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Idea for Pens: Pyramid Power

From Vartan Kupelian at the Detroit News,

Flanagan’s book, “Pyramid Power,” is the product of his interest in energy. Flanagan’s premise is pyramids in the exact relative dimensions of the Egyptian pyramids can provide energy and strength.

For three straight years in the mid-1970s, the Maple Leafs were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Broad Street Bullies. The Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975 with equal parts skill and intimidation. It was during the 1976 playoffs that Red Kelly, the Leafs coach, resorted to Pyramid Power. Kelly had his players believing pyramids gave them a source of energy and strength against the Flyers.

Kelly had learned about Pyramid Power from his sons, who had visited Cairo, slept in the shadows of the ancient wonders and related their experiences.

When hockey coaches get desperate, they’ll try just about anything. A slump-ridden Darryl Sittler, the Leafs’ best player, was willing to go along with it and put his stick under a pyramid in the dressing room during a late regular-season game.

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And here I thought it was just us hockey fans that were nuts…

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  Tags: darryl+sittler, red+kelly, superstitions

Mapping a Hockey Town

From Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,

To devoted American hockey fans, Canada can be insufferable at times.

In the eyes of some, Canadian hockey pride often descends to arrogance, parochialism, and dismissiveness towards others.

But if Canadians nurture an annoying sense of entitlement about the game we invented, at least we come by it honestly.

Consider the Dan Cleary story.

continued… with a look at the hockey connections in a random small Canadian town—Fitzpatrick’s own.

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Last Stand for Gary Roberts

From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca,

After all, a Pittsburgh loss in the Joe Louis Arena and the Detroit Red Wings are Stanley Cup champions. The kids, well, deep down in their collective hearts, you just know they believe there will be a second chance, maybe even a third or fourth if they can keep the core of the team together.

Not so for Roberts.

“Deep down I know this is probably the last time for me,” Roberts said in the hours before the team plane departed for what could be the last game of the season and possibly Roberts’ career.

more

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  Tags: gary+roberts

SCF Verdict: Great Hockey

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,

This has not been the close Stanley Cup final many hoped for when two high-powered offenses like the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hooked up.

In fact, there is a good chance it’ll all be over on Monday.

But here’s the thing – the hockey has been great. The NHL appears to be inching closer and closer to what it set out to accomplish following the lockout with a greater emphasis in speed and skill.

continued…

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Kapanen Retires From The NHL

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers right wing Sami Kapanen has decided to end his NHL career with the Flyers and play in his native Finland next season, the Courier-Post learned today.
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Kapanen, who will turn 35 on June 14, has agreed to return to KalPa Kuopio of the Finnish League, where he played 10 games during the 2004-05 NHL lockout

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  Tags: sami+kapanen

Mats Fits In Detroit

from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

Think of it this way. Sundin could sign in Detroit and be part of another charge for a Cup from opening day. IKEA could set up corporate offices in Joe Louis Arena. ABBA belts out the national anthem each night. Victoria Silvstedt could join the Wings staff, as, uh, well, as whatever she wants, really.

Welcome to Stockholm, USA.

Or Sundin could stay in Toronto, wallow in mediocrity for another seven months and - get this - take Leaf management up on their rather dubious offer.

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Bad To The Bone

from Eric Adelson at ESPN the Magazine,

His number can still be spotted in the stands at games in Detroit—the red 16 sewn on white. He’s there too, sometimes, in the owner’s box, silently watching the ice below. His younger face still stares out from a picture on the wall facing the entry to the Red Wings locker room, so that every player can lock eyes with him before every period of every game. But what lingers most about the presence and absence of Vladimir Konstantinov is the idea of the player he would have been, and the reality of the team that has come to be without him.

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A note about me- The Doc gave me some medication and boom, flashing is gone but could return.  So I will roll with the punches and see how I feel later in the day… Maybe game 5 is in my sight….

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: vladimir+konstantinov

Still Flashing

First off, thanks to all of you for your concern about my health.

I am still experiencing bouts of flashing lights and will be seeing my doctor today for more tests.  When these flashing symptoms are around, it makes if very hard to type and update KK.

Alanah has been doing a great jot covering KK and will soon be around for your Monday reading pleasure.

I will keep you posted and hopefully a quick recovery can be made, afterall, a game is tonight and I certainly do not want to miss it.

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Wings Get A Daily Reminder

from Lynn Zinser of the NY Times,

To get to their locker room at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings walk through hallways that are painted with the names of players from Detroit’s Stanley Cup-winning teams. In red block letters, the names serve as daily reminders of the franchise’s success.

The twist, though, is that five current Red Wings players can point to their names on those walls in three places. They form the remarkably stable core of a team that is a victory from winning its fourth Stanley Cup title in 11 years, defying the odds to stay together in a salary-cap era.

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Pens Try To Stay Alive

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

When it ended, the painful one-goal loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, Evgeni Malkin sat at his locker, face in hands, not moving.

It was the first visual sign from one of the young Pittsburgh Penguins that this dream season was not to be.

And it wasn’t just Malkin. When Penguins coach Michel Therrien sat at the podium to answer questions, the tone lacked his usual bravado and humour.

Simply, he sounded frustrated and defeated.

Tonight, the Penguins have an enormous test against the Detroit Red Wings, not just to score some goals, but to try to win a game on the road and keep the Stanley Cup final alive.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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