Kukla's Korner Hockey
After spending 15 of the last 17 hours in the emergency room of a local hospital dealing with a few issues caused by being a diabetic, I am vowing to begin a new day today.
Enjoying a bit of the Memorial Day Weekend is one thing I will do today but first I wanted to thank George for his big-time help with the hockey section of KK.
I know what he goes through to deliver all the Wings news to his readers and then stepping up to do additional work on KKH is much appreciated.
Now on to hockey talk. I was able to follow most of the Wings/Blackhawks game thanks to devices like a tablet and smart phone and the only thing I can say about the game is they go back at it tomorrow.
Now it is Detroit's turn to make adjustments, get a little more motivated and realize with one more win, they will be playing in the Western Conference Finals.
Game 6 may well be Detroit's game 7.
I will be posting through the day as need be, but will be taking some time off to enjoy this new day.
Mark Osbourne and Rob Pizzo of Hockey Night Online discuss the Patrick Roy hiring, Senators/Penguins and Wings/Blackhawks.
Watch the discussion below...
One of the two coaches in this series was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award. It’s time for him to prove he deserved it. Quenneville changed up his lines before this game and tweaked his power play. In-game, he cut ice time of under-performers and sat star players to cool them down. He’s hammering every button he can find and nothing is working. He’s being outsmarted by Mike Babcock at every turn and unless he can find a way to get his troops pulling in the same direction — or at least convince a couple of his guys to plant themselves in Jimmy Howard’s kitchen on a consistent basis — the Blackhawks are headed for a humiliating end in Game 5.
-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the Chicago/Detroit game last night.
Sorry a little late with this, but had to shutdown due to storms in the area. All good now.
So, which one is your favorite and/or did TSN miss any goals?
from Lynn Zinser of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Notice has officially arrived in Chicago that the N.H.L. playoffs have started. Perhaps part of the Blackhawks’ problem is that they are actually playing games in Detroit at the moment. Maybe the hockey gods should start delivering such things by text message. Thus, the Blackhawks would have been warned that Detroit no longer looks much like that identity crisis team that barely sneaked into the playoffs and whom Chicago had little trouble with in the regular season.
Somehow, the Detroit team that has dug its fingernails deep into this second-round series with Chicago not only found an identity, but made it a not-so-charming one. The franchise that used to pride itself on skating rings around opponents and scoring goals out of the how-to-create-a-highlight-reel textbook is now knocking Chicago around for a stunning 2-1 lead in their series.
Cassie Campbell of HNIC caught up with Draper to talk about the origination of this tradition.
Carlo Colaiacovo got up.
from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,
No one move will make the difference, it’s a cumulative effect, but now that the Wings have proved they can play with the Hawks it’s time for the favorite to get serious. Speed and chaos – as seen in Game 1 -- is called for and the Hawks have been able to accomplish that at Joe Louis Arena lately as much as any team in the league. But Detroit has been decent enough in Chicago over the years too. They were again on Saturday.
“They had the puck a lot tonight,” Kane said. “Took a page out of our game. I felt like we were chasing the puck all the time.”
That was Detroit’s game before it was the Hawks’. The Wings never stopped playing that way, they simply haven’t been as good at it over the last few years. Saturday showed they can still bring it, if their seven-game series win over the Ducks didn’t.
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