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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

What happened to all of that talk about ending the series in six games? What happened to all of that chatter about taking a Game 7 mentality on the ice for Game 6? The Red Wings spent part of Monday afternoon talking about the danger and unpredictability of Game 7s. As a result, they said, it was vitally important to end the series in six games. Then they went out and got their wings handed to them.

If Tuesday night’s performance was indicative of the Red Wings’ Game 7 mentality, they should have stayed at their Disneyland Resort hotel instead of flying back to Detroit.

As bad as things went on Tuesday, the Red Wings on Wednesday were among the few people on earth who can fly into Detroit and actually enjoy the view.

Can you blame them?

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Next Move Is Up To Radulov

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Asked if Radulov expressed regret for leaving the Predators in a difficult situation last July, Poile paused before answering.

“I think he has a hard time understanding our position when somebody else was offering him an improved situation,’’ Poile said. “Just like I believe that if he wants to come back — regardless of the fact he signed a multiyear contract there — I don’t believe he thinks it’s a problem coming back.’’

Poile told Radulov that if he did return to Nashville, he’d still need to complete his final contracted season at a base salary of $984,000. Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot rework an entry-level deal. Radulov would become a restricted free agent when that deal expires.

“So that’s where we are,’’ Poile said. “It’s up to him to make the next move.’’

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Keys To Victory

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

How Pittsburgh can win

1. Crosby and Malkin … two is bigger than one
The three big boys in this series—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin—have more than delivered the goods, combining for 31 points in the series. But let’s do the math. Can the Caps’ Ovechkin win a game by himself? Yes, he can. But if Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin all bring their A-games Wednesday night, it should give the Penguins an edge, given the additional pressure on the Capitals’ defenders and rookie netminder Simeon Varlamov….

How Washington can win

1. The one-man wrecking crew
Yes, we know it’s a team game, blah, blah, blah. But as much as Crosby has been a dynamic force in driving the Penguins forward and overcoming obstacles, Ovechkin has been the same kind of figure on the other side of the ice.

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Between The Glass Reporters Part Of The Action

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

His Capitals were barely staving off Pittsburgh in Monday’s Game Six overtime struggle. Washington coach Bruce Boudreau suddenly found a TSN microphone jabbed under his chin during a break in the play.

Why is Pittsburgh playing so hard? asked Pierre McGuire.

“They are simply playing their asses off, because they don’t want to go back to Washington,” said an agitated Boudreau, caught up in the emotion of the teams trading leads back and forth.

It was sideline reporting at its most immediate, a jolt of energy that no analyst embedded in a booth high above the ice could ever get. It was also vindication of the broadcasting practice of placing a reporter in between the player benches during the game. Pioneered by Leafs TV and readily adopted by TSN and NBC, ice-level reportage has become a staple of hockey broadcasting in many areas.

“It’s a great innovation,” former TSN president Keith Pelley, now director of broadcasting for the Vancouver Olympics…

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Watching The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Detroit News,

Tuesday night’s Detroit-Anaheim NHL playoff game was the fifth-most watched Red Wings telecast in the 12-year history of Fox Sports Detroit.

The game drew a 13.5 rating in Metro Detroit (260,145 households), making it the most-watched show in the market on Tuesday night. The top four:

1. Red Wings vs. Ducks, Fox Sports Detroit (13.5 rating)

2. American Idol, FOX (13.2)

3. The Biggest Loser, NBC (10.2)

4. Dancing With the Stars, ABC (9.6)

Not bad for a game that started after 10:00pm ET.

 

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Put The Pipe Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That post title is in honor of Axemaster’s description of the 19 in the Live Blog.  Actually, his comment (on page 15, about halfway down) may be some of the best stuff we’ve seen here.  And it describes all 19 of us perfectly.

Here’s a status report on me. I’ve read nothing except for the comments that have come in since around 0400.  I’ve watched nothing. Listened to nothing. I’ll probably watch the game tonite because it’s a Game 7.  But the second they start talking about the Wings, I’ll turn it.

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Easy Question…

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...hard answer.  Who wins tonight?

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Why Luongo Must Go

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

...The irony, then, is that the Canucks will have to trade Luongo in order to build a team that would be good enough to win with Luongo.

Think about it for a minute. It’s now apparent the Canucks have more holes in their lineup than Luongo can fill. Their defence was exposed against the Blackhawks as too slow and too conservative. They need scoring. They could also use more size. And speed.

Trading Luongo would not only bring in some prized assets for the organization, it could free up the capital to make a run at a Jay Bouwmeester and make it easier to sign the Sedins.

Granted, this means turning the goaltending over to young Cory Schneider and a veteran of some description, and that means you won’t get what Luongo gives you on a night-in, night-out basis.

Then again, if the rest of your team is good enough, you won’t need lights-out goaltending every night.

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Datsyuk Needed Now

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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

He needs to step up in Game 7 now the way stars step up in big games, the way Ryan Getzlaf somehow shook off whatever was bugging him the last two games to lead the way Tuesday for Anaheim, the way Hiller shook off being yanked in Game 4 and soundly beaten in Game 5 to stop all but one shot in Game 6 when facing elimination.

Let’s state the obvious. Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are the Yzerman and Shanahan of this team now, and while no one will fault their effort, what counts in a Game 7, the only thing that counts, are results. Johan Franzen has done his part. Chris Osgood is doing his. The defensemen, for the most part, are doing theirs.

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It Ends Tonight

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from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals have had more layers than a Russian novel and nearly as many novel Russians.

Crosby and Ovechkin have been brilliant, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin richly compelling, and the bad blood and political rhetoric have been flowing consistently in just the right dosages, not too bitter, not too mild.

Does it have to end tonight?

Fans of both hockey clubs, could they be absent their passion for five seconds, might find meaning in the ancient Jackson Browne lyric finally poked into the pop culture net by Glenn Frey:

We may lose and we may win, though we will never be here ag’in.

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added 9:07am, from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

So tonight, into the specter of Washington Game 7s, enter Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, the stars of the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively. As good as this Eastern Conference semifinal series has been—and, impossibly, “it’s lived up to the hype,” Washington forward Brooks Laich said—it is only tonight when it can cement itself as one of the best and most riveting events in Washington sports history.

“It’s what’s going to make these guys great,” Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It’s going to make them remembered. No one’s going to remember who lost Game 7. But they’ve got the ability to—and I told them yesterday—to create history again.”

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