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Oh Happy Days

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Do you hear the theme from “Happy Days” playing in the background? Holy back to the future, McFly. Not only did the Avalanche advance to the second round on the backs of oldies-but-goodies like Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote, but they also get Jose Theodore to channel himself circa 2000 to draw old arch-nemesis Detroit in the second round.

continue for a series breakdown and the other matchups are available on the right sidebar at ESPN…

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Hit The Wings

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

If the Avs are to beat Detroit, they’re going to have to do what they did to Marian Gaborik, which is HIT their star players. The Avs hit the Wings about as hard as a teenage girl pillow fight in the regular season, so it’ll be time to change that.

The Avs are clearly a different team than the regular season, though. Foote and Salei have vastly improved and toughened the blue line. I mean, it’s not even close there.

Before things heat up here on KK regarding the Avs/Wings series, make sure to check out the bottom of Daters blog. Want a conversation piece, buy his book and the money goes for a great cause, check it out…

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Dumb Move By Blue Jackets GM

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Not enough was written, probably, about the job Adam Foote did against the Wild. There’s no question Marian Gaborik heard “Foote-Steps” the whole series, just like there’s no question Foote turned out to be a tremendous acquisition at the trade deadline. There’s also no question he’s making the Columbus Blue Jackets look like a ship of fools for letting him go, and for throwing him under the bus afterward with a lot of specious, not-for-attribution accusations.

There’s no question about what happened, though: GM Scott Howson went to the local press and whined about Foote playing some hardball over his contract, then slimed his character, and the media there ate it up.

Whether it was all true or not (and I have my doubts), it was just dumb of Howson to do that.

a little more on that topic plus Dater explains why he picked the Wild in round 1…

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Avs Get A Bargain

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

When he rejoined the Avalanche on Feb. 25, Forsberg signed a one-year, $5 million contract, with the pro-rated share actually only $1 mil.

It could turn out to be the deal of the century.

In the 16 regular and postseason games he’s played, the Splendid Swede has provided the Avs with 17 assists and two goals.

Against Minnesota, he had four assists and a goal, despite being a constant target for the Wild.

“I’m actually feeling better (physically) than I thought I would at the end of the series. There were a couple of real physical games in Minnesota, but these last two weren’t as physical. I feel good. I didn’t think I had that great of a series, but maybe I’ll do better.

“I think being the first team to (advance) in the Western Conference is a positive for us. If you’re going to play a lot of games, you want as much rest as you can get, and we’ll have a few days before we play again.”

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Avalanche Finish Off the Wild

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From Jerseys & Hockey Love, Tapeleg puts his feelings into poetry:

Theo steals,
Gaborik reels,
Wild kneel,
Tapeleg squeals
(but in a manly way)

And from Jim Souhan at the Star-Tribune:

“When I look at the effort that our guys put on, you can’t ask for much more,’’ Lemaire said. “Except goals.’‘

Unfortunately for the Wild, the NHL czars insist on keeping score that way. With goals.

Note: Cartoon is from the Win, Lose and Drew archives at the Rocky Mountain News. Click here to enlarge.

 

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  Tags: jose+theodore, marian+gaborik, playoffs

Avs Closeout Plan

from Dave Krieger of the Rocky Mountain News,

The margin of safety the Avs appear to bring to the Pepsi Center tonight is a mirage. And they have seen this particular hallucination before.

These are the building blocks of the delusion: You have the advantage in a best-of- seven playoff series, up three games to two, and you’re coming home to play Game 6. Not only do you have a chance to close it out in your own building, you also have a safety net. Lose at home, knotting the series for a third time, and you still have the backstop of a Game 7.

That’s the illusion - the alleged safety net and the lack of urgency it can produce. In fact, lose the home game and the air goes out of the balloon.

continued

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Theodore Steals One

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

In the realm of Jose Theodore, time, speed and distance have no relevance. He is on his own, in the moment, in his area of interest. There are no sounds, no distractions, no blurs, no vague impressions.

It’s myspace.net, Theodore believes. It belongs to him and nobody else.

“If you are focused properly,” Jose Theodore says, “you don’t see time go by.”

And pucks don’t go past him.

The Avalanche goalie has played brilliantly in this playoff series with Minnesota. But, on Thursday night, Theodore was a virtuoso performer of the highest order.

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Hometown Announcers

From Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune,

Anyone who tuned into KSTC’s telecast of the Wild playoff game Monday night at Colorado likely came away believing Marc Joannette and Tim Peel are among the NHL’s most incompetent referees.

How could viewers have any other impression after listening to Wild play-by-play man Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay? The latter spent far too much time criticizing the officials and the former did nothing to rein him in during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.

continued… with a look at coverage through the first 3 games of the series.

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  Tags: marc+joanette, media, tim+peel

Avs Still Talking Goon Hockey

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Any coach should have the authority on his bench to tell his players to take a loss like men, go home with their dignity intact and use the scoreboard to seek vengeance in the next game.

But what do I know? I don’t live in the state of hockey, where die-hard Minnesota fans are still sore after the Wild got beat up by Anaheim in the playoffs a year ago.

In response, Lemaire assembled the biggest cast of desperadoes and bushwhackers seen since “Blazing Saddles” hit movie theaters in 1974.

But here in Colorado, we know all too well how stupid violence in the game can result in a broken neck.

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Just Ugly

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

As a couple of the Minnesota writers have already noted tonight, Mark Kiszla’s “Ugly Betty” column wasn’t so off the mark, was it? What kind of hockey do you call that tonight, Wild fans? Are you denying your team gooned it up tonight, and only cost themselves even more doing that?

I’m going to stay out of the media fracas, but knowing Kiszla, I can guarantee he’s laughing pretty hard right now at how the game turned out.

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from Russo’s Rants,

I take it back. Kiszla was right.

Talk about an ugly hockey game full of silliness. I never thought this would end. The Wild got so chippy out there, Peter Forsberg didn’t leave the bench in the third to protect him.

The Wild took a team-playoff-record 111 penalty minutes. Derek Boogaard played 2:03 and got 24 minutes of penalties. Stephane Veilleux, running around endlessly, took eight penalties, totaling 35 minutes.

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