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Stop The Clocks

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

One year ago today, Jiri Fischer's heart went into fibrillation the Red Wings' bench. his doctor was able resuscitate Fisch's heart using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), and he was taken away to hospital. The spontaneous heart fibrillation, it turned out, was due to a medical condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which means that Fischer's heart walls are thicker than normal. The resulting electrical imbalance (your brain doesn't assume that your heart muscles are thick or thin) caused a catastrophic chain of events--his heart went into what's called ventricular fibrillation, where the ventricles begin to flutter and stop pumping blood, his brain began to react by attempting to speed up his heartbeat to over 300 beats per minute. As the brain became starved of oxygen, he experienced a seizure. To some extent, he was lucky. His doctor had seen patients with this condition before, and he knew the seriousness of the situation--people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tend not to recover when their heart begins to fibrillate, because the brain and heart aren't quite in sync to begin with. The combination of heart condition, "v-fib," and seizure mean that it takes a very long time to get the heart to actually pump blood again When the heart's finally pumping oxygen through the system again, multiple organs could have failed from extended oxygen starvation, including the brain. Fisch was just that one-in-several thousand patients who came back quickly, and, at the same time, was diagnosed as not simply having had a heart attack.

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Columbus Fans Frustrated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Fans started leaving Nationwide Arena in droves with about eight minutes left in the third period last night, proof that the faithful held out little hope of a Blue Jackets’ comeback against the Nashville Predators. The fans know their team. The Blue Jackets lost 3-1 to the Predators, their sixth straight defeat, including three to Nashville within the past six days. "It’s very frustrating," said Wendy Stevens of New Albany, whose family had season tickets since the inaugural 2000-01 season before dropping them this season.
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John Ferguson Battles Bone Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sun Media via the Toronto Sun,

Through 500 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, John Bowie Ferguson was the undisputed heavyweight champion accumulating 1,214 penalty minutes in 500 games. Today, Ferguson is "starting the toughest challenge" when he begins radiation treatment for bone cancer in Toronto. "It's another setback that we're back fighting this problem," Ferguson, 68, told Sun Media yesterday. In September 2005, Ferguson had his cancerous prostate removed at a London, Ont. hospital and appeared to be healthy.
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Osgood Shelved Up To A Month

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I happen to believe that if Chris Osgood had been healthy last Spring there would be no "Punch In The Face" entry in the A2Y Glossary. Yes, that means I think that if Osgood had relieved The Martyr, the Wings would have defeated Edmonton. I think that Manny Legace was despised in the Detroit locker room and that a goalie change after Game 5 would have energized the Wings. Energized them to the point that they would have moved on to the second round. Having said that, and caused the COPBA (Chris Osgood Puck Bunny Association) significant joy, I'm a little concerned that another Ozzie injury may bring more trouble with it. Ken Holland said yesterday that Osgood's wrist is fractured and he's out three to four weeks. Khan(!)/MLive

Holland said he doesn't anticipate calling up another goalie, that the team will use Joey MacDonald as Hasek's backup. But, that would force Hasek to dress as the backup in some games, putting him at risk for an injury if forced to enter the game cold. "My feeling is we'll go with the two goalies and Dom will be on the bench when he doesn't start,'' Holland said. "But, that could change between now and (today).''
I'm not particularly worried about the "cold" entry into games. Yes, that's a concern. But everything about Hasek's health is a concern. I worry about Hasek pulling a groin while he pours a bowl of cereal. But I don't stress about it because I think Osgood's a quality back-up. Now I'm going to stress, for three to four weeks.

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Bubba’s On The Hunt

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

USA Today's Kevin Allen ran an interview with the Big Bubba today. Naturally, the Central Division title came up.

How much emphasis are you putting on winning the Central Division? Trotz: I think it's very important to us. We have been chasing Detroit for eight years now. That's the first step we have to take — to win the division. The division guarantees you at least the third spot. If you don't win your division, you aren't guaranteed anything. You might end up ninth or 10th. I think there are 10 really quality teams.
Let me translate that for you. Here's what Trotz really said: "We realize winning the division means nothing. We know we're making the playoffs regardless. However, my team has a mental hurdle we can't seem to leap over and that hurdle is Detroit. We think we're better but we can't prove it on the ice, or in the standings. Until we do, we can't expect to do jack squat in the playoffs."

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Pre-Scouting the Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Al Strachan and the Toronto Sun,

There's nothing particularly new about the Maple Leafs' bread-and-butter scoring play. And because every NHL coach relies heavily on pre-scouting these days -- now that Pat Quinn is out of the league -- it can't come as a surprise to the opposition. But it continues to be productive. It opened the scoring last night and it added the third goal as the Maple Leafs rolled to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders. It's really nothing more than a diagonal pass to a trigger-man stationed just off the far post who doesn't stop the puck but one-times it into the net.
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Expect Very Few Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"I know you guys don't want to hear this, but there is 'zero' discussions," said Risebrough before last night's game at Scotiabank Place. "Just think about it. It's hard to do. I mean you can't find a fit. It's got to be $7 million for $7 million. It's got to be $2 million for $2 million. "The reality of it is, our business has changed. I guess if you look at the system that has the cap, which is (the NFL), they're the same way, right? You pile it up in the summer, make changes at the end and start again."
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One Year Later?  Huh?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Maybe the Deep Diggers got together in Edmonton, or on the plane back, and made a conscious decision. There had to be some sort of consensus, because while they've been generally apathetic and lazy before...this would be monumental, even for them. It's November 21st, 2006: exactly one year after Jiri Fischer collapsed, died for thirty seconds, and was brought back to life at Joe Louis Arena. And there is not a single mention of it in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press or MLive.

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Fraser Prepares For Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Hockey Refs,

Veteran NHL referee Kerry Fraser returns from the injured list this week with stops in the American Hockey League. Fraser, 54, will make stop in Binghampton on Thursday, Rochester on Friday and Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. He has been on the sidelines since undergoing surgery in the offseason to fix ligaments in his left knee. And for the first time in his 33-year career, Fraser will be required to wear a helmet.
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Buccigross Makes You Think

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

If you break your stick, sprint to the bench and get a new one; or, or even better, make a shift change. Someone replacing you when you are a few feet from the boards is quicker than getting a new stick. This would take at least three seconds, at the most, probably 8.9. Teams have played 5-on-4 before, or even 5-on-3, for three to nine seconds. There are exceptions, but I believe staying out there for 20 seconds without a stick does more harm than a five-second line change.
much more from John and from a personal standpoint, I sure do miss him talking hockey on ESPN...

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