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Shut Up & Play

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

Revenge in the playoffs is for suckers. Get your payback in the last five minutes of a blowout next season. The Wings know this. The Hawks players don’t, Their coach ought to.

Quenneville didn’t want to revisit his tantrum on Monday. Good. Fine. But it might be too late because blaming the officials for blowing the biggest game of the year gave his players an excuse for their inexcusable play, which is inexcusable fro a coach.

But by not commenting on his pricey comments, perhaps Quenneville’s getting back to the right strategy: shut up and play.

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Times Are Tough

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note:  this post will remain at the top of KK for the next 24-48 hours.

When I started blogging using the free blogspot services, I knew nothing about what the future would hold.

Today, after about 4 1/2 years of blogging, I have a better grip on how things work. 

In order to make it easier on the KK readers, I went the professional route and paid for a web designer, blogging software and a hosting service. 

At this point of time, KK receives over 12 million page views a month and that figure continues to grow.  Continuing to grow is good, but with that growth comes more expenses, which are normally covered by the ads that appear on KK.

But advertising income is way down, down due to the economic problems we are all aware of.  At one time, KK was receiving around $2.50 per thousand ads viewed, these days, that number is down to about .50 cents per thousand.

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Penguins On An Offensive Roll

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

How impressive has the Penguins’ offense been this series? While they’ve only played three games this round, they have scored an average of 5.33 goals per game against the Hurricanes. That average is more than a half a goal better than their previous best mark for a single series.

continue on for a chart listing offensive output in a series…

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Dynasty Talk

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from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press via the Morning Sun,

The Red Wings stand just five victories away from winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, and their fifth in the last dozen seasons.

With each win closer to another title, the dynasty question becomes louder.

Do the Red Wings qualify?

Hockey dynasties tend to be defined by long streaks of consecutive championships, but there have been far fewer teams in the NHL throughout most of its history.

continued

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The Good Old Hockey Stick

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

This is a wooden Doug Jarvis hockey stick, leaning against a Bell Sports Complex wall in Brossard during the Canadiens’ semi-annual used equipment sale. It is remarkable for its simplicity, at least relative to the dozens of modern composite sticks whose company it is keeping….

Maybe, like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, it just needs a little love. So I take it home for $19.95 and $2.57 more in tax, and then call Doug Jarvis at his home near Kingston, Ont., to discuss this Sher-Wood’s history.

“In junior, everybody used the same stick - a Sher-Wood,” he recalls of his days with the Ontario league’s Peterborough Petes. “They told you: ‘If you want to try something different, you have to pay the difference at the local sports store.’ “

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Not Much Drama In Conference Finals

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from Howard Berger of Fan590,

One of the most compelling Stanley Cup tournaments in recent memory is becoming less intriguing by the day. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings are making a mockery of the Conference finals as they steam toward a second match-up in the championship round. The Cup semifinals could end in a total of nine games for only the fifth time since the National Hockey League expanded in 1967. That would occur if the Penguins sweep the Carolina Hurricanes here in Raleigh on Tuesday, while the Red Wings eliminate Chicago in Game 5 of the West series on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

The saving grace, of course, would be a potential collision of freight trains in the Stanley Cup final, as Pittsburgh and Detroit appear head-and-shoulders above the competition right now. But, parity in the championship round is not guaranteed.

continued

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Dealing With Defeats

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from Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer,

With a chance to win their third NHL Eastern Conference championship in the past seven years, the Hurricanes now have spent a full week stuck in a bull’s eye role during target practice by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Saturday’s 6-2 win by the Penguins in the RBC Center ran the games count to 3-love and the goals total to 16-8.

In the afterglow of thoserip-roaring adventures in early-round escapes against New Jersey and Boston, this excursion against the Penguins is downright depressing.

As hockey years go, the Triangle is still a toddler. Hurricanes fans are used to seeing close playoff series or not getting to the postseason party at all. Other than that rarest of sports species known as Duke football fans, most North Carolinians just aren’t very familiar with having to deal with prolonged periods of hopelessness and even the most one-sided Duke football losses rarely lasted longer than three hours.

Truth is, trailing 3-0 is a lot more exasperating than having the regional culture ridiculed by the New England media. Sticks and pucks may break our trucks, etc. Besides, at the end of the day against the fancy Boston bourgeoisie, it was Les Gooberhabs, 4-3.

read on

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Zezel Battling For His Life

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Former Maple Leaf Peter Zezel was close to death last night at a Toronto hospital after battling a serious blood disorder.

Zezel, one of the most popular Leafs in the club’s success in the early 1990s and a 15-year NHLer, was admitted last week for scheduled surgery, but those close to the family say complications developed and his conditioned worsened.

continued

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The Improved Penguins

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The debate has already started as to whether the Pittsburgh Penguins are so significantly different this spring compared to a year ago that they will be able to become the first team since the ‘95 New Jersey Devils to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in a Cup final series.

To some degree, that’s unfair, as the Pens did take the Wings to six games a year ago, with Game 5 decided in overtime (Pittsburgh win) and Game 6 a one-goal squeaker.

So perhaps they don’t have to be significantly different. Just a goal or two better.

Many will point to the threesome of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal and suggest with confidence that simply being a year older and a year more experienced makes all three more developed players, and therefore the Pens are better on that basis alone.

continued

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Report- Fedorov Close To Signing With KHL

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via TSN,

It appears Sergei Fedorov is ready to leave the Washington Capitals and play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season.

Citing sources in Russia, RDS.ca is reporting that Fedorov is about to agree to a two-year deal with Russia’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

The report indicates the two-year contract will see Fedorov collect $3.8 million per season.

Fedorov would be joining his younger brother Fedor on the Metallurg Magnitogorsk roster.

added 10:43am, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

I was just told moments ago by someone in the Fedorov camp that the 39-year-old veteran still has interest in playing for Washington next season. But for Fedorov to return to the Caps, I was told via text message, “a decision has to be made soon by Wash.”

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