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Draper Still Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

At first I thought it was a rib thing, now?  I’d guess concussion.  33’s sitting 4 out.

Khan(!)

Draper, who has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, continues practicing and taking the pregame warm-ups and said he feels good and is able to do the things he normally does.

“I (ask the doctor) every morning to see where we’re at, and I haven’t gotten anything positive,’’ Draper said. “It’s really in the doc’s hands. Once he says yeah, away we go.

“The positive thing is I can do everything—full practice, workouts. Just need one little nod from the doc that says we’re there, and I haven’t gotten it yet.’‘

 

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Has Chicago ” Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew”?

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from Peter Zuurbie of CalgaryFlames.com,

The Hawks may have made the biggest mistake of their season. In losing their composure at the end of Game 3, the Blackhawks continually instigated the Flames, and specifically captain Jarome Iginla. While the inexperienced Hawks team may have been trying to throw Iginla off his game, they may have accomplished the exact opposite. Standing strong behind their fired-up captain, the Flames seem to have regained their swagger.

“He’s not a guy you want to light a fire under… that guy’s got a scary look when he gets mad and I wouldn’t want to be on the other team facing off against him,” said a defiant Nystrom, who believes his opponents have bitten off more than they can chew.

“The only thing they can do is verbally abuse that guy because you’re not going to physically intimidate him… He’s not afraid of anybody, he’s willing to take anybody on so, if they just want to talk and not back it up, only Iggy’s gonna get stronger.”

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This Can’t Be Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Talk about bad karma…

from Erik Rolfsen of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

...we’re having a friendly competition to see which Canuck fan can map out the best route for the Stanley Cup Parade. All you have to do is use Google Maps to draw the route you think would be best. It could pass through your neighbourhood, by your house, your favourite watering hole, wherever you want. Just let us know where it should go, and use markers to describe any points of interest it passes along the way.

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Off Day Goodies

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Remember our pal Michael Arace and his, “Osgood looked shakey” comment from earlier this week?  He’s at it again.  Remember Mike Commodore’s comments that our Uncle Mike blackballed him and stalled his career?  We’re going to re-visit that too.  Time for a flashback bitch.  Oh, and Johan Franzen has two words for Gary Bettman: Suck it.

All that and more.  Next.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Funny how the Flames are accusing the Hawks of trash talking. At least that’s happening on the ice and would have stayed there if not for broadcaster Pierre McGuire playing Peeping Tom between the benches and reporting it for Canadian television.

Many Hawks don’t think McGuire likes them anyway.

-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles.  More from Tim on the Calgary/Chicago series.

Just a note Tim, we here in the States heard it too, Versus picked-up the TSN broadcast.

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Win In The Forecast For The Rangers

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Was it an aberration or a hallucination?

Was what we saw on Monday night at the Garden an eccentricity or were we just seeing things? Or both?

No matter. A 20-year-old inexperienced, third-string goalie blanked the Blueshirts, four-zip, leaving Rangerville in a state of shock and wonderment –  if not awe.

The wondering has everything to do with how to defeat Washington on Wednesday night at MSG. Now that The Maven’s Sweep hopes are history, sweep-minus-one remains possible; if not probable.

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One Elimination Game & Two Games That Could Put Teams Up 3-1

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Canadiens have to win tonight or their season is over while Washington and Calgary need wins to avoid going down 3-1 in their respective series.

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Crosby Silences Philadelphia

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

You have to feel for Philadelphia’s kind, decent, mature hockey fans, don’t you?

You know the ones I’m talking about. They don’t seem to care all that much about the Flyers-Penguins games. They pay big money to get into the Wachovia Center for the sheer enjoyment of chanting “Crosby stinks!” or some such hospitable thing.

Really, what are those good people going to do to pass time during the long summer if the Penguins end the Flyers’ season tomorrow night at Mellon Arena?

I’m sure your heart is breaking for ‘em.

Or maybe not.

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added 1:24pm, from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It sounds like sour grapes when Danny Briere says the Flyers could have a three-games-to-one lead in their best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it happens to be true.

    It’s also true that Marty Biron has given a strong account of himself in the series, but that the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury has been the better goalie.

  And that, in a nutshell, is why the Flyers are staring at a three-games-to-one deficit after Tuesday’s closer-than-it-looks 3-1 loss to the Penguins at the Wachovia Center.

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Stop The Yapping

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Colin Campbell, the chief disciplinarian for the National Hockey League, issued a reminder Tuesday for players to follow the rules when it comes to trash talk.

Or, in other words, shut up, put a hockey sock in it or risk a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

If the participants follow orders, the on-ice volume should dip dramatically in the West-ern Conference quarter-final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames.

“They want to limit the talking,” said Adam Burish, one of the chief orators for the Blackhawks.

“I don’t know if we hurt their feelings or what it might have been.

“I guess they don’t like that we’re talking to them on the ice.”

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Bruins Sign Goaltenderr Matt Dalton

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed Bemidji State University goaltender Matt Dalton to an entry level contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

This past season, Dalton helped the 16th seed Bemidji State Beavers earn their first Frozen Four berth in school history and became the lowest seeded team to reach a Frozen Four in NCAA tournament history. In 31 games during the regular season, Dalton compiled a 19-11-1 record with a College Hockey America Conference best 2.19 Goals Against Average and a .921 Save Percentage.

The 22-year-old sophomore from Clinton, Ontario spent the 2005-2006 season with the Bozeman IceDogs of the North American Hockey League and the 2006-2007 season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League before joining Bemidji State in for the 2007-2008 campaign.

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