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Vancouver Defeats Chicago 4-1 To Force Game 6

Canucks played their best game of the series, while Chicago just could not generate the offense needed to win the game.

Luongo was steady and it was important for the Caucks to get the opening goal tonight to take the Chicago crowd out of the game.

added 10:49pm, Sami Salo of the Canucks took a shot to the groin right as the first period ended.  He was taken to the hospital and no update as of yet.

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  Tags: sami+salo

Will Lidstrom Follow His Son?

A KK reader sent me an email stating Nick’s oldest son has been accepted into the hockey school of Västerås, Sweden starting this fall.

I am sure we are about to get daily updates on the status of Lidstrom, but my suggestion is to just wait for his answer.

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Murray Hit On Franzen Last Night

I’ve returned from Mother’s Day dinner with relatives to see the Douglas Murray hit on Johan Franzen has hit the web.

Your thoughts?

added 8:31pm, for a different angle of the hit, watch the San Jose broadcast clip at Sharkspage.

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  Tags: douglas+murray, johan+franzen

Josh Gorges Feature On HNIC

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did a wonder piece on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges last night.

Watch the Inside Hockey video…

With that, I am off to Mother’s Day dinner.  Should return by 6:00pm.

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  Tags: josh+gorges

Wings Core Still Strong

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The core of the team, with or without Lidstrom, is pretty much locked up. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary are signed long-term, while Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall all have two years left apiece.

That’s a nice core to build around. This team is playoff-bound for many more years to come. But will it be Cup-bound? Again, we bring you Lidstrom’s decision and its impact, both on and off the ice for the Red Wings. The loss of his leadership would be impossible to fill. But if I was a betting man (and I am) I’d bet on Lidstrom returning.

read on for mote on the Wings…

Regarding Lidstrom’s decision, I have no idea but I am agreeing with LeBrun, I think he will be back and also should announce that this will be his last contract with the Wings.

That way it could be a farewell tour for him too, allowing teams to give him a nice send-off.  Imagine the signs made for Nik Lindstrom!

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It’s Not Doom And Gloom In Detroit

from Spector at Fox Sports,

...Don’t however assume the Red Wings glory days are behind them and they’re going to fade away into mediocrity.

As we’ve seen over the past two decades, Red Wings management has been capable of building and maintaining a contender via drafting well, making shrewd trades and free agent signings.

They’ve gone through a few transitions seasons in the past, only to emerge each time with Cup contending rosters.


from Brian of Genuinely Sarcastic,

We wanted to believe. All of us, to a man/woman. Believe me, even I did. The way the Red Wings dispatched the Sharks in Game 4, it ignited a little bit of hope in all of us. A 7-1 win, Johan Franzen coming alive, that little flicker of hope that exists in all of us, no matter what the circumstance, it burned inside of us for the past two days. We wanted to believe that miracles were possible….

In the end though, the Wings just didn’t want it badly enough. They weren’t as hungry, weren’t as fast, weren’t as good. I was as disgusted as all of you were with some of the calls that happened during the series, but in the end, sometimes you just have to overcome.

read on and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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A Few Detroit Players Could Be Headed To Germany

from Joe Yerdon at Universal Sports,

The world championships may get a lot more intriguing if the Detroit Red Wings have anything to say about it.

With the Red Wings being eliminated from the NHL Playoffs, there’s a handful of countries who could immediately benefit from having some of their players make their way to Germany to play in the tournament. With the Red Wings playing into the Stanley Cup Finals the last two years, countries like Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic weren’t able to make use of some of their countrymen because they were locked into playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

This time around, depending on decisions of some players, things could turn out differently.


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Morning Line

What’s happened to Scott Hartnell? He only has three goals in his last 45 games, including playoffs. Hartnell has done little in the playoffs his whole career, actually — only seven goals in 48 career playoff games.

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.  Read more hockey talk from Jim.

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Playing GM In Ottawa

from the Ottawa Sun,

When we posted our annual You Be The Boss feature in the Ottawa Sun, fans loaded up our mailbox and inbox with their opinions on who should stay and who should go as the Senators head into another season following a less-than-satisfying result. Nearly 1,000 readers weighed in.

Jonathan Cheechoo is No. 1 on the fans’ hit list, with 92% saying he must go. Not surprising since he produced just five goals for his $3.5-million salary.

Young defenceman Brian Lee might not yet be ready for prime time, with 75% suggesting the Senators deal him while they can. Given Alex Kovalev’s lack of productivity, it should come as no surprise that 71% give him a one-way ticket out of town.

What is surprising is the support — or lack thereof — for Jason Spezza, arguably the Senators’ best player. A full 44% want the top-line centre and his $8-million salary next season traded.

read on

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Is This The End Of The Canadiens Playoff Run?

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

The ice melted to springtime thin beneath the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, just as Sergei Gonchar’s second-period snapshot kissed the mesh behind goalie Jaroslav Halak.

No big deal, you’ll reasonably suggest — the Canadiens rallied from 3-1, then 3-2 deficits in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series to tie, then eliminate the Washington Capitals, the best team in the National Hockey League’s regular season.

That is so. But the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canadiens’ semifinal opponent, aren’t the Capitals. They are playing with a greater purpose; they are more a team than a swashbuckling band of individuals; and as of Saturday night, they have what appears to be an awakened Evgeni Malkin.

The Penguins’ 2-1 victory at Mellon Arena tilts this series sharply in Pittsburgh’s direction. And it offers their opponent yet another taste of a seemingly endless diet of desperation.


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