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Octo-Sleuth: Reaction

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By now you’ve read of the exploits of one Zach Smith, the wack job who bought two tickets to Game 4 so that he could toss a ‘pus, get kicked out and get right the hell back into Mellon Arena. 

“Before the national anthem, we made our way down there and stood there,” he said. “I got it out and just tossed it.”

As the guards took him out, fans screamed obscenities.

“I hate Pittsburgh more than anything,” he said, noting the rivalry between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. “It was great. I loved the rush.”


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Still Flashing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First off, thanks to all of you for your concern about my health.

I am still experiencing bouts of flashing lights and will be seeing my doctor today for more tests.  When these flashing symptoms are around, it makes if very hard to type and update KK.

Alanah has been doing a great jot covering KK and will soon be around for your Monday reading pleasure.

I will keep you posted and hopefully a quick recovery can be made, afterall, a game is tonight and I certainly do not want to miss it.

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Hypothetically….It’s Holland’s Night

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I should go back to the posts surrounding the last two years’ trade deadlines.  Dozens of them, all telling Tick Tock Kenny Holland how to do his job.  Hell, we even coined a phrase two years ago.  Remember “The Summer of Ken”?  Second-guessing our GM has become a pastime for me.  I’m clearly not qualified, but it hasn’t stopped me. 

Even when I see things like this from James Mirtle.

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Wings Get A Daily Reminder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the NY Times,

To get to their locker room at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings walk through hallways that are painted with the names of players from Detroit’s Stanley Cup-winning teams. In red block letters, the names serve as daily reminders of the franchise’s success.

The twist, though, is that five current Red Wings players can point to their names on those walls in three places. They form the remarkably stable core of a team that is a victory from winning its fourth Stanley Cup title in 11 years, defying the odds to stay together in a salary-cap era.


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Pens Try To Stay Alive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

When it ended, the painful one-goal loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, Evgeni Malkin sat at his locker, face in hands, not moving.

It was the first visual sign from one of the young Pittsburgh Penguins that this dream season was not to be.

And it wasn’t just Malkin. When Penguins coach Michel Therrien sat at the podium to answer questions, the tone lacked his usual bravado and humour.

Simply, he sounded frustrated and defeated.

Tonight, the Penguins have an enormous test against the Detroit Red Wings, not just to score some goals, but to try to win a game on the road and keep the Stanley Cup final alive.


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Lewis Has Detroit Memories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Lewis went on to coach the Bruins during the 2006-07 season and was fired after they missed the playoffs. Last summer, he joined the Kings’ coaching staff as an assistant to Marc Crawford.

He said he’s “indifferent” to what’s unfolding now for the Red Wings, but that’s difficult to believe.

“I have such an appreciation for the players that I know there. It’s a great organization,” he said. “They gave me an opportunity as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. We just didn’t have playoff success.

“The expectations are always high here in Detroit. It’s action-packed, pressure-packed and competitive. I have very good memories and thoughts.”


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Short Shifts

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jacques Demers in USA Today,

Four numbers stuck with me after watching the Detroit Red Wings take a 3-1 series lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night:

•Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, the 38-year-old captain of the Red Wings, played more than 28 minutes, skating 37 shifts, an average ice time of 44 seconds.

•Pavel Datsyuk played 19 minutes, averaging 39 seconds.

•Henrik Zetterberg played close to 23 minutes, averaging 43 seconds.

•Johan Franzen averaged 42 seconds.


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  Tags: coaching, jaques+demers

Penguins Recall Defenseman Goligoski

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press Release from the Pittsburgh Penguins:

Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Alex Goligoski from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.


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Saying Goodbye

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

A small-town New Brunswick arena was transformed into a makeshift chapel on Sunday as thousands paid their respects to Luc Bourdon, a 21-year-old rising National Hockey League star killed in a motorcycle crash on Thursday.

Mourners filed past Bourdon’s coffin in the middle of the rink where he once played hockey as a boy and offered their condolences to Bourdon’s family.

“It’s just right now really, really quiet,” said Gilles Cormier from inside the arena during Sunday’s visitation. “Everybody is stunned.”


Kris Letang also flew in from Pittsburgh to attend, and more NHLers are expected to attend the funeral on Monday.

Update 8:48pm ET: More from Jason Botchford via the National Post:

They came by the thousands to an arena in Shippagan, a small fishing village in remote New Brunswick, and waited in line for hours to pay tribute to Luc Bourdon, the area’s fallen star.

They left wrecked with emotion.

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Watching From Ireland

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Sandler at the National Post,

Originally the itinerary included golf and sightseeing, but finding pubs or Internet cafes with access to hockey broadcasts got added to the agenda once the Pittsburgh Penguins qualified to battle for the NHL’s ultimate prize.

It is safe to say that among people not directly connected to the Penguins, the 62-year-old [Craig] Patrick has a greater rooting interest in the final than most.

As the Penguins general manager for 17 years, he assembled about half of the players who tonight will try and even the finals at two games apiece.

more on Patrick extensive history with the Penguins

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