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No Quitters On The Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Caldwell at the New York Times,

“There are no quitters in here — there’d better not be,” left wing Ryan Smyth said in the dressing room.
The Islanders face elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the end could come Friday, when they face the deeper and more talented Sabres in Game 5 of a best-of-seven series in Buffalo. The Sabres lead three games to one.
Islanders Coach Ted Nolan told his team to forget about the negative aspects of Wednesday’s 4-2 loss, in which a potential game-tying goal by defenseman Brendan Witt with 1 minute 42 seconds left was waved off.


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Dominik Hasek: He’s Just “Different”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

Osgood, however, wasn’t sure what he was in for when he rejoined the Red Wings last season only to see Hasek return a year later. Osgood had heard the stories of how the goalie once hailed as the Dominator was . . . different. “Not weird,” Osgood said. “Different.”
Of course, anyone who has followed the National Hockey League the past 10 years knows exactly how different Hasek can be. He used to flop to the ice if even the breeze from a passing forward so much as ruffled him.


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Ill Fated At Best…Live Blogging Game 4

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

0004: Let's not kid ourselves. There is going to be plenty of talk about 5-3's and hooking calls and generally poor officiating. But here's the bottom line: the Wings got into a wide open game with the Calgary Flames, of all teams, and couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. Kiprusoff was fantastic, but not so good that he stole this game. Hasek, the Wings, the Wings power play and penalty kill gave this game away. Back to Detroit on Saturday and every ounce of pressure, every ghost of the last four seasons, rests on the Wings' shoulders. Playoff stress, what a surprise. I'll be hopping a plane tomorrow so expect postings to be minimal until late tomorrow night. 2344: Just happened to get a look at Zetterberg as he joined the second PK unit, three strides off the bench and pulled up. He's hurting. 2330: You don't spend the entire year in the bottom third of the league in PP and expect it to improve in the playoffs. Pathetic display with the man-up this game, this series. Almost makes you wish Jason Williams was bringing the puck up...almost. 2321: I just got my first opportunity to watch Teamdub's first intermission video tribute. Disturbing, yet classic in a raw, unedited A2Y kind of way. A recap: his girlfriend pretending to like hockey, but not afraid to flash the A2Y readers/viewers if it means distracting us from the antics of her boyfriend. Good on ya. Wing action figures, dogs, a midwestern garage and alcohol. All Abel to Yzerman staples. Check it out in the comment section. Teamdub, you are the man. 2316: Does anyone remember the days when playoff hockey meant the whistles were pulled out conservatively? The Wings have been killed by penalties thus far, butchered. Hasek's call, while he did embelish, was total crap. Lidstrom's and Datsyuk's were worse. But it's not the Wings getting the shaft, it's both teams. Of the 9 penalties called, 6 have been hooking. 2307: I've decided to increase my alcohol intake by 1/3. Statistically, and that's what we're all about here at A2Y...hard facts buttressed by stats, there can be no valid reason that shouldn't work on a variety of levels. Tell me a convicted man slaughterist couldn't kick the ass of anyone named Dion. 2301: For those those of you not reading the comments the prevailing phrase is "FU Dom". Who just went off hurt? Amazing play by Chelios to clear that puck then draw the penalty on Jarmoe. Injured Wing was Lebda, Wing on PP...nifty, disjointed as ever. 2239: Franzen now playing with Malts and Draper. Good, good line. Jimmy D must have come down to the lockerroom at intermission and slurred his way through some sort of motivational lecture. 2214: Taking a break for more beer. I guess we saw all this coming, eh? Fast paced, sloppy Dom...real sloppy. He looks bad. And you can go ahead and admit that you're wondering what the hell he's doing skipping the morning skate/practice if he isn't hurt? Bertuzzi looks, obviously, energized. Win this series and we have ourselves a real factor the rest of the way. 2207: Holy schnikes. Someone's healthy and happy. Welcome to the official Todd Bertuzzi return party. Anyone wanna bet that we see shades of the old violent 44 tonite? 2157: What? I'm sorry..what? Was that Bobby Lang to Don'tsnoozeonme? My, my...what a different dynamic that may have added. Great line Mikey boy. Hasek better have the game of his life tonite, because as Matt said, he owes us one. Make that two. 2152: Well, this is going REAL well. Our goalie's insane, but that was a BS call. Great play by Lilja wasted. I think the best part of this game thus far is that I haven't lost all control of my bodily functions. I truly view that as a moral victory. 2145: Encouraging start from Samuelsson on the point. One blocked shot that led to a rush, then a giveaway in our own end that took some sort of magic bullet route to the net that almost beat Hasek. I said earlier today that I'm lighting the torches if he doesn't come through tonite, and I stand by that one. I guess Hudler's the Wings' Kenny Rogers, only available for home playoff games. 2139: Holy Christ. Versus, you suck. we join 2 minutes in. Why? How does that happen. You rat f&* pieces of trash. Thanks Gary. 2120: I've decided I'm now the empire's pre-eminent Live Blogger. I know AlanaH has held the title for a long time. But change is good, and change has come. I now hold the title. Thank you. Here's what I worry about at the moment: Hasek's health, Teamdub's threat of a video tribute from his garage, Bertuzzi's mildness, Samuelsson's ineptitude, Babcock's state of mind, Lilja's streak of luck. More to follow. 2115: it would appear the aforementioned issues with Versus!!!!!!!!! won't be a significant problem. Roughly 9 left in Ottawa and approximately 20 left until faceoff in Cattletown. And it would appear I've lost a Stanley Cup finalist...Pittsburgh's done. The MSM bloggers are silent, so there is no clue as to whether the lines published by anyone with a Commodore 64 earlier today are going to be used or not. We can most likely expect the breathtaking continued presence of one M. Samuelsson though, and that makes me sad.

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How Many Thrashers Come Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

And now is where the hard part begins for Waddell. The first decision has been made, Hartley is coming back as head coach. Waddell declined to reveal any terms of Hartley’s contract, but he said Hartley will be back.
Who he’s coaching is another story. The Thrashers have only eight players on their current roster signed for next season.
There are a slew of unrestricted free agents, who can sign with anyone on July 1. That list includes Tkachuk, Eric Belanger, Slava Kozlov, Andy Sutton, Pascal Dupuis, Jon Sim, Shane Hnidy, J.P. Vigier, Eric Boulton and Brad Larsen.

more (reg. may be req.)

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KK- A Therapy of Sorts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When I first appeared on the web some 26 months ago, my objective was to keep hockey fans updated on the CBA talks.
Today, the same holds true- to keep hockey fans informed on the latest hockey topics.

The last two days I have been unable to do that due to an illness in the family.  I won’t go into details except to say when a parent who helped mold and make you what you are today, needs help, you drop everything and devote as much time as necessary to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.  I will continue to do just that and if I miss an update here and there, I do hope you will understand.

I must publicly thank Alanah for taking over on KK and providing you with her own style of daily updates. I haven’t been able to read through many of her posts, but I am sure there is a Red Wing shot in there somewhere.

I would also like to say thanks to many of the KK members and readers who passed along their well wishes.  They were much appreciated and came at a time when I needed the kind words many of you passed on to me.

Look for updates from me beginning Friday morning and I can say I have missed doing them.  During the lockout it was therapy, allowing me to get different opinions on the terrible situation that existed during that time period.  I also have learned during the last two days, the updates still provide a therapy for me- I thoroughly enjoy spreading the hockey word to the great fans of the greatest sport we know- HOCKEY.

Now I have one request- The Wings 2nd line needs at least two goals tonight. Please!

added 7:50pm, An error on my part- I am still trying to get adjusted to life behind the keyboard and swear I included IwoCPO for his help too.  Anyways, it was a slip on my part and maybe this will push him to live blog tonight’s Wings game.

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ESPN Update:  44 seconds

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1853 and Sportscenter makes their first NHL playoff mention.  Barry Melrose: it’s a good thing that Pittsburgh loses.  Everyone lost before they won. 

Then it’s on to NASCAR.

Thanks Gary.

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Alright….Thinking About A Liveblog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2055 EST: Big test for Versus!!!!!!!.  What are they gonna do when we’re halfway through the third of a blowout in Ottawa when the puck drops in Calgary?  I know what I’m gonna do if we join that game late.

Updated 1954 EST: Just got an email from AlanaH.  She said she may drop by, but the few times she’s conversed with Wing fans she’s been left adjusting to the fact that they are wittier than she is.  It’s tough for her.  Be gentle. 

[Alanah Note: Yes, IwoCPO, you are correct—frequently, when I think about your team, I laugh.  Hasek’s fashion clothing line probably has a lot to do with that…]

[Iwo Note: Oh AlanaH.  Don’t be bitter.  I’ve corresponded with all the regulars and they promise not to mention Cloutier if you hang out tonite.]

Updated 1953 EST:  Alright, alright.  You’ve spoken. I will attempt a live blog.  But if bad things happen…well, if bad things happen I make no guarantees.  I’ll start it out at 2115 and we’ll go from there.  And if Ottawa and Pittsburgh go into OT, I’m gonna be tough to deal with.

I’ll leave it up to you rat bastards.  If you’re in, I’ll make it happen. I make no guarantees though. If the stress gets the better of me and I go all fetal, it may be short-lived.

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Has there ever been a time we needed a Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day more than today? No? You agree? Yes? Ok. Overheard after the morning skate today.... "We've decided to go ahead and start Hudsyhudshuds. Every time I think of him up in that press box, eating those nachos and grabbing ass with Jimmy D I get pissed. I think why's that little bastard get nachos? So, we're going to change it up, get him out there, give him a shot, more minutes..definitely more than last game, eh Ansar? Ha. What? How much? 3 years, eh? Like I said, Sammy's our guy. We're going to stick by him skinny and thick. No matter what."

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Brad May Suspension Should Be Longer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Alan Adams at Sportsnet.ca,

Again, the punishment doesn’t meet the crime.
But then again, this is the NHL we’re talking about.
Anaheim’s Brad May has been suspended for three games for a sucker punch he landed on Minnesota defenceman Kim Johnsson in the dying moments of Minnesota’s 4-1 win over the Ducks on Tuesday.
May received a match penalty for “intent to injure” and a three-game suspension—an absolute joke. Eight or 10 games would have sent the right message and there is precedent. Tie Domi was suspended for eight games in 1995 for sucker-punching Ulf Samuelsson.

continued… (*plus more observations on the Islanders’ saga)

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U-18 World Tournament: Canada vs USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via Slam! Sports,

Canada will play the United States, the team that gave it the most trouble in the round robin, in the semifinals of the world under-18 hockey tournament.
Canada emerged with a 3-2 victory in a shootout with the Americans last Sunday and the two teams go at it again in the medal round Friday 11:30 a.m. ET.
“The teams are very evenly matched,” says head coach Trent Yawney. “The U.S. has got a balanced lineup, good team speed, guys up front who can score and their defencemen can really move the puck - nothing we’re unaware of.


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