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Nothing To Say

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Empty Netters is in a bind.  They enjoy posting Penguins goal calls from Mike Lange, so far zero, nada.

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Pens Plan To Get The Puck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

“You feel like you’re chasing the puck all night. That’s really what it’s felt like for us, chasing the puck all night,” Roberts said of Game 2, which was identical to Game 1. “You use up so much energy trying to find the puck, that by the time you get it you’re exhausted.

“We’ve played good hockey. We’re just up against a better team, and we’ve got to find a way to get a little more jump in our step, and play with that confidence that we’ve played with.”

By “better team” Roberts of course meant, better than any of their previous playoff opponents. Not better than the Penguins.

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What Is Your Reality?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What do you legitimately expect from the next two games?  I know what you want to happen, except for those of you with tickets to Game 5.  The rest of us?  We wouldn’t mind seeing some mouths shut.

But is that a sound expectation, a sweep?  I’ve tried to open my mind without any chemical enhancements, and it’s hard to do.

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The Normal Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Chris Osgood doesn’t like to talk about himself.

And he’ll be the first to tell you that.

“I’m just a quiet guy. I don’t like bragging about myself. Save that for another day,” said the Detroit goaltender, who, if he keeps making all the saves, won’t have a lot more days to wait this postseason.

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Soft In The Mel(l)on

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By now, if you’re a Michigan resident, you’ve probably already figured out that a few roadblocks have been deliberately set up to prohibit your attendance at Games 3 or 4 in Pittsburgh.  Eric McErlain at AOL’s FanHouse points us to a Ticketmaster disclaimer.

Mellon Arena is located in Pittsburgh, PA. Sales to this event will be restricted to residents of PA, OH, WV, MD, NY, NJ, DE, VA and the District of Columbia. Residency will be based on credit card billing address. Orders by residents outside of PA, OH, WV, MD, NY, NJ, DE, VA and the District of Columbia will be canceled without notice and refunds given.

 

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Theo Fleury Takes on Baseball

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press via NHL.com:

“The fans love it. [Theo Fleury’s] going to be out here Thursday night throwing the first pitch,” said an unashamed Peter Young, president of the Calgary Vipers. “The league has said any time we want to use him we can and not go against our roster.

“He’s a pro athlete and he’s not likely to make a fool of himself. It’s not like Billy Crystal standing out there who has played in a couple of celebrity games in his life. This guy played professional sports.”

The announcement came on the same day the team announced it had traded a player to another squad for 10 baseball bats.

Fleury, wearing the Viper’s uniform with his trademark Number 14, appeared to be taking the whole hitting practice seriously although a slight paunch drummed up memories of Babe Ruth in his latter years.

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Update 10:00am ET: The Canadian Press provides video of Fleury hitting some balls and talking to the media.

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Lite Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight will be a limited posting night on KK.  We need to re-charge our batteries a bit and have a little down time.

Therefore, this post is yours.  Feel free to comment on the SCF, the upcoming draft, UFA period or anything hockey related.

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Wings Hi-Step Into Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

It would be more appropriate to call the Red Wings the Red Army. Expressionless, machinelike, almost joyless, Detroit is marching through the Stanley Cup finals the way the Soviet Union marched through the early portion of the 1980 Winter Olympics….

So, Detroit leads the series 2-0, which will give Wednesday’s Game 3 in Pittsburgh a Game 7-type atmosphere. We all know the Penguins have to win Games 3 and 4 to have a chance. The Penguins improved in Game 2 and should play even better in Game 3. The Penguins are 8-0 at Mellon Arena in the postseason and have a 16-game home winning streak dating back to Feb. 24.

With that expected improvement and incredible atmosphere, I’ve decided to hit the road and take in Game 3 in person. Of course, I will sit among the people to let the passion, love and desperation wash over me like a cold shower after 18 holes at Oakmont Country Club. I will write about the experience in this space as well.

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A Few Off Day Thoughts

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anybody wonder just how bad things would be for Pittsburgh right now if the Wings were at all effective on the power play?  If the roles were reversed, and that’s a tough one to imagine right now…I know…we’d be pointing at Detroit’s dismal PP numbers: one for fourteen.

But the roles aren’t reversed, and now we can look at that stat and say…what if they get hot?

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Wings Coach Babcock Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Was last night close to a perfect hockey game for your team in the sense that you didn’t allow a shot on goal until the 12-minute mark. You didn’t allow a five-on-five shot on goal until five minutes and change in the second period?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: It was a real good start for us. Obviously you want to get off to a good start. After winning Game 1, you’re always doing everything obviously to prepare for the next game. I thought we got off to a good start. I thought when we went up 2-0 they had a push there. We got cautious for a period of time. Other than that, we played a pretty good hockey game.

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