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19’s Not For Everybody

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Shane Doan’s a guy I wanted the Wings to pick up a few years ago.  Actually, Shane Doan’s a guy I wanted the Wings to pick up a few weeks ago.  But now he’s just a bitch.  If you’re a Coyote fan, don’t take that the wrong way.  Nothing personal.  I mean no harm by saying that. I’m just pointing out the fact that if you’re a captain, and you wear a specific number, you should probably avoid running Nick Lidstrom behind the play, putting your team down a man, then down a goal. 

Captains don’t do that. Bitches? They do, but not captains.

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Vanek Takes A Slash To The Knee Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Word is he will not return to the game today after taking this slash from Johnny Boychuk.

added 2:35pm, Looking at the video again, he may have also hurt his left leg/ankle when sliding into the boards.  Sabres are just saying lower-body injury.

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  Tags: johnny+boychuk, thomas+vanek

Capitals Refocused For Game 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

For the first time, Boudreau suggested perhaps not having played games with a real sense of urgency down the stretch during the regular season may have been an issue for the Caps in Game 1, a 3-2 overtime win for Montreal.

“It’s been awhile, other than the other night, that we had a real meaningful game for us, so maybe it was a wake-up call,” Boudreau said. “It is a big deal [losing Game 1), but we’ll just take it one game at a time and go out there and play as good as we can tonight and see where it goes. The one thing I do believe, if it even got down to 3-0, I don’t think we ever think that we’re not capable of winning.”

Captain Alex Ovechkin agreed that perhaps the Game 1 result will refocus the Caps.

“I think it was just a wake-up call,” Ovechkin said. “You’re right, we didn’t play our best game or an intense game probably [for] the last month, but in the playoffs, you concentrate 100 percent, and every time you have a chance to do something, you just concentrate. That’s probably the biggest thing, but today is a new day and a new game.”


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The Importance Of Goalies With Playoff Experience

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is very early in the playoffs, but two of the weaker performances in goal have been turned in by the two goalies with Stanley Cup victories who have played this year.  Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils has a .884 saves percentage and a 2.54 GAA.  Marc-Andre Fleury has a .870 saves percentage and a 3.03 GAA.  Both have not performed well enough for their respective teams to have any serious chance at a deep playoff run.  Unless their performance improves, both of their teams will soon be eliminated.  It is a well-believed myth that playoff experience in goaltending is important to a team’s success.  This year (so far) Ryan Miller, Pekka Rinne, Jaroslav Halak, Tuukka Rask and Jonathan Quick have to top five saves percentages.  None have ever been in the Stanley Cup finjals.  Of those five, Ryan Miller is the only one who has ever played a complete playoff series.  It is important to have a goalie who has plays well in the playoffs, but playoff experience is not a predictor of this.

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Swagger In The Preds Room

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Hello, world … we are the Nashville Predators. How do you like us now?

Matched up with the flash-and-dash Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the NHL playoffs, the Nashville No-Names were given so little chance that one swore it was the Washington Generals taking the ice Friday night and not an NHL club that garnered 100 points in the Western Conference this season.

“We’re not the pretty choice,” veteran Preds forward Steve Sullivan said after a statement 4-1 win in Game 1 at United Center. “We’re not the favorite choice, we’re not the exciting brand of hockey that the Chicago Blackhawks are, but we’ve got a quiet little swagger within this dressing room.”


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Sammy Gets It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

But where exactly does “it” come from? What, precisely, is “it?”

“It is calmness,” said Samuelsson, who is uncomfortable with the topic, because it makes him sound like some kind of playoff guru. “Once in a while … (you should say) it’s only a game. Even if it’s more. It’s huge, obviously, but … what’s the worst case scenario? You lose. So what, once in a while. Don’t get me wrong—I want to win. But you have to have that mindset.”

Who taught him the most during his four seasons in Detroit?

“(Kris) Draper is right up there. Lidstrom too. All those guys,” he said. “Draper, he (creates) a good atmosphere in the room to have. So positive. That’s how you’ve got to stay.”


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  Tags: mikael+samuelsson'

Playing The Avalanche Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post,

Late at night, at a desperate time of a hockey game, the grizzled old goons from San Jose stared at Colorado and the young Avs backed down, losing 6-5 in overtime.

But it’s too late to turn back the clock.

No matter the outcome of this NHL playoff series, the sport has passed by San Jose, which is desperately, futilely trying to win a championship with your father’s brand of hockey.

The future of this game is the way Colorado plays it. The Avs move with the speed of the Internet.


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Luongo Still Trying To Find His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

Against L.A.Luongo failed to control rebounds that once upon a time he easily corralled. The Kings’ second goal, by Fredrik Modin, is one he should have had. But the strangest moment of the evening occurred when Anze Kopitar broke in on Luongo with Canucks defenceman Alex Edler hot on his tail. Kopitar tried several times to get a shot away but was thwarted by the trailing defenceman. At the end of the play, Luongo was 18 feet out of his net, on his knees, completely vulnerable….

I realize it may seem harsh to be dissecting Luongo’s game given that the Canucks won and that he played a pivotal, if split-second, role in allowing that to happen. But Luongo isn’t just any player on the ice. He is supposed to be a franchise player, the player who will need to be stellar if there is any hope of the Canucks going far in these playoffs. But he hasn’t been that for a while now and he certainly wasn’t that in the opener and, well, I guess we’ll see what happens from here on in.


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Bad Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Courtesy of Rob Blake and Rob Blake and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

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