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The Top Players In Vancouver Have Appeared

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Less than a week ago, favored Vancouver was down 2-1 in its first-round series with Los Angeles and Canucks fans jammed radio phone lines and Internet message boards with calamitous rants.

In the middle of the near hysteria and panic from a city that has had its heart broken too many times by this hockey team over four decades, there stood Alain Vigneault. Like a man yawning in the middle of a tornado, the Canucks coach calmly and confidently predicted his key players would raise their games and the Canucks would be fine.

And, of course, that’s exactly what happened. Now, Vancouver is hoping to wrap up its first-round series tonight with a road win over Los Angeles. The Canucks lead the series 3-2.

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No Suspension For Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:

“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate.”

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We Have Our First Game 7 Of The Conference Quarterfinals- Detroit vs. Phoenix On Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Early poll voting starts…

What team wins?

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Not Liking The Reference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,

While discussing the superb play of Mikael Samuelsson on TSN’s hockey panel this morning, Darren Pang made a qualifying remark along the lines of, sure, Samuelsson benefits from “playing with the Twinkies.”

There are a lot of urban-slang definitions of Twinky, none redeeming.

The real deal, as such, is the small sponge cake with the fake cream filling.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin spongy? Soft on the inside? Fake?...

What’s sad is you might expect a talking head from the East to still call the Sedins sissy names, but Pang has broadcast experience with the Coyotes and Blues, and must have seen the physical pounding the Sedins regularly take without batting an eye, let alone missing any games.

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added 4:31pm, via a Darren Pang tweet,

Hey Vancouver fans, meant nothing by the “Twinkies” comment on the Sedins. No one has more respect than I do. It is term used for Twins.

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Norris Trophy Candidate Has Slow Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

If you had been reading media reports and not watching games, it would be easy to assume that this post is about Mike Green (Steve Simmons is one of his more high profile detractors).  Mike Green has not been a superstar in the playoffs yet.  In five games he has two points.  He leads Washington in playing time and has been playing against tougher competition than he did in the regular season - largely due to the development of rookie John Carlson - who is taking so of the defensively easy minutes.  Green has been a solid defenceman so far this playoff, but he has not been spectacular yet.

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It’s A Skate To The Throat Kind of Sunday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve never tried to hide what Game 7s do to me.  They make me a wreck, nothing but a shadow of the calm, composed, well adjusted adult I am on most other days.

For fans of other teams, with expectations much lower than ours?  A Game 7 can mean opportunity, a new way of life even.  If they win, oh the rapture. 

Us? All we imagine is horror.

So let’s avoid that shall we?

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Sunday Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Detroit GM Ken Holland will be saying goodbye to Jason Williams ($1.5 million), Kirk Maltby ($833,000) and Brad May ($482,000) to fit in Jiri Hudler’s $2.87-million salary cap hit next season. Every time I see Hudler, who’s on his way back from Moscow Dynamo, I remember Edmonton scout Frank Musil pleading with the Oilers to take the Czech kid in the first round of the 2002 draft, but back then they weren’t into small forwards. Hudler lasted until No. 58.

• It’s interesting that Norris Trophy finalist Mike Green wasn’t on the ice on the last shift as the Washington Capitals tried to get the tying goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Rookie John Carlson got the call instead.

• The more I watch the Caps, the more I think they should offer Tomas Fleischman or Eric Fehr and a draft pick to the Calgary Flames for Robyn Regehr….

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Also from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Pavelski saved the Sharks with his goal in the last 40 seconds to send Game 2 to overtime, leading to linemate Devin Setoguchi’s winner, and he ripped the OT winner past Craig Anderson in Game 4.

Meanwhile, Jumbo Joe Thornton amazingly looks like Little Joe. How does this happen so many times in the playoffs? The man has scored almost 1,000 regular-season points and he’s only 31.

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GDT - WC Quarterfinals, Game 6: Red Wings (3-2) host ‘Yotes (2-3)  (2:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Matinee at the Joe today.  Wings have a chance to win this series, and Unce Mike does not want to go back to PHX:  “You don’t want to give them any life whatsoever. They got a good team and good goaltending. We’d hate to tempt fate and have to come back (to Phoenix) and win three games on the road.’’  I say, Amen to that. 

This is the Wings chance to deliver, Under Pressure.  If there was ever a time DET’s playoff experience comes to the fore, it should be today. Game On(!), Bitches.

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Ted’s Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I started my day at a local bank ATM machine. I needed some cash for the weekend and then the trip to Montreal on Monday. As I was withdrawing cash a couple stood behind me. They were in their late 60’s, I believe. As I got the cash, I turned and the lovely older woman said to me, “Hi Ted. NBC Baby - NBC.”

I said, ”NBC?”

She said, “Nothing But Cup baby. Nothing but the Cup. What happened to you guys last night?” I smiled. We made some small talk and I left.

Next up was my local Blockbuster. As I entered a friend grabbed my arm and said, “Don’t choke - don’t blow it.” I said, “Thanks. With friends like you, who needs enemies?”

I then picked up a few films and at checkout the woman standing in front of me said, “What is up with your team man? That was some poor performance. I thought you guys looked tired and scared last night.” I said thank you and took my films and left.

I then went to get a pedicure.

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Shane O’Brien Discusses His ‘Clown’ Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

O’Brien raised his index finger and gestured to the crowd, palms up, as if to request more applause for his pugilistic feats. Kings Coach Terry Murray criticized him and called him a clown. O’Brien’s employers reportedly didn’t like it much, either, and called him in for a chat before he spoke to the media in Vancouver on Saturday.

“I wasn’t trying to show anybody up or anything like people keeping saying and talking about,” he told reporters in Vancouver before the Canucks flew to Los Angeles. “It was a big game, there was some emotion, the crowd was standing and next thing I know I was raising my hands in the air.

“It was probably a little immature and uncalled for, but at the same time, I don’t know, for those of you out there who have been in a fight sometimes you don’t think before you act—I’m pretty good at that. I’ve got to start thinking before I do stuff. I’ve done a lot worse in my life.”

He also complimented the Kings’ coach.

read on and watch the video of the fight if you missed it earlier…

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