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The Best Numbers Of The Wings Sweep Of The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul



The time on ice for Nick Lidstrom.

With a healthy and refreshed Lidstrom, a long cup run becomes more probable and becomes a huge advantage for he Wings.

It has always been the theory of the opposing team to hit and run Lidstrom whenever possible and make him work on every shift.

You have to credit Mike Babcock for keeping his minutes low, especially on the penalty kill where it can really become a drain on the body.

Expect his minutes to increase if needed in the next round, but if Babcock would have his way, Lidstrom’s minutes would remain the same.

Then if the Wings were to advance to the Conference Final, we would see more of Lidstrom which can’t be good news for the opposition.


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Video- Glenn Healy Not Impressed With Ference Goal Salute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think?

added 11:44pm, from the CP at The Hockey News,

Such a gesture usually incurs fine or even a suspension from the NHL, but Ference said it was unintentional.

‘‘I just saw it and I know it looks really bad, but I can assure you that is not part of who I am,’’ said Ference. ‘‘I apologize.

‘‘That is not part of my repertoire. My glove got caught up there.’‘


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Ryder With The OT Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Canadiens had a 3-1 lead in the game only to see Boston win in OT.

The visiting team has won every game so far, will the pattern continue?

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Live Blogging The West

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

How many times have you laughed during the first period from Vancouver?  It’s been a constant chuckle.  You think Breezy collapsed? The Wings would have Bob Luongo chewing his own toes off by the 2nd intermission of Game 1.

What a weird experience to watch playoff hockey without the stress.  If you’re watching, live blog it.

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The real bottom line for Winnipeg hockey fans

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with comments from a few Wings players: As the sagas of the Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders and other near-insolvent teams have perked up the Canadian media’s ears and inspired thousands of, “They’re going to be the new Winnipeg Jets and/or Quebec Nordiques” stories, it’s been hard for this old Jets fan to not get downright cynical regarding the fact that, since the Canadian dollar stabilized and American teams have found themselves in difficult situations ownership-wise, far too many radio hosts, television personalities and columnists from anywhere with a Sun or Star in its name or .ca suffix have happily jerked around the heartstrings and emotions of fans who were told some fifteen years ago what fans in Phoenix are being told now and what those Nordique fans who travel to Long Island, Miami, Atlanta etc. tell their fan bases—“Your team is in trouble, and you don’t support them well enough, so you don’t deserve a team.”

It’s gut-wrenching, so while I may be less than enthused with Ilya Bryzgalov’s suggestion that Winnipeg is nothing but a frozen wasteland dotted by one single, solitary edifice—a hockey rink—I won’t begrudge Phoenix fans’ their right to support a stand-alone entity with stable ownership seventeen years from now, either.

It would be hypocritical of me to suggest otherwise (and I have other stuff that I can be a hypocrite about instead). Just because a place that I love, have people who I consider to be family living in and nearly moved to to marry somebody is treated like it’s worse than hockey Siberia isn’t worth a knee-jerk reaction of the vulgar kind, especially given that my birth certificate says “Detroit, MI.”

But I’m happy to report that the Winnipeg Sun’s Paul Friesen, of all people, offered an assessment of the aftermath of the Phoenix Coyotes’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings that represents something we haven’t heard from any media outlet proffering the, “NHL back to Canadian City X or expanding to the Greater Toronto Area City Y” for the sake of stirring up emotion, debate, and advertising revenues.

Friesen feels sympathy for the team, players and fans who represent a city that once poached a Canadian team, and now knows exactly how Winnipeggers felt after a playoff game against the Red Wings in 1996:

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Always Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

An ongoing problem remains the inability of NHL executives to articulate their controversial policies without blowing a gasket. Commissioner Gary Bettman regularly does this with Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada. Director of hockey operations Colin Campbell went with a tired harangue on Wednesday, about TSN Radio 1050 hosts James Cybulski and Dave Feschuk of not watching enough hockey.

Bettman, asked on Sportsnet Fan 590 on Wednesday about the possible move to Winnipeg, snapped that Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos knows nothing and that Phoenix’s Goldwater Institute effectively killed Glendale’s bond issue - that was news, coming from his lips. Meanwhile, Campbell, asked about the suspension policy, parenthetically revealed that left wing David Steckel’s employers, the Washington Capitals, think he’s soft and doesn’t hit enough - not an opinion a league exec would normally express.

Both Bettman and Campbell did their cause no good with their quarrelsome, put-upon tone in the radio hits.

more plus additional hockey topics…

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Ken Holland gives the Red Wings a first-round assessment

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 10:45 PM: Amongst the “Wings return home” stuff, nothing necessarily stood out per se, but the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff delivers and off-day knockout by speaking to Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the team’s first-round performance and hopes going forward:

“We’re a veteran team,” Holland said. “We’ve been through the playoff battles and we know what it’s all about. You look at Game 1. We’re down 1-0 two minutes in, and then they get a five-on-three. I thought we did a great job of staying in the game and then turning the game in our favour in the second period. When you talk about the elements needed to win, patience is one of them, and I thought our team was patient in Game 1, and that was one of the reasons why we were able to win.”

With a few days to rest and relax before launching into second-round play, Holland is confident that his team will be ready to go when the call comes, indicating that both of Detroit’s injured forwards, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, will be game-ready by then. “Obviously, the guys have got to feel good about themselves,” he said. “We’ve played good hockey and we’ve gotten better and better as we’ve gone along, but I still think our team can play better. We’re going to get some important pieces back, and I think our confidence is really starting to build.”

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“To me, it’s absurd there’s even mention of a hearing when a guy has a shoulder-on-shoulder body check.  The player passes the puck and they’re saying, ‘Well, it was so many tenths of a second (late)…this was two-tenths or three-tenths of a second past the allowable point.’ It’s just kind of mind-boggling at times.”

“It was very evident that there was no shoulder blow driven toward the head.  He didn’t leave his feet. He didn’t do anything other than put his shoulder into the other player’s shoulder. Unfortunately, he was hurt on the play.”

-Randy Carlyle, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, talking about the Jarkko Ruutu hit before the suspension came down today.  More from Jeff Miller of the Ducks Blog.

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Ruutu Suspended For One Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (April 21, 2011) – Anaheim Ducks forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended for one game for delivering a late hit to Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat in Game Four of their Western Conference quarterfinal last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

The incident occurred 4:00 into the second period and Ruutu was assessed a minor penalty for interference on the play.

Ruutu’s suspension will be served tomorrow night (April 22) when the Ducks host the Predators in Game Five of the series

If you missed the hit, it can be viewed here.

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Red Wings get to enjoy a little R, R and DVR

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 10:46 PM: The Detroit Red Wings returned home from their first-round sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes, and, according to WXYZ’s Tom Leyden, they received very good news in that coach Mike Babcock will ask the team to practice on Friday morning, but will then give the team Easter weekend off as the team prepares to rest, recuperate and watch playoff hockey, hoping that every other series “goes long” and that it’s the Wings’ pro scouts who rack up air miles instead of the team.

From the tarmac, Leyden fired off the following Tweets:

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