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Boudreau Talks MSG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

If Bruce Boudreau was hoping to endear himself to Rangers fans during this break in the Caps’ first-round series, he chose an odd way to do it. Here’s Boudreau, when asked to talk about Madison Square Garden during a Monday morning appearance on 105.9 The Edge’s Kirk and Mike Show.

“Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building,” the coach said. “I mean, it’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There’s no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Also, our building’s a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there.”

Not that loud in there, eh? This is the kind of quote opposing game-ops people put on scoreboards in an attempt to make home fans delirious and particularly mouthy.

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Early Conn Smythe Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

4. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Price faltered a bit down the stretch of the regular season, but in the playoffs he has returned to his calm, cool and collected ways. Price leads all stoppers with a 0.50 goals-against average and sparkling .985 save percentage.

5. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators One of the leading contenders for the Norris Trophy, Weber has extended his spectacular play into the playoffs. A shutdown defender who plays with an edge, Weber has also contributed two goals and three points as his Predators try to make it out of the first round of playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

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GDT - WC Quarterfinals, Game 3: Red Wings (2-0) at Coyotes (0-2)  (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings will look to put a strangle-hold on this series tonight in Glendale. At 26-11-4 (2), DET have been Road Warriors all season.

If any of you Bitches wanna earn a boat-load of cash, try to figure out what is, and what is not a penalty in the playoffs (no tin-foil hat needed for this exercise as it isn’t just this series that produces head-scratching apoplexy).  Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Anaheim are the only teams with more PIM per game than the Wings, who have gone from 9.2 PIM in the regular-season to 17.5 PIM in the first two games against the Coyotes.  So, submit your brilliancy to Ken Holland, and expect a healthy check.  The Red Wings have owned the Dogs at even-strength play,  2.50 5-5 F/A (3).  If the Wings can stay outta the damn box, they should be good, very good.

Game Three is on, Bitches.  If I don’t incinerate before this evening, I’ll see you at the ellbee.

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Lundqvist Keeping Rangers In The Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Lundqvist has started 29 straight games now for the Rangers. He will have all summer to rest. The Rangers need big plays at big moments from big players, like the one from Dubinsky—but their goaltender is their rock, their anchor, their foundation.

Their edge.

“Hank was great for us, like he always is,” said Vinny Prospal, who scored on a rebound in the third to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead that Mike Knuble’s score negated. “But we can’t expect him to do it by himself. We have to give him some support, too.”

Lundqvist is 29, finishing his sixth NHL season already. It seems like only yesterday that Jaromir Jagr looked to his right at training camp in 2005, saw the rookie out of Sweden who was supposed to be a backup in his first North American season that first year after the lockout, and announced, “We have a world-class goalie here.”

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Predators Can Now Handle Adversity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Climer of The Tennessean,

So here were the Predators on Sunday, completely dominating Anaheim deep in the second period. Nashville led 2-0 but it felt more like 12-0. At one point, the Predators had outshot the Ducks 25-5.

“It felt great,” center Mike Fisher said. “We didn’t really give them anything for at least the first half of the game. We were really solid.”

Then Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne scored twice in the span of 30 seconds to tie the game.

Uh-oh. Given the history of the Predators franchise, doubt began to creep into Bridgestone Arena.

“That could’ve been a real dagger if we let it slip away,” Predators captain Shea Weber said.

Not to worry. The Predators eventually finished off Anaheim 4-3 thanks to Fisher’s goal with 9:39 remaining to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series

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The Red Wings still believe that their age is the reason they’re perennial contenders

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News’s Bob Wojnowski wrote a fantastic article about the Wings’ veterans serving as mentors for the Wings’ younger players (like Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Jimmy Howard, etc.) and, in the cases of Kris Draper and Chris Osgood, hoping to make strong cases to extend their careers as members of the Red Wings:

“When I’m on the ice in practice, I got a smile on my face, and I try to be one of the last guys out there,” Draper said. “I feel great. I’m loving what I’m doing, and I just want to keep doing it as long as I can.”
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“I never envisioned going under the knife and then my career being over,” Osgood said. “I always envisioned playing my last game in Joe Louis and then saying goodbye. So it was frightening, because I was really, genuinely concerned about being able to come back. Now I definitely have all intention of playing next year. I don’t want to leave knowing I can still play, and I think Drapes is the same way.”

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Helpless Feeling In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

The No. 3-ranked Bruins are being served their lobster bisque by the No. 6 Canadiens, and it’s not going down well.

This city wasn’t so much in shock Sunday as it was shuffling aimlessly with resignation. There is a dreadful feeling in Boston that their blue-collar heroes, whose monumental playoff collapse against the Philadelphia Flyers last season still aches, are about to break their springtime hearts.

Again.

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New Sabres Owner Has Buffalo On A High

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

That the Sabres are about to host a playoff game is not big news: The Stanley Cup final has been played here and the hockey post-season has been at least a quasi-regular visitor.

But when the Sabres face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal Monday at the HSBC Arena, it might be the most rousing welcome a local team has faced in quite some time.

As scene setters go, it doesn’t hurt that the Flyers, probably the NHL team most fans love to hate, are the opponent or that the series is split at 1-1 after two games in Philly.

As well, Saturday’s 5-4 Flyers win was at least a mild throwback to the Broad Street Bully days, ensuring some extra punch to the festivities.

But the biggest factor yet may well be the reaction to the ownership of Terry Pegula, both by the team and the city that supports it. Since the billionaire took over in early February, the Sabres made a 16-4-4 push to jump up to seventh in the East and earn a playoff spot that was, at best, uncertain at Christmas.

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Canada’s Teams?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The Blackhawks have 14 Canadians on their 24-player playoff roster but only four Americans. The captain (Jonathan Toews) is Canadian, the top defenceman (Duncan Keith) is Canadian, and both goaltenders (Corey Crawford and Marty Turco) are Canadian.

The Vancouver Canucks, on the other hand, have fewer Canadians, 12, on their playoff roster. The captain (Henrik Sedin) is a Swede, the top scorer is a Swede (Daniel Sedin) and the team’s most valuable skater is an American (Ryan Kessler). Ace goaltender Roberto Luongo (Montreal) might be considered a small mercy, under the circumstances.

Over in the other series with “Canadian” content, the matter is even more unbalanced. The Boston Bruins boast players from British Columbia to Newfoundland. A remarkable 13 of the team’s 14 forwards are Canadian, along with four of the team’s eight defencemen. That’s 17 of 22 skaters who might have a red maple leaf tattooed on their butts. Goaltender Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich.) would be considered Boston’s small mercy.

In Montreal, where the Canadiens have returned with a 2-0 lead in their series with Boston, the captain (Brian Gionta), the top-paid player (Scott Gomez) and the top defenceman (Hal Gill) are all Americans. In fact, less than half the players on the Montreal playoff roster, 12 out of 26 listed, are Canadian…

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Doan Beats The Mantracker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Shane Doan can add something else to his resume. The Phoenix Coyotes captain beat the “Mantracker.”

Doan, 34, and his 23-year-old brother Brook survived a manhunt on “Mantracker” television show.

On the episode that aired Sunday night, the start of Season 6 of the OLN show, the Doans had to elude “Mantracker” Terry Grant and local hunting guide Russ Floyd in B.C.‘s southern Chilcotin Mountains.

Equipped with a compass and a map, the brothers had to get to the finish point some 37 kilometres away without being caught.

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