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Ryan Salmons Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Ryan Salmons, who helped inspire the Blue Jackets and became a hero to scores of the club’s fans, died today (Friday).

Salmons, who fought a long battle with cancer, was 19 years old. He died at Nationwide Childrens Hospital this afternoon just hours after Jackets forward Jason Chimera had stopped in for a visit.

Salmons, a fan of hockey and Corvettes, asked to be put under sedation, his father Brad said.

“His last words were, ‘Dad, I want to go to sleep, I want to go to heaven and I want to park my Corvette in front of the Pearly Gates,’” his father said.

Brad Salmons believes the Jackets’ outreach and team’s bid for its first playoff berth helped keep his son alive the past month. The Jackets signed him to a one-day contract several weeks ago and he was able to attend both playoff games in Nationwide Arena.


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Returned Just In Time To See This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Around 11:00am yesterday, I had a bit of a medical emergency and spent about 10 hours at the hospital.  I returned home last night just in time to see Lidstrom score the game winning goal.

I suddenly felt much better! 

I also want to thank Alanah for her work on KK Hockey yesterday, it was much appreciated.

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

Retraction:  MacLeod Never Picked The Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oddly, I made a mistake yesterday.  I saw a story in the Macomb Daily Journal.  The story was without a byline, but the author…who we know now to be Chuck Pleiness…said this.

PREDICTION: Ducks in six.

Umm. That didn’t sit well.

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May Day Intrigue

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In a hallway directly adjacent to the press room at Joe Louis Arena, Duck coach Randy Carlyle was sobbing.  Literally sobbing as he tried to describe the injustice of his world.  His whole body was shaking and the tears wouldn’t stop as he tried to articulate his emotions.  Mike Brown: innocent.  Johan Franzen: a crease crashing menace.  Jiri Hudler: cut by his own visor after “admiring his pass.”

Ok.  I don’t think the part about Carlyle crying is true.  In fact, I’m sure it isn’t because I made it up.

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Shot Of The Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

PJ Stock at CBC said that Mike Brown’s hit on Jiri Hudler was his “McDonald’s Shot of the Game”.  Naturally, PJ Stock is trash and his comments about that “clean hit” only confirm that. 

You want my shot of the game? 

I think I know you guys well enough by now to be able to say this with great confidence.  100 percent confidence in fact.

This is your shot of the game, courtesy of John T. Greilick at the Detroit News.

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Is Joe Thornton A Playoff Choker?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The San Jose Sharks have failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs in the four years that Joe Thornton has been with them.  In a lot of people’s minds, that alone is sufficient proof that Joe Thornton is a choker who is unable to win the big game.  This argument is clearly too simplistic to prove anything. Let’s look closer at the issue.

A couple days ago James Mirtle listed the best playoff performers since the lockout.  Despite a lack of any deep playoff runs, Joe Thornton places 16th in total points with 35 points in 41 games played.  He is the only San Jose Shark to make the lists for top forwards, defencemen or goalies.  Those offensive numbers Thornton has are certainly respectable numbers.  They are down from his regular season scoring rate, in part because there is less scoring in the playoffs than the regular season, but they are good numbers.

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Get Used To It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you really need evidence that the playoffs suck?  All you have to do is watch the rest of this series.  Every game is going to be exactly like that one was. Every. Single. Game. 

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Brown’s Hit on Hudler

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Anaheim Ducks forward Mike Brown was ejected from Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings for a hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.

Hudler passed the puck and was defenceless when Brown hit him, appearing to land an elbow to his head during the first period on Friday night.

The game was delayed briefly while Hudler was helped off the ice and blood was scraped off it. A towel was pressed against a big cut above Hudler’s left eye.

Video (via YouTube):

Update 10:14pm ET: From Bob McKenzie at TSN

It’s really up to the National Hockey League to decide what is it that they want to do. I think the NHL is going to look at it and say it’s a five-minute major, it happened midway through the first period, Mike Brown is out of this game, there was no severe injury to Hudler other than the blood, he came back and he’s playing, and the Ducks had to play with 11 forwards the rest of the game. There may not be a suspension in this case.

added 5/02/09 at 8:11am (Paul), from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Mike Brown’s vicious blindside hit on Jiri Hudler left Hudler in a pool of blood and should, if there’s any consistency in Colin Campbell’s world, land Brown a five-game suspension just as it did Washington’s Donald Brashear for his hit on Blair Betts of the Rangers last week.

read on

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  Tags: jiri+hudler, mike+brown

Babcock Seeks Advice From McLellan

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail:

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy today, spent the three previous NHL seasons as an assistant coach under Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.

The Wings coach acknowledged that he phoned McLellan on Thursday for advice on dealing the Ducks, who upset the Sharks in the first round. But Babcock would not divulge what sort of counsel he received from McLellan.

[LINK].  And here’s another posting from Wharnsby this evening on Kris Draper’s future.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, todd+mclellan

You Hear That Song From 1962? Do You?...It’s A Game 1 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t remember the last game day that has generated this kind of stress.

It has little to do with Rafalski.

It has a lot to do with the burning hatred we have for the Anaheim Ducks and the sweet vengeance we can see on the horizon, just four victories away.

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