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Predators Know They Need A Road Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nashville City Paper,

“If we are going to win the series we have to win one in the Joe, plain and simple. We expect an all-out effort on our end. I know we are going to see the best that Detroit has to offer.

“We are not intimidated by that. I think we know we have to come in and play our ‘A’ game. The more times we play at the Joe, the better chance we have of it happening. That’s just the odds.”

Beating the Red Wings for the third straight time might be an even bigger challenge.

“I don’t think anyone can say they have beaten Detroit three times in a row in the last 10 seasons, never mind this season,” Trotz said. “Detroit is not rattled. They are a very poised team. They are going to come out with an outstanding effort….”

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Bruins GM Talks With Sinden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

They talked. That’s about all Peter Chiarelli would say. Some 48 hours after Harry Sinden kicked Chiarelli’s team down the block and around the corner, Chiarelli and Sinden talked for about a half-hour yesterday by phone, Chiarelli here with his Bruins and Sinden from his home in Florida, where he has spent most of this season.
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“I had a long talk with Harry today, and I think it’s best, for many reasons, that I don’t get into specifics,” said Chiarelli, standing outside his club’s dressing room at Bell Centre, less than an hour before the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 5-1. “He was contrite . . . and I’ll leave it at that.”


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Flames Still Believe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,

“Unfortunately we didn’t get it done tonight, but we’re going to do more of the same and go re-group and just get ready for Game 6,” Iginla said. “We really believe we can get Game 6 and we come back here for Game 7.”

While the Flames continue to search for production from the likes of Kristian Huselius, Alex Tanguay, Craig Conroy and Matthew Lombardi, the Sharks seem to be rolling because more of its second-tier players have stepped forward.

“I don’t know how much scoring depth we have, we’re a little bit top heavy at times,” said Sharks coach Ron Wilson. “Scoring comes and goes, you have to be a little bit lucky. Goal scoring is about being patient, being the right spot and being in the play. It’s not being in a hurry to get somewhere.”


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Learning Lessons The Hard Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post,

But as the Capitals trudged off the Wachovia Center ice tonight, 4-3 losers in double overtime, the pain of the present was all these 20-somethings could consider. They had lived and died over and over again for four hours, and now they trailed three games to one in this best-of-seven first-round series with the rowdy Philadelphia Flyers. Their hurt was compounded by how hard they had fought, overcoming what could have been a crippling first period, roaring back to take a 3-2 lead into the third period, only to be eventually undone by more youthful mistakes, needing a win Saturday at Verizon Center to extend this magical season.

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Canadiens Outworked

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

In a perfect world, the applause would have started with a little more than two minutes left in Game 5, which most people expected would be the end of the quarterfinal playoff series between these teams.

Everyone on their feet. White towels waving wildly. More than 21,000 mouths open, the noise getting louder and louder, and soon there would no longer have been a crowd in the Bell Centre, but a thunder engulfing it.

How sweet it would have been. No more than five games - and why not, eh? The Canadiens had finished 10 points ahead of the Bruins during the regular season. They had erased them 4-1 in the first game of this series and won the second game in overtime. Five games. No more.

Boston 5, Canadiens 1.



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Theodore Steals One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

In the realm of Jose Theodore, time, speed and distance have no relevance. He is on his own, in the moment, in his area of interest. There are no sounds, no distractions, no blurs, no vague impressions.

It’s myspace.net, Theodore believes. It belongs to him and nobody else.

“If you are focused properly,” Jose Theodore says, “you don’t see time go by.”

And pucks don’t go past him.

The Avalanche goalie has played brilliantly in this playoff series with Minnesota. But, on Thursday night, Theodore was a virtuoso performer of the highest order.


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Praise The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Praise the Boston head coach, but praise the Boston players as well, of course, for scrapping back in this series after seeming a bit shell-shocked in game one, the 12th of 13 consecutive losses to the Canadiens dating back to last season.

They have been in every minute since, and could have considered themselves unlucky not to have come away with another win. Though as an eighth seed going up against a one, returning to the loudest, most intimidating building in the league, there was also every reason to surrender to the inevitable.

There was every reason to surrender a whole bunch of times this year, with terrible injuries and an obvious deficit in scoring talent, during phases of the schedule when it seemed Boston was everyone’s favourite candidate to cough up a playoff spot.


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Turco Controls The Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Morning News,

Turco was at his sprawling, acrobatic best against the Ducks, stopping 27 of 28 shots, and coming within 7.6 seconds of a shutout as the Stars beat Anaheim, 3-1.

“If it wasn’t for him,” said Stephane Robidas, “we would’ve been out of the game in the first period.”

He’s right.

Turco’s performance gave Dallas control of the series – three games to one – while the Stars won at American Airlines Center for only the second time in nine playoff games.


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Downriver Puck Bunnies Rejoicing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, it took eight months and it featured a humiliating admission from Dominik Hasek, and a two-game collapse that could have organ-I-zational consequences.  But Chris Osgood’s your starter and if there’s one thing I know it’s this:  nothing about this should make you feel anything but really frigging sick.

Does that mean the decision’s wrong? No.  Does it mean the Wings can’t win this series? Nope.

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Hometown Announcers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune,

Anyone who tuned into KSTC’s telecast of the Wild playoff game Monday night at Colorado likely came away believing Marc Joannette and Tim Peel are among the NHL’s most incompetent referees.

How could viewers have any other impression after listening to Wild play-by-play man Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay? The latter spent far too much time criticizing the officials and the former did nothing to rein him in during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.

continued… with a look at coverage through the first 3 games of the series.

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