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Hockey Players & Their Religion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from crosswalk.com,

...That’s the dilemma Alex Pirus faces every time he speaks at a chapel service sponsored by Hockey Ministries International . Despite the fact that he played hockey in the NHL and can therefore relate to the players, Alex still faces hurdles in getting his audience to buy into what he is saying. Hockey players have a well-deserved reputation as he-men on ice who live on the edge and love to drop their sticks and get into a fight. It often takes years of work just to get a team to agree to sponsor a trial chapel service for the players. Then the players have to come. Then you have to get them interested in what you have to say.

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Defeating The Dive: Keys to R2, G1

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hey, how about that?  My cousin, who lives in Nashville of all places, commented on the “There will be blood” rant below.  Bastard won’t call or email me, but when it’s time to stab some Dive fans in the temple, boy, there he is.  For you, cous, we may have a Rocky III reference coming up real soon.

As I write this it’s 6 hours until game time.  I’m ready to present to you the keys to victory, and happiness.

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Talking Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is all about the goaltending in the Avs/Wings series.

Read about it at my Hockey.com blog…

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Red Wings - Avalanche Rivalry is History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

[Joe Sakic:] “I was joking around that a lot of these kids were in elementary or junior high when that was going on. But they’re going to see what it’s like firsthand pretty quick, I’m pretty sure.”

So, first things first: If this upcoming series develops a sharp edge, it won’t be because of history, but because of the present—the high stakes and overheated emotions of today—not because anyone got psyched the night before by looking at footage of Patrick Roy duking it out with Mike Vernon or Chris Osgood at center ice; or Foote’s running battle with Brendan Shanahan; or even Lemieux’s infamous check of Kris Draper into the boards at the old McNichols Sports Arena in 1996 and Darren McCarty’s subsequent vengeance.

History will be an issue because of the infectious undercurrent, and even then not necessarily because it makes sense.

more…

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  Tags: playoffs, rivalries

Today in Playoffs History—April 24

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Flashbacks To: 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006

imageApril 24, 1994 • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gary Suter tallied three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of their Western Conference Quarter-final series.

Suter became the eighth defenseman in Stanley Cup playoffs history to post a hat trick, joining Bobby Orr, Dick Redmond, Denis Potvin, Doug Halward, Paul Reinhart (twice), Al Iafrate and Eric Desjardins.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Lady Byng Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

Basically, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell never has to worry about calling Lady Byng candidates into detention because the award is given out to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high level of playing ability.

This year, the candidates fit the mold well.

Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk, who has won the trophy in back-to-back years now, is joined by Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis and Buffalo right wing Jason Pominville. St. Louis was last season’s runner-up.

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Conspicuous Absence

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,

...just hours after an excruciating overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, one absence was conspicuous.

Veteran goaltender Olie Kolzig had cleaned out his locker stall and left the building, skipping the mandatory meeting. He did not speak to reporters. After Monday’s 3-2 loss at Verizon Center, he stripped his name tag off of his locker stall.

Kolzig, a fixture in the Capitals’ net for a decade before being essentially replaced by trade-deadline arrival Cristobal Huet, did not play after a 5-0 loss in Chicago on March 19. In recent weeks, Kolzig seemed increasingly detached as Huet led the Capitals to the franchise’s first playoff berth in five years. Kolzig, 38, did not return a message left on his cellphone, and his agent, Art Breeze, declined to describe his client’s thought process, other than to say: “The choice will be Olie’s as to where he plays next year…”

continued… with more post-season Capitals talk (reg. required)

Update 1:20pm ET: El-Bashir hears from Kolzig and updates at his blog,

First, Kolzig said he doesn’t want to give any interviews for a few days as he collects his thoughts. He said he obviously has some decisions to make and will talk soon.

Second, he also said he didn’t remove his nameplate from his locker stall at Verizon Center out of anger. He acknowledged that the Caps’ Game 7 loss to Philly could “possibly” have been his last game in Washington, so he wanted to take the nameplate as a memento. He plans to frame it with a jersey.

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Rangers Will Move On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

INTANGIBLES: Crosby will be under extreme media pressure and that alone could enervate The Kid. If Avery succeeds in luring Pitt into a headhunting expedition, that, too, could hurt the Pens. Opening on the road won’t scare the Blueshirts; they took all three games in Newark. Motivation is high on both sides and each club is well-rested, but the Penguins will be more rusty from the longer layoff.

CONCLUSION: I picked the Rangers in seven over New Jersey never thinking that Brodeur would have such a mediocre five games. I pick the Blueshirts in six as much on a hunch as the fact that New York has been in an impressive crescendo. Add The Avery Effect to that, and ‘nuff said!

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Official Conference Semifinals Guides

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round.  Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.

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  Tags: media, playoffs

Wings Talk Food And Al Talks Octopi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At the end of the video, Al Sobotka seemed a little defiant of the ‘no twirl’ rule!

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