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No Doubt About Francis’ Loyalties

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From USA Today,

“We had a lot of fun with those Cup teams in the early ‘90s,” says (Ron) Francis, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame two years ago. “Sometimes I’ve had to remind myself why I am here. I’m coaching the opposition, and I have a job to do. Your focus has to be there.”

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Science Tells Us The Wing PK Still Sucks

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via MLive,

Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper took note of his team’s 71.7 percent success rate on the penalty kill in the playoffs and said it was not an illusion.

“It is that bad,” Draper said.

The Red Wings have allowed at least one power-play goal in 11 consecutive playoff games, the longest streak in franchise history. It has been 20 years since a team (Pittsburgh) had that long a streak in one postseason, according to STATS.

More...and a note.  As a Wing blogger, I’m not sure the last time I even brought up the PK.  It’s been so bad for so long that I think we’ve all just accepted it.  It’s almost like some sort of sick inside joke among Wing fans now.

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Pens Blue Line Chipping In

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette,

Orpik and Gill aren’t paid to score goals, on breakaways or any other way. Their job descriptions pretty much start—and finish—with playing physical, defensively sound hockey.

Neither, predictably, has a goal going into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against Carolina at 7:38 tonight at Mellon Arena, but their co-workers have made it easy to overlook that.

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The Mellon House Of Horrors

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From Luke DeCock at the Raleigh News and Observer,

Really, should anyone be surprised the Hurricanes lost not one but two players in Game 1 of this series? It’s rare when they leave the ice at Mellon Arena with everyone intact.

At least three Hurricanes players have left the ice on a stretcher in Pittsburgh since the team moved to North Carolina in 1997, and that doesn’t include Erik Cole, who skated off the ice with a broken neck.

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To Hockeytown And Back In 40 Hours: A Recap’s Coming

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Morning bitches.  I’m back in DC and I’ll have a full recap of the last two days for you at some point today.  Briefly:

—Ty Conklin made himself a hero in the eyes of my 7 year old.  A simple gesture that won’t be forgotten by our family.
—An asswipe DJ in Pittsburgh says the Wings are “living on borrowed time.” Heard that yesterday driving through PA.
—Speaking of PA, every toll booth operator we encountered (about 19 of them) joked with me about wearing a Wing jersey.  They want a rematch.  Badly. 
—Almost ended up in Canada because of construction on 75N.  WTF? 
—Hawk fans in Hockeytown for Game 2…I thought you guys did pretty well. 
—Best sign I saw at the Joe?  “Welcome To A Nightmare On Helm Street”

More on all that later.  For now, you guys know Paul’s under the weather.  A2Y’s taking a backseat in favor of the main page this morning.  Regular juvenilicity will re-commence some time today.

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Playoff MVP So Far

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my watch of the playoff MVP throughout the playoffs I last picked Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals as the Conn Smythe leader, however since he has been eliminated from the playoffs it is time to pick a new leader.  That player is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Crosby leads the playoffs with 12 goals and 22 points.  That gives him a one goal and one point lead over Ovechkin and a one point lead over teammate Evgeni Malkin.

I would argue that Ovechkin has still been a better overall player so far by a small margin and in an equal number of games to Crosby, but it makes no sense to have a Conn Smythe leader who was eliminated in the second round.

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Bad Day Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sorry for the lack of updates today, but I have been in the emergency room since 2:00am.

Regular readers know I have some health issues and I am trying to get things under control.

Need to run, if they catch me typing on my micro pc, they will take it away from me.

Will try to get some updates posted later tonight.

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How Important Is Coaching?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Faux rumors points out that three of the four teams that remain in the playoffs changed coached during the season.  The Chicago Blackhawks began the season with Denis Savard coaching and quickly replaced him with Joel Quenneville, the Carolina Hurricanes replaced coach Peter Laviolette with Paul Maurice and the Pittsburgh Penguins replaced coach Michel Therrien with Dan Bylsma.  Only Detroit has the coach they started the season with, as Mike Babcock remains their coach.

Faux goes on to assume the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy is strong enough in the NHL that there will be many more teams firing coaches next year in an assumption that this coach firing caused their success because it came before it.  He predicts 25-50% of coaches who start next season with a team do not finish the season.

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Gamewrecker…Averted

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I didn’t even see the goal.  I mean, I saw it. It happened right in front of me, but it happened so fast that I didn’t know who scored it until I asked the dude behind me but he was screaming.  So I asked the dude next to him but he was screaming too.  So I watched the celebration and screamed a bit.

I eventually found out, of course.  And sooner or later we’re gonna have to answer this question: what about Sammy?

But not tonite.

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It’s Getting Nasty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

However the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy proceedings go this week, the public scrap has become a zero-sum game for the two sides.

The release of private documents has embarrassed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, lifting the cloak of secrecy he and the league use to keep faltering franchises in line. The guerrilla attempt by Jim Balsillie to buy and relocate the Coyotes’ franchise to Southern Ontario has distanced him from even his most sympathetic supporters within the league.

But with no ceasefire in sight, the sides keep firing away. The release last Sunday of unprecedented Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. commercials supporting Balsillie’s makeitseven.ca website has ratcheted up pressure on the league, portraying it as anti-Canadian and self-serving.

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