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Wings = Sharks?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Babcock, like San Jose coach Todd McLellan, is staying the course in attempting to break through offensively.

“We’re getting to the net, but we’re not getting second chances,” Babcock said.

“When you’re shooting the puck and you’ve got people at the net, I’m a big believer, over time, that you’re going to get a tip that goes in, or you’re going to get a rebound that comes to you eventually. Right now, that’s not happening, but that’s just part of the process. Stay with it, things will go your way.”

Of course, San Jose stayed with it, and things went all the way to an early vacation.


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Time Killers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1154 EST with a shocking look at what Shark fans do every May and the return to A2Y of one Terry Foster.

A few ditties to help you pass the time. We’ll add to these as the day goes by, so check back from time to time.  Hey. How about his game for the family?  I like to call it “reasons to despise Gary Bettman.”  Ready? I knew you were.

From Snapshots,

The Red Wings-Ducks TV schedule admittedly has confused me, and I’m supposed to know about these things, so, for the record: tonight’s game airs on Versus and only Versus in the United States, and TSN and only TSN in Canada.

Also from a Snapshots pointer…


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A Look At Ken Holland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

It is, he said, “an unreal life. A dream life. I can remember when I was 12, 13, 14, we had this garage. I don’t know what you call it—you drive in, it had pillars.”

A carport?

“Yeah, a carport. And it was yellow. I would sit out there by the hours. I had 10-15 tennis balls, just slapping them. My mom would scream from the window because every time I missed the net, there was the tennis ball mark.

“My mom would go out—probably she should’ve sent me to clean it—but my mom was an eager beaver. She loved to clean. She’d be wiping down all these tennis ball marks. Next day I’m out there pounding tennis balls, and I’m pretending I’m this one ... I’m that one, and all of sudden you wake up one day and you’ve spent your whole career in hockey.”


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  Tags: ken+holland

Leading The Charge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Great to see the country’s “national newspaper” has taken on the task of being the propaganda arm for Jim Balsillie. Normally businessmen of that stature have to pay for such services.

The way that media outlet talks it is as though southern Ontario hockey fans are some great oppressed people straining under the rule of the tyrant Bettman, with the liberator Balsillie prepared to set them free. Guess the NHL commissioner’s trips to Calgary and Edmonton in recent months to push for new arenas to support NHL teams in those cities was also about somehow denying Canadians their national birthright.

And here I was just thinking it was about the business of hockey.


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3-1 Or 2-2 After Tonight

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Will the Ducks and/or the Canucks go up 3-1 tonight?


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Don’t Waste This

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Time for bluntness: losing this series would be worse than ‘06, worse than ‘03, even worse than losing to these cheating scumbags in 2007.  This would be the biggest waste of talent in NHL history.  This would be the most heinous missed opportunity we’ve ever seen.

Dynasties don’t lose to one-line (plus Selanne) teams.  Dynasties don’t lose to a Swiss boy, a forest myth and a deadhead. 

And Marian Hossa didn’t sign for 5 bucks to lose to this team, in this round.

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Images Of Luongo

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

In the United Center crowd the other night, a couple of intrepid fans – crashing the Blackhawks’ party – were seen hoisting Roberto Luongo-cum-Jesus Christ posters.

“Luongo Saves!”

Informed about this, the Vancouver goaltender lifts his eyes upward in an altogether doleful Messianic expression. “Must be because of my looks, not because of my play.”

Well, there is that.

It is perhaps to Luongo’s misfortune that he does so eerily resemble Christ, at least as portrayed by artists through the ages: the long, mournful face, the dark shoulder-length tresses, an appearance of suffering. A Vancouver artist actually rendered Luongo-as-Christ in a painting this year, which was not well received by serious religionists.

The flip side is a hint of satanic features in the visage, a bit of Charles Manson.

As saviour, however, the metaphor is rich.


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The Top Story On CBC News - The Phoenix Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Wings Plan More Of The Same

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks have been outshot in each of their nine playoff games and by 375-249 overall, including 145-93 by Detroit. That they upset San Jose in six games and hold a 2-1 edge entering Game 4 tonight at the Honda Center is a tribute to Hiller, but the escalating quality of Detroit’s late shots makes the Ducks’ high-wire act appear ever more precarious.

The Red Wings believe the Ducks are due for a fall.

“When you’re shooting the puck and you’ve got people at the net, I’m a big believer over time you’re going to get a tip that goes in or you’re going to get a rebound that comes to you eventually,” Detroit Coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday.

“Right now that’s not happening, but it’s a process. Stay with it.”

Marian Hossa, whose apparent tying goal was disallowed during the Red Wings’ 18-shot third period Tuesday, credited the Ducks’ defense for limiting rebounds but said that won’t last forever. The Ducks have been outshot in the third period in eight of nine playoff games and in this series have been outshot, 80-34, after the second period.

“There’s lots of loose pucks and we have to keep after them,” Hossa said, “and sooner or later rebounds are going to come to us and we’re going to put it in.”


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The NHL Is Selling The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Many have marvelled this week at the terrific playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, and with good reason.

There are stars and characters galore on these two entertaining, well-managed and well-coached teams, and clearly these are two cities which are passionately behind their clubs.

But if the same logic had been applied to the Caps and Penguins a few years ago that many are now urging must be applied to the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, neither team would be in their current city.

Would the NHL be better for it? Probably not.

Folks, this is why it’s important during this ongoing debate over the future of the Coyotes not to be distracted by extraneous, irrelevant issues.

This, you see, isn’t about popularity contests between Gary Bettman and Jim Balsillie or meaningless website gimmicks….

This is about a business, the NHL, that sells professional hockey. So let’s get a few facts straight.

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