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Best Defenceman In The Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

We are well into the second round of the playoffs and I thought I would take a look at the best defenceman thus far through.  Several defenceman have been playing very well including Chris Pronger, Sergei Gonchar, Scott Niedermayer and Brent Seabrook, but one guy stands out in front of the pack.  That man is Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.  It isn’t unusual to see him in front of the pack; he has six Norris Trophies that show he is often in front of the pack of defencemen.  So far in the playoffs, Lidstrom is scoring at better than point per game rate (9 points in 8 games).  This points him in the offensive lead among defenceman, even though several have more games played.  His +5 +/- rating is among the best in the playoffs as well. 

It was a regular season where Nicklas Lidstrom looked like he might be showing his first signs of decline.  He is unlikely to win the Norris Trophy this year (despite a nomination) and is no longer his team MVP in the regular season.  He suffered through elbow tendonitis for much of the season.  He recently turned 39 years old and it is easy to believe that his best days are gone, but what we have seen so far in the playoffs shows otherwise.  Nicklas Lidstrom has had a very good playoff so far and has been the top defenceman in the playoffs.

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Blackhawks Head Home With A Chance To Move On To The Western Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chicago skates into Vancouver to take game 5 with a 4-2 victory over Vancouver.

That’s makes two road teams with victories on Saturday, will the trend continue on Sunday?

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You can see first shift [of overtime], Stecks miss empty net and I say, ‘Jesus, where is our luck?  Puck bouncing, and next shift they get power play and score goal. It’s not about when you score the last five minutes of the game, it’s all about when you play hard, how we want to play and how we can play. I think today we played good, but it’s not good enough, so next game is gonna be different. There was in that situation when they [were losing] 2-0, and they come back and they winning right now. But it’s not over yet. If somebody thinks it’s over, it’s not over.”

-Alexander Ovechkin after tonight’s loss to the Penguins.  More post game quotes from Dan Steinberg at D.C Sports Bog.

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Superman Wears #8

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nice tribute to Alexander Ovechkin from HNIC tonight.

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Penguins Win Streak Now At 3 To Go Up 3-2 In Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We’ll turn it over to Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters who was live blogging the Caps/Pens game tonight…

Malkin works the puck up the right wing and gets by Fedorov. Malkin backhands the puck into the crease in a possible passing attempt to Crosby who is coming in on the back door. The puck hits off the upper body of Poti and deflects by Varlamov. Oh what an awful break for Washington. The Penguins mob Malkin along the boards near the penalty boxes. All those classy Capitals fans litter the ice with debris. It counts as a power play goal. Kunitz gets the only assist. End of game. Penguins 4, Capitals 3.

added 10:21pm, Watch the CBC version of the Malkin game winning goal below…

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A Long Road For Fedorov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

It has been a long road to this place. Fedorov was the first Russian player to defect to the National Hockey League, in Seattle on a national team trip in 1990; 19 years, one Hart Trophy, three Stanley Cups and one disputed marriage to Anna Kournikova later, he has now lived in the United States for almost as long as he lived in the former Soviet Union. To other Russians, Fedorov is a significant figure.

“I think he is a legend, you know?” Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar says.

“People forget,” says Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, “how tough it was to leave.”...

“[Russian players] come to this country and obviously, we took some—I want to put it so people understand it nicely—we took some, let’s say, top positions in every team because of our talent, and coaches want us to perform, and it’s never been easy,” Fedorov says.


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Dater’s Fruitless Search

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Adrian Dater is looking for something he’ll never find.  Ever.

Obviously bored and clearly completely ignorant to the fact that there are no hockey fans left in Denver, he’s written this.

So, basically, I’m asking this: state the case of who this superfan should be, right here on the blog. If this person is yourself, state the case. If it’s someone else, state their case. Give some examples as to why. Include some photos if necessary. Include stories, tell weird tales, random encounters, truly superfan-ish things.

Hmmm. Let me give that some thought.  Yes. I have just the suspect for you Adrian.  Completely representative of the entire Dive fan base.

Ready? I think you are.


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‘The Mule’ Keeps Delivering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

For all the superstar talent that envelops their dressing room, when it comes playoff time, one Detroit Red Wing stands above the crowd:

Right-winger Johan Franzen.

The man they call “The Mule” turns into a thoroughbred during the post-season, and he’s a big reason why the Wings find themselves deadlocked 2-2 with the Anaheim Ducks in their Western Conference semifinal series heading into Game 5 Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

Franzen scored twice in Detroit’s 6-3 Game 4 victory, adding another chapter to his growing Stanley Cup legacy.

He has four goals with two assists in this series, and is fourth in playoff scoring with 12 points.

Eight of his 23 Stanley Cup goals have been game-winners and he’s scored 19 in his last 24 playoff games.

continued and other notes from this series…

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Kopecky’s Done For The Year

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well. He might be back, but he’s got broken bones in his face and I’m thinking that once Uncle Mike and Tick Tock get a long look at Abbadabawhackforthedaddyol?  We may have seen the last of 82.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Saturday that forward Tomas Kopecky is “out a while’’ with broken bones in his face that likely will require surgery.

“Right now they’re doing testing; it appears he’ll need surgery,’’ Holland said. “We’re waiting for the final report, but but if it’s like the initial report, it’s not good.’‘

Meanwhile…status quo on the other injury front.  And I’m digging these lines, especially the Hudler-Helm-Cleary one. 


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Gonchar Could Be Out Several Weeks, His Agent Responds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Pittsburgh defenceman Sergei Gonchar suffered an apparent knee injury and will miss the next several weeks, perhaps the remainder of the season….

The National Hockey League has ruled out the notion of supplemental discipline which has prompted reaction from Gonchar’s representative, JP Barry.

‘‘We now have Exhibit A of the extreme double-standard that exists in the NHL’s approach to discipline. Alex clearly cuts back with his knee after missing his check with devastating results. But of course, because it’s Alex, its all Sergei’s fault,’’ Barry told TSN.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, j.p.+barry, sergei+gonchar

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