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Wings Close To Another 100 Point Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings will try to reach the 100-point mark for the 12th consecutive season, extending their own NHL record, when they visit the St. Louis Blues tonight at Scottrade Center.

Detroit has 99 points with three games remaining.

“I’d like to get that just because (general manager) Kenny Holland’s got that streak going,’’ coach Mike Babcock said after Wednesday’s optional morning skate. “San Jose looks like it’s going to make the playoffs. We’re the only two teams that have made the playoffs every year since the lockout. That says a lot about ownership and consistency we’ve had.

“But all the stuff doesn’t matter much. It’s all about this year now.’‘


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Blackhawks Have Found Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Cimaglia at Fox Chicago,

The most important change for the Hawks over the last six weeks was their mindset.

The players have finally accepted the messages that head coach Joel Quenneville has seemingly preached all season. Maybe it was the stark reality of failure during the nine game losing streak. For the first four months of the season this club seemed to get by, but didn’t necessarily play the correct way. The Hawks would give up bad goals but still be able to outscore opponents.

The emphasis by players was to look for more goals as that’s the solution they knew to get out of trouble. Lessons are often more difficult to learn without failure. Human nature leads us to rely on what has worked in the past and often that is the easiest path to take as well. Staying on the same course, especially considering all the injuries and the suspension to Keith, would have spelled real trouble for the Blackhawks.

There appears to have been a collective realization by the players that unless defensive coverage was made a priority they could miss the playoffs. The Hawks have finally found how to become a team which is hard to play against. When they have the puck they are holding onto it longer by simplifying their game and are more aware in all three zones. The club has become more physical by working harder along the boards. The Hawks for the most part haven’t stayed out on the perimeter. They have battled for pucks and have consistently gone to scoring


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Video- Another Skate To The Face

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The game began with a frightening incident when the skate of linemate Darroll Powe struck center Kyle Brodziak in the face. Blood fell and Brodziak rushed to the bench.

“It was scary,” Yeo said. “I think it shows you how much he’s respected by our whole team. As soon as it happened, there was a lot of concern. We’ve got Mikko yelling over at their bench, ‘Get the doctor, get the doctor’ as the play’s going on.”

Thankfully, Powe’s skate clipped Brodziak’s left cheek and the outside of his nose. Stitched up, Brodziak returned with two minutes left in the period and donned the long visor the Wild specially orders for Heatley.

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Canucks Win But Luongo Pulled

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Roberto Luongo stopped just 11 of 15 shots against Anaheim before getting the hook Tuesday night. Three of the shots that beat him went 5-hole. He made no excuses when meeting with reporters later. “You don’t want pucks going through you in any circumstance,” nhe said. “Even though there were breakdowns on the plays, I have to come up with the save. I’m disappointed in myself here. I didn’t play up to my expectations. I don’t have a reason for it.” Asked about the crowd reaction when Schneider came in, Luongo said: “It is what it is. I do my job. I play with a lot of heart, I’m as disappointed as everybody else.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have no earthly idea why Mike Milbury would say what he said other than to be intentionally colorful and controversial. You may not like every element of Sidney Crosby’s game, but he absorbs a lot more abuse than he metes out, competes like hell and has worked extremely hard to fight back against injuries. Concussions, obviously, are no joking matter. All this said, why would Milbury apologize? If you want to go out on a limb, have the stones to stay there. If he said it, he obviously meant it. This post-comment censorship is silly, iike it makes it all better. Unless he was coerced or somehow tricked, stand by your words, man. Why turtle?

-Damien Cox of The Spin.

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Sharks Go 2-0 Against Dallas, Playoff Spot Now Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The win was San Jose’s second over Dallas in 72 hours and significantly improved the Sharks’ chances of reaching the postseason.

With 92 points—one fewer than the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes—the Sharks occupy the eighth spot in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Stars and four ahead of the Avalanche. San Jose winds up the season with games against the Kings on Thursday and Saturday. A fifth consecutive Pacific Division title remains a possibility if the Sharks win both.

So how big were the
two victories over Dallas?

“Very big,” coach Todd McLellan said, “considering that four points went into our account and none into theirs.”

more on the game…

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Video- Mike Smith Save

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The web is alive with this Mike Smith save last night.

You tell me, one of the better saves of the year?

I was more impressed with the other 53 saves last night his shutout record now standing at 220 minutes -1 second.

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GDT - Game #80:  Red Wings at Blues (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

For DET (47-27-5) to recapture 2nd place in the Central from NSH (2-1 SO winners over MIN last night), the Wings are going to have to pull a rabbit out of their hat against STL (48-21-10), and:  (A)  win on the road (where DET are 16-21-3 (22nd), (B) win on the road against the Blues #1 in the league home ice record (30-5-4), and as if that weren’t a tall enough task (C) beat Brian Elliott - Elliott has not allowed a regulation goal in his last three starts, he leads the NHL in save percentage (.943) and goals-against average (1.48) while sitting second in the NHL with nine shutouts.

Piece of cake.  LGRW

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Video- Derek Roy Wins It In Overtime & The Eastern Conference Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Sabres and Caps now have 88 points( 8th place) and both teams have two game to play.

The Caps own the tiebreaker against the Sabres so Buffalo must have one more point to qualify for the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Panthers lost in OT and still need one point to make the playoffs.  They are four ahead of Washington (Caps own the tiebreaker) and those two teams meet on in Washington on Thursday.

The Sabres play in Philadelphia on Thursday and in Boston on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Caps play in NYC against the Rangers on Saturday and Carolina travels to Florida on Saturday.

added 11:25pm, Watch below the goal crease scrum goal by the Sabres to tie the game late in the 3rd.

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Habs news as the team twists in the wind

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

One issue today: the Carey Price injury. My question: why is there so much controversy about this? Just shut him down. Not worth the risk. If he has a concussion, give him an early summer. Throw Robert Mayer in there and see what we got and, hey, we probably get a better draft pick.

Don’t mess with Price’s head - literally - sit him, let him rest, and get ready for next year. Because barring something catastrophic, it can’t get any worse, and with a little luck, games in April will mean something.

This year, they don’t mean a bloody thing.

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