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Capitals Owner On Game 3 Victory Over The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

I thought we played the way we needed to play last night. While aggressive, we weren’t focused on hits for the sake of hitting. We were more focused on scoring and playing tight, frustrating defense. Our penalty kill was very effective and we buried our chances scoring 4 goals. We are a bigger and faster team and if we control the pace of play, we are difficult to shut down for long periods of time. I think our goaltender’s stats are now better than their goaltender’s stats too. Who would have thought that was possible?


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Risebrough Moving On

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from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

It was exactly a week ago that team owner Craig Leipold told Risebrough he would not renew his contract after nine years and eight seasons spent building Minnesota’s second NHL expansion franchise.

“Yes, I was in shock, because there was no discussion about it,” Risebrough said at press gathering in St. Paul. “There was no discussion that day, or about my extension. And that’s OK.

“I totally appreciate the situation; a guy like myself makes decisions, and sometimes they’re difficult. For somebody who has made a decision like Craig has, I respect that he’s come to that decision, and he’ll have to live with that decision.

“There wasn’t a lot of discussion about it, which I was fine with. I’m moving on, and he’s going to find a new GM.”

read on

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Former Ref Art Skov Passes Away

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

No one likes someone who blows the whistle, but it was pretty difficult not to like former NHL referee Art Skov.

The genial Skov, 80, died Sunday after suffering through declining health in recent years.

“He was a real players’ referee,” said retired NHL linesman Matt Pavelich, who worked many a game with his fellow Windsorite.

“He did his job well and he was well respected by everyone in the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard someone saw anything bad about Art.”


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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

5 1/2 minutes of the best saves, goals and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Five Games Tonight

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For us in the eastern time zone, another late game to watch.  But what else is there to do except watch hockey!


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324 Players Surveyed. Who’s Your Cup Favorite?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

C’mon now.

You have to ask?

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Can Columbus Make It A Series?

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

If you’re a Detroit Red Wings fan, the first two games of the team’s series against Columbus have been bliss. If you’re just a neutral observer, the first two games have been depressing.

Why? Because Detroit is too good.

Now I’m not ragging on the Wings; I just hope the Blue Jackets can harness what will surely be the awesome energy of Nationwide Arena when the teams square off again Tuesday night. As far as the Jackets should be concerned, one goal in two games does not a series make.


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A Look At the Playoffs

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I take a look at the last (or first) six days of playoff action at my NHL.com contribution today.

Hockey 24/7 continues and I am taking it all in.

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Special Teams Play Is Key

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from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs everything is magnified. The battles, the intensity, the pressure, the energy, the excitement, they all rise to a higher level. The swings in momentum that can occur within a shift, a period and a game are often the moments that dictate the outcome of a series.

A hot goalie, or a streaky scorer can dominate a series, but there may not be a more important part of the playoffs than special teams.

All year teams work diligently to improve their special teams, understanding the importance of scoring a power play goal at a critical time, or killing off a string of penalties to preserve a lead. No series has exemplified that importance more than the Vancouver, St. Louis series.


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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 3: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

It is a great day to be a Red Wings fan.  Wings are up two games to none, Game 3 is tonight at Nationwide.  The “19” immediately recognize this familar patch of playoff landscape.  Mike Wilkinson, Detroit News, offers a friendly reminder:

During the last 17 years—call it the Nick Lidstrom era—the Red Wings have won the first two games of a playoff series 17 times, including the current series with Columbus. They came out on top in 13 of the previous 16, losing three times: 1993 to Toronto; 1999 to Colorado and 2001 to Los Angeles. Six of the series were sweeps; three went five games; five went six games and two went to a deciding Game Seven.”

This years edition of the Dynasty also appear to have vivid memories, Brett Lebda, via the Windsor Star: ” This is a very important game.” “We don’t want to give them any life. Sometimes when you let teams back in a series, they get some life and it turns into a series you could have avoided.” 

Skate to throat, Bitches.  See you tonight on the train.

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