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Hoping For The Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at his blog, The Maven,

I’m driving down to Philadelphia tonight (Wednesday) in the hopes of seeing Martin Brodeur break Bernie Parent’s record for wins in a season.
More important - to me and Marty - is the fact that I’m looking forward to a Devils’ victory. That would put them over the top in terms of clinching first place and the home ice advantage that goes with it.
Even more important than that, I’m hoping that the news on Brian Gionta is more encouraging than it appeared on Tuesday night when he was spirited away from Continental Airlines Arena in an ambulance.
The Patrik Elias shot which Gionta took on the foot could devastate the Devils’ postseason, assuming the wound is as serious as it first appeared.

continued,,,and a bit about the NYI…

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Motivational NHLers Visit Native Students

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stephannie Johnson at ParrySound.com,

Mr. Trottier, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, said the group’s message is to instill confidence in children from smaller rural communities who may struggle to complete high school.
“We all had challenges, I’m non-status, I grew up in a small community,” said Mr. Trottier. “We just want to let them know that they can do it. It’s not easy, it’s hard work, but the payout at the end is worth it. If you only play one game, one shift, score one goal the memories and the dreams remain.”
But the group’s message isn’t just about hockey, they want to encourage everyone to follow their dreams whatever they may be.
“Whether you’re a child or an adult, whether it’s sports or painting, whether it’s mechanics, find your skill, your passion and work towards is,” said Mr. Troittier.
With donated orange rubber bracelets from the New York Islanders, the men had each child put on the bracelet and promise to complete high school.

more *Wayne King and Dan Frawley were also in attendance

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Thinking Of Moscow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

For one of the rare times in his career, Sergei Fedorov won’t be participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The World Championships are in Moscow, offering Fedorov the rare chance to represent his homeland on home ice.
At 37, there aren’t going to be many more chances to play for Russia in Russia and Fedorov admits, it’s an intriguing scenario.
“It’s not something I’ve really discussed with the media, but it’s a possibility,” Fedorov said before his Columbus Blue Jackets lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
A romantic possibility to be sure, but Fedorov is hedging.
Thinking with his heart has caused Fedorov nothing but heartache in the past.

continued

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Wednesday Seems Like a Good Day To…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...rub a little salt.  Now, as you know, I’m not one to take enjoyment from another fan base’s pain.  It doesn’t excite me to consider the fourteen remaining hockey fans in Denver who are trying to temper hope with reality.  Five points back with 3 games remaining against Bubba, AlanaH’s Nucks and Calgary.  And if they squeek in?  A matchup with certain despair.  And Bubba?  Oh dear.

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Playing For All The Marbles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

What could be more exciting than a winner-take-all showdown between the Canadiens and the archrival Toronto Maple Leafs for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference?
While the Canadiens play tomorrow night against the Rangers in New York and the Leafs visit the Islanders, it appears that Saturday night’s game in Toronto will decide one of the final spots.
“It will be the most important game a lot of the players on this team have ever played,” said Koivu, who showed that he wasn’t brooding over being benched in the latter stages of Saturday’s 4-3 win over Buffalo.
“If you think of the rivalry between us and the Leafs with the game on national TV, you can’t ask for anything more.”

more

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Marchant Has Torn Groin Muscle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

Word came Tuesday that veteran center Todd Marchant, who had played the past three games after missing 17 because of an abdominal strain, will be out indefinitely because of what has been diagnosed as a torn groin muscle.
“It’s not great news,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.
Marchant, 33, sat out six games in late December and early January because of what the club termed a strained groin. Though all three injuries have been in the same area, they are “distinctly different,” Marchant said.
“I knew on Sunday that something just wasn’t right,” Marchant said. “I don’t know whether this could have been happening over years. I mean, let’s face it, 14 years and 900 games, it’s going to take its toll.”
Marchant planned to meet with team doctors today to discuss treatment options, which might include season-ending surgery.

read on

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When Will Zetterberg Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the blog of Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,

I think it’s safe to say Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg won’t play again before the regular season ends.
Mike Babcock said after Tuesday’s game that Zetterberg would not play Thursday at Chicago, leaving only Saturday’s game against Chicago remaining before the regular season ends.

continued

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When They Were Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Daily Herald,

Today, in the first installment of our three-part series on the Hawks, we look back on a time when the franchise meant something in the city — and Chicagoans overflowed with pride when wearing that Indian head sweater.
’60s and the last Cup
It has been 46 years since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup.
That’s three years before the Beatles came to America, three years before the Ford Mustang hit the roads, eight years before man walked on the moon.
Yes, it has been a long time.
Newspapers looked different, too. Today there are special sections when a team reaches the playoffs — back then The Chicago Daily Tribune devoted only about 60 percent of its front page to the Hawks when they clinched the Cup with a 5-1 victory over Detroit.

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JFJ Not Happy with Head Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

There was blood oozing from Matt Stajan’s face and steam coming out of John Ferguson’s ears.
All thanks to Philadelphia Flyers forward Ben Eager.
A livid Ferguson needed all his composure to keep from publicly ripping referees Bill McCreary and Greg Kimmerly for allowing Eager’s head shot on Stajan late in the third period to go unpunished.
“At some point I’m just going to have to open my mouth and pay the (bleepin) fine,” the Maple Leafs general manager said, referring to the potential financial consequence of criticizing officials.

continued

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Questionable Lineup For Renney

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But if the Rangers weren’t at their best, neither was Tom Renney. Apparently fearing the Isles’ physical game, the coach did not dress his best lineup, instead choosing to scratch Petr Prucha so that he could use both Ryan Hollweg and Colton Orr.
It was an astounding decision by Renney, who prior to the match stated that the Rangers would need to take charge rather than watch what the Islanders would do, yet who himself reacted to what he thought the Islanders might do instead of forcing his opponents to contend with his team’s best lineup.

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