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Advantage Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

“Right now we feel more energy and more excited than Pittsburgh,” the flamboyant Russian said after last night’s 5-4 overtime win at Mellon Arena.

“It’s going to be hard for (the Penguins) to come back because those fans (at Washington’s Verizon Center) are going to be crazy and we’re going to be flying out there.”

It’s never wise to question Ovechkin, who has seven goals and six assists in the six games of this series, but given the swing in momentum thus far, don’t place too much stock in it either.

The vast majority of the series has seen the teams glued to within a goal of each other, three have gone to overtime and only one has had a winning margin of more than one goal.

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Watching Clocks, Spin The Hours Away

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh. No. He. Didn’t.  Sorry, I know the “d” is silent.  Yes. I broke out the Seger fifteen hours before the Live Blog.

Elliot in the Morning, here in DC, was talking this morning about watching his Caps last night and being too amped up to sleep, going to bed at 0100, getting up at 0400.  Not complaining, just stating a fact. If I wasn’t so concerned about keeping the hands at 10 and 2? I might have called in and welcomed him to our cozy little piece of the world. 

Three time zones away Gary.  Anyone in the East have to travel across even 1?

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What A Night Of Hockey

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from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

ll the negative stories in the world - the corporate brawl over the Phoenix Coyotes, the absurd non-suspension of Carolina’s Scott Walker - couldn’t obscure the fact that two games Monday night, the Canucks-Hawks thriller and the OT contest between Washington and Pittsburgh, delivered as much of everything as a hockey fan could want.

You can take your 1-0 and 2-1 games if you want them. Me, the 5-4 Caps win and the 7-5 Chicago triumph represented hockey at its best, a terrific combination of skill, hitting and passion that produced an entertainment package that no other sport could match if the NHL could ever find a way to deliver it on a consistent basis.

It’s the greatest game on earth, particularly when it’s allowed to be.

We’ll leave the Caps and Pens for now since there’s another game in that series to be played. Chicago, meanwhile, roared back from a 4-3 third period deficit and in so doing obliterated the myth of Roberto Luongo for now, if not for good.

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Capitals Jump For Joy

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from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

I mean, that was the biggest goal that I scored in my career so I didn’t know what to do,” David Steckel said. “I just started jumping around.”

“I couldn’t get over the boards quick enough,” Mike Green said.

“Just an eight-inch vertical leap,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said, describing his own reaction. “It’s getting higher. Each game that’s more important, I leap a little bit higher.”

“To be honest I just turned around and saw the nearest guy,” Laich said. “It was Tom Poti, and I just about leveled him, the poor guy. It might have been the hardest hit he took tonight. I left my feet, so it would have been a penalty, too. Just elation and excited, grab the nearest guy and hug him to death.”

“Well, it was fun, you know?” said Viktor Kozlov, aka Nice Drago, whose face showed more fun than his quotes. “I’m very excited with everybody else.”

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Hawks Grow Up

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

“At the end of the game, the last five minutes, I’ve never been in a building that I’ve heard so loud,” said Adam Burish, who scored a third-period goal. “I’ve been to concerts, sporting events—there’s nothing I’ve experienced as loud as that.

“We couldn’t hear what coach (Joel Quenneville) was saying. Guys were relaying it. It was like a game of telephone on the bench. Guys were relaying what he was saying all the way down the bench. There was a time when they were playing some kind of loud rock music. You couldn’t even hear what song was playing. It was pretty cool.”

The Hawks are going to the conference finals for the first time since 1995, and it’s hard to overstate what that means for a franchise that was all but dead until the last few seasons. But suddenly, on the wings of a young roster and a marketing plan that brought the franchise into the 20th Century (yes, I know it’s the 21st), the Hawks will soon be one of the four teams left in the NHL playoffs.

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Finish It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dan Cleary said it yesterday,
Khan(!)

“You have to put a foot on their throat…”

Close.

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IIHF Talks Tough

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The International Ice Hockey Federation announced what appear to be tough new rules to deal with players who are under contract in one league and jump to another league.  They have announced the played would be banned from playing for four to six months, the player would be banned from international competition for one to three years and the offending club would be banned from the transfer market for three to 24 months.  These rules do not come into place for over a year (June 1st, 2010) which is after the 2010 Olympics. 

That means that these rules will not be in effect this summer - meaning there may be disputed player transfers this summer as there were last summer.  These rules also seem unenforceable.  The IIHF was unable to do anything when Alexander Radulov jumped from the Nashville Predators of the NHL to Ufa Salavat Yulayev in the KHL.  They were unable to prevent him from playing.  Why do they think they can prevent players like him starting in 2010?

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Chicago In The Western Conference Finals

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Lead by the youngsters Patrick Kane (3 goals) and Jonathan Toews (2 goals), the Blackhawks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 7-5.

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Capitals Finally Get An OT Win - Force Game 7

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David Steckel deflects a shot from Brooks Laich and we move on to game 7 in Washington.

One more thing, Bruce Boudreau needs to bet some better collar stays to prevent his shirt collar from pointing upwards.

added 10:44pm, Game highlights via Versus can be watched below…

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Watching Hockey In Canada

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

That was a heck of a hockey game NBC missed Saturday afternoon, though there won’t be any tears shed at peacock headquarters. Even though The Messiah Tiger Woods wasn’t at the top of the leaderboard at The Players championship, NBC still drew a 2.8 rating for golf on Saturday and a 3.4 on Sunday.

In Gary Bettman’s most vivid dreams, the NHL gets those kinds of ratings. In reality, hockey’s high water mark this playoff season on NBC is 1.4.

On this side of the border, hockey dominates everything as it always does. But there will be a lot of tight collars at the CBC if the Vancouver Canucks join the rest of Canada’s NHL entities on the golf courses of North America after tonight. The Canucks are driving ratings, but the rest of the field isn’t doing much to stir Canadian interest.

Saturday’s Washington-Pittsburgh game, in the prime Hockey Night In Canada slot, drew 1.37 million viewers. That’s a strong number, but a little more than 100,000 above what CBC draws during the regular season. You’d think a playoff game involving the league’s biggest stars in a series that has been nothing short of magnificent would do better.

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