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NHL Talk During The 1st Round

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Things we’re learning in a first round that reminds us that no matter how long we keep trying to pick this game, the predictions never get any easier to get right.

If the Ottawa Senators were the family pet, you’d have put them under after Game 2. And as noble as Daniel Alfredsson was to come out and play at about 60% in Games 3 and 4, it looks now like an ill-advised admission by Senators management that the lineup they iced in Games 1 and 2 was so far from beating Pittsburgh, even a clearly injured Alfredsson would be an improvement.

much more...

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Off-Ice Playoffs Feuding

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NBC10.com,

In the column, tiled “Beaten To the Punch,” Wise called the club “an instant repudiation of what (Commissioner) Gary Bettman wanted the league to become” and “a reminder of the NHL’s pugilistic past that just won’t go away.”

“They flat-out market and sell violence here, sanctioned, unbridled assaults disguised as sport,” Wise wrote. He also said, “Many of the women and children in the crowd looked as if they could be security for Megadeth.”

The Flyers planned to distribute 20,000 copies of the article at Thursday night’s game, but the Post sent a cease-and-desist order. So, what did the Flyers do? They put the article up on the big screen over the ice surface, Clark reported.

One Flyers public relations official also wore a long-haired wig and a black shirt with the heavy metal band’s name emblazoned across his back Thursday night.

Read Mike Wise’s original article [link may require free reg.] that appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post.


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  Tags: hockey+fans, megadeth, playoffs

All About Face-offs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On The Forecheck,

This Predators/Red Wings series is shaping up to be a real struggle no matter which team ends up winning; Nashville can claim momentum heading into Game 5, but Detroit has two games at home in what has now become a best-of-three affair, so I don’t think there’s a significant advantage to either side right now. One area in which the Red Wings are dominating, however, is the faceoff circle, and that’s where I’d like to provide more detail than what fans usually see.

Overall, Detroit boasts a 130-112 advantage in Faceoff Wins in this series, gaining possession after 53.7% of draws.

continued for numerous breakdowns from the face-off circle…

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Only as Good as Your Last Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

In the playoffs the team that won the latest game seems to have all the momentum to keep on rolling, right to a series win. But hold on, put on the brakes, there are more games to be played and fortunes can turn around quickly. All it takes is a loss and panic becomes the key word.

Early Tuesday evening, the Calgary Flames could do no wrong. The were coming off a stunning comeback and life was good. Bam, Thornton scores and we now hear the Flames are in a nasty mood, bickering within the locker room has begun. Now what?


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  Tags: playoffs

Something To Prove

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

...Thornton still will need to help carry San Jose past Calgary (and very likely, for a couple more playoff rounds) before his past receives a proper burial. But he is far from the only player with an unfortunate reputation to revise. Here are five NHLers – some of them still playing, others who’ll have to wait until next year for their next shot – with something still to prove:

Marty Turco, G, Dallas

It’s hard to believe a guy who posted a .952 save percentage, 1.30 goals-against average and three shutouts for the Stars in the first round of the 2007 post-season would have to deal with questions regarding his playoff worthiness. Yet that’s precisely the situation Turco faced as Dallas prepared to take on Anaheim this spring.


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Afternooon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Good for the Predators. You may hate them, Blue Jackets fans, but you’ve got to give this club credit for the way it competes. I maintain that Barry Trotz is a no-brainer for coach of the year. Bruce Boudreau second.

Anybody who votes for Mike Babcock is a joke. Arace, Reed and Portzline could coach that club to 48 regular season wins, easy. We’d get beat in the second-round of the playoffs, but ...

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Ellis Competes Against The Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon at Chilling Out at the Tennessean,

...But the Wings were sunk in Game 4 due in part to the poor goaltending of Dominik Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner. And Detroit coach Mike Babcock just announced that Chris Osgood will replace Hasek for Game 5.

  Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at this.

  After all, Ellis outplayed Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo down the stretch, as the Predators battled the Canucks for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

  What’s another all-star to knock off at this point?


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  Tags: dan+ellis, dominik+hasek

Ducks Updates: Perry and Niedermayer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via KTEN.com

Anaheim right wing Corey Perry said he probably will play in Game 4 of the Ducks’ playoff series against the Dallas Stars.

After a morning skate-around, Perry said he felt good but acknowledged it will be a game-time decision whether he will play Thursday night. The Ducks’ top goal scorer hasn’t played since March 6, when the quad tendon above his right knee was lacerated by the skate of Colorado goalie Jose Theodore.

Fellow right wing Rob Niedermayer did not make the trip to Dallas for Thursday night’s game, remaining home with concussion-like symptoms. He also missed Game 3.

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  Tags: corey+perry, injuries, rob+niedermayer

Wings Make Goalie Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via the Mercury News,

Dominik Hasek is out, and Chris Osgood is in.

Hasek said Thursday that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told him Osgood will start Game 5 against the Nashville Predators, who won two straight at home to even the first-round series 2-all.

From Red Wings Corner:

Asked whether Osgood will be the Red Wings’ netminder for the remainder of the playoffs, coach Mike Babcock laughed and said, “Just win baby.”

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  Tags: chris+osgood, dominik+hasek, playoffs

Today in Playoffs History—April 17

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

April 17, 1977 •  Don Kozak of the Los Angeles Kings scored the fastest goal from the start of an NHL playoff game, tallying just six seconds into his club’s 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins in Game Four of their Quarter-final series.

April 17, 1997 • New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender in NHL playoff history to score a goal, coming in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarter-final. Philadelphia’s Ron Hextall was the first goaltender to score a goal in the playoffs, on April 11, 1989 versus the Washington Capitals.

*information courtesy of NHL media

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

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