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Stars Live To Play Another Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Dallas Stars defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to force a game 5 back in Detroit on Saturday.

Detroit fans won’t be happy with the Datsyuk goal that was wavied off due to the Holmstrom goalie interference, Dallas fans will be saying it’s about time.

Game 5 will be one of matchups, can Dallas coach Dave Tippett get his checking line out against the Datsyuk line?

Wings will want to end the series in five, Dallas will come out with the same approach, win one more game.

The JLA should be rocking Saturday afternoon around 1:30pm ET.

added 11:05pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The word of the day, for the Dallas Stars, was: believe.

It was plastered on everything, from the crop tops worn by their roller-blading ice girls, to the Budweiser banners that skirted the perimeter of the pregame street party outside the American Airlines Center. And if it seemed odd that Believe! T-shirts were already going for half-price at the concession stands early in the game, well, that wasn’t really Mike Modano’s concern.

Modano, the former captain of the Stars, ensured his team would live to play another day. In a game when the Detroit Red Wings had a second-period goal controversially disallowed because of a goaltender interference call, Modano’s third-period power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie and led the Stars to a 3-1 victory over Detroit last night, which permitted them to stave off elimination for one night anyway.

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Stars Out Of Ideas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer,

There are those gullible enough, stubborn enough and warped enough to believe the Dallas Stars can rally to defeat the Detroit Red Wings.

Hillary Clinton. DISD bookkeepers. Guys convinced that chicks actually go to bars with bacon in their purses….

Admit it. The Stars are out of ideas, out of gas and out of the series.

Morrow hasn’t been a factor, Modano’s been a ghost, defenseman Matt Niskanen has coughed up a couple of costly gaffes and, most damaging, Turco has been average. When the Stars have needed him to stand on his head, he’s again fallen on his face against Detroit.

read on

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Could It Be The North Wind They’d Been Feeling?  Yep. And A Game 4 Live Blog’s Coming With It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As usual, I’ll be aboard for the drop of the puck.  It’s essential that you leave all adult pretense behind.  There is no room, and I’m serious, for mature thought.

It’s a Game 4 Live Blog.  Finish it.

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All-Time Top Salary Earners

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,

The following top 10 list shows active players who have earned the most since former union head Bob Goodenow introduced salary disclosure in 1990. Some players who were active prior to 1990 do not have those figures included in their totals, but none would have cracked the top 10. [...]

10. Peter Forsberg, $65.4 million
9. Chris Pronger, $66.2 million
8. Mike Modano, $70.1 million

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*thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero should be applauded for taking a chance on Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Not only has Hossa been a solid contributor on offense, as most expected he would, he has also played a stellar defensive game. He is often the first forward back on the back check.

All of that said, I’m not certain I’d cough up $7 million a year to a guy I see as more of a complimentary player than one who can lead a team.

more NHL bits…

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Ducks Owner in Hot Water

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the LA Times,

The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed civil fraud complaint against Broadcom Corp. co-founders Henry T. Nicholas and Henry Samueli, owner of the NHL Ducks, in an alleged scheme to systematically backdate stock options.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, also names former Chief Financial Officer William J. Ruehle and General Counsel David Dull.  None of the current and former officials at the Irvine-based chip maker could be reached for comment immediately.

The complaint comes on the heels of an SEC lawsuit filed against Broadcom on April 22 alleging that Nicholas, Samueli and other senior Broadcom executives “orchestrated and carried out” a long-running scheme to backdate stock options.

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Update 5:15pm ET: A comment from Michael Schulman, CEO of the Anaheim Ducks:

“In terms of the Ducks, nothing is changed there, or in terms of our operation . . . this does not impact the Ducks.”

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Superstitious?  Grow A Pair Or Don’t Read

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m not into the jinx thing.  I believe the Wings are so dominant that no amount of stupidity on my part can possibly stop them tonite.  Because I believe that, I bring you this.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 11-1 in the playoffs, and I’ll be surprised if they win three more games. That’s how well the Detroit Red Wings are playing.

Read more from Orland Kurtenblog.  Find out why this thing’s over tonite, and the next one won’t take too damn long either.

 

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Uncle Mike Q/A

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From today’s media avail with Mike Babcock.

Q.  What does Tomas Holmstrom add to the Datsyuk, Zetterberg line?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He gets the puck back.  Everybody talks about his net front presence.  But he’s a physical, physical guy who gets the puck back, who creates space for them.  They’re only at the net, on the drive or, you know, on an entry.  They’re not at the net.  He’s at the net.  But they shoot the puck, he gets it back and gives it to ‘em again.

His puck retrieval skills are, I think, the best in the League.  He goes and gets it and hunts it down and gives it back to them, then they spend time in the offensive zone.  His penetration through the net creates space for them.  They need space.

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Impressive Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Gene Collier at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins are simply too much.  Too fast. Too precise. Too disciplined. And too reliably backstopped by the consistently brilliant Marc-Andre Fleury. All of it too much of a mountain for anyone on this side of the Conferencial Divide.

Even within the mandatory confidence of professional athletes, did anyone in the room think this team was capable of winning 11 of the first 12 postseason games?

“You never think that way,” Ruutu said. “It doesn’t matter how you keep going, just so you keep going.”

You might change your thinking now that the Penguins walked into this building where they hadn’t won all year, where they were supposed to get jumped by a desperate hockey club stung by misfortune, and turned the Flyers into the jumpees.

more…

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  Tags: jarkko+ruutu, marc-andre+fleury

Questions for the ECF Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien and Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens were both available for some questions today. 

Below are the transcripts from their respective Q&A sessions.

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