Kukla's Korner Hockey
I just want to reassure everyone who’s written and wondered where Paul Kukla is that he will be back soon but can’t promise exactly when.
Most likely his presence will be on-and-off over the coming days, as he’s recovering slowly from some health problems. Nothing to worry about, but the symptoms make it impossible to work most of the time. (And if you’ve sent him an email and are awaiting a reply, please have patience—he’s limited in that regard for the moment as well.)
Before the playoffs started, KK announced a contest asking for members to guess the number of goals to be scored in this year’s playoffs, with a tie-breaker to be determined by shutouts. It turned out, we needed the tie breaker.
Results: The total number of goals scored was 456 and there were 13 shutouts. [Information verified using statistics provided by NHL.com, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.] There was a tie for the closest guess: 455 and 457. However the winner (457) also nailed the shutouts exactly at 13.
Which means a big congratulations to Laura123! Laura will be winning a Rbk EDGE Authentic Jersey representing the NHL team of her choice.
Both winners will be contacted within 48 hours. Thanks to everyone for playing..
*Our thanks to Dave82, who did a great job keeping track of the narrowing list of candidates in contention for the jersey throughout the playoffs
KK was down for about five minutes and we apologize for the issue.
According to our host company…
Sorry folks. We had a few minutes of down-time on the network as a whole because of a failure of a TippingPoint IPS systems, and the redundant partner not taking over traffic properly. On-site staff manually moved traffic over to the redundant TippingPoint system and is investigating now as to the cause, and have an open issue with TippingPoint engineers to troubleshoot the initial cause.
Anyone who can figure it out, good for you!
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.
Over the last two days, my posts have been sporadic at best due to the fact that I am suffering from Ocular Migraines.
Never heard of it?, me either until that prism like flashing light would not go away. Saw my eye doctor yesterday and he said nothing to worry about, it will go away but the question is WHEN?
Still having symptoms this morning so posts will continue to be sporadic until I improve. Thanks to Alanah for keeping KK alive the last two days and to you the KK readers for understanding.
Tonight will be a limited posting night on KK. We need to re-charge our batteries a bit and have a little down time.
Therefore, this post is yours. Feel free to comment on the SCF, the upcoming draft, UFA period or anything hockey related.
Last week we put up a last minute contest for THREE gift certificates of $50 (for IceJerseys.com or shop.NHL.com) to be given away in a random draw. To enter the contest, some KK members were brave enough to share their favorite—and/or weirdest—hockey superstitions and rituals. Quite entertaining.
Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours. They are:
- hippy dave
Thank you to everyone for participating—the entries were great and it was good to be reminded there are other people are as nuts as we are.
Paul finds some Pittsburgh Penguins fans in Detroit this afternoon ready to share their thoughts on the Stanley Cup Finals.
You can download it here or click that link and listen online, if your browser supports that. Audio is approximately 2 minutes in length.
Update:The conversation can also be heard on the player below.
I have sent in my NHL.com blog about last night and will be pointing it out later today when it appears online.
I did not include my meeting with IwoCPO, The Sailor, the founder of Abel to Yzerman. This was the first time I met Bill and we chatted for a few minutes under the Gordie Howe statue at the JLA.
Bill wanted to be there as a fan, not as a media guy and to be truthful, I envied him. You see, I had a media credential around my neck, which basically prevents me from cheering. As many of you know, I am a fan first and never have or will consider myself a journalist.
As the game played-out, I thought of Bill with a beer in his hand, maybe two, screaming at the top of his lungs. Hurling jeers at the ref when the Lidstrom goal was waived off, exchanging high fives when the Red Wings scored, probably doing the same as most Wings fans were doing.
I miss that, I have to hold my emotions in check, can’t even give a little clap. There are perks to this job, but there are also a few downsides too, and this happens to be one of them. No cheering, my emotions in a state of flux!
I also want to thank Alanah for holding down the fort here at KK while I am covering the SCF. I know updating KK is not a one person job anymore and Alanah is going above and beyond her role here!
Paul is at the NHL’s media event in Detroit (for which we’re hosting the live video feed on the previous post).
This post will be an open forum from the event, to add photos he sends in and links to audio he’ll be posting on NHL.com later today.
Updates will be added below throughout the day, with Wings stuff coming in first since the Penguins aren’t yet available. To start, I’ve put up a couple screenshots from video he’s shot today so far…
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About Kukla's Korner Hockey
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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