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The Anti-Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He either doesn’t speak English or prefers not to try, and both amount to the same thing. Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green are left to explain the triumphs and defeats, while Semin plays his game and takes his paycheque and excuses himself from pretty much everything else.

He is the anti-Ovechkin, a star making no impression on the larger D.C. hockey and sports landscape. Like Colonel Flagg of M*A*S*H* television fame, Semin is the wind, but without the good punchlines.

While GM George McPhee works on a long-term deal for Backstrom, he probably wonders how much longer he needs to keep Semin around. He’s got a good young Swede coming, forward Marcus Johansson, and as the market for Kessel and Kovalchuk demonstrated this season, there’s undoubtedly a rich harvest to be had if the Caps were to move Semin.

Right now, they’re hoping the Russian Riddler demonstrates his talent in Game 6 against the Canadiens on Monday night.

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Wings Fly Home, Go For A Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Barely back on the ground following their cross-country flight from Phoenix, the Detroit Red Wings headed to a rink in suburban Taylor, Mich., for a brief but brisk skate on Saturday….

“There isn’t one player on this team who wanted to put their equipment on, I’ll guarantee that,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I can tell you I didn’t want to come here, either.

“We had a pre-game skate to make sure our legs are ready to go [Sunday]. Last time we came back for an early game, we didn’t play well, so whatever can help you be successful, that’s what you try to do.”

At first resistant to the idea, the Wings embraced it afterward.

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Hossa With A Major For Boarding

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Little did Marian Hossa know that after this five minute penalty for boarding, the Hawks would score late to tie their game with Nashville.

Then, after killing off over three minutes of that penalty in OT, it would be Hossa who would get the game winner after coming out of the penalty box.

No video of the goal yet, but watch the boarding penalty he took.

added 6:57pm, Watch Hossa’s OT goal below…

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Talking S-l-o-w M-o-t-i-o-n

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Brown of the Globe and Mail,

Nearly a quarter of every NHL hockey game gets replayed. Slow motion isn’t new, but it is pervasive. “Super-slow-mo replays have become such a regular part of the vocabulary of television sports and events,” says Sherali Najak, Hockey Night’s executiveproducer, “that it’s impossible to imagine life without them.”

But slow motion is more than just a technique. It’s another way to look, to deepen the increasingly artificial reality of professional sport. Pro sports are about money and celebrity, first and foremost. Slow motion is about the physical, and what is and isn’t time-worthy; it restores the aesthetic grandeur the money men threw away.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve heard and read Lindy’s comments. Hopefully, it’s his way of taking pressure off his team.  If not, it’s a lot of whining. Simple as that. Every coach has his tactics. You just worry about yourself. As I said last night, we seem to be the team that’s doing bad things. They seem to be the team that’s on the nice side of all that stuff and they do nothing wrong. It’s tactics. Those are things in the playoffs that coaches use, hopefully to their advantage. I don’t pay much attention to it.”

-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien on Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.  More on the series from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge.

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Columbus Coaching Options

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Scott Arniel, coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, is on the short list of candidates to become the Blue Jackets next coach, The Dispatch has learned.

Arniel, 47, spent 11 seasons in the NHL with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston. After his NHL career ended, he played eight more season of pro hockey, both in the AHL and the now-departed IHL….

Arniel joins a list believed to include Guy Boucher, Kevin Dineen, Paul MacLean, Claude Noel, Brent Peterson and Jim Playfair—listed alphabetically—in the running to replace Ken Hitchcock, who was fired on Feb. 3.

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Playoff Suspensions

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Once again the NHL revealed their playoff suspension policy, which appears to be no playoff suspensions, especially not to key players, if they can possibly be avoided.  Last night at the conclusion of Buffalo’s 4-1 victory over Boston, a brawl broke out.  Forty-five minutes in penalties were handed out to five different players.  Zdeno Chara was the instigator of the brawl, when he started to fight with Paul Gaustad.  Chara was given a two minute instigator penalty, in addition to a game misconduct and a five minute fighting penalty. 

NHL rules state that anyone who gets an instigator penalty in the last five minutes of a game receives an automatic suspension.  however, the NHL has a history of reviewing and cancelling these suspensions especially in the playoffs.

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Two Teams Face Elimination Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Will Ottawa and Colorado win today to force a game 7?

The Chicago and Nashville series is tied at 2-2, so the winner today will force the loser to win two games in a row.

Ennjoy the games.

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Sabres Stay Alive

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

This first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has shown that there are plenty of ways to respond to possible elimination. The Ottawa Senators scratched and clawed their way to a triple-overtime victory over the Penguins Penguins when backed against the wall. The New Jersey Devils got down a couple of goals to the Philadelphia Flyers and rolled over.

The Sabres? Their response was complete domination. If all you watched was Buffalo’s 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday, it would be hard to believe the Bruins left Buffalo with a 3-2 series lead.

Is it possible that the team with a series lead has its back against the wall? Because that’s what it feels like with the Bruins.

“Tonight was obviously our best game,” said Miller, who made 34 saves. “Now that they’ve seen our best game, they have to react to our best game.”

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Time For Price To Grow-Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette, .

..After the goal Price, slowly, deliberately, and with malice aforethought, fished the puck out of the net and fired it directly at the celebrating Washington players, thumping one of them on the butt.

“You have to let them know you’re there,” Price said after, in one of the more amazing utterances to come from his mouth. As Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan, who was sitting beside me at the time, wrote later on his blog, “if you want to let ‘em know you’re there, stop the damn puck!”

Now Price wasn’t going to do any damage shooting a puck at a player with a goal stick. But the thought was there. Actually, “thought” is being way too generous. For the umpteenth time in Baby Huey’s short NHL career, the alleged future pillar of this franchise had chosen to act like a spoiled, immature brat. Nor was he through.

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