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Chicago Fans Get Their Wish

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Late in the Blackhawks’ victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night, fans at the United Center started a derisive chant about the Detroit Red Wings.

They are going to get their chance to continue it as the Wings advanced to the conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their semifinal series Thursday night….

“Detroit is arguably the best team in the league,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Coming off winning the Cup they know what it’s like to win and play in big games. They have several high-end offensive guys. They have maybe the best player in the league in [ Nicklas] Lidstrom on the back end. They’re strong and very explosive. Seems like every game we played them this year there were a lot of goals scored. There’s a lot to be concerned with.”

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Redemption

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Much more to be said tomorrow.

But just for tonite?  2007 is over and done with.  Despite some of the absolute worst officiating in NHL playoff history?  The dynasty survives.

And Al Balderas?  I’ve got a few things for you tomorrow.

Hey 19?  8 to 12.

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Wings Win A Thriller 4-3, Move On To Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 10:13pm, Game highlights from Versus added below the Cleary goal video….


Playoff hockey they way it is meant to be played.

Chicago next up for the Wings.

added 9:58pm, Not the best of video, but here is Dan Cleary’s winning goal late in the 3rd period.  Ron & Don on HNIC after the game questioned if it was goalie interference on Cleary, knocking Hiller’s pad to push the puck in the goal.

 

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When You Just Don’t Seem To Have As Much To Lose…You Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This blog has never been one for casual Wing fans, or for “fans of the game.”

It just isn’t.  We’re too juvenile and offensive for the elitists who frequent the high-brow bloggers. You know who they are.  We’re too partial to one team so we get the emails from those who think this is the main page.  They ask how we can be so blatant in our favoritism.

Then someone reminds them of what “Abel to Yzerman” might mean, that it’s a page dedicated to one specific team.  And so they leave, quietly usually.

And we dig that.

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Memorial Cup On NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (May 14, 2009)—NHL Network today announced it is the U.S. national rightsholder for the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year, signaling the network’s commitment to showcasing premiere junior hockey events. NHL Network broadcasts of the storied championship of the Canadian Hockey League begin Friday, May 15.

The tournament features the champions of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), plus the host team Rimouski Oceanic.

All games will be shown in high definition and feature a number of NHL Central Scouting ranked players including:

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Capitals Sign Gustafsson

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Anton Gustafsson, their first-round choice, 21st overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gustafsson, 19, is a 6’2”, 194-pound native of Karlskoga, Sweden, who spent most of this season with Bofors IK of Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan league, recording 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 25 games. He also played for his junior team, Frolunda, and recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in five playoff games.

Gustafsson’s father, Bengt, played 629 games for Washington from 1979-89, recording 555 points (169 goals, 359 assists). He ranks fifth all-time in Capitals points and goals and sixth in assists.

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Chelios & His Mob Friends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arash Markazi of Sports Illustrated,

Then again, Chelios isn’t you’re average 47-year-old NHL defenseman. He’s the ringleader of the “Malibu Mob,” an exclusive gang of athletes and celebrities that live in Malibu and hang out together during the summer. The Mob currently includes John Cusack, John McEnroe, Tony Danza, John C. McGinley, D.B. Sweeney, Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece.

“I’m going to take credit for the name,” said Chelios. “Tony Danza and myself were the original two guys that came up with that and, slowly but surely, we built a little clan with most being Irish. It’s a cool thing. We are like a mob. We travel in a pack whether it’s for sports or dinners or family outings we’re all together for two months out of the years.”

The name actually arose because Chellios would constantly point to the fact that most everyone in the group was Irish and that it was like hanging with the “Irish Mob” even though they would usually meet at Taverna Tony, a famous Greek restaurant in Malibu.

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Feeling The Pressure Detroit?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

While fans of the Red Wings have legitimate reasons to be proud of their team, 11 Stanley Cups doesn’t give them the right to talk out of their backsides….

Rest assured, a Detroit victory Thursday will have all the myopic fans breathing easy — perhaps a few will say they knew it would work out this way all along. But a Game 7 loss at Joe Louis Arena could be devastating. How could the flawless Red Wings lose to a team from (gasp) Southern California?

What will these people do? Go watch the Tigers and Lions?

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Trying To Buy A Hockey Team

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

“I’ve spent well over five years on this and more millions than anyone will know,” said Balsillie, who spent an hour Thursday with writers and editors of the Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator. “It started out as fun, but segued right into who I really am.”

Balsillie made no apologies for trying to purchase the Coyotes and move them to Hamilton through bankruptcy proceedings, after being rebuffed twice in his efforts to buy other teams.

“There was no front door to get this team here. I looked. I checked every which way. I’m so inside in every which way. I know a lot of these owners,” said Balsillie.

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Draper A Game Time Decisioon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

“I’m preparing that I’m going to play,” said Draper, who hasn’t been in action since April 9 against the Nashville Predators. “When the docs come in, hopefully I get that green light. That’s what my preparation’s going to be. I hope to be a part of it (Thursday).”...

Team physicians will determine before the game whether Draper is ready to play. Then, it will be up to coach Mike Babcock to write Draper’s name on the lineup card. On Thursday morning, though, Babcock wasn’t prepared to answer the question as to whether Draper will dress.

“I don’t make those decisions,” Babcock said. “When the doctor makes those decisions at game time, then I can get involved. I said to Nick Lidstrom last night, how many (Game 7s) has he played in, and he said, ‘Four, maybe five.’ It’s an unbelievable opportunity and should be a lot of fun, so Draper probably wants to play and I don’t blame him.”

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