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“lkjfdshlhhhdzyez,” said Krupa

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gregg Krupa might be a nice guy and we all know that when it comes to redolence, he’s tops.  But he’s a little too smart for us. We’re hockey fans, Gregg. Wing fans to be precise.  We say “redolent” all the time here and not a damn one of us knows what it means.  You gave us that gift, Gregg. But now you’re pushing it. I’m not real fond of the second “g”, either. Just FYI.

I have no idea if Krupa feels like our tradition of tossing winsome, willowy, dead Octopi onto the JLA ice is good or bad.  No clue. Because I don’t understand a frigging word he writes.  Dammit man.  We read sports pages because we don’t understand Hamlet.

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Shero Should Be GM Of The Year Candidate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I called Ray Shero on Thursday to ask him what he did to tick off the NHL’s other general managers. They are the primary voters for the general manager of the year award. Shero isn’t one of the three finalists, who were announced Wednesday….

Let’s review as the Penguins are just one win against the Tampa Bay Lightning from advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs without stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin:

• James Neal came in a Shero trade in February. He scored the winning goal against the Lightning in double overtime in Game 4 Wednesday night. “A blast from the side boards, top shelf,” Shero said. “Not many of our guys can do that.”

• Zybnek Michalek and Paul Martin were Shero signing as free agents in July. They are half of the best top-four defensemen in the NHL along with Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang. “That’s how we win games—with defense and timely scoring,” Shero said. “Those guys have been invaluable for us.”

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The Shoe Is On The Other Foot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Up is down, cats lying down with dogs, the Buffalo Sabres manhandling the once-feared Philadelphia Flyers.

A day after the Sabres posted their second 1-0 shutout of their opening-round series against the Flyers, knotting the best-of-seven affair at two games apiece, there was plenty of discussion on both sides of the fence about the Sabres’ alleged bad behavior.

Philadelphia captain Mike Richards, who was assessed a five-minute penalty for elbowing Patrick Kaleta in the third period of Wednesday’s game, was asked about the extracurricular activities that were taking place after the whistle.

“Lots of plays” after the whistle, Richards said with a wry grin.

Normally officials take care of that stuff, but the Philadelphia center said it hasn’t been taken care of yet.

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The Best Numbers Of The Wings Sweep Of The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

These…

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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.

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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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