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Wanted- One Moody Mule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

To succeed against as big and physical an opponent as the Predators, the Wings need Franzen to play with fire. It’s a rare player who performs at a consistently high level all season (his name: Nicklas Lidstrom), but Franzen is one of those guys who can be frustrating to watch when he doesn’t use his size to bulldoze opponents and drive to the net. He does do that this time of year, though, and that’s encouraging for the Wings’ chances of success.

“Him in particular,” close friend Niklas Kronwall said, “when he gets in the mood, he’s really, really hard to stop. He uses his body so well. At the same time, he’s got great hands, great vision. And it’s tough to play someone with all those elements together.

“He is huge part of our team and when he gets going, and he is in his right state of mind, he’s a game changer.”

At 6-feet-3 and some 220 pounds, Franzen towers over most of his fellow forwards.

“Mule is one of those guys that to me,” coach Mike Babcock said, “when he is on the top of his game, he is as good as anyone in the game.”


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Same Message, Just Another Press Conference For Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN, 

Toronto general manager Brian Burke publicly apologized to fans for a disappointing Maple Leafs season and vowed to address the team’s goaltending and size heading into the off-season.

Burke addressed the media Tuesday after the Leafs finished 13th in the East and failed to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season

Burke said he didn’t plan to change the style of play he feels wins games. He said he wanted the Leafs to be able to dictate the game and that means more size and strength, including finding a centre to play on the top line.


added 1:29pm, Watch the Burke presser below…

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Video Yotes Play The Hard Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Basically a video review of their regular season.

<a href='http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/pages/video?videoid=237fc135-ff5c-4fd4-91f3-43709ab2276c&amp;src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='Hockey the hard way'>Video: Hockey the hard way</a>

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This May Be Jagr’s Last Shot At The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kopp of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Twenty years ago, Jagr was a budding superstar in Pittsburgh. Though he now comprehends how fortunate he was two win a pair of Cups, Jagr said there isn’t much he can say to pass along that understanding to the Flyers’ rookies.

“You have to go through that experience,” Jagr said. “You cannot buy it. You have to go through those games. On the other side, I think it’s going to be an advantage to us. The young guys, they’re fresh, they’re excited. They don’t think about mistakes. That’s the one huge thing about young guys – they just go and play. It doesn’t matter if it’s Game 7 or Game 1. They never had the pressure.

“And I was the same way. I never thought about mistakes. I never (thought, what if) I turn the puck over, what can happen? You just go.”

Jagr gets that chance on Wednesday.


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Can The Wings Beat Rinne?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Paul for George…

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

When the Red Wings open their series against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, they face one of the game’s biggest goaltenders—Rinne is 6-feet-5. What’s a moderately size team to do?

“He really big, and he really kind of tall when he is in net, and he kind of really fast, too,” Pavel Datsyuk said. “What we need to do is shoot and go for rebound. Puck is so small. You have chance to put something between something.”...

“He’s a good athlete, that’s for sure,” Johan Franzen said. “He’s never really beaten until the puck is in the net. There’s no really easy goals against him. But it’s the old cliche you always talk about in the playoffs—get bodies in front and get second chances. That’s how you score in the playoffs. That’s the only thing I got for you.”

Coach Mike Babcock reiterated numerous times Monday that the Wings need their forwards to play inside in this series, because floating around on the perimeter isn’t going to dent Rinne.

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Do Capitals Need To By Physical To Beat Bruins?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

The Bruins – or if you prefer, the big, bad Bruins – have a reputation for toughness. Their brand of hockey comes with physicality and snarl. They like to push teams around between whistles and get under opponents’ skin afterward.

While fighting isn’t really common in the playoffs, one doesn’t need to drop the gloves to be tough to play against and physically dominate a contest or series. Boston’s knack for such things precedes it, but the Capitals believe they can hold their own.

“I think we’re alright,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “I think we’ve got a lot of guys that can throw the body around, too. We’re not a team like them where we come out and always do that, but we do that when we need to — and we’re going to need to in this series.”


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Garbage Bag Thoughts

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

It was once again an early spring garbage bag day for the Edmonton Oilers and another basement season to be discussed. As the players came to speak to the media the message appeared clear the veterans seem more accepting of how the season went perhaps due to so many years of mediocrity while youngsters like Taylor Hall are extremely disappointed with this season and have not accepted this as their fate.

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Lessons learned from the regular season…

Blog: KK Members Blog By fcjbencard

Another regular season is behind us; before the playoffs begin, I thought it may be fun to share what 6 months of toil have taught me.

Anyone can win the Southeast division - and probably will. Thanks to the Panthers, it’s now the only division that all 5 of its members have won since the lockout. Like many, I had assumed that Dale Tallon’s collection of third-line stars would tread water in anticipation of younger stars emerging around them; their success this season speaks volumes not to Tallon’s genius but to the coaching ability of Kevin Dineen, a long-time candidate who I’m guessing several teams are now casting rueful eyes at.

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Video- Missing Hockey On A Monday Night?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, you can take 15 minutes of your night and watch all 60 scored by Steven Stamkos this season.

Sportsnet had this video earlier, but it is only available to Canadian IPs, so thanks to ktornado for the upload.

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  Tags: steven+stamkos

Kerry Fraser Says Refs Must Be Consistent In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cathy Dobson of the Sarnia Observer,

“Right now, the game is very fast and it’s hard for young officials without the experience to keep up with the pace,” said Fraser, who retired a year ago as the most senior referee in the National Hockey League….

This season, Brendan Shanahan became the NHL’s head disciplinarian and set a new standard of supplementary discipline, but the officials have not been following through on the ice, charged Fraser.

“In the last three weeks of the regular season, there were three situations on the ice where minor penalties were assessed by referees that resulted in two three-game suspensions and one five-game suspension.

“There’s no equity in that,” he said.

During the playoffs, when emotions are running high, referees have to be particularly consistent so players aren’t confused and they understand what will be called.

“Otherwise, they’ll run the risk of committing the foul thinking they’ll probably get away with it, especially in the late stages of the game,” he said.

more on Kerry Fraser…

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