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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two teams will be up 2-1 in the series after the game tonight.

Which two is the question.

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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 3: Red Wings (1-1) at Ducks (1-1)  (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Two games played (well 2 2/3 games).  Each team has six goals, and the series is tied at one game apiece.  Could it get any tighter, could the stress be any greater?  Following the game 2 loss, Uncle Mike does not seem overly concerned:  “We had a five-hour flight, which gave us the opportunity for consideration,” Babcock said. “We went through the tape and decided we were fine.”  However, he did say this about the Wings shot selection:  “We have to be much harder on him[Hiller],” Babcock said. “I don’t think lobbing shots into his glove is making it hard.”

The trio of Datsyuk, Hossa, and Holmstrom have combined for one assist and are a collective minus-6 with 25 shots through two games. The Highlander was extremely critical of Datsyuk’s play on the OT winning goal:  “Datsyuk looked bad on the winning goal. He waved at Marchant just inside the blue line.”

Gut-check time tonight.  The Wings first adversity, of any kind, in these playoffs.  Who, if anyone, steps up for the Wings?  Babcock believes his “A players” will: “The good thing about those guys is they know what’s taking place thus far in the playoffs and this series and they know they have to be better.”  I hope to hell he is right.

UPDATES in this thread throughout the day (that is, of course, if your diggers actually report anything).  See you tonight, Bitches.

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Still Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Hahn of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

As you scroll through this section you will notice that none of the broadcasters have chimed in yet on how the Sharks season ended a week ago. There’s a perfectly good explanation, or two, for that.

First of all, what do you say? The greatest expectations in the 18 year history of the franchise went crumbling to the ground before our very eyes. It ended way too soon. It hit Rusanowski, Baker, Remenda and I with the same “kicked in the gut” feeling that many of you had and still have. It was brutal. There’s not much else you can say about it….

So I went to the well again. I asked my Facebook “friends”, how they felt about the Sharks now that the “raw emotions” have worn off. Here’s what they said.

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I’m still disappointed, especially watching other teams still playing. It still hurts, but I’m over the worst part. I trust in DW (Doug Wilson) to do whatever is necessary to prevent this from happening again. I agree when he says it’s going to be a painful summer.

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Dual Hat Tricks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Greatest Hockey Legends,

This surprises me: Ovechkin and Crosby’s matching hat tricks is only the fourth such occurrence in Stanley Cup playoff history. The other three times were:

April 25th, 1996 - Trevor Linden, Vancouver and Joe Sakic, Colorado
April 26th, 1993 - Ray Ferraro, NY Islanders and Al Iafrate, Washington
April 14th, 1983 - Paul Reinhart, Calgary and Mark Messier, Edmonton

added 9:42am, from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

“When Crosby gets one, then Ovie comes back with a couple, and then Crosby gets another, and Ovie gets another,” Capitals forward Brooks Laich said. “It’s unbelievable to see two of the best going at it like that. . . . In the biggest moments, usually your biggest guys step to the front. That’s what Alex did tonight.”

In the Pittsburgh locker room, the Penguins said the same about Crosby. Thus, in the series’ first two games—both won by Washington—unmatchable hype is being matched, because the two best players have four goals apiece and are delivering the kind of performances that forge true rivalries.

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Bears On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alanah of Canucks & Beyond did a post on Hockey Bears (bears playing hockey) back in November and now, Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times has discovered more videos…

I’d originally meant to write a post updating one from last year on the best hockey-themed commercials from around the world. But in going through YouTube clips for new ads I stumbled across a Russian phenomenon I was not previously aware of — bears playing hockey:

continued with videos…

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Cinco De Suck On This Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As you can see, as a means to deal with the stress…I’ve taken the high road.

Plus, there’s this.

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CBC vs. TSN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

So far, the best NHL playoff match-up this year has been the slugfest between the broadcasters themselves.

CBC is still the favourite. After all, they brought hockey to the airwaves and have defined our national game, both on and off the ice.

But things can change fast in the playoffs, where momentum is sometimes more important than skill.

TSN started the year with some fancy stick-handing, snatching the Hockey Night in Canada theme song from the clutches of the CBC.

Then, the scrappy sports broadcaster secured the rights to more NHL games than ever before.

Finally, just as the playoffs rolled around, TSN managed to finesse a deal with the NHL leaving CBC broadcast rights to only one Canadian team per conference.

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Stick Save & A Good One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With the recent stick saves by Luongo and Varlamov, TSN counts down the Top 10 Stick Saves…

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Sutter Believes In His Core

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson ot the Calgary Herald,

As we sift through the fallout of the latest comeuppance, there’s been growing chatter from apoplectic fans about the

Flames perhaps considering the unthinkable—dealing one of the four cornerstones in the club’s foundation—captain Jarome Iginla, defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr, along with Kiprusoff—while market value remains high.

From Sutter’s tone Monday, that ain’t happening….

“If you’ve only got four of them,’’ he argued, “then all you’ll be doing is fighting to get into the playoffs every year.’‘

Phaneuf, at 24, the ideal You-Tube age defenceman—heavy on the highlights, light on the consistency—has come in for the most flak. And justifiably so. He was highly erratic most of the regular season, and then beat to blazes come playoff time. His upside is such that not investing at least one more year of time and effort, despite the inherent frustrations, seems foolish. A lot of people believe what he needs is a good-sized cowboy boot (old junior coach Brent Sutter’s favoured brand, perhaps?) upside the rear end to knock him off his high horse and get him to listen.

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Back At It Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

For their next trick, the Ducks and Detroit Red Wings will toe the starter’s blocks Tuesday night at Honda Center, just 52 hours after having completed a marathon three time zones away.

Whatever effects linger from Sunday’s 4-3, triple-overtime Ducks victory at Joe Louis Arena could go a long way toward determining which team takes a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of the best-of-7, second-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

“That’s a factor in playoff hockey,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. “You play these long games and you have to bounce back, be ready to go in two days. Everyone has to deal with it – us and them. That’s part of the challenge.”

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