Kukla's Korner Hockey
ESPN starts off on the wrong foot in this video hightlight of game 1 between the Wings and Ducks…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
When the season started he was known locally as “Kyle Well-fed.”
Nobody was projecting the former Toronto Maple Leaf to be a Stanley Cup hero in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal, much less acknowledged by coach Alain Vigneault as “our best player.”
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC via his Twitter account wants to know-
After Orr—who is best defenceman of last 40 years?
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
In Game 1 against the Canucks, the lessons included the importance of staying out of the penalty box and the knowledge that Vancouver’s star goaltender Roberto Luongo can be beaten. The Hawks scored three times in the third period against Luongo, a furious comeback that fell short when Sami Salo took advantage of a defensive miscue and won it for Vancouver with just over a minute remaining.
Now the Hawks look ahead to Game 2 on Saturday night at General Motors Place with a better understanding of what they must do to bring the series to Chicago tied at one game apiece.
Lesson No. 1: limit penalties.
The Hawks spent much of Thursday’s first period killing three penalties, including a four-minute double-minor, high-sticking infraction against Andrew Ladd.
“We have to stay out of the box,” Ladd said. “It killed most of our momentum at the start of the game. Confidence in terms of knowing how we need to play and what we need to do to be successful against these guys can help going forward.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
If WWE guru Vince McMahon was promoting the upcoming Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins grudge match, the spin likely would go something like this.
“In the red corner, representing the nation’s capital, the most electrifying figure in the sport, the man with the trade mark gap-toothed grin ... Alexander The Great!
“Over in the black corner, representing Steeltown, the young man considered The Next One for more than a decade ... Sid The Kid!
“And his tag team partner, also representing Steeltown via Russia, the Kremlin Kid, Evgeni Malkin!”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so we wait for hockey’s Halley’s comet, eyes looking upward, arms outstretched, fingers pointing to the place where this event will streak across the game’s skies.
What will happen?
What will it be like?
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Paul Maurice stood waiting next to the news conference podium as a technician laboriously counted off, from one into the high teens, trying to get the sound right.
“I thought he was counting off our turnovers,” the Carolina Hurricanes’ coach said when he finally was able to take his seat behind the microphone.
If that were the case, Maurice would still be waiting. And waiting. And waiting, because there were too many for anyone to count in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins to open the second-round playoff series.
After playing some of their best—and most emotional hockey—to beat the New Jersey Devils, the Hurricanes produced a turn-back-the-clock performance against the Bruins, playing the way they did when they struggled earlier this season, not when they succeeded this spring.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The shot that should be remembered is Nicklas Lidstrom’s pouncing on his own rebound, miraculously alone in a shifting sea of bodies, and rifling the puck past Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller with 49.1 seconds left in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory Friday in the opener of the teams’ second-round playoff series.
The shot that will resonate for the remainder of this matchup between the last two Stanley Cup champions is Mike Brown’s first-period hit on Detroit’s Jiri Hudler, which left Hudler bleeding profusely from his forehead and the Red Wings furious over an infraction they believe merited more than the five-minute penalty and game misconduct Brown got.
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Ryan Salmons, who helped inspire the Blue Jackets and became a hero to scores of the club’s fans, died today (Friday).
Salmons, who fought a long battle with cancer, was 19 years old. He died at Nationwide Childrens Hospital this afternoon just hours after Jackets forward Jason Chimera had stopped in for a visit.
Salmons, a fan of hockey and Corvettes, asked to be put under sedation, his father Brad said.
“His last words were, ‘Dad, I want to go to sleep, I want to go to heaven and I want to park my Corvette in front of the Pearly Gates,’” his father said.
Brad Salmons believes the Jackets’ outreach and team’s bid for its first playoff berth helped keep his son alive the past month. The Jackets signed him to a one-day contract several weeks ago and he was able to attend both playoff games in Nationwide Arena.
Around 11:00am yesterday, I had a bit of a medical emergency and spent about 10 hours at the hospital. I returned home last night just in time to see Lidstrom score the game winning goal.
I suddenly felt much better!
I also want to thank Alanah for her work on KK Hockey yesterday, it was much appreciated.
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