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Malkin Plans to Throw it Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

To call Pittsburgh’s top regular-season scorer a non-factor so far in the Stanley Cup final may be generous. Malkin’s penalty minutes (four) easily exceed his number of shots on goal (one), and his minus-3 rating reflects the defensive contribution he made as the Penguins were manhandled by a combined 7-0 in the opening two games in Detroit.

Malkin often found himself bothered by Niklas Kronwall and the other bone rattlers on the Red Wings’ defence corps, something the Russian acknowledged in his halting English before a 3-0 loss in Game 2.

“Detroit have a good defenceman. Kronwall,” Malkin said. “I need to be more physical play. Have to pressure defenceman. Hit. Yeah, hit.”

more on Malkin and possible new pairings

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, niklas+kronwall

Player Movement Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

Could Brian Campbell sign with Ottawa or Chicago? Are Pascal Leclaire’s contract talks stalled? Could the Wings retain Brad Stuart?

read on for Spector’s view on the above topics…

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Hockey Night In Newfoundland

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There’s a rusting steamship aground in a harbor, and draped across that ship today is a banner that reads “Go Red Wings Go.”

That’s about all I could read from Mitch Albom this morning before I threw up in my mouth a little bit. I just can’t, no matter the subject, sit through an entire column from the Delicate Genius.

But I realize some of you can.  Image of the “rusting steamship” is below.

 

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The Wings ‘Euro’ Conection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

On the overseas flight to the Stanley Cup final, Hakan Andersson pulled out his NHL guide and began to play a game.

The scout wanted to see if any player drafted in 1999 turned out better than Henrik Zetterberg.

He looked at Martin Havlat, first-round choice. He looked at the Sedin Twins, early first-round choices. He settled on his pick, Zetterberg, chosen 210th nine years ago.

“If you were to do the draft over again, I think he’s the first pick,” said Andersson.

continued

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  Tags: hakan+andersson

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.

continued

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  Tags: chris+osgood

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.

more…

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

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  Tags: baseball, calgary+vipers, theo+fleury

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