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Canadiens Stop Playing, Laraque Starts Blogging

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from GeorgesLaraque.com,

Hi everyone, I’m pleased to finally launch my new website.  I know it took a while, but I will make sure it’s updated regularly and that my blog has new entries on a weekly basis.  This site will be a way for me to share a bit of information about myself with you my fans.


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Avery Responds To Not Playing In Game 5

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I totally stand behind what Torts did,” said Avery, who took two mindless penalties in the final 10 minutes of the Rangers’ 2-1 Game 4 victory. “The team comes first.

“I made a mistake. I took two bad penalties. I put the game in jeopardy. It wasn’t something I did intentionally, but that’s no excuse. I did it.

“I realize that Torts is making me a better player. The team always comes first. I’ll do anything for these guys. No one feels worse than me at this point.”


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‘Tough Guy’ Caps Fan Gets Into It With Tortorella

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

John Tortorella faces disciplinary action from the NHL after throwing a water bottle from the Rangers’ bench into the stands at 6:33 of the third period of last night’s Game 5, 4-0 defeat to the Caps.

The head coach, who would not answer questions about the incident, could be suspended by commissioner Gary Bettman for tomorrow afternoon’s Game 6 at the Garden. The Rangers’ public relations representative threatened to end last night’s postgame press conference if questions on the subject continued.

Tortorella, who may have thought he had been doused by a beer or spat upon during a television timeout, wheeled toward the stands and threw a bottle over the high glass protecting the bench.

continued and Puck Daddy has some video of the water bottle toss.

note: original post date was 4/24/09 at 9:42pm

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San Jose’s Disappearing Offence

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the stories of the first round of the playoffs has been the struggles of the President’s Trophy winning San Jose Sharks.  They are currently losing to the Anaheim Ducks three games to one.  The main reason for this is that the San Jose offence has not succeeded in the playoffs this year.  The Sharks have only six goals in four playoff games and have been shut out twice.  The Sharks only have three goals from their forwards in four games.  Ryane Clowe, Jonathan Cheechoo and Patrick Marleau have each scored one goal each.  No other forwards have goals.  Obviously that isn’t good enough.

A lot of the blame for this is being placed upon the shoulders of Joe Thornton.  Thornton is the team’s regular season top scorer and while he has two assists, he has no goals in these playoffs.  He has no history of successful playoff runs in his past.  In his career he has never made it beyond the second round.

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Former Flyers Draft Pick Arrested For Murdering A Referee

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via the IIHF,

KOSICE, Slovakia – Kosice police arrested 23-year-old forward Ladislav Scurko on Thursday. The Slovakian player is suspected of murder and has confessed to it, the police announced at a press conference on Friday.

Scurko is suspected of having killed referee Marek Liptaj with 14 knife stabs in January 2008 at a highway roadhouse. The corpse, buried in a forest, was discovered in December 2008.

The police didn’t reveal the motives for the crime, but announced that Scurko will face a jail sentence of 15 to 20 years.

The 2004 sixth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers played for his hometown club, Spisska Nova Ves, and the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds before beginning his professional career with HC Kosice of the Slovakian Extraliga. He won the league title with his club earlier this spring.

Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and Takng Note has some information on this too.

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Carolina Plans To Keep Shooting At Brodeur

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from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,

Forty-four saves by Martin Brodeur in Game 5? Bravo, says Hurricanes defenceman Joe Corvo.

But ...

“He played well last night,” Corvo said Friday. “On the other hand, I think a lot of pucks just hit him and he had no clue where they were. Just keep getting a lot of shots on him and eventually they’ll go in. I think Cam played just as good as or better than Marty yesterday.”

Corvo did say this about the series: “It’s been exciting, I’ll tell you that much. It hasn’t been boring.”


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Philadelphia Scout To The Rescue

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

John Chapman doesn’t skate, coach or handle a puck but the Philadelphia Flyers scout made the save of the Stanley Cup playoffs earlier this week.

All he did was rescue a mother and her two-month-old baby girl from drowning in a Calgary pond prior to attending Game 3 of the Flames-Chicago Blackhawks series.

The incident occurred last Monday afternoon, when Chapman stopped to visit his daughter in the southeast neighbourhood of MacKenzie Towne and take his faithful Labrador, Bailey, for a romp next to one of the community’s retention ponds.

Along the way, Chapman met a mother who was walking with her young son while pushing her two-month-old daughter in a stroller. The woman went to pet Chapman’s dog when she accidentally let go of the stroller then watched in horror as it rolled down a steep incline towards the pond, which was no longer frozen over.


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Another Highlight Goal From Ovechkin Tonight

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added 9:48pm, Watch the Versus feed of the goal below…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Bring The Game To You In HD (HNIC)

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from Graeme Hamiton of the National Post,

It was midway through the second period of Wednesday’s Montreal-Boston game and the Canadiens were on a power play, trying to claw back from a 2-1 deficit. More than one million people across the country were watching on TV, wondering whether the Canadiens could avoid playoff elimination.

The action on the ice was furious, but things were equally hectic within the Bell Centre. Inside the Hockey Night in Canada production trailer, producer Doug Walton and director John Szpala sat in front of a wall of 22 monitors that showed the play from all angles. It was their job, with a crew of about 40 technicians, cameramen and announcers, to transform on the fly the jumble of images into a seamless broadcast.

“Ready seven. Seven,” Mr. Szpala said, instructing a technician to take the feed from camera seven, giving viewers a close-up of Montreal’s Alex Kovalev losing a puck battle against Boston’s Zdeno Chara. “Ready two. Two.”

continued & check out the graphic setup too…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Each team has five (to seven) players they rely on more than others.  If our core can raise their game, we’ll be fine. The best players have to be the best players.”

“Right now, our character is being questioned and our job is to prove people wrong.”

-San Jose coach Todd McLellan.  More on the Sharks at SanJoseSharks.com.

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