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Malkin Knows How To Play Against Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He has five points in the final, three on the power play, and is proving to be much more of a handful for the Red Wings in this final than last year’s.

“I feel great now,” Malkin said. “Last year I was a little bit sick. I’m trying to play a little bit hard and physical more.

“I know how to play Detroit and I try to play a little harder.”

With Detroit deploying most of its primary resources to stop Sidney Crosby, Malkin has been able to find some openings.

“I don’t think his body was physically ready for it last year,” teammate Brooks Orpik said. “I think he’s done a really good job of committing himself off the ice, which is paying big dividends for him now.”


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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

More Work To Do For The Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

The Purge of June 3rd is not as critical for the Avalanche as the demanding events in the rest of the month.

The Avs must sign the right coach, from the American Hockey League; sign the right goal protector, from the Swedish Elite League; and secure the right player, from the three potential stars available in the NHL draft.

The once-proud, twice-champion Avalanche was in crumple, collapse, out-of-crease mode from September to May.

The hockey club cannot swoon in June.


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I Tried The High Road Again.  Crazy, But It Still Sucks.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve decided I’m not going to complain about the officiating for the rest of this series.

But Saturday night, after it’s over…maybe Sunday morning?  We’re going to have a little chat, you and I, a little confab to discuss just how pathetic this has been. 

We’re going to talk about a Pittsburgh player skating right by Dennis LaRue while he’s pretending not to count, and we’re going to discuss a blatant two hander to Johan Franzen’s head, and Hal Gill.  But we’re going to wait until Sunday so we don’t have to hear the….you know what? Screw it.  Let’s talk about it now.

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Do Wings & Sour Grapes Go Together?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

There are a lot of allegations coming out of the Detroit Red Wings dressing room regarding the ‘too many men non-call’ against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3.

Allegations to the point that there are suggestions Dennis LaRue, who was one of the two veteran referees on the ice, was allegedly yelling at the Penguins players to get off. I don’t know that the video evidence supports that; this might just be part of the gamesmanship that goes on.

We do know that Detroit has had some issues with the officiating and this might just be a part of the sour grapes aspect.

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Do You Know This Guy?

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Canucks Will Try To Get Sedin Twins Signed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks plan to start contract talks with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin in the next week or two, assistant GM Laurence Gilman said Wednesday.

“We have a few weeks remaining between now and July 1 and we anticipate that we’ll be speaking with them shortly,” Gilman said from Winnipeg after he scouted the Manitoba Moose playoff game Tuesday night. “I would say we’re going to begin negotiations with them in the next week to two weeks.”

Asked if the team intended to wrap things up prior to the June 26-27 entry draft, Gilman could not offer any guarantees.

“Ideally we would,” he replied. “If we’re going to get them done, we’d like to get them done sooner rather than later. But it is conceivable that we’ll get to the draft and they’re not done — and it could go down to the wire.”

read on

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

KK Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from my hosting provider,

Staff are investigating issues with the database server 19*********. This issue is only affecting clients that have databases housed on this server. More information will be posted here once available.

Hopefully this will be resolved soon.

added 5:58pm,

This issue has been isolated to a single client and with that account disabled, server activity has returned to normal. Staff have contacted the contact and beginning an investigation to determine what might have caused the issue.

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Evaluating The Players From Game 3

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

For this week, I thought I would check out the Game 3 box score and provide observations on each player. Here they are in uniform number order:

Detroit Red Wings

Nicklas Lidstrom: Played 26:40 and didn’t get a shot on goal. I think he will be more assertive in Game 4. It was his third game in four nights and he might have been pacing himself a bit. Lidstrom and the Red Wings will be in Game 7 lockdown mode in Game 4. They know Game 4 is the series.

read on for a brief look at every player from game 3…

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Stock Can’t See Detroit Losing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from P.J. Stock of CBC Sports,

I’d love to sit here today, at this moment and tell all of you that this is a great series and it’s going to get even better. Pittsburgh is really going to even things up in the next couple of games and force a deciding Game 7, but … I’d be lying.

After watching the first two games and the latest morning skate, I’m worried that Detroit is just too good. I’m not sure if they can be beaten. There’s even a chance they might get Datsyuk back for Game 4. Imagine the Wings adding the NHL’s MVP and Selke trophy nominee to their already star-studded lineup?

In my heart, I’m pulling for them. In my head, I think the fat lady is warming up.


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Datsyuk & Osgood Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Do you think you’ll be healthy enough to play Game 4?

        PAVEL DATSYUK: Yeah, I’m healthy now. But we’ll make tomorrow a game decision. A game decision. That’s it.

        Q. What do you remember when you blocked that shot, you know? As an athlete, you go through a lot of different injuries. Just how painful it was then, and at any point did you think that maybe you wouldn’t even have a chance to be a game-time decision, that you might not be able to play at all?

        PAVEL DATSYUK: What I remember, just I blocked shot, this is all, but I’m so happy I did my job, I blocked. And after I don’t want to take off my skates. You know, I finished game or not. Now every day it feels better and better, and I hope it’s gonna help me.

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  Tags: chris+osgood, pavel+datsyuk

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