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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 6: Red Wings (3-2) at Ducks (2-3)  (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

There is an O-6 opponent waiting in the Wings, a mere 280 miles from the JLA.  The absurd division that Little Gary built may finally do a service for DET.  The Wings need to take just one more step.  I wish I had more time to find the stats (work just sucks the next few days, apologies for the GDT light), but I know that I recently read something about how well DET closes out series on the road.  Let us all hope that tonight is just one more example of the Wings Road Warrior abilities.  Perhaps some good news, Rafalski may actually play tonight, and Big Rig is probable.

Tonight, The Train keeps a Rollin All Night Long, see you on the Hasek, Bitches.

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Luongo Feels He Let His Team Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo blamed himself for the demise of Canada’s last club in the Stanley Cup playoffs last night.

The Canucks’ captain, considered one of the game’s premier goalies, couldn’t stop enough pucks to force a deciding seventh game against the young and restless Chicago Blackhawks, a team that battled back to overcome two separate one-goal disadvantages to take the six-game series with a madcap but entertaining 7-5 victory.

“I let my teammates down,” said a choked-up Luongo, who cut short his postgame interview because his emotions were getting the best of him.

“It was pretty wide open, but I had to make the saves.”


added 8:14am, Video of Luongo with the media after the game…

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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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,

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


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IIHF Talks Tough

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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