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Sabres Need To Show Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

We’ll find out plenty about the Sabres in Ottawa. The Sabres’ recent history reveals a team that comes back strong once it gets smacked around. They had three other winning streaks of four games or more. Of course, they weren’t playing the Senators, either. It has been, what, March since they strung together three strong periods? They might want to show up for 120 minutes in Ottawa.
Either that or prepare the golf clubs.

read on

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Observations From Last Night

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from the Hockey News,

Five minutes into double-OT, Joe Corvo breaks the hearts of all of Buffalo. A small cadre of Ottawa fans celebrate as a fusillade of empty cups hurtle towards them. The arena is near-empty by the time the third star of the game is announced. The mountain for the Sabres, heading to Ottawa for Game 3, is mighty high.

more on the game…

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Coming Up Seven

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An interesting note from the HNIC folks last night.
If the year ends in ‘7’, only a Canadian team or the Wings have won the Cup.

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Big Advantage- Sens

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As if the 4-3 double overtime decision in Game 2 last night wasn’t a crushing enough blow in itself, the Sens did it by erasing an early two-goal lead by the Sabres and then surviving a game-tying, OT-creating goal by Daniel Briere with only 5.8 seconds left in the third.
That’s one heck of a double whammy.
While it’s probably a little premature to totally write off the NHL’s best team during the regular season just yet, there’s little evidence at hand to suggest the Sabres are capable of taking either four straight or four out of the next five from the surging Senators.

more

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Entertainment- NHL Style

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from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,

It was a game dramatically sent into overtime by the local heroes with six seconds left in regulation. It was decided, in favour of the Ottawa Senators, on a rifle-like shot from the point that would not have been stopped by a Zamboni.
It featured two of the most talented teams in the league and undoubtedly the two quickest in a sport that finally woke up to the fact that it was putting its fans to sleep.
In rewarding speed over impediment and skill over obstruction, this National Hockey League playoff game produced a work of sports art that offered the shock and soaring hope of lightning quick transition, the breathtaking beauty of puck control and, from time to time, the utter chaos and randomness that separates the Canadian game from those far more familiar to American sports fans.

read on

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Sunday With Brooks

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So Phoenix also is talking to dismissed Columbus GM Doug MacLean about taking over the operation. Let’s see. Hmmm. In his six seasons, MacLean’s Blue Jackets never came closer than 19 points to a playoff spot (that in their first year), finishing an average of 26 points out of eighth place under his direction. Plus, let’s not forget the trade for Sergei Fedorov.
By all means, why wouldn’t the Coyotes be interested?

more from Larry on the Sharks, Don Maloney and the NHLPA…

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Happy Mothers Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

To all the mothers out in the hockey world- Today is your day, make sure you enjoy it to the fullest.
To all the other people- Make sure to treat mom to something special today.

The Ducks know they can’t spend time with their mom’s today, so they did a little posing yesterday.

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Owning The Crease

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The polar opposite workspace of Dominik Hasek and Tomas Holmstrom barely take up 2% of a National Hockey League rink.
But Hasek’s blue-hued plot and Holmstrom’s squat just outside the other crease is the most hotly disputed territory in this series, through which the Red Wings’ improbable Stanley Cup march must flow.

continued

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Digging Mother’s Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

When the Wings scored first Friday night, I immediately fast forwarded to 2200 Sunday.  Heading to Anaheim up 2-0.  That’s how I roll.  If they’d fallen behind, I would have been fetal, rocking, sucking the thumb, humming.  It’s the mind of the hockey fan, at least this one.

Oh…your eyebrows are raised?  You’re thinking, “what a child.  What an imbalanced, juvenile little boy.”  Yeah. And?  You’re telling me, right now, you’re telling me that when the Wings get a lead you don’t start fantasizing about the best possible scenario? 

Liars. Lying liars.

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Buffalo In A Hole

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During my conversations with Bob McKenzie and Kelly Hrudey in the last few days, both mentioned Buffalo had not yet played the way they were capable of playing.  Kelly also mentioned he wasn’t so sure if we would ever see the Sabres reach their peak during the playoffs and so far he is right.
Buffalo now faces a must win Monday in Ottawa.  The Sens have looked impressive and deserve the 2-0 lead.

Don’t forget to watch the post game interviews.

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