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Youngsters Shining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

With the four series all heating up over the weekend, the number of young players contributing in prominent roles for their respective teams caught my attention. Some of them are guys we’ve heard about and who had high expectations associated with them, while others just sort of appeared.

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Just Imagine If The Rangers Lost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

When Michal Rozsival’s slap shot found the back of the net in the second overtime in the Rangers’ 2-1 win Sunday, it not only gave the Blueshirts life in their series against the Buffalo Sabres, but it also prevented a controversy over an earlier disallowed goal by Rangers defenseman Karel Rachunek.
Imagine the mess if the Sabres won the game to take a 3-0 series lead. There would have been days of debate over whether Rachunek actually tried to kick the puck into the net, as officials ultimately ruled he did.

read on- much more playoff talk…

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Thanks The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The weekend represented everything that is the NHL today and in general, if you boil it down to its simplest terms, you’re left with one unavoidable conclusion.
The people who run the NHL should get up every morning and thank whatever supreme being they believe in — apparently the almighty dollar — for the players. Despite all the encumbrances from above, the players are carrying this league and if it is ever to find its salvation, it will be the players who lead it there.
That might seem to be only common sense. And it is. But unfortunately, the people who run the NHL still fail to grasp that most basic of concepts.

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NHL- The Blog Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Information from Sports Business Journal (paid sub),
Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index identifies the top issues discussed over the past week on some of the top sports blogs.
The percentage of talk last week breaks down like this…
NFL Draft 43%
NBA Playoffs 25%
A-Rod 10%
Mike Penner, LA Sports Writer 9%
NHL Playoffs and Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock 7%

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Fitzpatrick Breaks Attendance-Gate Wide Open

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now, we bring you the return of Jamie Fitzpatrick. Jamie, you may recall was mentioned several months ago after his misguided attack on the fans of Edmonton—a fan base, I might add, that proved to be worthy, respectable adversaries even as they were Punching Us In The Face last spring.

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Coaching In OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the blog of Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,

With three of the four playoff games reaching double overtime, it’s obvious how terrific goaltending has been for these teams. It used to be that teams would attack in the first 7-10 minutes of the first overtime to try and end it, but now they’re a little more cautious. I think we have so much more open hockey that once you get to overtime, you don’t get those outnumbered situations. You try to draw a power play instead and that’s when the goalies take over. It happened repeatedly in the Rangers’ Game 3 win over the Sabres.

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NBC Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game 3 of the Rangers/Sabres series drew a 1.3 rating and a 3 share in the overnight ratings.
Game 2 on Saturday between the Wings and Sharks drew a 1.0/2.

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Khan(!) On Sharkspage

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

PJ Swenson, one of the deans of hockey bloggers, posted an interview this morning with Ansar Khan(!).  Here’s a segment of the interview dealing with Wing injuries.

Zetterberg’s back is clearly bothering him. He’s played remarkably well in spite of it. But how long can he keep it up? I think Kyle Calder is hurting. I think past Wings team wouldn’t be able to overcome these injuries, but this group has more resiliency, so I wouldn’t bet against them.

PJ apparently didn’t ask Khan(!) about the honor of serving as Deep Digger captain.

 

 

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The History Of The Rally Towel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the LA Times (reg. req.),

While playing the Blackhawks on April 29, 1982, in the second game of the conference finals, Canucks Coach Roger Neilson became convinced referee Bob Myers was biased against his team. After yet another call went against the Canucks, Neilson grabbed a white towel, stuck it on the blade of a spare stick and began waving it in mock surrender behind his team’s bench at Chicago Stadium.
Several Canucks players joined him, making their point very clear. Although Neilson was fined $1,000 by the NHL, the towels were a hit back in Vancouver. A local businessman printed up and sold several thousand towels — with the proceeds going to a charity — and fans snapped them up for the next home game. And the next, and the next.

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Where’s Marty?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Marty McSorley, the San Jose Sharks’ color man, who apparently isn’t available to work tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings for what the team describes as personal reasons. As a result of McSorley’s absence, the Sharks brought back Drew Remenda, their former analyst, to work with Randy Hahn, his long-time play-by-play partner, for tonight’s telecast of the third game of the Red Wings-Sharks’ series on FSN Bay Area….
Earlier in the season, McSorley was critical of Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock on a broadcast, citing as his source an unidentified player in the Detroit dressing room. I was actually watching the broadcast on my satellite dish that night and remember thinking, it was a pretty strong statement by Marty - far bolder than the commentary you normally associate with these in-house sorts of broadcasts, where they tend to tread carefully around anything remotely interesting or controversial.

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