how to finish off a series like the Wings.

Well, except for that one day in June of ‘08…

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Rule 69 Needs More Clarification

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Normally the rulings on Rule 69 are simple: an attacking player makes incidental contact with the goalkeeper at the time a goal is scored and the goal is allowed. But what exactly is “incidental contact” and doesn’t the goalie have the right to unfettered room in the crease?

An even bigger question is whether or not officials are all on the same page regarding those interpretations and whether or not the people doing video replay have the same understanding of contact, incidental or otherwise, as the people working the game at ice level.

Ice-level views are different from press-box views the same way that real-time action is different than video-replay action.

It gets even more complicated when a goalie moves outside his crease. The rules say he can be hit, but the rules also indicate that there are no rules and certainly no video review regarding a goal scored when the goalie is outside the crease. But what defines outside?

more and other hockey topics too…

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GD: SC Playoffs, Game 4: Wings at BJs, 7pm

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jeff and I both blew you off today.  No. Not really. Both of us busy and this thing is late. Sorry. No stats, just goodness, opinion and some conjecture.

Hawks and Flames are two apiece. Canucks laid waste to the feel good story of the year.  Wings are on the verge of doing god’s work.  Poultry and Sharks could easily go 7.  That means we could be looking at a layoff as long as 8 days.  In fact, I’d bet the Wings don’t start the second round until Saturday May 2nd. 

If we’ve proven anything here, our conduct doesn’t exactly improve with a long wait.  Paul better call in the lawyers.

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Preppy Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Billy Witz of the LA Times,

When Ducks forward George Parros extended an invitation to Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray to drop their gloves and begin to brawl in Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series, it did not come on embossed stationary or in the form of poetry.

“I asked, ‘Do you want to do this?’ ” Parros said. “It wasn’t an intellectual conversation.”

Not what one would expect from a couple of Ivy League graduates….

They have been running into each other on rinks since their high school days in the New York City area.

“We’ve been taking runs at each other for so many years,” said Murray, who came to the U.S. from Sweden at age 17 to live with relatives on Long Island for a year. He liked it so much he stayed.

read on

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  Tags: douglas+murray, george+parros

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