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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

“I’m biting my tongue here,’’ Keenan said after Game 2.

That didn’t sit well with Sharks coach Ron Wilson, who has long argued against a more relaxed standard of officiating in the postseason.

“The playoffs are an extension of the regular season, and we play by the same rules,’’ Wilson said Friday. “There’s not a red rulebook for the playoffs and a white one for the regular season.’‘

All in all, it’s been a virtuoso performance by two of the NHL’s top bench bosses and media agitators. Both are experts with pungent sound bites and jabbing comments to their players as well.

“They both have their thick books of things they say,’’ Roenick said. “At times, I’d like to put earplugs in my ears on the bench, but they both do it because they’re passionate about the game.’‘

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, mike+keenan, ron+wilson

Nieuwendyk Leaves Florida Organization

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

Just got off the phone with Joe Nieuwendyk who resigned from his post with the Panthers on Wednesday….

Today, Joe was nothing but complimentary about the Panthers. Here are some of the things Joe told me today. As always, more tomorrow in The Herald…

“It’s true I have decided not to return next season. I’m going to step back and decide what me and the wife are going to do. There are some personal reasons involved. I’m not going to comment about a blog that says I’m not happy with Jacques. These guys gave me an opportunity to stay in hockey. I’ll always appreciate that….”

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  Tags: joe+nieuwendyk

Mapping Ovechkin vs Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

ESPN had a poll up earlier today, asking the question: “Who are you going to watch Friday night?”

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Results are below, including a map pinpointing the origin of the results.  Find out if your part of the country is more hyped for Crosby or AO.

 

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Richards A Key Player In Flyers/Capitals Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

For Philadelphia to beat Washington, Richards has to be the engine that drives the Flyers.

Certainly it’s important for Martin Biron to outplay Cristobal Huet in the nets; for Daniel Briere to be healthy and produce points; for the entire team to – as much as possible – clog the gears of the Russian tank known as Ovechkin.

But Richards embodies – albeit internally for the most part – that great fighting Philly spirit that must be unleashed to combat the assault Ovie is going to lay on the Flyers.

Richards, despite his modest size, is physical. He’s smart. Skilled. And most of all, he lives for this stuff.

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  Tags: mike+richards

Jason Smith Expected Back Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

Jason Smith did not take the morning skate but rode a bike and says he will play. Randy Jones still has a bit of the flu but skated and remains a pre-game decision. Philadelphia head coach John Stevens expects Jones to play, as well.

Steve Downie out with the flu. Believe he did not make the trip.

more pre-game notes on the Flyers

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  Tags: jason+smith, randy+jones, steve+downie

Nichol Out With Broken Thumb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tennessean,

Predators center Scott Nichol has a broken left thumb, is scheduled to undergo surgery this afternoon in Nashville and will miss at least the remainder of the Predators-Red Wings playoff series.

He’s expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks.

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  Tags: scott+nichol

Please Forward To Blues Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s almost too incredible to believe, but—yes—there are fans of other teams out there who aren’t fond of you, or the Wings.  When you have the opportunity, you may want to send them this little ditty, as a reminder that the past, present and the future look a lot alike

It’s going to be a long time before the Wings fail to crack the top eight in the Western Conference or even fall to the point where they don’t own home-ice advantage in the first round.

The team simply mines too many golden nuggets from the latter part of the draft, which is usually barren ground for other clubs (for some teams, anything beyond the first round is a total crap shoot).

 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Blue Notes at Newsday,

Asked what it would mean to go up 2-0 tonight, Renney said: “Everything. That’s why we’re gonna come out and play hard. We have to understand that continued patience and poise and the ability to weather the storm on the road is important. We did that the other night very well, all things considered. We want to do that again tonight and be more proactive with our own attack.”

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  Tags: tom+renney

Crosby Or Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at NBC Sports,

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. The two best players in the NHL and in a real treat for hockey fans they’re both part of this year’s playoffs. Their careers are in their infancy and will forever be the subject of comparison and debate. The test of time may or may not definitely answer which one was greater.

As for the present, it’s fun asking which would be the choice if one were starting a team from scratch?

If in reality such a decision had to made, it would be the greatest can’t-lose proposition in the history of hockey. The possibility of being wrong would not exist.

continued

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Unhappy in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From BostonNow,

The Boston “sniurB’s” are not a playoff hockey team. They only made the playoffs because in a league of mediocrity at best - everyone else was pathetically worse.

Tim Thomas - nice guy I’m sure and a really nice story. But please, tell me on what other team in the NHL would he be a number-one goaltender? At 34 years old he’s your future?

Zdeno Chara - not a captain. He as much a captain as Joe Thornton or Jason Allison were - both bolted town. OK, Jumbo Joe got traded. But guess what, if he got his chance, he was out of here.

Glenn Murray and Marco Sturm - the Golden Oldie’s twins.

Glen Metropolit - HuH??

more from an entertaining—and seriously fed-up—Bruins fan.
(*or, umm, “sniurB’s fan)

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