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Wings Advance To Western Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Three teams had the chance to sweep their second-round Playoff series. The Detroit Red Wings were the only ones to succeed — and they made it look easy.

The Wings completed a sweep of the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night with an 8-2 victory. Johan Franzen had his second three-goal game of the series and Henrik Zetterberg added two goals and two assists as Detroit blew the game open with three goals in less than four minutes beginning late in the first period.

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Watch the highlight goal by Zetterberg below and added game highlights too…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Yahoo,

Malkin’s night ended in the final minute when he was assessed a misconduct following a scrum that started when he twice kicked the skate of defenceman Paul Mara.

“It’s a classless act by a superstar and there is no need for that in the game,” Mara said. “It’s not like it was just a little slew foot, it’s actually a full kick. We’ll put that in the back of our minds.

“We got a huge win, and hopefully we’ll carry the momentum over to Sunday.”

more on the Rangers win tonight against Pittsburgh…

added 12:24am on 5/2/08, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so it was that captain Jaromir Jagr, evoking a time when he was the dominant player in the NHL, pulled the New York Rangers one tiny but crucial step back from the abyss.

The big forward broke a 0-0 tie with a virtuoso goal, added a power play assist and an empty-net goal as the Rangers shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 Thursday night. They still trail this Eastern Conference semifinal 3-1 but as the Madison Square Garden faithful sent Jagr to the dressing room chanting his name over and over there was at least the hint of something approaching optimism in the building and in the Ranger dressing room for the first time in this series.

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Laraque Is A Wanted Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynda Klym at Black Athelete,

Georges Laraque had just checked into a hotel in Calgary. Hadn’t even unzipped his bag when a secretary of a friend called his cellphone. Everybody gets Georges’ cell number.

“She asked me if I could come to Edmonton,” he said. “There was this kid who was going to die. He had a couple hours to live, they thought, and his last wish was to see me.”

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  Tags: georges+laraque

Little Danny Briere Leading Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

As Patrick Roy was to the 1993 Montreal Canadiens, little Danny is becoming to the 2008 Flyers – the one who is there when it counts the most.

There are long stretches in the Wachovia Center when his presence on or off the ice goes unnoticed, but never so in Montreal, where the fifth game in this best-of-seven series will be played tomorrow night.

It is a game Montreal must win to survive. It is a game where Brière wants “to finish them off” so the Flyers can move on to the Eastern Conference final.

When the red-hot playoff scorer so much as touches the puck in Montreal’s Bell Centre, the booing is roughly the equivalent of a Quebec response to a federal power grab.

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In The Ruins Of Her Ice Water Mansion: It’s a Game 4 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m tired.  Tired of my wife kicking my butt in Wii bowling.  To quote Appollo Creed, that’s very hard for a man of my intelligence to take.  It is, however, what it is.

The solution? A Game 4 Live Blog set to yet another lyric from the greatest folk song of all time.  A folk song that kicks the living hell, by the way, out of anything Bob Dylan ever did.

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Sweeping The Dive: Keys To Game 4

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Very little needs to be said.  Virtually nothing needs to be addressed.  Osgood needs to be steady.  Uncle Mike’s Circus Line needs to take every fourth shift.  The Wings need to withstand the first ten minutes, get a lead and watch the Dive fold.

Above all, watch your backs boys.  The Dive, with one very notable exception, have never been a notably dirty team. But the frustration may be too much for them tonite.  But, really, above all else? 

How can we lose when the number of wins to the Cup is represented by this guy?

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IIHF Agreement Falling Apart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Hougaard at the Hockey News,

The Czech Ice Hockey Association has decided not to sign the IIHF’s player transfer deal with the NHL after the 14 hockey clubs in the Czech Extraliga voted in favor of ending the current deal immediately. This likely means there will be no regulations surrounding the transfer of players between the European teams and the NHL next season.

The existing NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement was originally supposed to last until 2011, but the Euro nations in the agreement demanded it be reopened in December 2007. In order to gain time to negotiate a new, long-term agreement, the IIHF and NHL have been working to arrive at a one-year extension of the existing agreement.

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Changing Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

To be sure, there have been a handful of NHLers who’ve recoiled when confronted with the stark realities attached to the inevitable increase of aches and pains and slowdowns in speed. But there’s something about the team nature of hockey that’s made it possible for many of the game’s all-time greats to accept a lesser role than their resume would dictate.

And some have been fortunate enough to have their sacrifices rewarded with the gift of a lengthy playoff run.

Look no further than Dallas’ Mike Modano for a prime example. The first ballot Hall-of-Famer, who’ll turn 38 in June, was rumored to be in line for a toe tag at the end of last season after he was stripped of the Stars captaincy and a severe knee injury limited him to 43 points in 59 games.

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The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

At show time, you can try to listen live at this link, but it didn’t work last week (despite still being posted here) likely due to the switchover to NHL Network Online.  And there’s no permalink available for the show at the Network site, but you can find it at show time by clicking here then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

added 4:00pm ET (Paul), You can try this link to get to the new player at NHL.com to listen, but I am not having any luck getting the audio…

added 4:06pm (Paul), The link I just posted is now working…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, ray+shero

2008 Nominees for the Lester B. Pearson Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Update 2:42pm ET: Some comments from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail, who notes that hockey writers and players actually agreed on these selections. A rare event.

From the NHLPA Press Release:

TORONTO (May 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals are finalists for the 2007-08 Lester B. Pearson Award. The Lester B. Pearson Award is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin, jarome+iginla

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