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Reaction On The Brown Hit

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The shot that should be remembered is Nicklas Lidstrom’s pouncing on his own rebound, miraculously alone in a shifting sea of bodies, and rifling the puck past Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller with 49.1 seconds left in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory Friday in the opener of the teams’ second-round playoff series.

The shot that will resonate for the remainder of this matchup between the last two Stanley Cup champions is Mike Brown’s first-period hit on Detroit’s Jiri Hudler, which left Hudler bleeding profusely from his forehead and the Red Wings furious over an infraction they believe merited more than the five-minute penalty and game misconduct Brown got.

continued & if you missed the hit, watch it here and read the discussion going on about the hit too…

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Ryan Salmons Passes Away

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Ryan Salmons, who helped inspire the Blue Jackets and became a hero to scores of the club’s fans, died today (Friday).

Salmons, who fought a long battle with cancer, was 19 years old. He died at Nationwide Childrens Hospital this afternoon just hours after Jackets forward Jason Chimera had stopped in for a visit.

Salmons, a fan of hockey and Corvettes, asked to be put under sedation, his father Brad said.

“His last words were, ‘Dad, I want to go to sleep, I want to go to heaven and I want to park my Corvette in front of the Pearly Gates,’” his father said.

Brad Salmons believes the Jackets’ outreach and team’s bid for its first playoff berth helped keep his son alive the past month. The Jackets signed him to a one-day contract several weeks ago and he was able to attend both playoff games in Nationwide Arena.

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Returned Just In Time To See This

Around 11:00am yesterday, I had a bit of a medical emergency and spent about 10 hours at the hospital.  I returned home last night just in time to see Lidstrom score the game winning goal.

I suddenly felt much better! 

I also want to thank Alanah for her work on KK Hockey yesterday, it was much appreciated.

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Brown’s Hit on Hudler

From TSN:

Anaheim Ducks forward Mike Brown was ejected from Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings for a hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.

Hudler passed the puck and was defenceless when Brown hit him, appearing to land an elbow to his head during the first period on Friday night.

The game was delayed briefly while Hudler was helped off the ice and blood was scraped off it. A towel was pressed against a big cut above Hudler’s left eye.

Video (via YouTube):

Update 10:14pm ET: From Bob McKenzie at TSN

It’s really up to the National Hockey League to decide what is it that they want to do. I think the NHL is going to look at it and say it’s a five-minute major, it happened midway through the first period, Mike Brown is out of this game, there was no severe injury to Hudler other than the blood, he came back and he’s playing, and the Ducks had to play with 11 forwards the rest of the game. There may not be a suspension in this case.

added 5/02/09 at 8:11am (Paul), from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Mike Brown’s vicious blindside hit on Jiri Hudler left Hudler in a pool of blood and should, if there’s any consistency in Colin Campbell’s world, land Brown a five-game suspension just as it did Washington’s Donald Brashear for his hit on Blair Betts of the Rangers last week.

read on

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Babcock Seeks Advice From McLellan

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail:

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy today, spent the three previous NHL seasons as an assistant coach under Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.

The Wings coach acknowledged that he phoned McLellan on Thursday for advice on dealing the Ducks, who upset the Sharks in the first round. But Babcock would not divulge what sort of counsel he received from McLellan.

[LINK].  And here’s another posting from Wharnsby this evening on Kris Draper’s future.

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Major Leagues Monitoring the H1N1 Flu

From ESPN:

All four major professional leagues in the United States—including Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL, which all have teams in season—say they are monitoring the flu epidemic which has caused schools to close in a number of states.

Officials from MLB, the NBA and NHL all said they are relying on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, but are not intending to cancel games. Every baseball team is in action this weekend, while the NBA has five playoff games scheduled from Friday-Sunday, and there are six NHL games (including one in Canada).

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NHL Says Business Going Strong

On TV Ratings and various NHL marketing endeavors.

NEW YORK (May 1, 2009) ─ The Stanley Cup™ Playoffs Conference Quarter-Finals have concluded, and the National Hockey League reports that virtually all key business metrics have continued their strong momentum from the regular season, in spite of challenging economic conditions.

    During the regular season, the NHL achieved its fourth-consecutive season of record attendance, and that momentum continued.  During the Conference Quarter-Finals, playoff teams played to more than 100 percent of arena capacity and averaged 18,739 fans.

    Television ratings continued their momentum from the regular season and increased sharply.  Viewership on NBC surged 17 percent and the network had the most-watched NHL first-round broadcast in eight years.  Also, viewership rose 23 percent on VERSUS and 42 percent on TSN – helping each network to their most successful Conference Quarter-Final results ever.

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Hockey Player Turned Comic

From Kristie Rearick at South Jersey Life:

Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, who is famous for his time on the ice is now spending time on stage. This Flyers legend is in the spotlight once again, but this time comedy—not hockey—is his focus.

“I’ve done a lot of public speaking at events over the years,” Schultz said in a phone interview. “I would tell a lot of jokes at the events ... so I eventually took this comedy class in Philly and I ended up doing a few comedy gigs at churches and charity events.”

His act caught the attention of a magazine reporter and eventually comedians also took notice. Louis “Twitchels” Centanni and the Reverend Bob Levy saw him perform and asked him to be a part of their show, “The Killers of Comedy.”

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Boston Takes Cue From Canucks

From CBC:

The Bruins will have had nine days off since dispatching Montreal in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final last week. With questions about rust being asked, the Bruins can look to Vancouver’s Game 1 last night as a working blueprint.  The Canucks, who also swept their first-round opponent (St. Louis), scored three straight goals against Chicago and held on for the win.

“Everybody’s wondering whether we’re going to be rested or rusty,” head coach Claude Julien said.

“I think Vancouver is a great example to take. They came out and played well in the first period. I’m expecting our players to feel the same way - that we can come out and play the way we know we can. Put all the excuses aside.”

continued with more on both Boston and Carolina

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Calgary’s Next Moves

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Here’s a thought for the Calgary Flames to ponder, as they enter another off-season answering the same old questions about their future, both short-and-long term, and why they’re always good enough to make the playoffs but never good enough to win any rounds. Would they consider moving Dion Phaneuf, a 24- year-old defenceman, only one season removed from qualifying as a Norris Trophy finalist?

It would be a counterintuitive move on one level because if Phaneuf ever matured into a dominant defenceman, a la Chris Pronger, it is a decision that could backfire in a big way.

However, it is hard to imagine the Flames standing pat with their current core, given that they haven’t been able to win in the playoffs with the group they’ve got.

much more

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