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Red Wings-Sharks travel day news, part 1: rhetoric and radio interviews

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Both the Detroit Red Wings (who wil land at Metro Airport around 3:30 PM EDT) and the San Jose Sharks (who the Mercury News’s Mark Emmons reports have just left San Jose) are spending today in the air, traveling back to Detroit to prepare for Game 6 on Tuesday—and the game will start at 8 PM and will be aired on Fox Sports Detroit, CSN Bay Area, TSN and Versus—so today’s Wings and Sharks updates are mostly rhetoric-based, especially given that the beat writers are making cross-continental trips as well. 

Let’s go through ‘em on a mostly bullet-pointed basis, starting with the Sharks’ hubbub:

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Pronger May Require 4th Surgery in 10 Months

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com:

Calling it “the year from hell,” Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger could learn in a matter of days if he’s going to need his fourth surgery in 10 months.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com that Pronger could have a bulging or herniated disc in his lower back. The back injury, along with a hamstring pull, is what sidelined Pronger for the final three games of the Flyers’ conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins.

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Update 2:45pm ET: Transcript of Pronger’s conference call with the media today is here.

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Conn Smythe Candidates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

While there have been a number of terrific individual performances, here is this week’s top 5 list:

Joel Ward, Nashville Predators: You are forgiven if you do not know about Ward’s hockey history. The 30-year-old Toronto-born right winger took the long route to the NHL, playing four years in the Ontario Hockey League with Owen Sound and another four years of Canadian college hockey at the University of PEI….

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings: An injured Pavel Datsyuk is better than no Pavel Datsyuk at all. The three-time defending Selke Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward, Datsyuk was a sight to behold Sunday in San Jose….

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Assmann Follows The Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Maximick of Canucks Hockey Blog,

Now we profile a fan from the country of defenceman Christian Ehrhoff. Meet 31-year-old Sören “Madayar” Assmann (yes, that’s his real name, and Sören realizes how funny this is in English).

Sören is from Friesing, a town near Munich in Germany where he works as a tech supporter. He first fell in love with hockey back in 2002, thanks to NHL computer games and a family link to Ontario.

“I first went for the Maple Leafs,” Sören admits, “But the Canucks actually won me over. I started watching NHL online in Hamburg from 2004 forward, and quickly found out that while I was always rooting for Canadian teams first, the Vancouver Canucks were just the most fun to watch and the most entertaining club. I never looked back since.”

His all-time favourite Canucks is Markus Naslund “no questions asked,” but when he thinks about it, Sören has the fondest memories of the West Coast Express line.

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Diving Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

With the NHL warning every team in the past few days that it was going to start cracking down on dives and embellishments, Thornton picked up a minor for “unsportsmanlike conduct” while Johan Franzen went to the box for slashing.

For whatever reason, diving and embellishments have been epidemic in these playoffs, with players snapping their heads back or dropping to the ice at the first sign of contact. And often when you watch the plays in real-time, it’s difficult to see whether or not to tell if there’s an acting job or not, which makes life tough for the officials.

Even some players are calling on their teammates to cut it out.

Eight or nine years ago, there was a big crackdown on these sorts of plays, with the officials calling a diving penalty roughly once every 10 games during the regular season in 2002-03. The past four years, diving calls have dried up considerably, with only 32 made all year during the 2010-11 season.

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Hockey In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

It has not always been easy for Jeremy K. Gover and those just like him. He loves hockey in a young hockey market, a market where the biggest trade of the season can be heralded under the headline: “Carrie Underwood’s husband acquired by Nashville Predators.”

That was how The Tennessean first framed Mike Fisher’s arrival in February, and if it was meant with a sense of irony, it escaped Gover, who bought Predators season tickets a day after he moved to Nashville, six years ago.

“That was very embarrassing,” he said. “It was embarrassing because it did nothing to bust the stereotype that we don’t deserve hockey here.”

If this spring has been an exercise in exorcising playoff demons in Vancouver, they have been about a feeling of validation for long-time hockey fans in Nashville, a feeling that a fringe sport is moving closer to the mainstream. There is evidence to support that feeling.

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Bergeron Will Be Missed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

Especially in the playoffs, especially in hockey, there is no crying. You give what you give and you get what you get. And yet, as the Bruins celebrated a glorious, vengeful sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night at the TD Garden, many of us could not help but wonder.

Where is Patrice Bergeron?

These are the NHL playoffs we’re talking about. This is now all but officially the middle of May. There is simply no way around that. The Bruins are playing for the Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1992, and here’s how the Bruins got there: with toughness and resiliency, with skill, with resolve and determination and even a little luck. The same is true of the Tampa Bay Lightning and of the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, all of whom have suffered from misfortune as surely as they have benefited by chance.

But Bergeron? Why couldn’t it have been anyone but Bergeron, who suffered what team officials have termed a mild concussion in the final period of Friday’s series-clinching win over the Flyers?

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Video- Sharks Postgame Reacts To Roenick’s Remark About Marleau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Former Shark Jeremy Roenick, now a commentator for Versus, characterized Patrick Marleau’s performance as “gutless” and questioned his former teammate’s heart.

When it was suggested that Marleau might be injured, Roenick, who has criticized Marleau in the past as well, said: “Yeah, he’s hurt—right here,” circling his heart.

In my opinion, if you call a player gutless as Roenick did of Marleau, you better back it up with proof, which he did not.

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Any Favorites?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So two Stanley Cup favourites, the Canucks and Sharks, blow chances to wrap up their best-of-seven series before their fans, a pair of pratfalls that probably should have the hockey world wondering if they actually should be regarded as favourites.

But then, is anybody really a favourite?

In a playoff season without a great team, and with the defending champs gone, and with the HBO darlings from Pittsburgh and Washington eliminated, there’s really no reason to exclude any of the remaining clubs as possible Cup winners, is there?

Theoretically, Boston and Tampa Bay could be considered such after impressive second-round performances, banishing Philly and Washington, respectively. They’ll now have to sit around until the west sorts itself out, which could be good or bad depending on which school of thought you subscribe to.

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Red Wings-Sharks Game 5 wrap-up: History can go [bleep] itself

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings basically did everything a team fighting for its playoff life shouldn’t on Sunday night, surrendering the game’s first goal, 2-0 and 3-1 leads and three consecutive power plays to the San Jose Sharks, all while allowing Jimmy Howard to be peppered by an average of 14 shots per period, but Howard did his best to bail his teammates out for the first two periods, and his teammates backed him up in the third period, scoring three consecutive goals and staving off elimination via a 4-3 win over the Sharks.

Despite the fact that Pavel Datsyuk saved his sore wrist from further aggravation by skipping faceoffs, and the fact that Johan Franzen barely played in the second period and sat out the third after Joe Thornton corkscrewed Franzen along the boards, using a classic “can opener” to, in Mike Babcock’s words, “tweak” Franzen’s ankle, and despite the fact that the Wings were out-shot, out-hustled and almost out-classed at times during the first and second periods…Pride took over in the 3rd, and so did the Red Wings. Datsyuk ended up registering 3 assists, Niklas Kronwall had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Ericsson made up for a gaffe which resulted in Logan Couture’s 3-1 goal by putting a puck past Niemi under three minutes later, Tomas Holmstrom’s ability to distract the Sharks’ defenders led to Ericsson and Danny Cleary’s goals, and he tipped in the third as the Wings may have been out-shot, but were neither out-hit nor out-competed.

The series shifts back to Detroit on Thursday, and while the Wings have made things “interesting,” the Sharks do remain in command of the series, and as such, coach Todd McLellan suggested to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch that his team incurred a temporary setback...

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