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Arrogant?  Hell Yes.  Still.  Always.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just when you thought Pittsburgh fans and media had settled into comfortable acceptance that the Pens are actually Stanley Cup champs?  In rides another idiot to prove that this particular community of “fans” and media has no concept how to deal with success.

Rossi

Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.

After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.

Paul posted a lot more at the main page, but it really boils down to that closing passage.

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Brad May Under Observation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In the 3rd period of the Flames/Wings game tonight, Brady May of the Wings took a stick in the eye area while sitting on the bench.

After Hours on HNIC reported he will stay in Calgary and will be under observation tonight.

May needed some assistance from the bench area to the locker room and appeared to be in pain.

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Those Arrogant Wings

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

...a quote uttered last postseason by their assistant general manager, Jim Nill, seems to confirm my suspicion that after winning the Cup in 2008, the Red Wings spent much of last season tip-toeing on the fine line between confidence and arrogance — and erroneously crossed it in the playoffs.

“Sometimes, you’re a product of your environment,” Nill said last April. “This year, our team is so good that one night it’s (Pavel) Datsyuk, and the next night, it’s (Henrik) Zetterberg; one night, it’s (Nicklas) Lidstrom. And it goes on and on. And some of these other teams, it’s (Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby, and that’s kind of their team.”

“Their team” kind of won the Cup by taking the last two Stanley Cup Final games, holding all those great Red Wings players to two combined goals in those contests.

Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.

After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.

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Pavelec Goes Old-School

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My face would have been buried in my catching glove, but not Pavelec.

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

“I was scared a little bit. I felt like Jacques Plante 50 years ago,” said Pavelec, a 22-year-old from the Czech Republic who’s getting a shot with oft-injured Kari Lehtonen on the shelf again. Kovalev took the shot on a wraparound after Pavelec had had his mask knocked off in a scrum late in the second period. “I can tell you now it was not fun. A little scary, but it wasn’t a hard shot. I don’t think (Kovalev) could see (he had lost his mask). It wasn’t his fault. There was no blood.”

“I softened my hands,” said Kovalev, who saw the netminder was bare-faced.

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A Small Peek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A behind the scenes look at the LA Kings Ice Crew photo shoot!

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Another NHLPA Letter

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from Sportsnet,

Former NHL star Steve Larmer is very concerned about the fate of the NHL Players Association.

In a letter of resignation to the NHLPA obtained by Hockeycentral, Larmer wrote: The NHLPA constitution that was created in 2005 has now been suspended. Certain players with the assistance of their agents have, in a sense, hijacked the union. They have used the cover of an operations review to paralyze the NHLPA staff and placed certain employees under surveillance. It is my understanding that the former executive director Paul Kelly has communicated with Chris Chelios and Shawn Horcoff and others directing them to investigate the affairs of the PA.”

continued

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Cherry Talks About The Ladd Hit On D’Agostini

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  Tags: andrew+ladd, don+cherry, matt+d'agostini

Boo

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The Feeling I Get When I Look To The West?  Nausea.  Let’s Wrap This MF’er Up With A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’re going early and I have my reasons.

With a win tonite, the Wings head home with 6/10.  Still…the most depressing, disgusting, hazardous-to-your-pets road trip any of us can remember. 

Noted. 

Nobody cares what the rival bloggers are saying, or the MSM.  Nothing would bring more joy to more people than a disastrous Detroit season.

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Ericsson Fighting The Flu

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson missed the morning skate Saturday with flu-like symptoms. His status is questionable for tonight’s clash with the Calgary Flames.

“We hope it’s nothing major,” said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. “But what we’re concerned about is that’s what happened in Edmonton. It was nothing major in the morning and suddenly, by night, it was.”

As a rookie, Ericsson dazzled last year in the playoffs, but he’ struggled in his first full year, of NHL employment on a pairing with Brett Lebda.

“Lebs and him have been on the ice for some of the ugliest goals in hockey,” Babcock said.

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