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Talking Playoff MVP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

So if the Stanley Cup playoffs ended today because Gary Bettman needed to spend more time working with Jim Balsillie, Sidney Crosby would be the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP, right?

There would be other candidates. If Anaheim can sneak past Detroit tonight Jonas Hiller will start to get mentions. If it goes the other way, you can’t ignore goal-machine Johan Franzen. Should Carolina prevail in Boston tonight Eric Staal will be viewed as a big reason behind the Canes’ third conference final appearance in six years. Chicago? Right now, the list of candidates is too long, with youthful captain Jonathan Toews possibly leading the pack.

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2 Move On, 2 Go Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What two teams will be playing Chicago and Pittsburgh in the Conference Finals?

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The Bruins Are Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Hossa Wants A Game 7 Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Hossa is 0-for-3 in his NHL career playing in Game 7 (all three with Ottawa) and said he was “looking forward to turning it around” and advancing this time. He has no goals and two assists in previous seventh games.

“Other games you have a chance, but this—the series is tied and one game you go home or you go further,” Hossa said shortly after the team landed at Metro Airport on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a huge game. We have to get prepared. You cannot get it in your head.

“It’s an important game, but it’s another game. Just try to win that game because it’s huge.”

Hossa isn’t surprised that the series is coming down to a seventh game. “Both teams are really good and strong and it comes down to the last game,” he said.

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Carolina Prepared For Game 7

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

What’s left to be said? Not a lot. The Hurricanes either win tonight and keep the Stanley Cup in their sights, or they have a bittersweet ending to their season and start facing the speculation about who returns and who won’t for next season.

“It’s Game 7. You want to play in those games,” Staal said. “Obviously, we wanted to finish it off when we could, but it didn’t happen. We look forward to Game 7, look forward to the challenge. You dream of playing in those games growing up as a kid, and it’s going to be fun.”

When they led 3-1 in the series, the Canes talked about theurgency of winning Game 5 andand finishing off the Bruins in Boston.

Now, the common refrain—as if the Canes were trying to convince themselves of it—is that that they gladly would have accepted and embraced a one-game, winner-take-all scenario before the series began against the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

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Who Wants It More

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Detroit winger Dan Cleary claimed the Ducks “took liberties on certain players that aren’t known to fight,” specifically Datsyuk and defenseman Brian Rafalski. The Ducks felt the Red Wings took liberties with Niedermayer, who has absorbed more than a few cross-checks to the back of the neck and his face.

Asked if the emotions will carry over to today’s game, Cleary hedged. “We’ll see,” he said. “We’ve got to be aggressive on them, got to force them to play good defense, got to be physical on Niedermayer, Getzlaf, Perry, these guys. We’ve got to be hard on them, got to hit them.”

First, they have to catch them. The Ducks’ style is to play an up-tempo game with emotion. Passion alone won’t be enough for them to overcome the Red Wings’ superior skill, but it has given them another chance to prolong a season that appeared nearly dead two months ago.

“Those guys are competitors,” Cleary said. “It’s playoffs. We’re trying to battle for every inch of the ice. You’ve just got to want it more Thursday, that’s all.”

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Panic Set In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Imagine losing power at 3:00am this morning and the first thing that comes into your mind is how in the heck am I going to watch the game 7’s tonight?

Thankfully power was restored about ten minutes ago and all is well.

I am sure many of the fans who have teams involved in game 7 tonight are trying to make the hands of the clock spin faster.  It is a day of anticipation, both in a good and bad way and I hope you are dealing with it in the best way you can.

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The Battle Between Crosby & Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Penguins-Capitals was never merely about a tremendous Stanley Cup series showcasing the NHL’s brightest stars going the distance, one full of riveting theater until an abject dud of a Game 7.

No, to the hard-core traditionalists who view most uber-skilled players from overseas as little more than Euro trash, this was about validating their xenophobia.

Sidney Crosby, the quiet farm boy from Nova Scotia, won; his Pittsburgh team is going back to the Eastern Conference finals. Ovechkin, the YouTube demigod who once pretended his stick was on fire after a goal, got his just dessert.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Losing It. Completely.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So. Here’s what I did this morning. Killed about an hour.

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Calder Cup Second Round Review

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The second round of the Calder Cup in the AHL is completed.  Here are the first round results.  Now I will look at the second round.

Providence Bruins defeat Worchester Sharks 4 games to 2  Providence is the Boston Bruins farm club and Worchester is the San Jose Sharks affiliate.  The Sharks were a tough opponent.  They took a 1-0 and 2-.1 lead.  In the end they couldn’t hold off Providence.  Providence was pushed by offensive performances by Martin St Pierre (who is 2nd in playoff scoring), Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka.  Tuukka Rask offered good goaltending.  He has a .943 saves percentage and a 1.72 GAA.  In Worchester, Riley Armstrong and Dan DaSilva led the offence, with Patrick Traverse providing strong defence.  Thomas Greiss was their goaltender.

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