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Today with Coach Dan Bylsma

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From today’s press conference with Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma. Transcript provided courtesy of the NHL.


        Q. Can you give your impression of where Malkin and Crosby are at in terms of potential level of frustration? We saw some at the end of both games maybe from both of them. Where do you think they’re at? And do you say anything to them going into tomorrow night?

        COACH BYLSMA: You worry as a coach about frustration, and frustration is when you can’t let go of previous events.

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The Face Of The Red Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

If you were asked to name the face of the Detroit Red Wings, who would it be?

Odds are you would think of a player like Pavel Datsyuk, who led the team with 97 points this season, or Nicklas Lidstrom, the veteran defenceman and four-time Stanley Cup champion who has come to represent the unflappable consistency of the fabled organization. Many hockey fans might name Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa or Johan “Mule” Franzen as the core member of a team that is the closest thing the NHL has to a dynasty.

Yet with the exception of one goal from Franzen in Game 1, it has not been the Wings’ biggest names who are putting pucks in the back of the net in this Stanley Cup final.

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More Fun With Hockey Sticks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So you’re a Pen fan and you’re upset.  You’ve got the Zetterberg in the crease thing.  And the interference thing, the obstruction thing.  Plus the 0-2 hole thing (again).  Well, I’ve got something that should help you in your time of sorrow.

Looking for proof of Marian Hossa’s horrific slash on Dupuis last night? I’ve got it for you, courtesy of KK reader Moocat at the Empire main page.

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Aw dammit.  Woops.  That kinda proves the opposite doesn’t it?  Well, I tried. Sorry.

Also, see this classy move by Jared at Smilin’ Like a Butcher’s Dog.

 

 

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Watching NBC- Game 2 SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck The Media,

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals drew a 3.5/6 overnight rating, 5.3 Million viewers, and a 2.2 in the key demo of Adults 18-49.  These are all positive gains from Game 1, which drew a 2.6/5 overnight, 4.5 Million viewers and a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo.

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Jacques Martin May Leave Florida For Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 11:44am, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Martin, 56, just completed his third season as Florida’s general manager. He coached the team for three seasons before being relieved of that duty last summer. Martin was
asked to stay on as general manager by owner Alan Cohen and Martin agreed, signing a four-year contract.

What sort of compensation the Canadiens would give to the Panthers isn’t clear, and it is not known if Martin would personally have to buy out his own contract to leave.

more on Martin

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference this afternoon at 2pm et when the club will introduce Jacques Martin as their new head coach.

note: original post was 8:56am today…

from Sportsnet,

Sportsnet has learned Jacques Martin has been negotiating a potential buy-out with the Florida Panthers and that the Montreal Canadiens are very interested in hiring him as their next head coach.

Sources say Martin has multiple years left on his contract, but is willing to leave some money on the table to take the Canadiens job.

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How The Penguins Can Get Back In The Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star tells us what the Penguins must do…

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It Looks Like Last Year All Over Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Maybe the Penguins will return home to Pittsburgh and be rewarded for all of the good work they did in Detroit.

“We played two good games. We [outshot] them in two games,” said Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis, who was reinserted into the lineup for Game 2. “If we keep playing well, the hockey gods are going to be on our side.”

Perhaps. Maybe, though, this is just a matter of the hockey gods getting ready for the same result as a year ago, regardless of the path these two teams take to get there.

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The Most Interesting Man In The Universe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press,

Wearing a pink coat, Cherry arrived at the Joe flanked by two young ladies aboard a boat on the Detroit River and made his way through the fans outside the arena. Inside he got a hug and a kiss from “my songbird,” Karen Newman.

Budd Lynch, meanwhile, has been doing a taped voice-over: “His reputation is expanding faster than the galaxy. ... His blood smells like cologne. ... He often has awkward moments just because he likes them. ... He’s the most interesting man in the universe.”

continued and watch the video below…

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The Science Of The Wristshot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Peterson of LiveScience, Professors

David Pearsall and Rene Turcotte, along with graduate student Yannick Michaud-Paquette of McGill University wanted to find out how the mechanics of the hockey stick and blade affected the flight of the puck and be able to point to specific movement patterns which resulted in more accurate shots. As Turcotte told LiveScience, “Very little information exists describing the kinetics and kinematics of skating and shooting skills. We are for the first time learning about how skills are executed in an optimized fashion.”

Twenty five hockey players, ranging in skill from novice to varsity level players, were told to shoot pucks at targets located in the four corners of a goal until they had hit each target ten times. They were allowed 20 shots per target with their accuracy percentage recorded. Their stick and the pucks were marked with reflective stickers that could be seen by six 3-D motion capture cameras placed around the goal. Everything from the angle, pitch and yaw of the stick blade to the stick velocity and contact time between puck and stick were measured as possible variables for accuracy.

more & thanks to a KK reader for the link…

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Osgood Is The Difference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Just like last year, the Pens are now looking at having to win four straight or at least four out of five to take the Cup. Only one team, the ‘71 Canadiens, has ever won the title after losing the first two games of the final.

But that’s just the surface story. The reality is this year’s final is very, very different from last year, both in terms of the intensity of the competition and the nature of the two games played so far.

The Wings, battered by injuries, have been outshot in both games and either outplayed or at best fought to a draw.

Yet they lead two games to none.

The reason, aside from the fact Justin Abdelkader is outscoring both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined, is Chris Osgood.

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