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Dater’s Fruitless Search

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Adrian Dater is looking for something he’ll never find.  Ever.

Obviously bored and clearly completely ignorant to the fact that there are no hockey fans left in Denver, he’s written this.

So, basically, I’m asking this: state the case of who this superfan should be, right here on the blog. If this person is yourself, state the case. If it’s someone else, state their case. Give some examples as to why. Include some photos if necessary. Include stories, tell weird tales, random encounters, truly superfan-ish things.

Hmmm. Let me give that some thought.  Yes. I have just the suspect for you Adrian.  Completely representative of the entire Dive fan base.

Ready? I think you are.

 

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‘The Mule’ Keeps Delivering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

For all the superstar talent that envelops their dressing room, when it comes playoff time, one Detroit Red Wing stands above the crowd:

Right-winger Johan Franzen.

The man they call “The Mule” turns into a thoroughbred during the post-season, and he’s a big reason why the Wings find themselves deadlocked 2-2 with the Anaheim Ducks in their Western Conference semifinal series heading into Game 5 Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

Franzen scored twice in Detroit’s 6-3 Game 4 victory, adding another chapter to his growing Stanley Cup legacy.

He has four goals with two assists in this series, and is fourth in playoff scoring with 12 points.

Eight of his 23 Stanley Cup goals have been game-winners and he’s scored 19 in his last 24 playoff games.

continued and other notes from this series…

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  Tags: johan+franzen

Kopecky’s Done For The Year

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well. He might be back, but he’s got broken bones in his face and I’m thinking that once Uncle Mike and Tick Tock get a long look at Abbadabawhackforthedaddyol?  We may have seen the last of 82.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Saturday that forward Tomas Kopecky is “out a while’’ with broken bones in his face that likely will require surgery.

“Right now they’re doing testing; it appears he’ll need surgery,’’ Holland said. “We’re waiting for the final report, but but if it’s like the initial report, it’s not good.’‘

Meanwhile…status quo on the other injury front.  And I’m digging these lines, especially the Hudler-Helm-Cleary one. 

Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Franzen-Filppula-Hossa
Hudler-Helm-Cleary
Maltby-Abdelkader-Samuelsson

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Gonchar Could Be Out Several Weeks, His Agent Responds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Pittsburgh defenceman Sergei Gonchar suffered an apparent knee injury and will miss the next several weeks, perhaps the remainder of the season….

The National Hockey League has ruled out the notion of supplemental discipline which has prompted reaction from Gonchar’s representative, JP Barry.

‘‘We now have Exhibit A of the extreme double-standard that exists in the NHL’s approach to discipline. Alex clearly cuts back with his knee after missing his check with devastating results. But of course, because it’s Alex, its all Sergei’s fault,’’ Barry told TSN.

read on

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, j.p.+barry, sergei+gonchar

More Shots At Chicago Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has hardly been under siege in the Chicago Blackhawks NHL playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks.

Four games into the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal, he’s faced only 83 shots. That’s good news for both him and the Blackhawks because his save percentage is a dismal .867. Imagine if the Canucks actually tested him 35 times in a game. Even 30….

They understand they’ll have to be vastly improved in the shot department if they intend to prevail in tonight’s pivotal Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.

“Chicago is a pretty good group and they play smart defensively,” Canucks winger Alex Burrows said yesterday. “They always have three guys in the neutral zone and they have good backside pressure. Once we get the puck deep, their defencemen are able to skate it and move it.

“I think we have to have that shooting mentality. That’s how you’re successful in playoffs.”

read on

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Update From Ducks Practice Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Ducks participated in an upbeat practice today and James Wisniewski did participate.  Wisniewski has not been cleared to play yet but will be seeing a doctor before game time tomorrow.

Ryan Getzlaf did not skate but participated in off-ice workouts at the arena this morning.

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Back In A Couple Of Hours

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Running out to do some much needed errands and also stopping by the Ducks practice.

Anything on your mind regarding our game, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Two Teams Will Face Elimination After Tonight’s Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Easy question tonight- Who wins?

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’m not a different player. I’m battling hard. I’m playing hard. I’m giving my 100 percent every game. Mistakes, sometimes they do happen. And obviously I believe I’m making more strong plays and good plays than bad plays. I really don’t know how to explain it.

“I realize the responsibility I have, I’m one of the leaders. I’m the captain. I do take it to heart. At the same time, today’s today and tomorrow’s a new day. We have to somehow regroup and find the energy to go into the next game and win it. It’s as simple as that.”

-Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Hurricanes last night.  More from Chara by Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald.

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Going Crazy In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Slava Malamud at NHL.com,

It’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ marquee series, and even those members of the Caps’ Russian contingent who are not capable of giving interviews in English are in high demand, forcing Russian hockey writers like myself into moonlighting as interpreters. But my real job this night will involve writing another 3,000-word article on the Capitals, the Penguins and their Russian stars, which will likely make front-page news at home. I can also be quite sure that the next day my editors will be on the phone screaming for more. This at the time the World Championships are being played in Europe – unthinkable!

Yes, Russia has gone certifiably crazy for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin. The latter’s popularity in particular has eclipsed all conceivable limits and has reached the point where it is actually becoming fashionable to hate Alex, if for no other reason than bucking the national trend.

more

from Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal (written before last night’s game),

In Washington, where the Capitals have long been the poor stepchild to football’s Redskins, Mike Kardash, an attorney in Gainesville, Va., dumped his Redskins tickets two seasons ago and began attending more Capitals games. “It’s just more fun to watch,” he says, comparing Mr. Ovechkin to longtime Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, for his bruising hits and speed. Mr. Ovechkin, he says, “he’s why people go.”

more & thanks to a KK member for the WSJ pointer…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

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