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from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
You know what puzzles me? All this “whoa you don’t want to play St. Louis (or Calgary or Anaheim or insert whatever team) in the first round” talk. What about… You don’t want to play the First place since the start of the year, 53 wins and counting NHL Leading San Jose friggin Sharks. I hope there are teams out there that are thinking yeah we really want to play them. We really want to play a team that has a Superstar centre that can dominate games. A Captain having a career year. A puck moving cool as ice smooth skating D-Man. 4 defenceman with 30+ assists. A goalie that is one of the best in the game a team that has the best second line in hockey-a kick ass powerplay and a stingy penalty kill. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
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The NHL regular season ends Sunday, so I figured this would be a good time to ask for your thoughts on the Kings.
You remember the Kings, don’t you?
Not the tall guys who play in Sacramento. The Maloof family owns them. You own so many teams and arenas it would be easy for you to be confused.
I’m referring to your hockey team. The one you won’t allow to publish your photo in its media guide.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
In Sunrise, fans are allowed to urinate on the Panthers logo. Actually, many don’t have much of a choice.
Inside the urinals in the men’s rooms on the lower level of the BankAtlantic Center are advertisements for a local urologist. Weak stream? I thought it was an ad for an internet company. But whatever….
The logo may be small, but that only makes for an interesting target. I’m sure opposing fans get a kick out of going to the restroom and relieving themselves on the Florida mascot.
Say what you want about all the ads inside the Billboard, but in this market, those ads help cover up all those empty seats. I don’t like it, but it is helping the hockey team remain viable in the National Hockey League.
I think the Panther logo was put on these decals innocently; the doc probably puts that logo on all of his ads. But someone inside the organization made a mistake by allowing them to go into the urinals.
“We’re trying to work on the power-play. We’re going over it and there’s some improvements.”
-The Flames Jarome Iginla via Flames Insider after practice today. By the way, the Flames are 0=37 on the PP.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
It took Kronwall several months to realize he was going to have to gradually build his game up to reach the level he played at in the finals.
His impatience had put him in too many bad spots and his game only began to round into form when he got paired with Lidstrom for a stretch midway through the season.
There he got view of a maestro at work on how to control a game by letting it come to you.
“It’s keeping it simple and not being too hard on myself,” said Kronwall, who feels these past 11 games have been his best stretch of hockey this season.
“A lot of times early in the season I was trying to do too much. I was looking for the big hits and trying to make plays that aren’t there.
“Now, I’m letting the play come to me. If something is there than make it, if not take the simple way out.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
In the sports world, what happened last week is ancient history. But I believe we have all been too quick to forget that Anaheim owned the Stanley Cup only 22 months ago.
If there is one lower seed that I wouldn’t want to face in the opening round, it’s probably the Ducks. Here’s why:
1. They are playing confidently again, going 8-2 in their last 10.
2. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin is due back soon from his knee injury, and he will add toughness and a big shot to the mix.
3. Defenseman Chris Pronger can still impact a playoff series as much as any player can except a goalkeeper.
4. When Beauchemin back, the Anaheim defense top four D men will be Pronger, Neidermayer, Beauchemin and Ryan Whitney. That’s noteworthy. James Wisniewski is also underrated and Brett Hedican and Kent Huskins give the team options on the blue line.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
The trick now, as I see it, is managing expectations. Are the Blackhawks bona fide Stanley Cup contenders?
That is not to say they won’t win it; at this stage of the game I don’t feel confident pointing to any team as a sure bet. Who would have guessed the Carolina Hurricanes would win the Cup in 2006?
Win or lose, the Blackhawks are no flash in the pan. They have been built to be good not only now, but for a long time to come. Chicago’s young one-two punch of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane is as exciting a young duo as you will find in the league—and that includes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.
Kane, 20, was the NHL’s rookie of the year last season and has already bettered his goal total of 21 by four. He needs five more points to surpass his rookie total of 72. Although he looks like he might snap in half in a strong windstorm, Kane has proven to be decidedly durable through his first two seasons and he drives to the net with the reckless abandon of a power forward.
from Al Balderas of the OC Register,
The Ducks have Jiggy, Prongs, The Finnish Flash, Getzy, and even Phil.
And then there is Hiller.
If you don’t notice the similar ring to goalie Jonas Hiller’s name, it could be because there isn’t one.
The aforementioned players have been instrumental in the success of the Ducks and are, in some circles, better known by their monikers than their real names. It’s time Hiller fell into that category…especially because of the fact that he’s a goalie.
Goalies throughout hockey history have been tagged with some cool, catchy nickname. Most fans of the sport have little trouble recognizing a player by the nickname he uses. There is Felix the Cat (Felix Potvin), The Wizard of Oz (Chris Osgood), CuJo (Curtis Joseph), Finnisher (Mikka Kiprusoff) and even The Lach Ness Monster (Blaine Lacher), who played for the Bruins in the 1990’s.
from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey have been invited to play for Team USA in the World Championships in Switzerland from April 24-May 10. Ilya Kovalchuk will play for Russia, Tobias Enstrom for Sweden and Boris Valabik for Slovakia, Thrashers coach John Anderson said Wednesday. There may be others.
“I’d like to see Bryan Little get a chance with Team Canada,” Anderson said. “He certainly deserves it.”
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