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Join Chara on Kilimanjaro

From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,

The Boston Bruins defenseman will be climbing Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro the first week of July for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. And he’s leaving open a spot on his climbing team to be taken up by the highest bidder in an eBay auction. Check it out now at [eBay] and you might turn out to be his lucky climbing partner. Bidding ends on Thursday.

Chara is challenging hockey fans everywhere to raise $5 for every foot he climbs in support of his fundraising goal of $100,000 for Right to Play programs. Kili rises 19,340 feet off the plains of Tanzania. All proceeds from the eBay auction to join Chara benefits Right To Play, which uses sport programs to aid the development of children and youth in underprivileged areas of the world.

Having been fortunate enough to climb Kilimanjaro with my wife in 2001, I have two words of advice for Chara and his climbing partners: Poli, poli. That’s Swahili for ‘slow, slow.’


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  Tags: charity, mount+kilimanjaro, zdeno+chara

Afternoon Line

About 15 minutes later, in what was mostly a deserted press room by then, Babcock poked his head in and said “the Mule [Franzen] is in. Pass the word.”

via Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail...

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Monday Morning with Babcock

The transcript from today’s press conference with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

Note: Babcock’s comments notwithstanding, Bill has updates on Franzen, as does Eric Duhatschek.

Q. Here we go again. Latest on Johan Franzen.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t even know that. I don’t know the answer, sorry. I was talking to the League guys, and I never got in the medical room to know. I know he’s out there flying around. And I know it’s decision time.

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  Tags: johan+franzen, media, mike+babcock

Gang of Wings

From Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse,

Can anything stop the Red Wings in their quest to win their fourth Stanley Cup in 12 years?

To get some answers, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with two of the leading lights among the Detroit hockey blogging community. Today I’ll be talking live to both Bill Houlihan of Abel to Yzerman from the Kukla Empire and George James Malik of Red Wings Snapshots at mlive.com. When it comes to Detroit hockey, both are hip deep in the middle of things, so I expect a lively and provocative hour.

We’ll be kicking off our discussion at 12:00 p.m. U.S. EDT, so come ready with your questions. And yes, if you must, bring along the snark.

Go here to join them at noon. (But seriously: you don’t need to bring the “snark”—with Bill in the room, I’m pretty sure the room will be thick enough with it…) smile

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  Tags: hockey+bloggers, media

One Short Elevator Ride - One Lasting Impression

Girls in the elevator: We are here to see Soundmurderer (see Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival).

Me:  I am here for the Stanley Cup Finals.

A distinguished elderly woman in the elevator whispering (too loud) to her husband:  That’s Gerry Fisher!

Girls:  Who is Gerry Fisher?

Me:  Some fighter.

Jiri Fischer looks at me and smiles.

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Vladdy Still On Our Minds

from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,

Try as they might to block it out, fans of the Detroit Red Wings — hell, hockey fans everywhere — can still hear that sound. The sickening crunch of metal as the limo lost its battle with that tree on Woodward Avenue, ending the career, and almost the life, of their Vladimir Konstantinov.


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Memorial Day - 2008

For all those who serve and have served Our Country.


Update 12:22pm ET (alanah): From Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

While you might not think spending the morning and early afternoon of Memorial Day in the bowels of the second-oldest building in the NHL sounds like a fun way to kick off the traditional start of summer, I couldn’t disagree more.

For most of the past 15 years, I have spent Memorial Day covering some aspect of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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Let Homer Play

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

The next time the NHL wants to send a message, try dialing 1-800-FLOWERS instead of disallowing goals. Since when did Tomas Holmstrom’s play in front of the net become a threat to competition in the NHL? Is scoring so rampant that the NHL can nit-pick like a PGA Tour official over some arcane rule? The way the league is hounding him—Saturday’s disallowed goal was absurd—you’d think Holmstrom, not Chris Pronger, was the one suspended eight separate times.


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The Longest Game In NHL History

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood was impressive in his 4-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

But Osgood wasn’t forced into overtime, obviously, quite unlike his late Detroit goaltending colleague Normie Smith on March 24/25, 1936.

Smith would make 90 saves to shut out the Montreal Maroons in the sixth overtime period at the Montreal Forum, outlasting Maroons goalie Lorne Chabot (66 saves) in what remains the longest game in NHL history.

continued and a must read if you are into ‘hockey history’ and worth a visit for some great photos too.  Part 2, which has some ‘puck intrigue’ can be found here...

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Can it really be this simple, this obvious, this soon?

One game into the Stanley Cup Final, is it possible that the Pittsburgh Penguins have Crosby, but no hope?

In the corner of the Penguins’ dressing room, defenceman Hal Gill sat quietly, studying the blade of one of his skates as if to suggest someone forgot to sharpen them.

It couldn’t be that he really was that slow, now could it?

Could be. And he’s not alone in that fear.

Taking a resounding 4-0 decision from the Penguins in the first game of this best-of-seven final, the vastly experienced Detroit Red Wings left Pittsburgh an uncertain bunch and certainly sent a shudder of fear through the people who run the NHL.


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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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