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Ribeiro’s Reverse-O Shootout Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Sakic Won’t Return This Weekend

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs, .

..But, listen, I’m probably going to choke up a little at the Joe Sakic retirement press conference - one that I expect to happen at some point soon.

I predicted all through last summer that Sakic would play this year. And I’m predicting now that Sakic will retire after this, his 20th season. And, as I’ve said before, I do hope I’m wrong. But I don’t think I will be.

Anyway, the news tonight was that Captain, our Captain, can’t play this weekend. We had all sorts of fun scenarios for this weekend.

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added 8:52am, Joe Sakic was asked if he would be back this weekend, watch his response below.

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Worst Team On The Power Play

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL; has been actively trying to increase the number of goals per game.  Since the lockout, the most successful method has likely been increasing the number and importance of power plays.  An obstruction crackdown was launched when the league started back up after the lockout that led to an increase in penalties.  An increase in penalties led to an increase in goals.  Over time the number of penalties has began to drop, but the NHL added a rule this season that the opening faceoff after a penalty is in the defensive zone of the penalized team.  That has continued the increase in power play goals.  The average team scores 25-30% of their goals on the power play.  It is hard to be successful in the NHL without a good power play.

The worst power play in the NHL belongs to the Columbus Blue Jackets and they have clinched a playoff berth.

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The Playoff Race Is Over In The East

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Both Florida and Buffalo were eliminated tonight.  Of course, a few positions can change, but these are your eight teams in the playoffs for the Eastern Conference.

Boston, Washington and New Jersey are the division winners.

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Kings Bloopers

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All season long, Kings Vision has kept the camera rolling. In the final Spotlight, they take you down memory lane to show you footage that didn’t make the cut!

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Coach Boudreau Has A Dream

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from Welcome to the Show,

Here is something you may have not seen involving Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. In addition to being an expert hockey tactician, Boudreau is also well-skilled in the art of doodling. Boudreau is one of the celebrities to partake in USA National Doodle Day, which everyone knows falls on May 7 this year. Boudreau’s hockey doodle is a one-of-a-kind sketch featuring the Capitals rink and the Stanley Cup with the words “The Dream” written beneath the most prestigious trophy in sports. He listed the numbers of ten current Capitals on the ice, but listed Mike Green’s No. 52 twice, presumably because Green covers more ice than any other player in the NHL. Boudreau also encourages fans to Rock the Red and calls Washington The “New” Hockeytown in his doodle.

continued and/or see the ‘doodle’ from Coach Boudreau here...

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A Look At The Regular Season

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Some reflections on the 2008-09 season.

• There are still a number of old-timers who complain about today’s game.

Bob Clarke, for instance, considers it to be basically unwatchable and a travesty. It’s not real hockey, he says. Mike Milbury decries the increasing “pansification” of the game, even though he’s no longer allowed to use that word on Hockey Night in Canada.

Nevertheless, the vast majority of hockey fans seem to love today’s game. It’s fast, it’s intense, and it still has plenty of heavy hitting. Fighting is up and so is scoring. It’s not perfect and it never will be, but it’s surely a much better product than anything we ever saw in the playing days of Clarke and Milbury, and top to bottom, it’s probably the best fans have ever seen.

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David Moss Signs Multi-Year Deal With Flames

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via TSN,

Flames forward David Moss has signed a multi-year deal with the team.

The Michigan native has 20 goals and 18 assists this season.

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This Live Blog Will Move Eight Miles A Minute

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep.  Back to Seger. Back to what we know, what we’re comfortable with.  What brings Tick Tock that similar level of comfort, that warmth?  Well, naturally…Chris Osgood.

USA Today

“We won the Stanley Cup with him, so he always had the inside track,” Holland said. “It’s been an inconsistent year for our team, and an inconsistent year for Chris Osgood. However, in the last month I think his game is where we need it to be heading into the playoffs.”

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Barnaby Responds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Matthew Barnaby of ESPN participated in a chat earlier today…

Matt what is up with the Flames lately should I be as concerned as I am they just don’t seem to have that same pop like they did right after the trade deadline.

Matthew Barnaby: This is a banged up team right now. With all their injuries and problems with the salary cap, they have been playing the last few games with 17 players, which is one below the number that is supposed to be the norm. Cory Sarich and Robyn Regehr are two important parts and have been out along with a few forwards and that is why they have been struggling.

There are always seem to be some unexpected upsets in the early rounds. Do you see anything like that this year?

Matthew Barnaby: I think if there is one team that could get upset early it would be New Jersey or Washington. Washington’s goaltending still scares me and New Jersey could end up facing a six seed in Pittsburgh. I do not know if that is an upset, but by the seedings it would be.

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