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Dive Fans: They Just Keep Getting Smarter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I hate to pile on a fanbase in pain today, smarting from another coach dismissed due to utter failure against the Wings.  But this is just too good to pass up.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—An 18-year-old man went to the hospital after he was burned trying to steal gas, according to published reports.

The man peered into a portable gas tank with a cigarette lighter “to see how full it was” the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported.

The fumes ignited, and his clothes caught on fire. He had burns on his hands.

Thanks for the pointer, Tom.  You’re a fine American.

 

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Bubba’s Bitterness Abounds

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nope. Not talking about Dallas. But dem rednecks sure is sticking together.  Anybody read John Glennon’s blog today in The Tennessean?

If the first round of the NHL playoffs earned notoriety for the so-called ``Sean Avery rule,’’ then this round of the postseason should focus on a ``Tomas Holmstrom rule.’’

Specifically, here’s what it should be: Any goal scored by Holmstrom gets automatically reviewed by the NHL.

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Wings Were Getting Schooled, Then…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

Call it a lesson learned. Or getting in sync. Or maybe just rediscovering what it is that drives your team once again.

Those were the words I heard most often before Game 6 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on a Sunday afternoon in Nashville in mid-April from people inside the Detroit Red Wings organization.

“Never have I been in a series where the other team so quickly changed the momentum of the game,” Wings center Kris Draper told me. “That’s usually us.”

Identity crisis? Not the Red Wings. Just call it a lesson learned.

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An 11th Hour Switch- Game 1 ECF In HD On Versus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just received a phone call from Versus, Game 1 of the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Series will be in HD on VERSUS!!

Good new all around!  And yes, they heard you!

added 2:25pm, Just wanted to thank Versus for working with me and making it right for HD hockey fans.  Hope everyone enjoys the game.

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Chatting with the Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From a press conference Q&A session featuring Philadelphia Flyers players Daniel Briere, R.J. Umberger, and Martin Biron. 

        Q.  Danny, the way you’ve played this season and, the way the team has played overall this season, does this further validate your decision to leave the Sabres and go to the Flyers?

        DANIEL BRIERE:  You know what, when I was looking at my options, obviously looking at Philly, you know, very similar as far as offense, where it’s a team that doesn’t just rely on one or two guys or on just one line.  We’ve seen it through the year.  Everybody’s chipping in.

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  Tags: daniel+briere, interviews, martin+biron, media, r.j.+umberger, transcript

Avs Fire Quenneville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Colorado Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joel Quenneville will not return to coach the team next season.

“After meeting with Joel, we mutually agreed that the best decision for both parties involved is to go separate ways,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “On behalf of the organization, I want to thank Joel for his years of service and wish him the best in his coaching career.”

Update 2:02pm ET: Previously noted on KK—Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News saw this coming yesterday.

Update 2:36pm ET: As a commenter noted below, my saying that Quenneville was fired was an inaccurate way of posting this news. In truth, his contract was up and simply not renewed.

added 4:19pm (Paul), from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Quenneville, who won the NHL’s Jack Adams Trophy as top coach for 1999-00, will undoubtedly be in the running for bench boss openings in Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Atlanta. He’ll almost certainly find work by the beginning of next season, as he wasn’t seen to be the primary problem with an injury-riddled roster still a couple years away from true Cup contention.

Update 7:11pm: Patrick Roy for the job, anyone?

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Young Stars Emerging in the Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Spector at FoxSports,

The Stanley Cup playoffs are the time for the NHL’s best players to shine, and many have stepped up once again.

Veteran stars such as Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg; Dallas’ Marty Turco, Brendan Morrow and Brad Richards; Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere and Pittsburgh’s Marian Hossa continue to prove they’re among the game’s very best in leading their respective clubs to the conference finals.

That’s not to say young and emerging stars haven’t been sharing the stage with those established players.

Sidney Crosby is the most hyped and recognizable of the bunch but several others have earned a share of this year’s spotlight.

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Flyers Need To Play Smart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

If the Philadelphia Flyers plan to intimidate the Pittsburgh Penguins and set a physical tone for the Eastern Conference final in Game 1 tonight, they do so at their own peril.

That’s because even the best penalty-killing team in the league would have a tough time stopping the Penguins power play these days. If the Flyers create a conga line to the penalty box in an effort to make a point, the Penguins will demolish them.

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The ‘Homer’ Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chilling Out by John Glennon at the Tennessean,

If the first round of the NHL playoffs earned notoriety for the so-called “Sean Avery rule,’’ then this round of the postseason should focus on a “Tomas Holmstrom rule.’’

Specifically, here’s what it should be: Any goal scored by Holmstrom gets automatically reviewed by the NHL.

continued

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Stick It Mitch

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

When I was growing up, a young innocent impressionable Sailor-to-be in mid-Michigan, I liked Mitch Albom.  No, that’s too weak.  I read everything he wrote and I didn’t care about the subject.  Read his books several times, the compilations of his columns.  They were called “Live Albom” and I think there were four of them.  I was a Mitch Albom fan and so were my friends.  All of us avid followers of all Michigan teams.

We read his stuff on the young Yzerman-led Wings, Kirk Gibson, Joe Dumars and Barry Sanders.  Ate up every word.

But then Mitch strayed.  He strayed to tv and radio and piano and politics and descriptions of how he spent his Tuesday afternoons.

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