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Devils/Rangers Series Got More Interesting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Marek at CBC,

So, how many more people will be watching and paying attention to the Devil/ Rangers game four tonight at Madison Square Garden now that Sean Avery has acted like a one-man ticket booth?

What will he do tonight? Will he be nasty or a saint?

Will he stand in front of Martin Brodeur face-to-face? How will the Devils react?

By turning around to face Brodeur and distract him the way he did Sean Avery single handedly made this a much more interesting series.

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Update 4:59pm ET: Steve notes that NHL Network Online is having it’s inaugural Cisco All-Access pre-game show, featuring Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek, airing at 5:55pm ET tonight. Join them and a special guest as they break down Game 4 of the Rangers-Devils series from every angle.

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  Tags: sean+avery

Taking a Time Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Calgary Flames assistant coach Rich Preston and Flames captain Jarome Iginla got into a very heated argument during a video session this morning.

The argument was based on a disagreement between coach and captain over coverage in game four last night.

Flames coach Mike Keenan acknowledges the argument took place and admits it was heated but says Iginla later apologized and the two were put into a room together to settle their differences.  ‘‘All brothers scrap,’’ Keenan joked.  ‘‘However, that doesn’t mean then don’t care for each other, in fact it’ the opposite,’’ he told TSN.ca.

They “care for each other”?  This mellow, ‘kinder, gentler’ version of Iron Mike is hard to get used to…

Update 5:33pm ET: More on Flames frustrations from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, mike+keenan, rich+preston

Beating Bubba: Keys To Game 4

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes. I know. Tardy today.  How about some early afternoon intrigue for you?  Lebda in. Lilja out.  Saw that coming, did you?  Yeah, you probably did.  Gramps is all fired up. He’s been Lilja’s greatest defender for two years so that’s no surprise.  But Uncle Mike’s throwing another wrench in the works.  All the Diggers are united in saying Darren Helm’s got a chance at suiting up tonite.

For who(m)?

No clue.  But we can guess, eh?

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Samsonov Signs 3 Years with Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year, $7.6 million contract.

Samsonov will receive $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.

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  Tags: nhl+contracts, sergei+samsonov

Kipper’s Shadow

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via The Pensblog, we stumbled across this video today.  Miikka Kiprusoff’s got himself a fan… or a future stalker.


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  Tags: miikka+kirprusoff

Today in Playoffs History—April 16

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Flashbacks To: 1939, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1961, 2001
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April 16, 1939 •  Goaltender Frank Brimsek, alias “Mr. Zero”, allowed only one goal, his sixth in five Stanley Cup final games against Toronto, to lead the Boston Bruins past the Maple Leafs 3-1 to win the 1939 championship.

April 16, 1949 • The Toronto Maple Leafs swept the Detroit Red Wings to become the first NHL team to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles (1947-49). The 3-1 series-ending victory also marked the Leafs’ ninth straight win in Final action.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Hossa Was a Great Deadline Gift

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP,

“I was definitely pleased,” said Penguins superstar centre Sidney Crosby. “I’d watched him play a lot and from what I had heard he was a great person and a great fit for our team. The thing I kept hearing was how complete he was. I don’t think that’s something he gets a lot of recognition for. But you know you’re going to get a chance to play with an offensively gifted guy that’s really responsible defensively.

“That was a great deadline gift, so to speak, for our team and for me personally to be able to play with. I was very excited for that.”

So instead of joining the Senators for a second tour of duty, Hossa has been busy trying to knock them out of the playoffs.

more…

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NHL Fighters Salute UFC

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Johnston at the CP via the Globe & Mail,

The growth of the UFC has earned the sport many fans in dressing rooms around the league. It’s also earned MMA fighters a lot of respect from NHLers.

“Even the worst UFC fighter that there is would beat me because of their training,” said Pittsburgh Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque. “It’s so much harder than anything I’ve ever seen.

“I’m a fighter, so I know how hard they work and I know how hard it is to go against someone.”

more

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  Tags: hockey+fights, mma, ufc

Hating the Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Arthur Staple at Newsday:

J.P. Parise was already a seasoned NHL veteran when he stepped onto the Madison Square Garden ice for the first time as an Islander, midway through the 1974-75 season.

“One guy leaned over the glass ... I mean, what he said to me, you can’t print that stuff,” he said. “From then on, I got much more satisfaction beating those guys than anybody else.”

The animosity has softened 33 years later. Parise, now 66, is content to watch his son hear the name-calling and stir up his own hatred of the Rangers. Zach Parise, in fact, said just that after the Devils finally got on the board with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 on Sunday.

“We always disliked the Rangers ... but we have to start hating them more,” Zach Parise said.

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  Tags: j.p.+parise, zach+parise

Top UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In this week’s edition of Backchecking, TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen takes a sneak peek at this summer’s free agent market.

We can assume, in the vast majority of cases, that teams will have some interest in their own free agents at a certain price, but there is always the risk that once a player reaches the open market, they can be lured away to a new team.

Top Unrestricted Free Agents

Marian Hossa, RW, Pittsburgh - It hasn’t been a banner season for the 29-year-old sharpshooter, as it appears unlikely he’ll continue his four-year streak of scoring at least 80 points.  Nevertheless, the Penguins will be faced with the prospect of trying to keep Hossa along with their current roster of premier young talent and there will be no shortage of suitors if he gets to the open market on July 1.

read on

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