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Coach Tippett Answers Questions

Transcript from a press conference with Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett:

Q. What’s your off-day skate looking like? A lot of coaching going on there?

        COACH DAVE TIPPETT: That’s what happens when we didn’t get a lot of time between the last series and this one. We felt we had a few things we wanted to address out there. Not a strenuous day, but certainly some things we want to look at that we have to be better at.

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Wings Were Getting Schooled, Then…

from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

Call it a lesson learned. Or getting in sync. Or maybe just rediscovering what it is that drives your team once again.

Those were the words I heard most often before Game 6 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on a Sunday afternoon in Nashville in mid-April from people inside the Detroit Red Wings organization.

“Never have I been in a series where the other team so quickly changed the momentum of the game,” Wings center Kris Draper told me. “That’s usually us.”

Identity crisis? Not the Red Wings. Just call it a lesson learned.

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An 11th Hour Switch- Game 1 ECF In HD On Versus

Just received a phone call from Versus, Game 1 of the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Series will be in HD on VERSUS!!

Good new all around!  And yes, they heard you!

added 2:25pm, Just wanted to thank Versus for working with me and making it right for HD hockey fans.  Hope everyone enjoys the game.

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Chatting with the Flyers

From a press conference Q&A session featuring Philadelphia Flyers players Daniel Briere, R.J. Umberger, and Martin Biron. 

        Q.  Danny, the way you’ve played this season and, the way the team has played overall this season, does this further validate your decision to leave the Sabres and go to the Flyers?

        DANIEL BRIERE:  You know what, when I was looking at my options, obviously looking at Philly, you know, very similar as far as offense, where it’s a team that doesn’t just rely on one or two guys or on just one line.  We’ve seen it through the year.  Everybody’s chipping in.

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  Tags: daniel+briere, interviews, martin+biron, media, r.j.+umberger, transcript

Avs Fire Quenneville

From the Colorado Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joel Quenneville will not return to coach the team next season.

“After meeting with Joel, we mutually agreed that the best decision for both parties involved is to go separate ways,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “On behalf of the organization, I want to thank Joel for his years of service and wish him the best in his coaching career.”

Update 2:02pm ET: Previously noted on KK—Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News saw this coming yesterday.

Update 2:36pm ET: As a commenter noted below, my saying that Quenneville was fired was an inaccurate way of posting this news. In truth, his contract was up and simply not renewed.

added 4:19pm (Paul), from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Quenneville, who won the NHL’s Jack Adams Trophy as top coach for 1999-00, will undoubtedly be in the running for bench boss openings in Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Atlanta. He’ll almost certainly find work by the beginning of next season, as he wasn’t seen to be the primary problem with an injury-riddled roster still a couple years away from true Cup contention.

Update 7:11pm: Patrick Roy for the job, anyone?

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Young Stars Emerging in the Playoffs

From Spector at FoxSports,

The Stanley Cup playoffs are the time for the NHL’s best players to shine, and many have stepped up once again.

Veteran stars such as Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg; Dallas’ Marty Turco, Brendan Morrow and Brad Richards; Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere and Pittsburgh’s Marian Hossa continue to prove they’re among the game’s very best in leading their respective clubs to the conference finals.

That’s not to say young and emerging stars haven’t been sharing the stage with those established players.

Sidney Crosby is the most hyped and recognizable of the bunch but several others have earned a share of this year’s spotlight.

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Flyers Need To Play Smart

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

If the Philadelphia Flyers plan to intimidate the Pittsburgh Penguins and set a physical tone for the Eastern Conference final in Game 1 tonight, they do so at their own peril.

That’s because even the best penalty-killing team in the league would have a tough time stopping the Penguins power play these days. If the Flyers create a conga line to the penalty box in an effort to make a point, the Penguins will demolish them.

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The ‘Homer’ Rule

from Chilling Out by John Glennon at the Tennessean,

If the first round of the NHL playoffs earned notoriety for the so-called “Sean Avery rule,’’ then this round of the postseason should focus on a “Tomas Holmstrom rule.’’

Specifically, here’s what it should be: Any goal scored by Holmstrom gets automatically reviewed by the NHL.

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Pens Won’t Change Gameplan

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

While much of the hockey world substantially discounted the Flyers’ chances of upsetting the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final when their best defenceman was lost for the rest of the playoffs due to a blood clot in his ankle, the Penguins say they are not counting on anything when the series opens Friday night.

“We’re not going to assume anything,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after the game-day skate Friday morning. “Obviously, it’s a big loss for them. But it’s a prime example of when guys go down, other guys step up.”

However, Timonen’s loss is enormous for the Flyers.

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Pittsburgh Vs. Philadelphia

from Empty Netters,

In case you haven’t heard, the Penguins and Flyers are rivals.

If you ask us, this rivalry is on par with some of the all-time greats:

read on for video comparisons and watch out for the falling anvil!

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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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