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Is Destiny On The Coyotes Side?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Once they get on the ice Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena, it’ll be pandemonium with a sellout crowd watching the greatest spectacle in playoff hockey: Game 7. What better way to keep these fans hooked?

“The building will be electric, the players will have maximum intensity, it’ll just be a great atmosphere to sell our game here,” said Tippett. “Game 7 just makes our sport look so good in the fans’ eyes. I know the players are looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a great atmosphere.”

The Coyotes believe they have a destiny this season. Tuesday night isn’t the end in their eyes, but rather a special moment en route to the ultimate goal.

“We believe in each other, we’re a confident group,” said Coyotes blueliner Derek Morris. “We have a special group of guys in here that really care about each other and want to a long way

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from Craig Morgan of FSArizona,

Forget that this franchise was (and still is) in limbo for an entire season, never knowing whether it was staying or going—never knowing which owner or city (if any) would want it.

Forget the challenge of operating a team with $30 million in annual losses.

Forget that the Coyotes have never won a playoff series.

Forget it all because it doesn’t matter.

If they do not beat the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, they will have accomplished nothing.

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Doan After Practice

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Shane Doan did practice with the Coyotes today.

Watch as he talks about being in the lineup tomorrow night.

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How Are You Celebrating Canucks Day?

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from VancouverCanucks.com,

City Hall is showing its support for the Vancouver Canucks hockey team as they enter the second round of the NHL playoffs by declaring tomorrow Canucks Day. The media is invited to join Mayor Robertson and Council, Canucks Sports & Entertainment owner Francesco Aquilini, President and General Manager Mike Gillis and Chief Operating Officer Victor de Bonis:

The Mayor will read a proclamation for Canucks Day, and the Canucks flag will be raised for the day at City Hall. The Canucks mascot, Fin, will hand out white towels to help the public cheer on the city’s home team.

a bit more

via Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,

The NHL informed the Canucks today that regardless of whether it’s in Chicago or at GM Place, Game 1 of the second round will go on Friday evening, Alain Vigneault said.

If the Blackhawks win tonight at Nashville or back in Chicago on Wednesday, they’ll be the Canucks’ next opponent. If Nasvhille rebounds to win the series, the Predators will face San Jose and the Canucks will meet the winner of the Detroit/Phoenix series.

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The Kane Goal Is A Head-Scratcher

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Still trying to figure out how Nashville, one of the NHL’s best coached teams, gave up a short-handed goal to Patrick Kane at the end of regulation.

• Prediction: No matter what happens with the Canadiens tonight - or afterward, should they beat Washington - Jaroslav Halak will not re-sign there unless Montreal makes an obscene offer.

• That’s why Los Angeles did the right thing with Jonathan Quick. Dean Lombardi said several times this season his group deserved loyalty from him because it showed enormous commitment to the organization. You have to show your players that they will be rewarded for doing what’s asked of them. It’s OK to say to Quick that, next year, Jonathan Bernier is coming. It’s not OK to do that now.

read on for additional hockey talk…

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Hitchcock Gets Back In The Coaching Line

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Just prior to the start of the 2010 Olympics, Hitchcock was dumped by the Columbus Blue Jackets and replaced by assistant Claude Noel. But with no immediate offers elsewhere in the NHL, Hitchcock may return to the Blue Jackets as a senior advisor, a potentially good move for both sides since Hitchcock is still under contract to Columbus for two more years.

“I’ll move to the back of the bus and I’ll wait my turn (for a coaching position),” Hitchcock said. “Columbus has offered me a senior advisor position and I don’t even know what it is yet.”

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Afternoon Line

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“The year went really well. It’s not the problems that you have with the players. It’s nothing. It’s part of the game. It’s not the team. It’s not the lack of result that we had in the playoffs. It’s not that at all. I just find that it’s the end of the line. I’ll be 65. It’s just time.”

-Jacques Lemaire on why he announced his retirement.  Much more from Phil Coffey of NHL.com.

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Lemaire Retiring

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One of the greatest coaches in NHL history is retiring today.  He won the Stanley Cup in 1995 and the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year twice.  Lemaire spent much of his career coaching an expansion Minnesota Wild team that never built up a good enough core to be a serious contender.  Nevertheless, Lemaire retires with 588 career wins, which is good for seventh overall all time.  That number could have been higher if he coached a team with a larger talent pool than Minnesota.  We also see how the coach of the year is often chosen poorly.  The coach of the most improved is often given the award even when the improvement has little to do with coaching.  As a result good teams with good coaches are often out of the running as they have nowhere to improve and good coaches with teams that drop for reasons that have nothing to do with coaching also find themselves out of the running.  A coach of Lemaire’s ability should have easily won the Adams Trophy more than twice, but the NHL was giving it to such luminaries as Bill Barber and Bob Francis.

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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As announced on NHL Live…

Kurtis Foster

Jed Ortmeyer

Jose Theodore

added 12:16pm,

NEW YORK (April 26, 2010)—Kurtis Foster of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jed Ortmeyer of the San Jose Sharks and Jose Theodore of the Washington Capitals are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.

 

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Lemaire Retires

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via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire announced his retirement this morning.

added 12:31pm, This was added to the same blog post from Tom,

Lemaire tried to tell the team during a meeting this morning at Prudential Cennter, but was too emotional to get the words out, so team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello did it for him..

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Vanek Will Play Tonight

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via John Vogl of Sabres Edge,

Thomas Vanek will be in the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

“All indications point to him playing,” coach Lindy Ruff said before the Sabres took the ice for the 11:30 morning skate.

“The only decision I can make is whether I think his conditioning will be enough to get him through a game,” Ruff said. “I think it will be. He indicated yesterday that he felt he was ready to play.”

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