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Babcock Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Has Draper been cleared to play by doctors and if so, will he play tonight?

        COACH BABCOCK: Yeah, he was cleared before last game. Don’t know if he’ll play tonight. It will be based on Samuelsson. Samuelsson didn’t take the morning skate, so we’ll see what happens there.

        Q. Second injury, we just saw Pavel out on the ice. Just your thoughts on him and how does he look today?

        COACH BABCOCK: Well, I guess he had his best overnight experience that he’s had. And he seemed to have a big turn around. So he was real optimistic here today. I don’t assume that affects today’s game whatsoever, but it could really affect the following game.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think they are letting a few things go that maybe were called during the regular season, but I like it this way.  This allows a lot more battles. You can see it out there. Guys are able to fight for the puck.

“As a player, a fan or a coach, all you ask is that it’s called equally both ways, and I think they’ve done a great job of that. It’s fun. It’s not back to what it was in the eighties or seventies, but it’s nice that you can go in and guys are fighting for the puck, or you’re in front of the net, and there are some battles. That’s the way it should be at this time of year.”

-Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings on the officiating during the SCF.  More on this topic from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Wings Lineup Talk For Tonight

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via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,

Babcock said that Draper’s status for tonight depends on Samuelsson. If Sammy plays, Draper won’t play.

Babcock just said that Datsyuk won’t play tonight, but might play in Game 4.

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Stop The Whining

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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

The fact the refs have let the teams play and decide the games themselves has been a breath of fresh air. Now, I’m all for getting rid of the obstruction that once ground this game to a halt, but it’s almost as if these two teams are so good and filled with so many great players they won’t take those dumb penalties, anyway. The way the refs have put their whistles away and not called the chincy little taps by the defender that simply let the attacking player know he’s there – without slowing anything down – has provided us with some great games unimpeded by man-advantages that shouldn’t be a main story in any battle for the glorious Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup.

But, amazingly, there are still complaints. They focus not just on the refereeing, but a range of topics from the instigator rule to conspiracy theories. This really sticks in my craw, because if all you can do is whine and complain while this great display of skill, grit, desire and hunger is going on in front of us, then, I’m sorry, ya just ain’t a hockey fan.

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GDT - S.C. Finals, Game 3: Red Wings (2-0) at Penguins (0-2)  (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Ozzie has been a friggin brick wall.  In the Wings last four games, his GAA is 1.00, simply unreal. He is 10-2 in the SCF, his goals-against average is 1.47 and his save percentage is .937 in his 13th appearances. According to Ken Holland:  “. . . he’s playing the best hockey of his career.’’  Man alive, how sweet is it for the Wings to have the hot goalie in their own net.

Have any of you noticed, and I’m reasonably sure you have, that the vast majority of the MSM are PIT apologists?  My lord, lucky bounces were the main excuse in game 1 (nothwithstanding the fact that the MSM, prior to 2008 SCF game 1 were also discussing the lively JLA boards, AND I seem to recall that MAF was “victimized” by Buckets short-hander scored off the boards).  Game 2, another Hank in the crease controversy and the ridiculous Hossa slash/hook excuse (great work Moocat).  Excuses, excuses, excuses.  He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else, Benjamin Franlkin.

Consider this, “It’s one thing to lose because you’re in over your head. It’s an entirely different matter when you give it your best and it’s still only good enough for second best. Any way you add the numbers up, it reveals a bad outcome for Pittsburgh, which didn’t even face injured MVP finalist Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit. Defending champions are 17-0 when taking a 2-0 lead in a final series. Home teams are 33-1 when going ahead 2-0 in a final series.”  And consider too the tremendous work by Z and his line:  Crosby, who only had two pointless games in the first three rounds or the playoffs, has been blanked on seven shots and is a minus-one in the first two games of this year’s finals.

PIT have 1 ES goal in this series, the Wings have 6, and a ridiculous 2.05 5-5 f/a thus far in the playoffs. The Wings/Grand Rapids Griffins have 3 goals (Gator-2, Big “E”-1), the Eastern Conference Champions 2 goals.

Seeing you on the rails of the Hasek, Bitches.  2 to 12.

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Bylsma This Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Discounting the final 19 seconds of the second game, there had only been five minor penalties called in the first two games of this series. Do you think the officiating started has changed from the regular season, and does this favor one team or the other in this series?

        COACH BYLSMA: I think the Red Wings power play numbers stand for themselves in terms of whether we want them to get more power plays or less. Our power play has been good in the last second half of the playoffs here. They’re talented players.

        But I think the standard that’s been called in the game has been fair. I mean, is there penalties on each side ?? as a coach, you can go through the game and say that was a penalty, that wasn’t a penalty. But if you’re honest, you can usually say that about both sides.

        You know, as a coach, you typically want to point out the ones that their team does against yours and you rarely want to point out the ones that your team does against theirs. So I think the standard on the ice has been pretty consistent for both teams.

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2009 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipients

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (June 2, 2009) — Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that DAVE MOLINARI, the newspaper voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for print journalism. Hay also announced that JOHN DAVIDSON, a long-time broadcaster who is currently the President of Hockey Operations with the St. Louis Blues, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

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DMac Doing Whatever He Can

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from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

McCarty is happy to do whatever the team asks of him at this most important time of year. “To fill a role and to be a part of it is an honour,” McCarty said. “Obviously, you’d like to play and be part of it on the ice, but that’s not the way it’s been meant to be so far. This time’s a little different. It’s sort of on the outside looking in, but that’s not how it feels to me. It’s just nice to be a part of it.

“The bottom line is to win. That’s what this organization is all about. Just to be here and be at the finals again, it’s exciting. Everybody does their little part to chip in when they can.”

McCarty, 37, says he feels like a proud papa as he watches his Grand Rapids teammates like Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Ville Leino and Justin Abdelkader fill important roles along Detroit’s latest drive to the Cup.

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NHL Network Extends Relationship With Comcast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Network and Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, today announced a long-term agreement with the NHL Network to add the network to its Digital Classic level of service by the start of the 2009-10 NHL season. Under the terms of the agreement, the NHL Network will reach nearly two-thirds of the Comcast’s total digital customer base.

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Messier: Crosby One of the League’s Top 3 Leaders

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

He has to be, right?  I mean he’s been nominated for the Mark Messier Self Promoting Most Overrated Leader In Hockey History Award.

Sidney Crosby Marketing and Promotion

Boston’s Zdeno Chara, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla are the three finalists for the 2008-09 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, the National Hockey League announced today.

How are the nominees determined? 

 

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