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Video- Meet Ms. Cam Janssen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pretty awesome video.

The video is on auto play so I moved it below…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I told our guys today that you guys (in the media) have all done your work today.  It’s finished. You’ve written one story and you’ve written another. Now all you to do is hit ‘send.’ And the two teams get to determine which story you send. We have the opportunity and the stage. The stage is ours. The stage is Detroit’s. Let’s get out there and play, and then allow you guys to hit your ‘send’ buttons.”

Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks.  More on the Sharks after their skate today from Mark Emmons of Working the Corners at the Mercury News.

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Sharks’ Clowe a Game-Day Decision on Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ryane Clowe didn’t practice with the SJ Sharks today. More from Mark Emmons at Working the Corners:

Clowe was at the Sharks Ice training facility receiving treatment, but he was not made available to the media after the team’s practice. And the Sharks were not eager to share much information about Clowe’s status.

“He’ll skate in the morning and if can play, he’ll play,” McLellan said.

The coach added that he was not happy the way the Sharks’ forwards played without the burly Clowe in the 3-1 loss to the Red Wings in Game 6 Tuesday.

“Without Clowey, it’s a big scramble to find somebody to fill his shoes and fill that role,” McLellan added. “We have a Plan A and a Plan B. Plan A is with Clowey, and that’s the one we’re working on right now.”

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Video- Does The NHL Want A Team In Winnipeg?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob McCown and Damien Cox on Sportsnet Fan 590 discuss the question..

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Does Ed Snider Get What He Wants?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In an exclusive interview with The Inquirer on Wednesday, Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, called the team’s recently completed season a “major disappointment” and strongly implied that adding a goalie was atop his priority list

After finishing second in the Eastern Conference and outlasting Buffalo in the opening round of the playoffs, the Flyers were swept by the Boston in the conference semifinals.

During the playoffs, the Flyers equaled a dubious NHL record by making seven in-game goalie switches.

“It was strange, and something I never want to see again,” said Snider, adding he had a “productive” meeting Wednesday with general manager Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko, the Comcast-Spectacor president.

The Flyers had a 3.46 playoff goals-against average, placing them 14th out of 16 teams.

Told that the fan base was lamenting about needing a true No. 1 goalie for a few decades, Snider fired back: “I want one, too.”

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Red Wings’ veterans believe in embracing Game 7’s moments

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with the obligatory “History Will be Made” commercial, and if it matters, there’s no Clowe in San Jose: While the Toronto Star’s Cathal Kelly ponders the “safety” of Detroit as a hockey city and Ray Ratto’s ever-so-slightly worried about the state of Sa Jose Sharks’ fans’ stats of mind, the Red Wings landed in San Jose around 1:20 PM local time and began to prepare for Game 7 with oodles of experience on their side.

Ken Holland believes in retaining and bringing in veteran players very specifically because they’re not only steadying influences upon and example-setting mentors for the team’s younger players, but also because, in the playoffs, age and experience are assets, not liabilities. The 35-plus crowd tends to possess the rare combination of desire to win like there’s no tomorrow (because there might not be an NHL tomorrow for them) steely calm when it comes to dealing with the ecstatic highs and staggering lows of playoff hockey.

NHL.com’s Brian Hedger reports that the Wings have over seventy Game 7’s worth of experience to their credit, but one of the Wings’ most senior partners believes that it’s hard to discount the fact that the team’s young core has played in its share of elimination games, too:

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Best Game 7 Performances

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks will square off Thursday in the deciding game of their Western Conference semifinal series, setting the stage for some player to step up and carve out a place for himself in NHL history as a Game 7 hero. Which players already have done so over the years? Let’s look at the league’s 10 best Game 7 performances and find out…

10. Jeremy Roenick, San Jose, 2008

One of the last, best moments of Roenick’s standout career came when he was a San Jose Shark taking on Calgary in the quarterfinal. Roenick was a healthy scratch in Game 6, but answered his critics in the best possible way - with a two-goal, four-point effort to eliminate the Flames in a 5-3 win.

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FSD to provide Red Wings fans with perfect pre-Game 7 watching

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As the travel day updates continue to roll in, Fox Sports Detroit, which set a ratings record on Tuesday night, plans on delivering Red Wings fans a perfect teaser for Game 7:

FOX Sports Detroit will re-air a condensed version Game 6 Thursday from 6-8 pm… here’s our programming lineup for Thursday night:

6:00 PM – Replay, Game 6 Red Wings vs. San Jose (2-hour version)
8:00 PM – Red Wings Live Pregame (one-hour edition)
9:00 PM – Game 7, Red Wings vs. San Jose
11:30 PM (or when game ends) – Red Wings Live Postgame
12:00 AM approx. – Replay, Game 7, Red Wings vs. San Jose (2-hour version)

For the record, the NHL just posted a press release hyping the action, too:

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Surgery For Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Brophy of Sportsnet at CityNews,

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger will undergo surgery on his back Thursday.

The 36-year-old veteran blueliner appeared in just three of 11 playoff games for the Flyers this year due to a lower back problem and was limited to 50 regular season games because of numerous injuries.

Thursday’s procedure will be his fourth surgery in the past 12 months. Pronger had knee surgery last summer as well as further procedures on his knee and foot.

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Avalanche Sign Hejduk for His 13th Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Milan Hejduk to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 season.

Hejduk, 35, just completed his 12th season with the Avalanche, finishing third on the club in both points (56) and goals (22-tied).  He appeared in 71 games and led Colorado in power-play goals (10) and power-play points (24).  The Czech Republic native reached the 20-goal mark for the 11th consecutive season, tying Joe Sakic’s franchise record.  Hejduk’s run of 11 straight 20-goal campaigns is tied for the second-longest active streak in the league behind Jarome Iginla (12).

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