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Predicting The Trophy Winners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Here’s a rundown on the awards races as the season winds down.

Vezina Trophy

Injuries have pretty much taken Brodeur and Roberto Luongo out of the equation. Kiprusoff is just eight wins away from tying Brodeur’s single-season record for victories (48) but his goals against (2.88) is lofty. Lundqvist, Nabokov, Backstrom, Ward and Mason all are having fine seasons.

SUN PICK: Tim Thomas (Bruins). He entered play yesterday dominating the league stats, ranking fourth in wins (30) and first in save percentage (.932) and goals against (2.06).

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Perry Says Nabokov Kicked Him

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

A 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks wasn’t the only thing that left a sour feeling in the Ducks’ locker room Sunday night.

Ducks right wing Corey Perry accused Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov of using his skate to deliver a kick to Perry’s arm after play had stopped near the San Jose net during a Ducks power-play opportunity late in the third period.

“Everything was over,” Perry said. “I was still lying there on my knees. All of a sudden, Nabokov just turned and kicked me. He rolled onto his side and kicked me with his right leg. He hit me with his toe.”...

“I didn’t kick him,” Nabokov said. “I was moving my legs to get up, to get out of there, so whatever he was saying is his problem.

“Ask him what he did.”

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All Erik Cole

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

Question: Before you were traded last summer, you spent the first six seasons of your career in Carolina. What was it like to spend time in a market that takes its hockey a little more seriously than Raleigh, N.C.?

Cole: It’s obviously different on a day-to-day basis. There’s a lot more media coverage. They tend to overanalyze things a little bit more than other markets. At the same, it was exciting. It keeps you focused on the details and you make sure you’re working hard up there because they’re pretty savvy and recognize when a player isn’t working hard every night.

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Andrew Brunette Playing With Injured Knee

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild veteran Andrew Brunette faces major right knee surgery after the season.

While General Manager Doug Risebrough and Brunette declined to identify the exact injury, it’s believed Brunette’s playing on a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament that may be fully torn.

“At the end of the year, we’re going to have to make a decision whether he’s going to need surgery or not,” Risebrough said. “It’s up to him, but he’s had two incidents of sprains, so that shows you a dysfunction of some sort.”...

Asked why he doesn’t shut himself down, Brunette said: “It’s the same approach I take to every hockey game I play. I want to play. I’m part of this team and I want to help this team win. I would sell myself short if I didn’t try to help this team. You’ve got to look yourself in the mirror, and if I can get out there, I can help this team.”

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  Tags: andrew+brunette

Does Bill Davidson’s Death Affect The Lightning?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over the weekend, former Tampa Bay Lightning owner Bill Davidson died at age 86.  Under normal circumstances, a former owner dying might be a sad moment for a hockey franchise, but nothing more.  It may not be so simple in Tampa Bay because the current owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie were loaned the money to buy the team from Davidson himself (since they couldn’t get it through more traditional means).

Koules and Barrie have not been successful owners.  They are showing signs of financial problems.  Team employees now must pay to park and there is no more direct deposit of paycheques.  As a result speculation was beginning that the current owners would not make it financially and Davidson might be forced to take over the team again (as its primary creditor).

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Evening Line

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“There has to be a competition amongst the group to see who’s going to show that they want it.  f you want it, you have to go get it. That’s the biggest thing…We have skill, we just have to make sure that we want it enough. And that’s every single guy, myself included. There has to be a willingness to do whatever it takes and you have to be scared of losing.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes.  More from Dave Vest of PhoenixCoyotes.com.

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Opponents Controlling The Game When Facing Montreal

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

When the New Jersey Devils beat the Canadiens 3-1 Saturday night, they outshot the Habs 48-23. The opposition has taken 509 shots and averages nearly 10 shots a game more at 36.3.

The Canadiens are fond of saying that the shots aren’t that important. A few days before he as fired, deposed coach Guy Carbonneau said it was important to focus on scoring chances and he noted that these had not increased significantly from previous years.

But shots are a reflection of the time of possession in a game. The team that controls the puck usually gets more shots and it’s difficult to shoot the puck when you don’t have it.

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Brian Kilrea Coaches His Last Regular Seaso Game

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from Chris Yzerman of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

Brian Kilrea hasn’t been wrong about too many things when it comes to preparing for a hockey game. Otherwise he wouldn’t have lasted 32 seasons as coach of the Ottawa 67’s.

He was mistaken about one thing Sunday, however, when he claimed it wouldn’t be too tough to step behind the bench for the final time in an Ontario Hockey League regular-season game when the 67’s met the Kingston Frontenacs at the Ottawa Civic Centre.

With an above-capacity crowd of 10,228 in attendance and surrounded by family, friends and former players - all there to pay tribute to the retiring coach - the familiar scowl that got Kilrea through many of his previous 2,155 outings cracked when he stepped behind the microphone during an almost 40-minute pre-game ceremony.

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Avery Back To His Old Antics According To Flyers Coach

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery got into the Flyers’ heads early in confronting Jeff Carter-What; touch Philadelphia’s 38-goal-scorer???-and the Flyers not only never got over it, they responded in their historical nature by trying to take off their opponents’ heads, witness the Braydon Coburn match penalty of a high stick across Nik Antropov’s face late in the second.

“We got emotional and used it the wrong way,” said Flyers’ head coach John Stevens. “I think [Avery’s] probation period is over and now he’s back to his old antics and we got sucked in, to be quite honest.

more and watch the Coburn hit on Antropov below…

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Flames Team Still ‘Developing’

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made bold moves at the NHL trade deadline in landing centre Olli Jokinen and defenceman Jordan Leopold. He was hopeful the additions would push Calgary into the elite of the Western Conference alongside the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

But Sutter’s splash has barely resulted in a ripple in the win column. While Jokinen has swelled his statistics with eight goals and 10 points in six games with the Flames, including a three-goal, two-assist effort in an 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre last Saturday, Calgary has only two wins in the six games since the March 4 trade deadline.

Even Flames head coach Mike Keenan was scratching his head when queried as to whether his team was ready to challenge the Wings or Sharks for the conference title when the playoffs begin next month.

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