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Dealing With Bad Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

When a team loses, just like most anything else, the immediate urge is to point the finger and pass off the blame to a party without recourse. The refs are an entity that hold ultimate power over each game and are an easy and wide open target for mudslinging, character assassination and even physical challenges. Unfortunately it’s an ugly part of this game and it’s here to stay in some way, shape, or form, but like all the other intangibles within hockey, one can grow up and take a lesson away from the rink.

Being the natural and organic game it is, human error can play a decisive role in any given hockey game. Slashes, trips and interferences go undetected or overly detected, livening up the atmosphere of a game by getting people up in arms and into the action. But what’s done is done; name-callings and death stares will linger, but regardless of what anyone else thinks, someone is going on the power play when the ref makes a call.


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La Greca Gone From NHL Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Schott of the Daily Gazette,

NHL Live” has lost its host.

Don La Greca, who has hosted the two-hour hockey talkshow from noon-2 p.m. on Sirius XM Radio and the NHL Network, is off because of what he calls “a scheduling conflict.”

continued and thanks to Puck The Media for the pointer…

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  Tags: don+la+greca

Playoffs Create New Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Now is the perfect time to turn your non-hockey friends into a hockey fan. Invite them over for a viewing party, organize a get together at a local watering hole or just call them at game time and tell them to watch and keep watching.

I guarantee you the vast majority of the people you contact will want to watch another game. But you have to start the ball rolling by getting them to view a playoff matchup.

It is hard to believe this, but there are people out there that do not know anything about the game we love. By informing these people about NHL playoff hockey, you are really doing them a favor by telling them to watch a game that means something, a game built on determination and grit, style and skill too.

They may ask you what lies ahead, what team is bound to end up in the Stanley Cup Final? Your response is critical and this is what makes our game different than all the other playoffs.


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Hossa’s Time?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,

So this is it. This is where we see just how Marian Hossa’s $72 million gamble turns out. The Red Wings winger famously spurned that many millions (and long-term security with the Edmonton Oilers) for a one-and-out shot at winning the Stanley Cup with Detroit. When have you seen a free agent do that?


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  Tags: marian+hossa

Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Six minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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No Joke - Dave Schultz Doing Stand-Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Nadu of NBC Philadelphia,

Legendary Philadelphia Flyer Dave Shultz became a South Philly icon by crashing his fists into opponent’s faces. These days Shultz is still doing some heavy crashing—on the comedy scene that is….

Now his face will be used for something other than a punching bag as the Canuck takes a swing at stand up.

more and yes, the writer forgot the ‘c’ in Schultz…

added 11:52am, It occurred to me many of the younger hockey fans may not know who Dave Schultz is, so watch him action at about the 2 minute mark in the video below.  How fitting is it that Ted Lindsay is doing the color?

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  Tags: dave+schultz

The Short List For Wild GM Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

The short list includes Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, TSN and NBC color analyst Pierre McGuire, longtime NHL GM and coach Pat Quinn, Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and Wild acting GM Tom Lynn.

While other unidentified candidates possibly could emerge, sources say the two considered frontrunners have interviews lined up.

Fletcher, 41, is expected to be in town later this week, while it’s believed McGuire, 47, will interview today.


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You Can’t Do It On Your Own

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Before Game 2, Sidney Crosby had scored exactly a quarter of the team’s goals this postseason. After last night’s outburst, that total shot up to 34.8 percent. Since the NHL moved to four rounds of best-of-seven game series in 1987, only one team which has advanced to the second round or beyond, has had a player account for more of his team’s offense:

read on for a list of those players…

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Oh No Wade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wade Vokey - a 50 year old life time hockey fan analyzes the current state of the National Hockey League and shares his suggestions that will save the game of hockey.

His major suggestion is play 5 on 4 in the offensive zone.  He wants only four defending players in the defensive zone, with the other playing above the blue line.  If he enters the defensive zone, 2 minute delay of game penalty.

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A Late Night Of Hockey For Some Of Us

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two teams will be up 2-1 in the series after the game tonight.

Which two is the question.


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