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Tocchet Not Happy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

...But it wasn’t so much the loss that bugged the coach as Tampa Bay’s inability to generate outrage at a Senators team Tocchet said was challenging the Lightning physically.

“I’m just from the old school. When you get pushed around, you have to push back,” Tocchet said. “We’re accepting when guys on the other team are agitating and making a push. We need guys to push back. I’m not talking about dropping the gloves, just playing good, clean, tough hockey. Be abrasive. We need abrasive players on this team. We need guys lively on the bench, not just sitting there.”

It was all very evened and measured. But Tocchet showed his anger when he argued with referee Brian Pochmara late in the game after Lightning forward Ryan Craig was given two minutes for cross-checking Ottawa agitator Jarkko Ruutu across the chest and breaking his stick in the process. Ruutu got nothing despite going to his knees to avoid Craig’s check and sliding into Craig’s knees, both of which had surgeries.

“I just thought it was not professional,” Tocchet said. “I have a suit on, I can’t do anything about it. I wish I didn’t have a suit on.”

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  Tags: rick+tocchet

Would The Blackhawks Prefer To Play Calgary?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles and the Chicago Daily-Herald,

After what happened Sunday night at the United Center, you’ve got to wonder if it would be better for the Hawks to face Calgary in the first round of the playoffs than Vancouver.

The Canucks can be a physical, nasty team with a more complete defense than Calgary, a more intimidating goalie in Roberto Luongo and a more dangerous top line with the Sedins and Alex Burrows.

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Watching Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This is the night at the Garden on which to focus on the big picture of playoff implications without ever allowing your vision to stray far from Brodeur’s crease whenever Avery is on the ice.

This is the night to keep your eyes on Bobby Holik if he’s on the ice with Avery, to keep your eyes on Lundqvist’s crease if the Devils choose to respond indirectly against Public Enemy No. 1, to keep your eyes on the officials, whose handling of their professional duties will come under strict scrutiny.

This, as always, is the night to keep your eyes on Avery, who has been Mr. Mxyzptlk to Brodeur’s Superman from the moment he joined the Battle of the Hudson on Feb. 6, 2007 and turned it into his own comic strip.

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The Blues Are Back?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One story that has been recently mentioned by James Mirtle and Tom Benjamin is that the St Louis Blues have been playing well lately.  Despite a poor start that left them in last place in the West Conference at the end of 2008, with a 14-23 record (3 losses counted as regulation ties), the Blues are back in the playoff race.  They are currently in eighth place in the West Conference with 83 points.  They would hold a playoff berth by their one point lead over ninth place Anaheim.

A lot of the credit for their success goes to coach Andy Murray.  He has done a great job with a young bunch of players who suffered through a lot of injuries this season.

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Erat Out With Fractured Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At the bottom of the today’s game recap at NashvillePredators.com, Nashville coach Barry Trotz said Martin Erat suffered a fractured leg when he took a Shea Weber shot in the leg.

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  Tags: martin+erat

Dustin Byfuglien Delivers A Shot To Luongo…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Then. the fights broke out.

Canucks went on to shutout the Blackhawks 4-0.

You can checkout the boxscore at TSN for all the penalties.

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  Tags: dustin+byfuglien, roberto+luongo

A Shot At The Flyers Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve at Puck The Media,

This is Jack Edwards’ call during the Bruins-Flyers game on NESN Sunday.  It is simply the craziest thing we have ever heard in our lives.  It’s pretty unprofessional, whether or not it’s him being a homer.  But it’s still one of the most awesome soundbites of the 2008-09 NHL season.

continue to watch the video…

added 9:00am on 3/30/09, I have added an HD version of the video below…

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  Tags: jack+edwards

Well…It’s a Go Green Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Unbelievable.  MSU to the Final Four at Ford’s Field.

And we’ve got a hockey game to deal with.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Just look at the standings. [Friday’s] game was a huge two points for us and it set this game up in Chicago. We see where we are in the standings. We see the battle we’re in with Calgary and Chicago and even Columbus. We see how huge this game is.”

-Mats Sundin of the Vancouver Canucks talking about today’s game against Chicago.  More on the Canucks from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

It Could Happen To Anyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

A day or two after the 45-year-old (Natasha) Richardson died as the result of a seemingly minor blow to her head in a skiing fall in Quebec, Bruins players Andrew Ference, Dennis Wideman, Chuck Kobasew and Matt Hunwick were carpooling into practice - and talking about the Richardson tragedy and its meaning to them.

The frightening part, of course, is the delayed reaction aspect of the “epidural hematoma,” or bleeding into the space between the brain and skull. Initially, the victim feels fine and believes nothing is wrong. But as the blood fills the space, pressure on the brain builds and it will eventually be damaged - often fatally.

Imagine how easily that scenario could play out for a hockey player. They get a good whack on the head, sit on the bench for a shift or two, and then tell the coach they’re OK to play.

“It probably happens once almost every game,” Ference said. “It shows how thin the line is between tragedy and nothing.”

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